Greetings and welcome to the Spring Forward Edition of You Are What You Read.
This week’s housekeeping is as follows: Thanks to Pam M for the first gift of fudge for the season. This could be the furthest traveled fudge ever since it was from South Africa. Also, it is possibly the most interesting fudge as it is flavored with the fruit from the Merula tree; a fruit so delicious that elephants make an annual pilgrimage to feast on the fruit every year. After sampling it I can see why. Thanks Pam! You were sweet to remember us!
The scorecard for this week is a tough one to cypher. I am declaring it to be a tie week between Puxatanney Phil and Staten Island Chuck. Sure we had a few pretty days with some promising warmth but don’t forget how the week started with freezing temps and how it’s ending? Puh-leeze. Hideous. So, I declare the Official Darien Library tally is 2-2-1. Next week will be the deciding week. Who’s going to take it? I know who I’m pulling for!
On Saturday, don’t forget to make that trip to the Hardware Store so that you can lay in new batteries for your smoke detectors because on Saturday night before you all go to bed you will need to turn those clocks ahead. That’s right People! It’s time to Spring Forward! Extra light is coming our way. I know this is a weekend I look forward to all year.
In other Hopeful Signs, I am pleased to report that our good neighbors next door at Nielsen’s have flats of pansies now for sale. Should you like to do some gardening in the cold and snow, here’s your chance. Also, last night on my train ride home I saw Eights on the Norwalk River. Rowers Rowing is indeed a Hopeful Sign.
Sunday’s Full Moon is known as the Full Worm Moon for the worms that begin emerging from the thawing Tundra. This seems to be a cruel joke. It is also known as the Sap Moon because of the sap that begins oozing all over the car that you just washed but now resembles a glazed donut. Enjoy that People.
Look! We are a mere 10 days away from the Equinox. Stay strong People! Wagering on the Bare Leg is just around the corner!
This week we have suburbia, Poland, a mysterious past, and some men.
Playlist? Not only do we have The Playlist but we could also have a DJ Jazzy Patty sighting. Wrap your brains around that People!
Let us begin!
The Always Delightful Pat S has just finished one of my favorite releases of the month, The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn. “This is a book which is soon to be in high demand: A tale about a young-ish couple with a small child who are finding the promised joys of life in suburbia paling in light of the reality of everyday life. When it comes to their marriage, Lucy and Owen both realize that it needs something, but what? During the course of a booze-fueled dinner party, the idea of open marriage comes up. It doesn’t take long before Lucy and Owen dive in-with certain provisos. Set time-six months, no gossiping about their adventures, and no falling in love. As improbable a scenario as this might sound, Dunn creates such believable characters that the whole enterprise comes off as completely realistic. As humorously as this tale unfolds, it also leaves the reader wondering what he/she might do if circumstances ever arose...”
Barbara M: reading WWII but not France. Intriguing. “I’ve just finished reading Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson. At first I was disappointed with it; it seemed like a continuation of another of his books, Once We Were Brothers. As I read more I got drawn into the story. It reads like a mystery and I had to read it until the end if only to understand what happened. The plot involves an elderly woman, Lena, who hires Catherine, a lawyer, and her husband, Liam, a private investigator to find out what happened to twin girls born in a Jewish ghetto in Poland during World War II. The ending is somewhat weak and contrived but the intrigue kept me reading.”
Kaitlin from the Rock is here and that always makes me happy. Hi Kaitilin! “Hiiii! Well, after a bit of a dry spell with finding the right book, I went to our good friend Susie for some Reader's Advisory advice. She recommended Where'd You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple, and I'm loving it! It's the story of 8th-grader Bee, her Microsoft tech guru dad Elgie, and her elusive, reclusive, spunky mom, Bernadette. After a traumatizing intervention by her husband, Bernadette disappears, never to be heard from again. Through a series of letters, emails, musings, and official documents, we learn about Bernadette's mysterious past and where she might be. I'm finding this book to be very refreshing in its story telling--at first, I was waiting for a narrative to begin and continue, but the letters and documents tell the story throughout. It's different, funny, and a genuinely good story. Thank you, Susie!!”
The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler is one of my favorite new books of the month. In the summer of 1962, we are introduced to popular Jonathan and social outcast, Nelson aka The Bugler. The only thing that they seemingly have in common is that they are both spending some summer weeks at Camp Chippewa in the woods of Wisconsin. And yet, over the course of decades, their lives and the lives of those they love the fiercest will be intertwined. This wonderful novel peels back the layers of male friendship and shows what loyalty, compassion and selflessness looks like. I can’t recommend this one highly enough. And honestly? Best cover of the year so far."
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here this week. No really! I mean it. She’s here and not in that State Up North that hasn’t won a football game against a certain team in 1,931 days. I’ll let her tell you what made her come back East. What’s good, Pats? “This weekend I’m hitting the road for the inaugural Cat Camp NYC. What is it, you ask? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like, all things cats. We’ll be attending several sessions on Saturday but are looking forward to supporting our buddies from Motor Kitty Rescue. They’ll be talking about their work with the feral cats of Detroit and how their shelter came to exist. My director and I will be representing the Ferndale Cat Shelter, the first Catfe in the state of Michigan. We are going to network with other shelters to discuss how to make our organization even more successful. So, if you’re around this weekend and are a cat lover or just plain curious, join me! I’d love to see you there. Here’s all the info. Since I’m headed your way, I was feeling like a New York playlist was in order. Enjoy!"