Library Breaks over. I know I could watch Old Spicey over and over… But time to get busy.
I’m taking a few days off and I desperately need to clear out some house clutter. I’m a big fan of Clean House but I think it just makes me feel better about my smaller mess. So far I’ve finished two Interlibrary Loan books, vacuumed up a ton of dog hair and gathered up boxes and bags for Habitat for Humanity pick up.
Death by Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum. Here’s a knitting cozy set in a lovely Massachusetts seaside fishing village. Izzy Chambers has bought a small shop in Sea Harbor to start her dream job of owning and running a knitting shop. She’s left a high powered lawyer job behind and painful memories and is creating a life in the same town as her Aunt Nell. She’s also a very creative and talented knitter.
There’s a small knitting circle of Izzy, Nell, Cass (local fisherwoman), and Birdie (80 year old go-getter). Lots of lovely knitting talk, great food at knitting and townie get togethers, and Goldenbaum interjects local history and memorable Sea Harbor characters. Izzy has rented out her above the store apartment to Angie Archer, town gadabout with a loose reputation. Angie is working at the Museum doing research for an exhibit, while making time for boyfriends and nights out. When Angie turns up drowned in the harbor, Izzy and Nell realize they never really knew much about her. Besides the death of Angie, someone is poaching lobsters and creepy breaking and entering happens at the store apartment.
Suspicions grow, Nell leads the investigation into the crime, never believing it was an accident. I find with cozies, a lull in the middle and this book is no exception, but it pick ups nicely. So find out how a beautifully knitted cashmere sweater winds it way through all the story’s twists and turns. See how local history, secrets and town characters reveal a darker side of harbor life. Susan Goldenbaum has a nice hand drawing small town characters within a strong setting. And for once I started with the first book in the series, and it looks like she just finished her third, Moon Spinners. So in between knitting projects pick up a mystery with the knitter in mind. (Free pattern at the end of the book!)
Upon recommendation of Young Bill and Sadie I ordered Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer on Interlibrary Loan. To say this is a great graphic novel is an understatement. If you are going to try out one graphic novel, make this one your first choice. It had all the action and characters I remember as a kid reading comics, but it also has the real adult issues that remind us we’re all human even the super heroes among us. Listen to Brad at NPR tell his story about writing these comics. It’s very interesting what Brad has to say about our post 9/11 world. (I couldn’t get the video to insert, so go on over to the NPR site)
This graphic novel is a combination of a seven DC comic mini series. Someone is after our super heroes’ families, Elongated Man’s wife is dead. What protects us? What secrets might have been instrumental in creating this force for revenge? Did revenge beget revenge? The characters are easy to identify with, sadness, tragedy, loneliness, and failure. There are also many lessons about the power of love, and that it may be our ultimate salvation, even after great cost.
Rags Morales brings it all together with his glorious illustrations. At the end of the graphic, is a discussion between Brad and Rags about how the illustrations combine with the dialogue to create mood, emotion and story. I thought the afterword brought a great perspective to the novel, how illustrations and words are intertwined so tightly in comics.
This is a book I’ll be thinking about long after I’ve sent it back to the library, and that’s the criteria for a great read.
Okay, back to cleaning…