It's the First Public Service Announcement of 2018 Edition

Greetings and welcome to the First Public Service Announcement of 2018 Edition of You Are What You Read.

First! A little housekeeping is in order. I’m hopeful that everyone got Lemon Pig constructed and that it’s in a prominent place of respect in your homes. David R. reports that in Scandinavian countries, a marzipan pig is often enjoyed during the Hellidaze and it has a coin in its mouth. Thanks for the 411 on that David R! If you haven’t Lemon Pigged yet it’s not too late and we could all use a little luck.

Staying healthy, most of the time, has very little to do with luck. Plenty of sleep, exercise, good diet, clean hands; these all help. But when you’re in the thick of the flu season and one as bad as this one, common sense also factors into staying on top of your game.

Get excited because here comes the Public Service Announcement part, People.

The flu is reaching serious proportions in the US (46 states!) and it’s no joke. H3N2 is this year’s scourge. The hideous thing about this strain is that it came on early and it can mutate making that vaccine you got this Fall that made your arm ache for days, only 32% effective. This doesn’t mean that if you haven’t already gotten the vaccine that you shouldn’t. Lemon Pig can only have so much mojo.

All this being said, here comes my annual plea. If you are sick, please don’t visit us. Were you aware that you can spread the flu to anyone within 6 feet of you? We love you all but you belong at home with Lemon Pig, a blanket, a hot toddy for those over 21, tea for the rest of you, and a box of Kleenex at your side.

“But Jen”, say The People, “We NEED to Library!”

People! Calm down! You can Library from the comfort of your homes.

This month we have gifted you with 10 Hoopla check outs, please use them! Our e-Book selection is robust and often the wait time for the popular stuff is less than physical copies. And yes, yes I know you all like “holding a book in your hands”. I get it. But these are special times. Want a glossy magazine? We can hook you up with that too! And as for needing to return items? Call the nice folks at the Welcome Desk; tell your predicament in your sad, croaky, gravel ridden voice and they’ll do what they can, so you can stay home until you’re well.

Keep those hands clean with soap and water, hose down surfaces with a nice anti-bacterial wipe (don’t forget the doorknobs!) and if you have the slightest inkling that you may indeed be coming down with something more serious than a cold, call your doctor. There are steps that can be taken to make you more comfortable and keep you safe.

We’ll be very excited to see you back here when you’re well.

This week we have some deception, my girl Lizzie, a giant, some presents and a friendship.

Let us begin!

The Always Fabulous Babs B has just finished The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine. “Amber Patterson is a completely amoral young woman who has designed a detailed and diabolical plan to steal wealthy entrepreneur, Jackson Parrish, away from his wife, Daphne, via a fake friendship. This is only the first part of the book. Let me just say that Daphne gets her revenge, so to speak, in the second part of the book which is told from her point of view. This book is filled with deception, power and it's a great winter reading escape!”

J-Rae is BACK and here’s what she’s enjoying (aside from our company and yours) whilst on break. “Jen aka Mistress of You Are What You Read has never failed me on a book recommendation. This time when I asked she immediately handed me See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt and I understand why. I’m nearly done with this book and already mourning it being gone from my bedside. In 1892 Lizzie Borden finds her father dead in the living room and from the looks of it he didn’t go peacefully. The author, Sarah Schmidt, does an amazing job of crafting a split point of view from two daughters and their maid the day before and after the murder. The more the story unfolds, the less sure you are of anything… except how brilliantly the author constructs her writing. For readers that enjoy suspense, in-depth relationships with characters, history, and a dash of creepiness See What I Have Done is a MUST READ!”

Jeanne is still doing one thing. Could this be a trend? A resolution? “Elmet, the debut novel by Fiona Mozley reads like a fairy tale. While the setting is modern day rural England, the characters include giants of men, homes in the forest and hunting with bow and arrows. Daniel (the narrator) is 14 and his sister, Cathy is 15. They live reclusively with their father, a giant of a man, on land where they built their own home, grow and hunt for their food and take care of each other. The problem is that they are squatting on land belonging to the community’s most powerful landowner. Now the tale has an ogre. The small family lives by wits and strength and both are tested when the landowner decides it is time to pay up or the consequences go way beyond eviction. The story is dark; the language is lyrical. I loved it.”

Diane is staying true to the pretty. “Presentations: A Passion For Gift Wrapping, is new to our library.. Carolyne Roehm published this book in 2005. I find the gift wrapping selections made in this book are just as beautiful today as they were 12 years ago. The choices of paper, ribbons and embellishments illustrate how important presentation can be in the gift giving process. There are gift wrap, table setting and fun theme party ideas for each season in the book and creative ways to pull together just the right presentation for any party. Carolyne Roehm has devoted the last pages of the book to the how to of making just the right choices for ribbons, paper and decorative details. She has included pages for resources that have been used throughout the book. I always love to check out the shops she has found. Many are in our area and of course the companies can also be found on line.”

Nevine enjoyed one of our recurring staff favorites. “Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf is a heartwarming novel of two older widowers, who have been neighbors for many years in Holt, Colorado. One day, Addy asks Louis to stay with her at night to help her fall asleep. It is an invitation for companionship rather than sexual. After much hesitation, Louis agrees to it. Addy's and Louis' friendship progresses and they start to feel a deep and true affection for each other. However, people around town start to gossip about their relationship and Addy's son shows his disapproval of this newly found friendship. As a result, Addy and Louis start to grow apart and their relationship starts to slowly unravel, which is sad and disappointing as I hoped their friendship would continue to evolve, leading to marriage. It is sad that two older people are denied a last chance of happiness together."

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