Happy Mother's Day from Sanibel! The sun is shining and it's already a warm, muggy day. There's a nice breeze, but I'm going to wait until sunset to go out for my walk. It's been a good week here... highlights include a visit to the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, finding early morning turtle tracks on the beach (it's sea turtle nesting season) and finishing two books.
Cape May by Chip Creek
This debut novel "explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites." I found it very readable, but with a few problems. Look for a review later this week.
by Beth Macy, narrated by the author
This book provides an overview of of the country's opioid epidemic. Once you start reading (or listening, in my case) it's almost impossible to look away. Macy explains how and why this all began in central Appalachia. She tells stories of many victims and their families. And she introduces us to those trying to help.
Dopesick brought tears to my eyes, yet made me angry at the same time. It shows how addiction can happen to virtually anyone and how it effects all of us. There is not a consensus on the best treatment methods, and even combating the crisis has become a political minefield. Is this a law enforcement issue or a public health crisis? I highly recommend this important book.
I'll finish this within the next day or two. My main thought at this point is how Barr's early spin on the report was unconscionable. His "summary" was a gross misrepresentation of Mueller's findings... and the American people now need to hear from Robert Mueller himself.
by Sally Rooney, narrated by Aoife McMahon
This is a wonderful novel and the audio production is excellent, too. It's on track to be a favorite of the year... should I add Sally Rooney's first novel, Conversations with Friends, to my list now?
On the blog//
Book Brief: The Past by Tessa Hadley
In the kitchen//
I tried one new recipe this week. Baked Sticky Apricot Salmon from Simply Delicious was exactly the quick and easy recipe I was looking for, but it turned out to be a little too sweet for my taste. The recipe calls for apricot jam/preserves, but I'd recommend a no-sugar-added fruit spread instead.
Last night I made an old favorite - Trish's Molasses Glazed Chicken Thighs. She posted this on her blog years ago (remember her Pin It and Do It Challenges?) and I still make it once or twice a year.
The week ahead//
With just two weeks left here, there is still a lot to do. My three main projects include a thorough spring cleaning, more cooking to stock my FIL's freezer, and, of course, packing. We're having dinner with friends one night, and are wondering if we can fit in an overnight to Key West before heading north...
How was your week? What are you reading?
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