Greetings and welcome to The Summer Kick-Off Edition of You Are What You Read.
Reed C has primed the Summer Taffy Pump with a big bag of the stuff. Thanks Reed! Remember us on your travels and gift us with taffy or fudge and you too will get a You Are What You Read shout out.
Please note that there will we will be taking next Friday off because I will be at Book Expo all next week learning about what the Publishing Industry is excited about for the upcoming year. Soldier on as best you can People.
Also, we will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day. Some of us will be marching in the parade so if parades are your jam, and you see my co-workers please cheer them on. I will not be marching. Going under that Underpass 10 times a week is quite enough thank you. If you happen to find yourself under the 95 underpass this year please note the disgraceful state of the sidewalk. You will find a sidewalk littered with pigeon body parts (Oddly never a whole dead pigeon, just parts. Are pigeons cannibals?), dead rodents, garbage, broken eggs, and slick with a filth that I try not to think too much about. If you are parading, you could compare this underpass to the train underpass which is so clean you could picnic underneath it should you choose to. Why this is so continues to puzzle me. Obviously someone can clean that underpass but not the 95 underpass. So this is my yearly plea to someone, anyone really, do what has to be someone’s job and clean it up. And no, shoveling the garbage up against the underpass is not cleaning it. My fellow commuters and I thank you.
This week we have some invisible women, hockey, recovery and Andorra.
Playlist? It’ll be coming back in 2 People. Please continue to send Pats and her fam good thoughts. Thanks.
Let us begin!
The Amazing Amanda has returned to the Bedwyn series by Mary Balogh. "Slightly Wicked is a typical steamy Balogh romance. However, what makes this book stand out is the focus on the invisible woman who exist in the background of other novels; the quiet companion to a member of a wealthy family. No one sees them and with sack dresses, ugly bonnets, and they can be of any age. These are women who had not the relations or means to marry and were sentenced to a lifetime of servitude to wealthier women. Judith Law is not a paid companion, she is but a poor relation. Her aunt takes great strides to cover her up and make it clear that she's too hideous to be seen. But Judith has a secret, on her journey over she took a leap and for a one night she pretended to be someone else so that she had a dream to feed her for a lifetime. That is, until her fantasy man is introduced as the beau to her cousin. The novel has plenty of expected romantic entanglements, but the light it shows on the fate of these invisible women is what makes it unique. It's a good read for someone looking to learn more about the lives of women in truly troubling circumstances."
Sweet Ann is here with Beartown by Fredrick Backman. “Bear Town is a small town in Sweden, which has fallen on hard times. But the town has a chance to turn things around both financially and for its growth as a community if their junior hockey team can make it to the semi nationals. When the team wins the qualifying game towards the semifinals everyone thinks there will be no stopping them from winning it all. But the night of the win, Kevin, the star player on the team, hosts a party at his house while his parents are away. A horrific incident happens at this party that will divide the town and have long term consequences for the team as well as the community. This is a well written thought provoking novel with many vibrant characters.”
The Fabulous Babs B has just finished Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction by Elizabeth Vargas. “This gripping memoir of addiction takes readers from the highs of Vargas's successful news career to the lows of alcoholism and through the grace of recovery. I found her story to be fascinating. She is open and honest about her lifetime struggle with anxiety and how it morphed into alcoholism. She used alcohol to ease that anxiety in her later years. It worked at first, but later, just made the problem worse, as it always does. I admire Elizabeth more than I can say and remember addiction can choose anyone it wants!”
Spunky Jill M has been listening to **32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line **by Eric Ripert.
“I loved listening to celebrity chef, Eric Ripert’s memoir, 32 Yolks and learning about the early life experiences which profoundly influenced his astoundingly successful career. He shares tales of his childhood in the south of France and the country of Andorra, a tiny principality between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. This is a great geography lesson, since I had never heard of Andorra! As I listened to his story, recognizing the profound influence various persons had on his young life, from an abusive stepfather to gentlemen farmer, I appreciate his talent even more. While not a book I would have readily chosen, my colleague steered me towards it, and I’m glad they did. A visit to an Eric Ripert restaurant is now on my bucket list! I wholly recommend this memoir to anyone who enjoys fresh, imaginative and curious food.”