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At the Water’s Edge, Train to Win, and Deflate-gate

If you enjoyed reading Water for Elephants, you need to pick up Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge. Actually, even if you didn’t read Water for Elephants, you should read her latest.

at-waters-edgeThis one’s set in World War II, complete with air raids, a search for the Loch Ness Monster, and entitled members of Philadelphia society.

I’ve always liked Gruen’s characters and she delivered again with a collection you loved and hated. The research she must of done to help create the 1940s setting along with the lives of her characters fascinated me.

Hopefully At the Water’s Edge becomes a movie. I thought the screen version of Water for Elephants was well done. Seeing the film adaptation of a book I enjoyed reading remains one of my guilty pleasures.

Walking Oxymoron

While out in Boston on Wednesday, a young woman walked toward me wearing a “Train to Win” t-shirt. The determined look on her face suggested the slogan served her as a mantra. The manner in which she attacked a box of Do-si-dos said otherwise. I wanted to say, “breathe.” Joey Chestnut might be in trouble if she’s actually in training for a Girl Scout Cookie eating contest.

Tired of Deflate-gate

A 243-page report to get to the bottom of “Deflate-gate” — are you kidding me? I don’t care what the report found — or if the footballs were completely flat, Tom Brady and the Patriots could have defeated the Colts that day with a box of Corn Flakes.

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