Saturday, January 14, 2017

Week in Review - W/E - 1/14/2017

This has been a somewhat lazy week for me and, I only read (1) book but, it was a good one.  I did watch (2) movies : Love the Coopers (2015), Diane Keaton, John Goodman and Steve Martin but, although parts were fun, I didn't love it .  I also watched, Postcards From the Edge (1990): Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine which I'd seen before and enjoyed.  We also O.D'd on Sopranos episodes, Season 3.  

I did get out to yoga class 3x and, I also caught up with (2) high school friends for lunch - always fun to catch up and chat about past and present.

Book Read

On Turpentine Lane; Elinor Lipman
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2017

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What Possessed Me?

"IF I HADN'T BEEN NAIVE and recklessly trusting, would I ever have purchased number 10 Turpentine Lane, a chronic headache masquerading as a charming bungalow?  'Best value in town,' said the ad, which was true, if judging by the price tag alone.  I paid almost nothing by today's standards, attributing the bargain to my mother's hunch that the previous owner had succumbed while in residence.  Not so off-putting, I rationalized; don't most people die at home?  On moving day my next-door neighbor brought me a welcome loaf of banana bread along with the truth about my seller. A suicide attempt...sleeping pills...she's saved them up till she had enough, poor thing. And who could blame her? 'Strong as an ox,' she added. 'But a whole bottle?' She tapped the side of her head."

(My Thoughts) I've enjoyed many of Elinor Lipman's earlier novels, The Inn at Lake Devine, was an all time favorite, but, I must say, On Turpentine Lane, runs a close second -- such a fun read.  Our protagonist, Faith Frankel has a so-so job in the Development Department of a private day school that she had attended.  Her boyfriend Stuart, is a loser who has taken advantage of her and is now off on a cross country walk to find himself.  Before leaving he gives Faith a piece of red-string (a symbol of his commitment to her). He also asks for her credit card to help with expenses. Meanwhile, Faith has purchased a rock bottom priced 2-bedroom - 1 - bath, bungalow, "On Turpentine Lane", unaware of the houses history and that the police will soon be knocking on her door.  life is interesting for Faith; she has a charming new office mate named Nick, a meddling mother, a father who is having a mid-life crisis,  a bachelor brother and added to the mix are a few other quirky characters that together make this story shine. Lipman's sharp dialogue and insight into the human psyche made this novel such a treat. (4.5 stars - be sure to try it)

Have a Great Weekend!

21 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a fantastic week. I hope next week is just as good!

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    1. Thanks Pat, actually, some days I just felt very lazy this week LOL

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  2. I've enjoyed a few of Elinor Lipman's books... adding this one to my list!

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  3. It's so fun that you live close enough to high school friends to meet up with them. I'm sad to say I'm only in contact with 2 friends from high school.

    On Turpentine Lane is new to me but it sure does sound good.

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    1. It wasn't always like that, we reconnected in 2009, but it is fun to chat about old times and new.

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  4. I have meant to read THE INN AT LAKE DEVINE for years. Maybe you are the one who talked about it. Think I might have a copy here somewhere. ON TURPENTINE LANE sounds good, though getting a red string as a trade for your credit card seems not quite even. LOL

    Yoga 3 times - wow. I did walk 5 days this week and was glad I did. I'm going to try to go back to yoga either this week or next. Feel pretty creaky.

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    1. Kay, THE INN AT LAKE DEVINE was terrific (read it twice, something I never do). I was the one who raved about it I'm sure LOL

      I do enjoy yoga and makes me feel good as well.

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  5. That book sounds pretty good and so did the lazy time!

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  6. The cover of On Turpentine Lane is great - going to check into that one!

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  7. I read The Inn at Lake Devine many, many years ago and thought it was wonderful.

    Wish I had your energy right about now. My husband and I have been sick since Thursday and I have a feeling I won't get out of my p.j.s all weekend. On top of that, we have an ice storm headed our way tomorrow. Glad we have a stocked pantry & refrigerator. Fingers crossed we don't lose power, though!

    Have a relaxing weekend!

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    1. Oh no Les, so sorry you two have been down and out. I felt like I've been fighting something but so far so good. Get better soon.

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  8. Diane, I enjoyed your week in review post. I'd like to read a book by Elinor Lipman.

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  9. Hope you are having a great weekend Diane! This is a book for my list. I've enjoyed several of Lipman's books.

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    1. Glad to hear this Iliana. I think you will like this one.

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  10. I almost always love Diane Keaton's movies, but I wasn't a fan of Love the Coopers, either. I don't know why exactly...but anyway, Postcards from the Edge always wins with me.

    I am also eager to read On Turpentine Lane. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I'd say you had a great week full of good stuff; no wonder you only read 1 book.

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  12. I was just telling Kathy that I love this new feature/format of hers and I have to say the same thing to you as well! I still need to get my blog back in order but probably not until next week. Things will likely quiet down by then. :-)

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