Greetings and welcome to the Friday the Thirteenth edition of You Are What You Read. As if the full moon this week and impending midterms were not enough, the Universe decides to throw in a Friday the Thirteenth. Thanks Universe. While I am not afraid of Fridays of any number I do face the full moon with some trepidation.
People always ask me with a cock of the head, a quizzical look and an air of condescension if I “really believe in all that full moon” stuff. This is a dead giveaway that the person asking has never actually dealt with the public in any capacity whatsoever, probably works in a nice tall glass and concrete office building that has doors with locks and buzzers and security. Lots and lots of security. Security with weaponry and walkie-talkies and the like. Or perhaps they are in a bunker somewhere in a fly-over state, deep in middle earth surrounded by concrete with weaponry and controls and walkie-talkies and the like.
But I work with the public and the answer is, of course I believe in that full moon stuff and so do the people I work with. And you would too if you all saw what we saw. But here’s the weird thing; it’s never actually the day of the full moon that has the true depth of insanity that we have come to dread. It’s the week leading up to the full moon. In fact, we can just about predict a week out that the full moon is almost upon us by what we see before us.The day of the full moon things sort of quiet down for us in the weirdness department and then for about 2-3 days after there is some residual strangeness until things go back to what passes for normal here. In the office where I toil away, we do a Lunar Phase Calendar that we refer to when the unexplained oddities begin to pile up. On the last day of the year that we are all together we take down the old one and put up the new one. We hated on this past year so hard, Sally took the calendar home and ceremoniously burned it for us. Here's hoping for a milder 11 moons to come.
A reminder that we will be open on Monday so those of you not running up to cold mountain tops so that you can strap 2 pieces of wood to your feet and hurtle yourselves off said mountain top,or down to warmer climes (that has my vote) please come and say hello to us.
This week we have more hillbilly, whimsy, a banana, France, a divorce lawyer, and Russia.
Virginia the Tall Cool Texan is currently listening to JD Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy and finds it fantastic. “It really lives up to all of the stellar reviews and buzz. Although, I really hate to classify this book as just a memoir because it is more of a reflection on the slow death of an entire culture in America. Vance serves as the narrator of the audiobook and he is a natural storyteller. You can hear the true affection and pride in his voice as he talks about his grandparents and family. You can also tell that even though many of his memories are bittersweet and painful they also are a point of pride, and he is genuinely sad to see the downward spiral of the hillbilly culture.“
Diane:forever reading pretty with Celebrate Everything. “The author Darcy Miller worked at Martha Stewart Living and on the Martha Stewart Weddings book. Originality and a dose of whimsy can be found in Darcy Miller's book. Having spent 20 years developing party themes a trend was started. Parties became beautifully orchestrated events with details that created moments to remember.”
Kim of Many Hats has found something that has piqued her interest on Hoopla with Life Changing Foods by Anthony William. Remember you have 10 downloads this month as our Hellidaze gift to you all. “This book has been fantastic to read on Hoopla because it describes, in depth, foods that you should try to integrate into your life. The composition of the food, like bananas, is described and then broken down into different sections for each food: They are: Conditions, Symptoms, Emotional Support, Spiritual Lesson (I discovered that bananas are ‘formed from layer upon layer of leaves’), Tips (I learned that bananas are the most potent exercise food!), and then a recipe is provided at the end of each section for that specific food and boy, do they look delicious! Conscious eating and mindfulness are the main themes of this book. This book provides a way for reader explore and discover new facts about these foods and keep in mind that what we eat not only gives us nutrients but is a holistic process."
Barbara M is starting her year reading about her beloved France. “I started reading When in French by Lauren Collins thinking it would be just another ‘American girl finds love with a Frenchman’ book but on the advice of a patron continued and was glad I did. The first part of the book is mainly memoir. As the book progressed it explored in depth what it means to be bilingual. Being bilingual means more than just knowing the words; it means adopting a culture and this is what happened to Collins. As she became more proficient in her new language she discovered that her personality changed as she took on the attitudes and characteristics of her new culture. I highly recommend this book to anyone who speaks more than one language or who hopes to.”
The Always Fabulous Babs B has just finished **Two By Two**by Nicholas Sparks. “At 32, Russell Green, married to the beautiful Vivian and father to an adorable six-year-old seems to have it all. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job, his wife having left the marriage for another man and caring for his young daughter. I have to say that Russ was spineless at times, giving in to every whim of his soon to be ex-wife. Eventually, he has enough and finally hires a tough divorce lawyer. His one goal is to as least share custody of his daughter, whom he adores. This is the type of book you just want to curl up on a couch in front of a fire if you're lucky and just let the chapters fly by, which they do. I didn't want the story to end.”
**Steph **is reading very au courant this week. “Over the weekend, I read Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia, by Peter Pomerantsev. Though it was published in 2014, Russia’s increased presence in the news lately has spurred new interest in the book, and a librarian colleague recommended it highly. Pomerantsev has a unique perspective: born in London to parents who escaped the USSR in the 70s, he speaks Russian and has a keen knowledge of the country’s history, but also has a Western approach to the world. The book, a series of stories about reality TV shows and documentaries he produced, introduces the reader to several real and unforgettable Russian citizens, each representing a different slice of society. The Russia he presents is unlike any Russia you’ll see represented in American media, and for that alone, it’s worth the read. Luckily, he’s also an excellent writer, using detail effectively to weave stories that are almost too surreal to be believed. Looking forward to reading Red Notice next.”
**DJ Jazzy Patty McC **is here from Meat Chicken with the final musings for the week and of course The Playlist
. What’s good Pats? ”2016 was the year of the album and it seems like everyone released something new last year. Even Radiohead released a new album. I liked a lot of new alternative artists as that’s my leaning, but there were a lot of great albums released by some oldsters too. I’ve compiled some of my favorite albums of 2016 here. I hope you give a listen and find some new tunes to add to your rotation. Stay safe this weekend. It’s weird out there.“