Dear Great Book Guru, This weekend my family and I will be having breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Fire House on Sunday, December 10 from 9:00am to noon. Later in the day we will be at the Menorah Lighting ceremony on the Village Green at 5pm. We will be back at the Fire House for the Hanukkah Happening on Thursday, December 14 from 6:30 to 8pm. In between, I would like to read an inspiring novel. Any thoughts? In a Holiday Haze
Dear In a Holiday Haze, Mary Ann Collins, a member of my library book club, recommended ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman and I am sure you will enjoy it too. Eleanor is a delightfully quirky thirty year old in whose mind we reside for 288 pages of mystery, romance, and humor. Monday to Friday she arrives at work punctually, methodically does her job, and listens without completely understanding her office mates’ cruel jibes. Every weekend she buys a supermarket pizza and two large bottles of vodka which she finishes by Sunday night. She has no visitors and no friends, but somehow she is fine- lonely but fine. When a new IT person is hired, Eleanor’s life changes drastically and we come to see how complicated and tragic her early years were. A cautionary tale of how easy it is to overlook and underestimate those around us. Highly recommended!