Greetings and welcome to the Full Strawberry Moon Edition of You Are What You Read. Tonight’s full moon is known as the Strawberry Moon because, well, strawberries. If you went to Farmer’s Market this week you saw that some of the vendors had them. This moon is also known as the Honey Moon for the amber cast it will have to it. This is also a mini-moon, meaning that this is the orbit that is furthest from the earth. Most of us won’t notice a difference in the size but it bears mentioning. Saying that this moon has a lot going on is an understatement. The Farmer’s Almanac would like you to know that crabbing, shrimping and clamming are best done now, so get on that should you wish. Or not. Up to you People how you choose to use this moon.
And yes, the underpass is still a disgrace. Thanks for asking.
This week we have cake, a reluctant bride, and some grief.
DJ Jazzy Patty McC will someday return. This is not that day.
Let us begin!
Diane is reading pretty again. “The cover of Maggie Austin’s Cake grabs your attention. It looks like a tutu of ruffles and tulle wrapped around the base of a cake. As I read the author's introduction, I found that she started her career as a ballerina. She was forced to retire quite early due to an injury, so a career shift was a necessity. Maggie began taking classes creating sugar flowers. She found it required the same patience and a great attention to the detail as in ballet. Two weeks after launching her web site with her sister, Maggie was invited to the Today Show and that was the start of her new and successful career. The book is organized with photographs of exquisite finished cakes and the techniques and tools necessary for creating the wonderful beautiful sugar flowers. The details in this book are incredible.”
The Amazing Amanda saw Mia's exuberant video for When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and just had to read it for herself. "Mia really loves this book. She got her hands on it months ago and has been trying to get everyone to read it. I took the bite and read it over the course of two days. The book opens with Dimple whose parents want her to find the Ideal Indian Husband (I.I.H.). She's starting college soon to study coding and definitely does not have any time for marriage. Before that though, she wants to go to a special summer program that will give her a leg up at school. Suspiciously, her parents immediately go for it. When she arrives, she finds out it's a trap — she has a betrothed. Dimple struggles against her parents' wishes, her dreams, and the undeniable attraction she has to Rishi. He's one of the best guys in young adult literature. He's honorable, charming, serious, and thoughtful. He's a delight. Overall, I'm not in love with this much as Mia, but it was a fast-paced read that kept me turning the pages."
Pat T is listening. “I am listening to Sheryl Sandberg's book, Option B Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy that she co-wrote with Adam Grant author of the book, Originals. Since her last book, Lean In, Sandberg experienced the tragic and sudden loss of her husband, Dave Goldberg, in 2015 while they were vacationing in Mexico. In this book she opens up about the devastating fog of grief she experienced after the loss of her husband of 11 years and the challenges of raising two children as a single Mom. She acknowledges that she was ’fortunate to have a wide support system and the financial resources that few have, but her journey is no different from others who have experienced loss, rejection, divorce, injury, illness, along with professional failure to personal disappointment’ and this book is her attempt to share what researchers have learned about resilience and the capacity of the human spirit to persevere and find joy again. Everyone knows someone who has experienced tragedy, yet few people know how to react to the grieving friend or colleague and in this book the authors offer us ways we can offer support.