It's the Everything Old is New Again Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Everything Old is New Again Edition of You Are What You Read.

My Work Wife Sally and I have long been pondering the need for you all to be able to make your phone calls in the library in a private space. We only have two talking rooms that are hospitable for cell reception and with the way the building is laid out, calls made in certain areas have the ability to be broadcast for everyone to hear. Seriously, you may want to rethink that whole giving your credit card info/Social Security number in public People. Then you have to consider the whole annoyance factor. Truly, no one wants to listen to your cell phone conversations. No one. Sorry. Well, not really.

Anyway, what we decided we needed was a good old fashioned phone booth with a door.

“But Jen,” You All ask, “How does one lay hands on a phone booth? Aren’t phone booths an extinct technology? Like 8-Track Tapes and rotary phones?”

People.This week’s lessons are live long enough and keep an open eye and all things are possible.

I actively stalk a Facebook group called Fairfield Pickers and lo and behold one cold and rain Saturday what should pop into my feed but a phone booth!

Sally happened to be working so I sent her the pic, she showed it to Alan our Fearless Leader and he said, “Let’s do it.” Vic, Who Makes All Things Right went and picked it up and sent it to The Wood Den in Stamford where Glenn and Stephanie and Crew are breathing new life into something that a few years ago people thought was an item that had seen its salad days in the rearview.

This particular phone booth is a beauty and it is not your sad metal and glass half a box phone booth from recent memory. It is thought to be from the 1920-1930 era. It’s oak and it looks like something that may have been in a municipal building like a court house. It has a proper door with glass panels that when closed causes a light to come on. Inside there is a little wooden seat (this is what the adorable Stephanie is sitting on) and a metal shelf for you to use to take notes or prop up your laptop. It will live on the Mezzanine level of the library when it’s done. Sally and I went to visit it today and we can’t wait to show it to you all once it comes back to us in its restored glory.

So get excited People. Options for your speaking pleasure and privacy are on the way!

This week we have a spoken Elegy, romance, some royalty, Poland, Germany, Sweden, and a dog that just won’t die.

Playlist? Mercury is in retrograde People until Wednesday. Hold tight. We're nearly done. Til December 3rd. Then it all starts up again. Think of the extra dimension that this will add to the Hellidaze.

Let us begin!

Cathy Who Makes Stuff Happen wants everyone to know that she’s listening to Hillbilly Elegy and she doesn’t want it to end. It’s that good. I have done this. Use this knowledge as you will.

The Amazing Amanda has found a new Mary Balogh series to pursue. "Slightly Dangerous is the final book in the Bedwyn Saga which tells the love stories of six aristocratic siblings in Regency England. I started this series at the end and since romance novels require a happy ending, it's not a problem to know that each sibling ended up with their paramour in the previous books. Slightly Dangerous involves the eldest Bedwyn; Wulfric, the Duke of Bewcastle. The Duke is haughty, cold, and has zero interest in anyone who isn't on his social level. Of course, being a romance novel, he's going to fall hard for a widow who simply can't act properly. The tension between them is tight as they come to verbal blows over their world views. What's fascinating in this book is taking a man who is not classically passionate or emotional and portray him as a romantic hero. It's a curious adventure to watch the Duke figure out his own feelings and then stumble awkwardly in conveying them to someone else which is something he has never done before."

Sweet Ann is listening to Three Sisters Three Queens by Philippa Gregory. “I was hooked from the beginning to this audio. Yes, it is another Tudor story, but this time it is told from the point of Princess Margaret, who is the sibling of Arthur, Henry, who will become Henry the VIII, and younger sister Princess Mary. Margaret will become the future Queen mother to James who will rule Scotland. This novel begins as Katherine of Aragon is arriving in London to meet her future husband Prince Arthur. Margaret’s life will be difficult at times because she is either favored by the court or is not. She follows what is Katherine’s journey from marrying Arthur, her struggles as a young widow and her rise once again after she marries Henry VIII through letters and news from the court. Three Sisters Three Queens concludes with the rise of Anne Boleyn and the banishment of Katherine. This novel is a mix of three jealous women trying to impress each other and at times three women joined by heartache.”

Spunky Jill M has just finished one of our most popular fiction titles, We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. “This is a beautiful tale based on a true story. The Kurc family is a family of Polish Jews who are unceremoniously separated during World War II as they endeavored to survive. When the author, Georgia Hunter, was fifteen years old, she learned that some of her family members were Holocaust survivors. With this revelation, she embarked on a quest to learn about this genealogy and actually penned her novel while sitting here at Darien Library! Bringing history to life through the eyes of the Kurc family this is a compelling story of perseverance and family love.”

Fabulous Babs B has just finished The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff. “This novel takes place during World War II. One of the main characters, 16-year-old Noa becomes pregnant by a German soldier and is made to give up her baby. Noa's parents throw her out and she is forced to clean floors at a nearby railway station. There, she discovers a train filled with Jewish babies, destined for a concentration camp and decides to take one of them who she names Theo. Noa winds up working in a German circus where the owner tries to provide safety for Jews. Noa meets Astrid, an acrobat in the circus, who teaches her acrobatics. The two of them have a rocky start because of a lack of trust but, eventually, they develop a deep friendship. This is a wonderful novel and if you have read The Nightingale and Water for Elephants, this book is for you!”

The Always Delightful Pat S has wrapped up Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito and here’s what she thought. “Touted as the best Swedish crime novel of 2016, Quicksand is a courtroom procedural which literally grabs you on page one. It is the last day of the semester at a prestigious private school, and five students are shot, one survives and Maja is untouched. Did she plan this murder-suicide with her boyfriend Sebastian, the scion of the wealthiest businessman in Sweden? Was she an innocent defending her life? She admits to killing her best friend Amanda and her boyfriend Sebastian, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a defense. Taking us from the first day of the trial to its’ ultimate conclusion, we see and hear the trial through the eyes of the eighteen-year-old narrator Maja as she struggles to make sense of a world that had stopped making sense once Sebastian arrived on the scene a fact that is only established in hindsight. As the trial progresses and we are given more glimpses of the life Maja had been living with Sebastian, the reader is forced to question what is meant by guilt and innocence. Giolito is deft in manipulating the mind of the reader, but you won’t know that until you get to the end.”

Pat T:still listening. “In anticipation of the DVD release of A Dog's Purpose), I thought I would be good to listen to the book by W. Bruce Cameron, since the book is always better than the movie! A Dog's Purpose is a humorous and heartwarming story about a dog's search for meaning throughout his many lives. His first life, as a stray mutt called Toby is short lived, next he finds himself reborn as a golden puppy named Bailey who finds his purpose, as a loyal companion to his new best friend Ethan. Bailey narrates this humorous tale of how he acts and reacts to the commands of his owner, always trying his best to understand the mixed messages of human behavior! This novel exemplifies the extraordinary bond between man and man's best friend!”

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