Greetings and welcome to Week 3 of Tights Watch: The Black Moon Edition. For those of you playing along at home, we have had Steph succumb to the Wearing of the Tights. For someone who proposed this game she went down mighty quick! Anyway, I remain dedicated to the bare leg so if you picked this week, you are not a winner. Sorry.
What’s the Black Moon and why should I care? Good question, People. The Black Moon is a new moon that happens twice in a calendar month. This is the first time this has gone down in two years. But don’t too get excited and rush out to hoard baked goods and sweep the Liquor store shelves clean. While it’s rare, it’s not that big of a deal. You can read about that on Gizmodo.
Our long national nightmare continues** People **and I am not speaking of our electoral process. Nay! It would appear that clowns are now popping up in new states. This is becoming a Thing, People. The state closest to us thus far is Pennsylvania, but you know it’s just a matter of time before some poor resident is not calling the police over the stolen handbag/Rolex/giant wad of cash left unattended in their unlocked car but a clown terrorizing them. Be ever vigilant People. Remain on your guard. Do not be down with the clown. You can read about that on NPR.
The Always Delightful Pat S has finished a new favorite of hers The Golden Age by Joan London. “The Golden Age is the touchingly poignant story about life inside a Polio rehabilitation hospital as seen through the eyes of our 13 year old narrator, Frank. Taking place in Australia in the years shortly after the end of WW2, we meet Frank, the child of Hungarian refugees. As if surviving the war wasn’t enough, he lands in Australia where he shortly comes down with Polio. It is in the hospital that Frank meets a group of people that will wholly impact his life. First, while trolling the adult floor of the hospital, Frank comes across a young man in an iron lung called Sullivan. It is Sullivan who will teach Frank about poetry, and ultimately set him on his life’s vocation. More closely, Frank meets a beautiful blonde by name of Elsa-and almost immediately falls in love, and who will serve as the inspiration for his poems. While it is Frank and Elsa’s love story which is at the core of the story, there is the story of Frank’s refugee parents, Ida and Meyer, and Elsa’s mother Margaret, in addition to the other patients and medical staff. Each will have sustained loss of some kind-physical, emotional, psychological, and are tasked with re-inventing themselves and their lives. This is the first I have read of this author, and it certainly won’t be the last. I hated to see this one end.”
Barbara M also has a new favorite. “I thoroughly enjoyed Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I loved the characters, the story and the structure of the book. It is the story of two half-sisters one married to a British slave trader and the other sold as a slave. The half-sisters do not know each other in Ghana in the 1700s but their lives intertwine in interesting ways. The book spans seven generations with a chapter given to one person from each generation from each family. The characters are fully developed and the historical facts seem to be well researched. The writing is beautiful; it’s hard to believe that this is Gyasi’s first book.”
I just wanted to alert you all to a release that’s happening next week. I know I have told you all about this before but I wanted to remind you all of News of the World by Paulette Jiles. This is hands down my favorite book of the year and I can’ t wait for you all to dig in and read for yourself. Captain Kidd is widowed veteran of three wars, the most recent being the Civil War. He makes his living traveling around the martial law state of Texas, renting out Opera Houses where for ten cents a head he will read the citizens of the town The News of the World. He is approached by an old friend who offers him $50 to return a young girl, who was a captive of the Kiowa, back to her “real” family, a journey of 400 miles. This has been nominated for the National Book Award Long List and while I don’t think it or anything else has a prayer up against Underground Railroad, I do think that this beautifully rendered novel will have people swooning for quite a while. The last time I loved a book this much was All the Light We Cannot See. Get yourselves on hold. We’ll discuss.
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from That State Up North with the final musings and The Playlist. What’s good Pats? “This weekend marks the inaugural Harbor Springs Festival of the Book and it couldn’t have come at a better time as I am feeling angsty again. I am going to unplug, take a break from heated politics and enjoy some time with a book on the shores of Lake Michigan. I don’t care that the weather forecast says that it will be foul all weekend. I will be spending time with authors and folks who are as crazy about books as I am, and that makes me very happy. So, enjoy the Friday Black Moon and plan your own escape through the pages of a good book. It might just be the ticket you need to get you through this surreal political season."