Greetings and welcome to the Disappointment Edition of You Are What You Read. The Full Pink Moon, which shall grace our skies this evening is named as such because this is the time that wild phlox begins to bloom. The moon will not actually be pink. So don’t be disappointed by that. It is also known as the sprouting grass moon (yup, have sprouting grass), the egg moon (nope, no eggs), and the fish moon (nope, no fish). So enjoy that, People.
A Happy Passover to those that celebrate. May your matzo brei be especially tasty this year, brisket meltingly tender, and may next year be in Jerusalem.
If the disappointment of a moon not tinged with pink was not enough, it appears that the Village of Scarsdale has removed The Banner and will not allow anymore messages. If anyone out there has the ear of the Powers at Scarsdale Town Hall please put in a good word for Greg and Co. This coupled with the loss of Prince yesterday has me rather at sixes and sevens. We are here and gone in the blink of an eye People. We need to make the most of things while we can.
This week we have some silver, unanswered questions, and a mother and her son. That's it. That's all. Disappointed yet?
Playlist? Sorry. Like I said it’s the Disappointment Edition.
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Sweet Ann is watching this week with the movie, Learning to Drive. “This is the captivating story of two people from completely different backgrounds come together and form a bond. Darwin, an Indian immigrant, is a taxi driver and a driving instructor in NYC and Wendy is a book editor. The movie opens as Wendy and Darwin meet when Wendy’s husband of twenty-one-years decides, while they are in Darwin’s cab, that he wants a divorce. Needless to say, Wendy's life is thrown into turmoil. As Darwin drives Wendy to her town house after her husband's hasty exit from the taxi, she realizes that she will need to learn to drive in order to get on with her life and she arranges for Darwin to give her lessons. This movie follows their budding friendship, as well as their new personal lives, hers as a divorcee and his with an arranged marriage. This is enjoyable movie stars the wonderful Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson. “
Babs B is continuing a story this week with Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom. “The author of The Kitchen House which is one of my favorites continues the story of Jamie Pyke, the son of a slave and the master of Tall Oaks Plantation. Jamie, who fled from the Virginia plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. When learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South he embarks on journey that will take him dangerously close to his old plantation and the savage slave hunter who is searching for him. I loved The Kitchen House and I would say that Kathleen Grissom has another winner!”
Kaitlin from the Rock is here and it is always wonderful to hear what she’s up to. “Hiyo! I just finished reading Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. I loooved it! I loved it in the same way I loved the show Lost and the movie Cloud Atlas and I think fans of those will like this book. The gist is that there is a worldwide pandemic that kills almost the entire population of the world, bringing those who survive back to the primitive basics; i.e. no electricity, no technology, no running water, etc. The main story takes place 20 years into the future, and it follows the Traveling Symphony which is a nomadic group of actors and musicians that travel and perform in the various makeshift villages and towns that have been settled in the aftermath. There are a few main characters that are featured; their stories are told between the present-day and through flashbacks to before and during the plague. I did have some unanswered questions, but it didn't seem to matter, since I enjoyed the storytelling and writing so much. The book has stayed in my mind more than any other book I've read recently. Loved it!”
Barbara M is very happy this week. “What a wonderful book! The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt is a dialog between an aging woman and her adult son. Written in candid, revealing segments each expresses their disappointments, losses, fears and above all love and respect for one another. Yes, the mother and son are both well- known but that is of little importance. The beauty of this book is the honesty of their relationship. It is not always easy for a mother and child to reveal themselves to each other but they do so with much eloquence. An absolute gem of a book – I loved it!”