Greetings and welcome to the Bust a Move Edition of You Are What You Read.
Of course, we have Bear News this week People. This is now officially a Thing. Bears! Where they don’t belong doing things that should terrify anyone in their right mind.
On Monday morning a bear just walked into a home in Canton, Connecticut checked out the master bedroom, while the owner was still IN BED and knocked over a dresser. This was the fourth break-in by a bear in two weeks according to the police. This is four times too many in my book and I am sure yours also.
On the Left Coast, like they don’t have enough horror going on with fires and all, a bear is caught on camera OPENING A CAR DOOR AND STEALING GROCERIES. That’s right. We have a bear living Thug Life.
And in Gatlinburg, Tennessee there was a bear that climbed up a tree to access some deck dining at a restaurant. This bear helped himself to a pizza. No word on whether or not beer was consumed. I like a beer with my pizza, personally; or a glass of red in the winter. Who knows what bears like with theirs?
People! This has to end. Bears, if you are out there and you can read this because really at this point I almost believe that you can, please stay in the woods. This is where you belong.
Speaking of staying where you belong, did you hear about the two old men who went over the wall of their nursing home in Germany? Why you ask? To attend Wacken Open Air, this happens to be the biggest heavy metal festival in the world. That’s right! They went over the wall to hear the likes of Judas Priest and Running Wild. Did they plan this for months? How did they get tickets? I wonder if there was a mosh pit because when they were found they were said to be “disoriented and dazed.” Did they stay all four days? Were t-shirts purchased? Did they make new friends? If I saw two old dudes walking around a festival, I’d want to know who they were and why they were there! When the Police finally found them the gentlemen seemed reluctant to leave the four day festival and return to The Home. But eventually they did with the help of a taxi and a patrol car.
People! The lesson this week is be ever vigilant! You never know when things and people will be in spots they don’t belong. This could be our lesson for the whole summer as a matter of fact.
This week we have some quarantine, summer camp, facts, a whole lotta social media, a president, Greenwich, and reinvention.
Let us begin!
Join me in welcoming Colleen to these pages. Colleen used to be found on the Welcome Desk but now she is on the Ref Desk. Here’s what she’s excited about this week: “Seven Days of Us is a debut novel by Francesca Hornak that perfectly captures the relationships, secrets, and personal tribulations of a family, who are forcibly kept together under quarantine for seven days. Being cut off from the outside world in their remote and aging country home for the holidays, the Birches all have their own resentments and issues that they try to keep to themselves. Emma, recently diagnosed with cancer but choosing to not tell her family, is determined to carry on as a perfect mother, cooking endless meals and ensuring polite small talk during the family’s brief interactions while her husband Andrew hides in his study, reminiscing about his past achievements and moping about the blistering restaurant reviews he now writes. Olivia, a doctor who has just returned from treating the deadly Haag virus epidemic in Africa, is struggling to adjust to a normal life as her disparate younger sister Phoebe is egocentrically wrapped up in planning her lavish wedding. With surprise encounters, accidental discoveries, and an unexpected guest, many truths unwillingly emerge and the Birch family is forced to deal with it all! This book is filled with unexpected turns right until the last page!”
Brit has been raving about this to me for a while now. And now she shall rave to you. “I couldn't put down Honor Girl, a graphic memoir by Maggie Thrash. Maggie grew up in Atlanta, but every summer she'd retreat into the Mountains of Kentucky for Camp Bellflower for Girls. At Camp Bellflower Maggie excels in Archery, participates in daily reenactments of the Civil War, and learns a great deal about the proper way for Christian girls to behave. But when a routine lice check from a female camp counselor makes Maggie question her sexuality, camp suddenly transforms from a place of comfort to a place of confusion and longing. It's written with humor and heart, and will have you desperate to know how it ends.”
