Stanley

How to beat the summer heat (and humidity and allergies and etc…)

I love the summer. Well, let me clarify that! I love the heat of summer but not all the allergies that are stirred up. I’m also not wild about humidity. But a great summer storm creates the perfect mood I need to curl up on the couch with a book and drift away.

I’ve been “under the weather” lately. I mean that literally! This has been a rough allergy season for me and I haven’t been very graceful about it. So, I go into hermit mode when I’m a bit of a crank. You don’t need to hear about it. I’m certainly sick of living it. And I just try pacing myself, keeping my lip buttoned and move through it. Again, not always very gracefully nor successfully!

But in the thick of this “mood” (don’t you adore euphemisms?) I have read a couple of BEAUTIFUL books. Here’s one:

stein-artofracing The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein
HarperCollins
Hardcover, $23.95
i9780061537936

Garth Stein has given us a beautiful book. Sigh! YES! another dog book in a world with too many dog books already! But this one is an antidote to Marley! I’m telling you this is a dog book worth reading. The story is narrated from the point of view of the dog who believes that after this life he will be reincarnated as a human. With this piece of information he sets out to pay attention to his human masters. His observations are funny (his take on crows had me laughing out loud at the laundromat), poignant and philosophical. The story might seem predictable but the approach is refreshing.

This is what summer is for. Books like The Art of Racing in the Rain is meant for a summer’s day. In the hammock, on the couch, at the beach, sprawled on the grass… this book is a beacon for the way to live your summer fully.

The other book I want to mention is not released yet, so I won’t taunt you too much, but I will say it’s SUBLIME!

5 Responses to “”

  1. Beth Waite →
    July 11, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    Yay Stanley!
    I haven’t checked your blog for a bit, since you got back from Texas. Glad I did now. Speaking of allergies, they are absolutely horrible here, but since it gets so dry they end just about the last couple of days of June. Anyway, love your blog. Your gripes and pleasures mix so well together.
    love and thinking of you,
    Beth
    PS I have already decided not to plant anything else that isn’t native to the area, or drought resistant. I will check out the website you prescribed!

  2. Christopher Willard →
    August 21, 2008 at 10:00 pm #

    I couldn’t disagree with you more. Racing in the rain is a schmaltzy predictable work that has the feel good tidy ending. Blah.

  3. Christopher Willard →
    August 21, 2008 at 10:00 pm #

    I couldn’t disagree with you more. Racing in the rain is a schmaltzy predictable work that has the feel good tidy ending. Blah.

  4. Stanley →
    August 25, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    Ouch! Christopher, so very harsh! Hey, it’s not destined to be a classic, but it’s clearly a fun read! Your standards might be a bit more rigid than mine. I enjoyed the book. That’s why I’m still recommending it.

  5. Stanley →
    August 25, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    Ouch! Christopher, so very harsh! Hey, it’s not destined to be a classic, but it’s clearly a fun read! Your standards might be a bit more rigid than mine. I enjoyed the book. That’s why I’m still recommending it.