Greetings and welcome to the Three Bears Edition of You Are What You Read.
You read that right People. We have more Bear News this week.
They. Are. Everywhere.
Everywhere they don’t belong.
But first some housekeeping! Thanks to Peter E. (his real name) for the offering to the Summer Gods of taffy! We’re happy you’re back home Peter and thanks for the gifts!
While there was a lot of bear in the news this week, I am concentrating on just three of the more worthy stories.
It’s not just here in town that folks have a block about locking their car doors! A seventeen-year-old in Conifer, Colorado forgot to lock hers too and was not too pleased to find a bear that had taken it upon its bearish self to make itself at home. Police used a rope tied to the car door to free him. Weirdly, this was the second time it had to be done in a week. Should we start worrying about bears adding to our wait times at DMV? If they’re gonna drive they will need to be licensed. Are they pro-tolls? Traditional or hybrid? Was there a Rolex or a wallet left on the dash? Is that why the bear initially opened the car door?
Gus’ Open Pitt BBQ in Incline Village, Nevada had a bear open the back door and take a tour of the kitchen. Bears can have a hankering for BBQ? Are they Team red barbecue? Or are they Team Vinegar? Do they like slaw on the side? Burnt ends?
But here’s the story that we really need to pay attention to. A woman up the road in Bloomfield came home from running errands with her daughter and found a bear in her living room.
I am going to give you all a minute to let that sink in.
In. Her. Living. Room. In. The. Middle. Of. The. Day.
Bears do NOT belong in our living rooms. Nor do they belong in our cars or restaurants for that matter. Bears belong in the woods. Or zoos. Zoos with bars (the metal kind, not the drinks kind) are very good places for bears.
This bear was chillaxing in her living room after trashing her kitchen. The bear is apparently fond of any and all oat products, cinnamon toast crunch, pretzels, and some product called Honey Stingers. Because honey and bears just seem to go together.
People, I don’t know what to make of all this. We may be deep into the Dog Days but the Summer 2018 belongs to the Bears.
This week we have some secrets, New York, a troubled past, and some Italy.
Let us begin!
Kaitlin from the Rock is here! Ahoy Kaitlin! “Ahoy! I recently finished up Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman. The narrator, Eleanor, seems to have her life completely in order, it's everyone else who is a mess, and she has no problem telling them so. Eleanor's days are like clockwork: spent alone, working and drinking her weekend vodkas, until she meets Raymond, a colleague who happens to be helping an elderly man who fell on the sidewalk. Eleanor's life is totally turned on its head when these two men seem to want to be friends with her, opening their hearts and welcoming her into their families. Throughout the story, we learn bits and pieces about Eleanor's secretive and traumatizing past and her mother, known to her as ‘‘Mummy.’ Mostly comedic, but also touching on some serious issues, this book was a great read--fans of A Man Called Ove (by Fredrik Backman) would probably love it!”
Pat T found The One. “Still Me by Jojo Moyes is the perfect summertime read! It was great fun catching up with the charming and quirky Louisa Clark. In Still Me, Louisa leaves London behind, along with her boyfriend, Ambulance Sam, for a position in New York City as a personal assistant to the second wife of a wealthy businessman. With thoughts of Will always in the back of her mind, she navigates her new surroundings as only Louisa can, she jumps in head first and finds herself in unexpected situations such as attending a glamorous fundraiser dressed in a designer dress, being bitten by the neighbor’s dog and marching in a protest to save the local library. She handles what life throws at her with grace and kindness. Louisa is an irresistible character that I would like to befriend!”
Jeanne: doing two things as she does. “I offer two audio books, both narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, an Italian-American actor. The first is The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, a complex debut novel by Kristopher Jansma. An elusive young man with a troubled past has always wanted to be a writer, one who produces an impactful, acclaimed novel. What makes the story a little confusing to follow is that, to me, it is fiction within fiction within fiction. The young man travels the world using people he meets as subjects for writing, even stealing their identities and lying about himself, and especially about his past. I found the intricacies and range of the story to be compelling and the versatile, charismatic voice of Mr. Ballerini had me mesmerized; so much so that I looked for other books narrated by him.
I found The Italian Party, the new debut novel by Christina Lynch. Ballerini once again charmed this listener with his ability to perform multiple characters, even women and especially Italians with his beautiful, native accent. The story is set in 1955 Siena, Italy and tells of a young CIA operative who comes from the United States with his new young wife. Michael Messina’s mission is to become friendly with the locals in order to influence the upcoming election and foil the growth of the Communist Party there. His wife, Scottie, becomes a bit over-friendly with the locals and adds quite a bit of spice to the novel. While the story is one of spying, seduction and mystery, it is a little lighter on the historical details than I would have liked. But, ah, Edoardo."