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Happy weekend, readers! I’m taking a gardening class taught by a friend of mine and giving my floors a much-needed mopping. And picking up a good books, of course—as soon as I can decide, because I just finished a book last night!

I hope our weekly round-up puts you into that weekend frame of mind.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • Speaking of Jane: my daughters and I just watched Sense & Sensibility (1995) and I was thrilled and relieved to discover: it holds up. (We laughed so hard!)
  • How to Teach Kids about Impending Doom, from children’s book author Jon Klassen. “I was interested in finding ways of talking about potential problems that you are never going to understand—and maybe there’s no reason for them…I think that’s how kids feel a lot: they have to function in a world where they understand that they don’t understand.”
  • Turns Out It’s Pretty Good: Egg Salad. “I thought egg salad was gross, and I thought to eat it might make me gross too. Like many dumb childhood beliefs about myself, I never reexamined this aversion yet somehow treated it as gospel.”

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Have a great weekend!

P.S. That photo above is from a years-ago trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden. I can’t wait to get back for a visit once we’re traveling again!


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  1. Bernadette says:

    We just watched the 1995 S&S too. I was surprised at how much it made me laugh. (The son in law is hilarious.) I always remember S&S as more dark than the others, but we all really enjoyed it.

  2. Kara says:

    Jon Klassen is one of our absolute family favorite children’s book authors. We adore his work. We all laughed hilariously the first time we read aloud I Want My Hat Back. Even today one of us will occasionally drop a line from that book into normal conversation just to get a reaction from the rest of us!

    Thank you for sharing this article!

  3. Catherine says:

    The “How to Read Faster” article link reminded me this is a great group to ask–any advice on how to read more slowly? The internet, and social media especially, has turned me into a constant skimmer. How do I learn to savor language again? (I am already trying to read more books in print, rather digital editions, whenever possible.)

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Glad to see Stacy Abrams honored for her work she has done in Georgia. I really have enjoyed listening to her in interviews. So inspiring!

  5. Nikki Ogles says:

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy this newsletter each week! I wait for it and devour the links! Thank you for such varied information and snippets of good stuff for our weekends!

  6. Tammy says:

    I wish you hadn’t included a politically-charged link and the adjacent comment, referring to Stacy Abrams being a deserved candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. I seek your blog for its excellent book advice and other bookish novelties. I’m sick of politics greeting me at every turn.

  7. Lee says:

    I haven’t watched Bridget Jones Diary in years but may need to find it; it’s just so funny! According to the Glamour article, she weighed 120lbs?? And that’s considered “heavy?” That makes me so sad. I hope I read that wrong.

    So excited about Stacey Abrams nomination! Very well deserved.

    Thanks for all the great links; I don’t comment much but I really enjoy this!

  8. Elena says:

    Anne – Please don’t push your political preferences on us. I’m really disappointed to see that link included here. I am Not a fan of Stacy Abrams. Now I’m questioning your judgment.

  9. Nancy says:

    Anne – please continue to bring your whole self to this blog. It’s disappointing to see the commenters telling you to essentially “stay in your lane” or the one claiming she now “questions your judgement” because you included a single link on politics. You have a platform and a brain – please keep using both.

    • Traci says:

      I agree with everything you wrote. I used to read another blog but stopped when the author wrote some posts I didn’t agree with. It was no longer for me, but I didn’t tell her she needed to change or stop writing what she wanted to please me.

      • Nancy says:

        Yes, I would. I would prefer to know a person’s opinions and then I could make my own decisions based on that. Perhaps I am unusual but I have limited time and resources. As an example, Anne writes occasionally about church and I do not support organized religion. But it is part of who she is and I respect her decision to do so rather than telling her to stop. It’s long past time we tried to control what women do.

  10. Morgan says:

    I love Stacy Abrams, for both political/moral *and* bookish reasons! Abrams is an accomplished author. She wrote an excellent memoir, Lead from the Outside, has written many books under her pen name Selena Montgomery, and I’m very much looking forward to While Justice Sleeps coming out soon. I saw her speak at a humanities fest and she is so darn smart.

    While she is a democrat, her non-profit is not partisan, and it functions to support voting rights. Dem or not, I think we can all agree that all eligible voters should be able to exercise that right. And that is what the Nobel committee is recognizing. Thanks for including her, Anne!

  11. Alison says:

    I agree that these days we are inundated with political commentary and opinions at every turn. I come here for a delightful break from all of that.
    I stopped shopping at my local indie b/c I felt like I was attending a political rally with all of the politicized signs they hang around the store. I have a very busy life and need a respite from all things political from time to time.

  12. Lynn A Brandt says:

    Seriously Anne and team….is there no place to go without a political take , comment or opinion???? Does the universe really need yet another place to have to read a one sided subtle or not so subtle endorsement of politics in the country…reference Staci Abrams shout out for a Nobel Peace Prize….oh ,no!!!
    please leave political opinions out of a supposedly neutral reading blog? Please??????

  13. Helen says:

    I am also disappointed Anne is bringing politics into her work. As an example from this post, many admire the work of Ms. Abrams and many are troubled by some of her words and actions. Reconciling those two viewpoints can’t be done through media posts. Politics is dividing us. Our bookish enthusiasm brings us together and creates a place for community. For me, including political viewpoints is sacrificing some of that community feel.

  14. Nicole Grabner says:

    I was just spending some time this weekend at the local nursery picking out flowers for a “butterfly garden” for my daughter (more like one large pot to begin because this is all fairly new to me), and it got me thinking about Abbi Waxman’s, “The Garden of Small Beginnings.” I was curious if you had done a podcast of blog list of similiar books with a gardening and healing theme? Thank you!!

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