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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

On a rainy day in Stoneham ...

The weather outside is frightful, but the books I read are delightful. One title clearly demonstrates the wisdom of the old saying "Never judge a book by its cover". When my husband saw "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society", he proclaimed that any book bearing such a frivolous title would surely bore him to tears. With my famous and somewhat mystical powers of persuasion (no: I did not wield a rolling pin nor did I force him to drink a potion of my own concoction), he grudingly agreed to read the first chapter. I couldn't pry the thing from his grasping hands thereafter. It is truly a lovely story and I cannot recommend it with any greater enthusiasm except to say it will be equally difficult for you to put it aside: the kind of book happily embraced in one sitting.

I do find it comforting to know that in spite of all the consistently dreadful news about the economy, loss of employment and more hardships to come, I believe President-Elect Obama and his thoughtful appointees will work diligently to put things right. Certain we won't be sitting pretty for a while, or even to have made it up the first and second rungs of the ladder, there truly is hope that improvement, however slow to arrive, will indeed occur.

Our Thanksgiving will be spent in Rhode Island with my sister and brother-in-law, my nephew and my niece, her husband and daughters who've arrived from Florida. I can hardly wait to see 15-year old Kelly who has promised to satisfy my curiosity about "Twilight" which she saw just prior to her departure from Sarasota. She'll have read the books too, I'm sure. Then, true to form, our Christmas tree will be decorated over the weekend and I'll begin wrapping gifts. I HAAATE wrapping because I'm so clumsy at it and my packages always look distorted and somewhat lopsided because of my deficiency. Am I the only person in the world who sprouts three extra thumbs on each hand this time of year?

Buck and I wish all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society", A Novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Dial Press, A Division of Random House

P.S. Please do not be frustrated if you post a comment and then fail to see it. Somehow, that all-thumbs awkwardness applies here as well. I don't intend to delete your words, honestly I don't!

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