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The Adult Readers' Blog
Yesterday five deer were outside my kitchen window. Elegant lawn ornaments in the falling snow. My heart thrills to see them at the same time it aches for their struggle to survive. They are part of a regular group of visitors to my suburban backyard. A few weeks ago it was two red foxes passing through. The wildlife at my backdoor is changing. I'm not ready for lions, tigers, or bears but as the current cold snap continues it looks like we have a March of the penguins. They are adorable and at least the one in this photo is already dressed for Ohio weather.
- H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is the 2014 winner of the British Costa Award. The author deals with father's early death by pursuing a lifelong dream to become a falconer. A dream inspired by a childhood reading of The Goshawk by T. H. White (currently available as an Ebook)
- You can literally march with the penguins at the Cincinnati Zoo Penguin Parade
- Knitting sweaters for penguins recovering from oil spills is the hobby of Australia's oldest man. It is also a controversial practice
- Elephant in the Living Room is a documentary about the exotic pet trade in Ohio. It follows a Dayton humane officer before the changes to the law.
2. A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Taking place over the span of 24 hours, this inventive novel follows a rotating cast of raucous characters through the snowy streets of Philadelphia. The book centers around Madeline Altamari, an aspiring jazz singer who is nine years old. Left to her own devices after the sudden death of her mother nearly a year ago incapacitates her father, Madeline is smart mouthed, grieving and about to have the adventure of her lifetime on Christmas Eve Eve.
Add Madeline's principal who has it out for her because she is her mama's daughter; her favorite teacher Miss Sarina Green, recently returned to Philly after a divorce; and the owner of the Cat's Pajamas, Lorca, who is facing the club's imminent demise along with several other colorful characters and you have a highly entertaining whirlwind of a novel with a healthy dash of magical realism rounding out the entire affair. It's a small book, and though it can easily be devoured in one sitting it will remain with the reader long after the last, powerful line. A recommended read for music lovers, prose lovers, and really just about anyone with a sense of humor and wonder.
At the intermission of a London opera performance, elegant socialite Charlotte Alton makes eye contact with a mysterious man who hands her a battered Christmas ornament before disappearing. It’s a message for Karla, an underworld fixer who can make information disappear—Charlotte Alton’s powerful and amoral alter ego. The invitation to meet is Charlotte’s first step onto a dark path that will bring together old enemies and new in a twisty puzzle-box of a thriller exploring intersections between the worlds of crime, intelligence gathering, police work, and high society. Elegantly written and tightly plotted, every detail matters in this dark and gripping debut.
Kahiki Supper Club: A Polynesian Paradise in Columbus
Take a set back into retro Columbus with the book Kahiki Supper Club by David Meyers.
The Kahiki, a South Seas themed restaurant, was located in Columbus on East Broad Street. The restaurant was easy to identify since it was shaped like a Polynesian fighting boat, with giant flaming Mo’ai heads outside the main doors. Entering you walked into a faux South Pacific village with tropical rainforest, totally exotic. The best was ordering up the “Mystery Drink” which came in a bowl with a smoking volcano and served by the “Mystery Girl” who danced the drink to your table after being summoned by a giant gong, fun!