Greetings and welcome to the Chinese New Year edition of You Are What You Read.
This time of year is pretty unrelenting. The mountains of snow are large and grey and a blight on the landscape. The landscape can best be described as charmless frankly. It’s cold, grey and gross. The Hellidaze are far far in the rearview and the next long weekend feels like light years away. Spring? A hollow pipe dream at this point.
Jen, you all ask, how can we break free of this depressing thing we call January in New England?
People! The antidote is a mere train ride away!
How about a trip into NYC? Chinatown specifically,and enjoy the spectacle that is Chinese New Year?
This is the year of the Rooster which is the tenth year of a twelve-year cycle. Roosters are in charge of time according to Chinese folklore and are a symbol of industry and hard work. One of the traditions of the New Year is the wearing of red (my favorite color!) for protection. People born under the sign of the Rooster which include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and you still wet 2017-ers, are encouraged to wear lots of red for extra protection because weirdly enough Rooster years are bad luck for people born in Rooster years. Look, don’t question, just don the red and perk up the landscape, People.
The paper of note The New York Times has a listing of all sorts of fun and fabulous things going on in the city tomorrow. So why not go in, eat some delicious Chinese food and celebrate?
This week we have an investigation, some travel, romantic encounters, and some fleeing.
Sweet Ann is watching Sully on DVD this week. “This is a compelling movie even though we are all familiar with the story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger's miraculous Hudson River landing of the US Airways flight in 2009. All passengers and crew were rescued and no one was seriously hurt. Captain Sullenberger and his First Officer had to face an investigation with the NTSB to determine whether the airplane could have made it back to LaGuardia Airport or Newark Airport instead of the dramatic landing on the Hudson. Through all the turmoil and notoriety, Sully kept his head and composure during the lengthy investigation. Tom Hanks is so believable in this role and as always, his acting is wonderful. I would highly recommend this movie.”
Barbara M plotting her next escape! “I am browsing through The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World compiled by Lonely Planet. In this updated edition, 230 countries are described in two pages each illustrated with beautiful photographs and brief descriptions of why to go there. It is not a comprehensive guide but gives the essential feeling of each country; when to go, what to see, what to do. The part I especially like is the section called ‘Getting Under the Skin’ which tells you what to read, listen to, eat, and drink to give you a feeling for the country. For example, for France they suggest reading Les Misérables, A Moveable Feast, and Bonjour Tristesse, and listening to Serge Gainsbourg’s “Je T’Aime…Moi Non Plus.” It’s a wonderful book whether you intend to travel or not.”
Virginia the Tall Cool Texan has just finished Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. “A chance romantic encounter between a lonely single mom and a charming man in a London bar sets the stage for this psychological suspense novel. Unbeknownst to single mom Louise, the man at the bar is her new and very married boss, David. Louise is determined to put their indiscretion behind her, especially after she becomes besties with his wife, Adele. But really, where is the fun in that? Soon, Louise is balancing a romantic relationship with David while strengthening her friendship with Adele. As you can imagine, this doesn’t end well. The question is who is manipulating who in this bizarre love triangle. The ending may surprise you.”
The Amazing Amanda is preparing for the upcoming event, Why Happily Ever After: Rethinking Love and Romance. "Author Sarah MacLean is leading the discussion and her new book, The Rogue Not Taken, is getting rave reviews within the Library by my colleagues. The story follows Sophie, the youngest daughter of an Earl who won his title in a game. Her older sisters enjoy scandal and keeping newspaper sales up with their antics. Sophie just wants to retire to the country. Her wish happens unexpectedly after losing her temper and insulting the entire ton. As she flees, she runs into King, a notorious rogue. He unwittingly becomes an accomplice in her escape. King is an interesting hero who feels very traditionally masculine while also possessing a very soft heart. Sophie and King's clever arguments and attempts to outwit each other keep the story moving. I'm not finished yet, but keep wondering if Sophie will escape her birthright? Or will she die on the Great North Road?"
DJ Jazzy Patty McC has checked in from That State Up North. However, this week she has no final musings. But she does have our Playlist! Thanks Pats!