holidays on ice (1997) by humorist david sedaris contains “santaLand diaries” \ aired on public radio every year around christmastime, the reading of “santaLand diaries” is like the “twas the night before christmas” tradition of the npr crowd
“santaLand diaries” fictionalizes sedaris’s time working as an elf at macys \ my favorite part is when santa santa asks him to sing “away in a manger” for a little girl / like any helpful elf, he does – unlike other elves, he sings it a la billie holiday 🙂 \ always makes me laugh – just heard it on morning edition
harry potter & the cursed child <2016> a play by jack thorne \ cursed book… what were they thinking!?!
“the alchemists” neil irwin <2013> / about the history & inside workings of the central banks of the u.s., u.k. and e.u.
foreign affairs <1984> alison lurie / three fourths of the way, i realized i had already read this book \ ha!
soup nourishes body & soul / it comforts & provides solace \ it provides community & an outstretched helping hand / as in the folktale “stone soup” & the ubiquity of soup kitchens in both good & bad times
“soup for syria” is a fundraising effort / here’s hoping that a peaceful, diplomatic solution is reached & ends the suffering of the Syrian people
delightful series of books of poems for young people / got these for a book drive in the office \ gives a background about each work such as the author’s intent and in what context it was written / this makes great gifts by adult fans of shakespeare & lewis carroll for their favorite young people
happy national library week! apr 9-15
“ethnic america” / thomas sowell <1981> \ a concise history of 9 immigrant groups: irish, german, italian, jews, chinese, japanese, mexicans, blacks and puerto ricans / describes how their culture and their experiences in their homeland impacted their experiences as u.s. immigrants in terms of their coping mechanisms, length of time of acculturation & socioeconomic progress, as well as the dynamics within and between ethnic groups \ an enlightening read for these times as immigration policies are being re-written