Tell the Wolves I'm Home - Carol Rifka Brunt
I'm in a glass case of emotion.
June's BFF is her uncle Finn but then he dies of AIDS. Like, right off the bat. And it is hell of sad, and to add to the sadness, her older sister and former bff has entered the Righteous Bitch stage of teenagerhood, her mom is like, Nope, we do not discuss your uncle Finn or that nasty man who gave him AIDS and killed him (it's 1987, btw), and also June is large and awkward and may also have been in love with her uncle Finn. How uncomfortable.
But then she gets a letter from That Nasty Man (henceforth: Toby) and they meet and at first she is like *caution* because her family, you know, but they BOTH loved Finn SO MUCH and they both MISS HIM and they become friends and it is adorable but you can see how, from the outside, it probably looks weird, and then misunderstandings occur and terrible shit happens and hearts are warmed but also I cried, like, a river of tears.
It does indeed, JT. Thank you for asking.
The Last Time They Met - Anita Shreeve
MAYYYYJOR spoilers in this one.
Woe unto M Night Shyamalan, for he hath ruined for me any sort of None Of It Was Real ending. I find myself so annoyed that she was dead the whole time, that she died in a car crash early on and the rest of it, how they both married other people and then met years later and had an affair and so on, was all his invention, that I can't even TELL you whether the book was good or not. NONE OF IT WAS REAL.
Cuckoo's Calling -
Sure, this was good, right? Solid characterization, JK Ro-level of descriptive greatness, a mystery that I didn't figure out on my own.
I'm literally going to use this for every mystery from here on in.
I enjoyed this book immensely and have nothing bad to say about it.
Sleeping Murder - Agatha Christie
I enjoy the Miss Marples so much more than the Hercule Poirots. I mean, I enjoy her character more, but I also think they are a better quality of mystery, right? It's probably that MMarp is always a distant periphery character who totters onstage from time to time to be like, Quite interesting, this overlooked fact, while everyone else is running around going
Red herrings, tidy resolution, no small amount of gardening. It's exactly right.
The Keep - Jennifer Egan
This guy gets invited to come work at the castle of an old childhood friend (whom he once contrived to abandon in a subterranean cave, traumatizing said friend for AGES) and the guy is Super Chatty Internet-Having Friend-Phoning-Constantly Guy but this castle is totally off the grid and then a bunch of really weird shit happens.
Weird and slightly baffling.
It's pretty good.
Mange Tout: Teaching your children to love fruit and vegetables without tears - Lucy Tomas
This book is based on a great program where kids interact with produce in a no-pressure environment, and usually end up eating things the otherwise wouldn't. It talks a lot about exploring the food, discussing the food, and involving children in food prep (all things I am VERY INTO), but it also advocates all kind of food-based games and crafts, and I sort of feel like food is FOOD, you know? It's for eating. I don't want my kid to think that beets are for squeezing and coloring with. I also don't want to reward my kid for eating veggies, since studies show that ANYTHING we're rewarded for eating, we automatically like less. So no gold stars for E.
Good ideas, though, of different ways of preparing different veg. I'm always sort of strapped for ideas.