"It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."
So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.
Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. It's not about anyone's religion or birthday or nationalism or commercialism: it's about family. And food. And being with your loved ones, and as many of them as possible.
But I won't be home for this particular holiday. I will be back east, a guest at my Brother-in-Law's house, which means that I will be "gastdruck." Pronounced gahst-drook. This is a German expression for the exhausting effort of being a good houseguest. Literally – "guest pressure."
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everyday THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ... LA BRAVA by Elmore Leonard ... RAZZLE DAZZLE by Michael Riedel ... the new New Yorker and the new New York Review of Books
Deezer! ...Howard Stern and Thom Hartmann always... lots of COSI, lots of KEITH JARRETT ... ... too much Pandora (but I made a new Shelby Lynnestation) ... and tons of Van the Man
MSNBC and Fox ... Rick Steve's Europe (comfort watching) ... Turner Classic Movies... and the struggles of the Lakers and the Clippers