Greetings and welcome to the Egg Tree edition of You Are What You Read. As you can see Sweet Ann has provided us with another stellar picture of her spectacular Egg Tree. For those new to this space Ann and her family decorate this tree every year for Easter and share the image with us all. Thanks** Ann and Company.**
I abandoned the hose on Tuesday and have pretty much resigned myself to the Bare Leg as have most of my co-workers. However, this being said, I have noticed that some of my co-workers came in this morning sporting leggings which do not qualify for Bar Leg status. So the wagering remains open. Use this information as you see fit.
This week we have a cottage, a serial killer, and a Ponzi scheme.
Sweet Ann has just finished the latest from one of my favorite authors and here’s what she thought. “**On Turpentine Lane **by Elinore Lipman is quite a departure from the heavy novels I normally read and I found it quite enjoyable. Faith Frankel is in her early thirties decides to move back to her home town and buys a quaint cottage on Turpentine Lane. The little cottage contains many mysteries which will impact her life. She has taken a job at the local college which will add angst and possibly new love to her life. Her parents and brother also live in town and they will bring their own adventures to Faith's door. On Turpentine Lane is a light quick read.”
Steph is talking about her favorites. “Denise Mina has been a favorite writer of mine for years, and after reading her forthcoming book,The Long Drop, I’m even more devoted. Smart and chilling, the novel is based on the true story of Peter Manuel, one of the worst serial killers in Scotland’s history. Mina is best known for her detective mysteries, and I suppose this is technically a mystery, but it will appeal to fans of psychological thrillers as well. Readers who had high hopes that weren’t met by books claiming to be the next The Girl on the Train should be thoroughly satisfied by the excellent writing and complex story within. Because it’s a standalone story, there’s no need to have read Mina’s earlier books to try this one, but don’t be surprised if you are so impressed that you go back to the D-M section for more.”
The Always Delightful Pat S has been raving about The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers. “For anyone who was fascinated by the Madoff scandal, this one’s for you. ‘She must have known’ and ‘ . . . as crooked as the rest of the family’ These are the whispers that can’t stop running through the thoughts of Phoebe Pierce as she travels making another visit to her husband in prison. Ashamed, horrified and brokenhearted at the cataclysmic change in her life brought about by the unmasking of the Ponzi scheme her husband had been running for most of her marriage; we are introduced to a woman who questions everything she has known up until now. Who is this man she has been married to for fifty years? Who are these children who are making her choose between them and her husband? Where and who are her friends? What part did she play in this tragedy? Going back to the very beginning at fifteen when she met her husband Jake, we see Phoebe questioning all that went before which brought her to this exact spot. Well written, steering clear of cliché, Meyers has created a provocative and compelling heroine in Phoebe. While I haven’t come to the end, I believe we all know how this comes out in the end.”
Pat T listening and listening. “I See You by Claire Mackintosh is a good thriller that will keep you gripping your car steering wheel as you listen to the author weave this suspenseful plot. Zoe Walker is a working mom who rides the London train back and forth to work each day. As she reads the local paper during her commute she comes upon an advertisement for a dating site with a picture that looks eerily similar to her. Her family tries to convince her it is not her photo, just a likeness. She eventually she comes to realize other women in the ad are being targeted for crimes around London. She panics as she realizes she is a moving target. Are the people she rides the train with just friendly strangers or is one of them after her? You’ll be thinking about this thriller, even when you are not listening to it, and the ending will take you by surprise!”
Diane. Always and forever reading pretty. “The most beautiful book is part of our library collection as of March. Styling Nature is a stunning collection of floral arrangements composed by Lewis Miller and photographed by Don Freeman. Miller's work is inspiring, artist and often reminiscent of 18th or 19th century still-life. A recent review of the book used the term ‘painterly photographs ‘to describe the quality of Freeman's work. If you love having flowers in your home and want some new inspiration this book will give you a never-ending ideas for every occasion.”
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from That State Up North with the final musings and of course, The Playlist. What’s good** Pats**? “My family doesn’t celebrate Easter or Passover but we do enjoy the Pagan version of the holiday. I have taken this holiday with my Michigan family and made it my own. You can do that kind of thing when no one celebrates the religious aspects of the holiday. My Easter involves an egg hunt for the littlest kiddos, baskets of chocolate, bunnies, chicks and one really long table for the feast. If someone needs a place to spend the holiday, they’re invited. This year we will have 23 folks for our celebration of all things spring. I can’t imagine a better holiday—no gifts, no stress, lots of chocolate and time spent with family who values laughter over all else. Wishing you all, whatever you choose to celebrate, a weekend full of family, friends and a great feast. Happy Spring! We finally made it, folks!”