Sweet Ann is here with Little Big Love by Katy Regan. “Zach Huthchinson is a ten-year-old boy who loves to know facts about things, but the fact he is searching for the most cannot be found. He wants to know why his father left when he was born and why neither his mother nor his grandparents want to find him. Things change when his mom comes home one night a bit drunk and reveals tearfully that his father, Liam, was the love of her life. This propels Zach and his best pal Teagan to form a club to find out all the facts they can discover about his dad which will hopefully lead them to him. This novel is told in alternating voices: Zach's, mom Juliet, and grandfather Mick. These characters are realistically written and you feel for each one. Little Big Love is a heartwarming novel which explores anger, grief and guilt quite well.”
Hullo Kaitlin from the Rock! “Helloooo! As I've been trying to burn off ice cream calories at the gym, I've been listening to The Circle, by David Eggers. This is a really fun book (there was a movie with Tom Hanks that came out last year). Mae starts working for the most powerful internet company in the world, known as The Circle. The company has essentially taken over the world--people set up TrueYou accounts, through which they can do their banking, social media, and really anything they want or need to do. The world is constantly posting, commenting, watching, and zinging. The company's leaders—the ‘Three Wisemen’--have conceived of a way for politicians and citizens to have complete transparency, by allowing cameras record their every movement and viewers watching every moment of their lives. Mae winds up voluntarily going completely transparent, allowing every moment of her life to be captured on film. Being transparent forces her to make better choices and to live a more honest version of her life. Who wouldn't want to always present the best version of themselves to the world--right? The tone of this book is fun and entertaining, but strong messages about privacy and democracy (not to mention humankind's obsession with social media acceptance) are clear."
The Always Faublous Babs B started out as a reluctant reader with President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson. “I must be honest; I put off reading this, but was presently surprised. It captured my attention from page one and I could not put it down. Whispers of cyber terror, espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet make this the most authentic novel to come along in many years. The writing of Clinton and Patterson really make the book hum and the twists thrown in at the end are vintage Patterson. I'm so glad I opened with this one!”
Spunky Jill M has been reading one of our most wanted books, When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger. “Lauren Weisberger’s latest novel, When Life Gives You Lululemons is my favorite book of the summer thus far! It opens with Emily (who you may remember as Miranda Priestley’s assistant in The Devil Wears Prada) jetting to New York City in her new profession as an image consultant to deal with a client who has created a publicity nightmare for himself. While in NYC, Emily connects with Miranda, a summer camp friend who recently transitioned from her NYC law career to be a stay at home mom in Greenwich. Miranda and Emily befriend Katarina (a former Victoria Secrets model, of course) who has become the unwitting target of her husband’s nefarious acts in an effort to fulfill his aspirations to become the top presidential candidate. The novel delivers entertaining insight to the ludicrous antics and life styles of the ultra-wealthy set in Greenwich. Filled with a little romance, a lot of heartbreak and the sweet taste of revenge, the author provides the perfect summer beach read!”
Mal! What’s up? Jen, I’m pretty sure Christina Dalcher wrote my actual nightmare with her novel Vox, out on August 21st. Words are limited in this dystopia, but only for half the population. In this eerie world, the bible belt expands, with the “pure” society reaching back towards instilling traditional family values. Our narrator Dr. Jean McClellan, a trained linguist, is forbidden to work, read, or write; her young daughter attends a separate school from boys. She and the rest of female society are outfitted with Fitbit-styled wristbands that track each and every word they utter, capping them at 100 words a day, per person. Dalcher builds her world slowly, bit by bit, making the creep factor that much more real. Fans of The Handmaid's Tale or The Hunger Games won’t be able to put this one down."
You all know that I read far ahead of publication date so that I am sure that I am buying the stuff that I know you are going to love. And I have to say I already have a favorite of 2019 in Age of Light by Whitney Strieber. This beautifully written debut novel tells the true story of Lee Miller, a fashion model who leaves behind the New York fashion scene in the 30's for a life in Paris behind the camera as a photographer. There she meets Man Ray and becomes his assistant, then his lover and muse. When Lee becomes an artist in her own right, their personal lives implode. Lee was a fascinating woman who was constantly stretching the boundaries afforded to women at the time and someone for who reinvention was truly a way of life. You all are going to love this one but you will need to wait until February before you get your hands on it."