Agatha Raisin, again

Feisty British detective, Agatha Raisin, finds herself in the middle of another murder mystery in Down the Hatch, the 32nd in the popular series set in the British Cotswolds. Agatha’s latest victim seems to have mistaken weed killer for rum, but she doesn’t think it was an accident. All of the usual cast of characters appear, such as her ex-husband, James, her on-again off-again paramour, Sir Charles, Police detective Bill Wong and the employees at her detective agency. As Agatha sniffs around for clues, we are entertained by her bristling, brusk ways that rub people the wrong way. Close calls with death, romance, and facing her brave fight against the aging process, our beloved Agatha is a charmer and solves the mystery, again.

Elizabeth Strout

The latest novel by award-winning novelist, Elizabeth Strout, expands on a character introduced in her earlier book, Lucy Barton. Here Lucy meanders back and forth from the present to the past about her ex-husband, William. Although William has has two wives since Lucy, they have remained amicable and share two children. Now in their seventies, Lucy and William reconnect after his last wife leaves him. Strout’s creative style has a poetic, folksy quality of a regional neighbor catching up over the backyard fence. We learn more about why their marriage failed and why their friendship works now. William’s mother also plays a prominent role as background information sends Lucy and William out on a road trip to seek out a possible sister he never knew. The voice of Lucy Barton is strong and brave even when her emotions threaten to tear her strong exterior. We see Lucy as an independent, solitary woman and learn why and how she made herself this way. A brilliant follow-up to her other tales of these characters, we understand them now on a deeper level after Oh William!.

Strong Mama- Picture book

Sales of the exercise bike, Peloton, rose over 150% during the pandemic. As more people began exercising at home, the gym equipment many opted for offers live video feeds of instructors.

Robin Arzon is one of the more popular Peloton fitness influencers. Named one of the most influential people on Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list, Arzon wrote about her pregnancy journey in her upcoming picture book, Strong Mama (due out this January). Her picture book message teaches children the healthy side of exercise. She has run 27 marathons and is a certified running coach after leaving the world of law to pursue her true passion of possibility through “sweat and movement.”

Anime NYC next weekend @ Jacob Javits

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November 19 – November 21 2021 Anime NYC is New York City’s anime convention! A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC brings anime fans and publishers together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan. Join us for a celebration of Japanese animation, manga, and cosplay in the heart of NYC!