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The Week in Review: 11.30.2018

November 30, 2018
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I wasn’t familiar with the music of Wilco or Uncle Tupelo so you might be surprised to see I picked up LET’S GO (SO WE CAN GET BACK) by Jeff Tweedy.  Tweedy grew up in Belleville, Illinois and became obsessed with music at a fairly young age, seeking out hard to find albums.  He started playing in bands when he was in high school and had some success with the band Uncle Tupelo.  When that band broke up, he formed Wilco which had even greater success.

Since music (and his bands) are a big part of Tweedy’s life they are also a big part of this memoir, but they’re not the only part.  Tweedy writes of his childhood, his wife and children, and his addiction, among other things in an open and honest way.  I chose to listen to the book and I’m glad I did.  Tweedy does a great job with the narration and his wife and one of his sons are featured as he shares conversations he had with them about what to include in the book.  The audio concludes with a few songs which I enjoyed so I’ve listened to more of Wilco’s music since then.  I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who enjoy music and/or memoirs.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


SANITY & TALLULAH by Molly Brooks is a graphic novel for middle grade readers about best friends who live on an old space station named Wilnick.  Sanity is a natural at science and longs for a pet so she creates one of her own – a three-headed cat she names Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds.  When Princess Sparkle goes missing at the same time damage is found all over Wilnick, the cat is blamed.  Sanity is sure Princess Sparkle isn’t responsible and the two friends set out to find her.  They make a discovery that could mean life or death for the whole spaceship and it’s up to them to save everyone.

I loved the artwork and the basic story but I did have a few issues with this book.  I thought the girls’ friendship and cooperation were great and liked the fact that the story depicts girls being good at science but I found the story a little confusing at times and thought one of the subplots was completely unnecessary.  I have a feeling the target audience won’t worry about understanding all the details of the plot, though, and think it will be a hit with them.  (Review copy provided by Hyperion.)


Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors so I was excited to pick up her latest book, TONY’S WIFE.  When Saverio and Chi Chi meet, he’s immediately smitten but she’s ambitious and thinks being married will keep her from fulfilling her dream of being a singer.  He’s already a mildly successful singer and spends a lot of time on the road.  When they cross paths a little while later, she succumbs to his charms and they marry.  Once children come along, though, Chi Chi sets aside her aspirations for her family and they have to figure out how to make things work.

Spanning from the 1930s to the end of the 20th century, Trigiani immerses readers in Chi Chi and Saverio’s world of Italian American families, singers and songwriters, and people just trying to live their lives the best they can.  As I expected, I loved this book and thought the writing, the storyline, and the characters were terrific.  The story is a little sad at times and I felt that I knew the characters well so it did make me tear up a few times.   You’ll want to grab a copy of this wonderful book for yourself and another for holiday gift giving.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • Carl went to visit his dad so I spent more time at the store and got our Christmas tree up while he was gone.

  • I finished my latest puzzle.  This one was pretty easy compared to the last one.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged almost 18,750 Fitbit steps a day.


What’s going on in your corner of the world?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    November 30, 2018 6:45 am

    You had a busy week. Pretty tree and wow, that puzzle looks so festive. Enjoy the weekend.

  2. November 30, 2018 6:53 am

    Looks like you’re getting in the Christmas spirit 🙂 I’m hoping to get there next week. I’m curious about the Tweedy memoir. I had some early CDs that I haven’t listened to in a while. I’ll have to do that. And now I’m adding the new Trigiani to my wish list. Glad to read your review!

  3. Melissa S permalink
    November 30, 2018 9:22 am

    I read Dopesick a few months ago; I can’t wait to read what you think of it! It wasn’t a love or hate for me; but it was eye-opening.

  4. Beth F permalink
    November 30, 2018 9:49 am

    I’m hoping to get to Adriana’s new book very soon. I always like her stories. YOu’ve got me curious about the Tweedy book and his music.

  5. November 30, 2018 10:04 am

    I need to get my mother a copy of Adriana Trigiani’s new book! Looking forward to your thoughts on Dopesick… recently added it to my wish list.

  6. November 30, 2018 10:11 am

    I always love these Friday posts…I get a sneaky peak into your week! There isn’t much to watch lately…we have been watching a new cooking show on Netflix but not religiously. Your tree looks lovely…we are getting ours on Monday…I hope!

  7. November 30, 2018 11:06 am

    Well now you’ve got me all curious about Sanity and Tallulah! Your Christmas tree is lovely. We just have lights on the one window that allows me to hang them. If we ever get a different house I want one that I can put lights up in!

  8. November 30, 2018 11:10 am

    I like Wilco’s music so I am glad to hear his book is interesting. I look forward to hearing what you think of Swing and Dopesick as I haven’t read either one yet.

  9. November 30, 2018 11:27 am

    Your tree is beautiful! I’m proud of you getting it up already.

    Your books this week look interesting, and I’ve decided I must add Tony’s Wife to my shelves. I have loved many books by Trigiani, but haven’t read any since All the Stars in the Heavens was so disappointing to me. Actually, I blame myself for that one, for having unrealistic expectations and for not being in the mood!

    I definitely want to read this newest book of hers.

  10. November 30, 2018 2:38 pm

    Your tree looks very nice. We are hitting Disneyland tomorrow which is super fun but totally wipes me out so I plan to eat dinner and then hit the sack early if possible. Oh, I did want to see a movie on Netflix but it may not happen.

  11. November 30, 2018 3:07 pm

    Your tree is very pretty and I love that puzzle!

  12. November 30, 2018 4:40 pm

    Tony’s Wife sounds like a wonderful book! I love your tree. We’ll get ours tomorrow. The completed puzzle is lovely. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

  13. November 30, 2018 9:26 pm

    When we met Adriana yesterday my mom bought me an autographed copy of Tony’s Wife for Christmas (shh! I’m not supposed to know!). Love your tree 🙂

  14. November 30, 2018 10:46 pm

    You tree is lovely and makes me want to say Merry Christmas! Your puzzle looks like it would have been fun to do as well as two fun books. You had a good week!

  15. December 1, 2018 6:56 am

    You had a great week! Good for you in getting your tree up. It’s hard to do that some years, isn’t it?!

  16. December 1, 2018 11:30 am

    I haven’t heard of Tweedy or the bands before either. With my son being a music major he might be interested in that memoir. I’ll tell him about it. Love the puzzle too! I need to finish my summer cocktail puzzle and get a winter one out!

  17. December 1, 2018 3:16 pm

    Christmas tree! Awwwwww

  18. December 2, 2018 12:23 pm

    Though Christians are in a very small minority here the festival is a much appreciated one, at least the commercialised side of it. I doubt the majority even know that it celebrates the birth of Christ. Having said that this month is anyway very different to the rest of the year.

  19. December 2, 2018 4:40 pm

    A beautiful Christmas tree 🙂 I finished another Discworld book this week and I’ve been to the theatre.

  20. The Cue Card permalink
    December 3, 2018 4:55 pm

    Both books sound quite good. I’m sort of a music freak so I should explore the Wilco one. Nice looking tree. You are ahead of the curve at this point. 🙂

  21. December 6, 2018 10:23 am

    Love your tree, and that puzzle is gorgeous.

  22. bookingmama permalink
    December 16, 2018 7:32 am

    Your tree is beautiful! There is always so much to do this time of year. I finally finished TONY’S WIFE and loved it too! Adriana never disappoints.

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