A recent re-read for me, though I dare not try to add the dates, as I'm afraid BL will blow my original dates out.
I love these stories and continue to love them every time I read them. They remind me of my home, and their eccentric and quirky. What I didn't remember from previous re-reads was the Australian thread that runs through both the book and many of the stories. Buffett opens with a quote from Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines, in an introduction titled "Walkabout", and at least one - two? - stories include references to aboriginal myth. A small thing, but a nice parallel for a Florida girl on a decade-plus walkabout down under.
TITLE: The Furies
AUTHOR: Natalie Haynes
"When you open up, who will you let in?
When Alex Morris loses her fiancé in dreadful circumstances, she moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Alex takes a job at a Pupil Referral Unit, which accepts the students excluded from other schools in the city. These are troubled, difficult kids and Alex is terrified of what she's taken on.
There is one class - a group of five teenagers - who intimidate Alex and every other teacher on The Unit. But with the help of the Greek tragedies she teaches, Alex gradually develops a rapport with them. Finding them enthralled by tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge, she even begins to worry that they are taking her lessons to heart, and that a whole new tragedy is being performed, right in front of her..."
I liked the writing style and the idea was interesting, but at the same time not particularly original. Some of the character's actions/reactions didn't seem quite plausible. This would probably make a decent movie.
Title: New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions that I Did Not Keep
Author: Samantha Irby
Published Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Vintage Shorts
Page Count: 30 pages
Source: Own Copy
Date Read: June 24, 2020
A short, funny book about Irby's experiment with 70 mini-resolutions that some went well and a whole lot that didn't. In 2016, Irby decided to join a "woo-woo challenge" (her words) that asked the participant to find 100 mini-intentions or changes they wanted to do in that year. Irby got to 70 and even that was trying too hard. Some resolutions had a paragraph explaining what happened, most got the Twitter 280 character style rundown. I really like Irby's voice and style, so I enjoyed reading this by the side of the pool.