Good morning, Everyone. After a brief treat of unseasonable warmth, brisk temperatures remind me that is November and winter is coming. I hope all is well in your world. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Let’s catch up.
If we were having coffee together, I would report that it has been a rollercoaster week. My husband, Matt, got a brand new left knee on Tuesday to match the right one he received last November. Within 24 hours after surgery, I took him home. Yes, it was a quick turnaround, and sidelined my plans to get a few chores completed uninterrupted, but it seemed that the hospital was anticipating a return of the COVID-19 nightmare. Matt was much safer at home. Daily physical therapy and Matt’s diligence is paying off, though. His walking improves every day (he got up and down the basement stairs yesterday), and the pain is dissipating. Amazing!
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that I have also been helping my mom settle and rearrange household business since my dad’s passing. Each little task erases Dad’s name from the roles and his hand in the daily comings and goings. It physically aches.
We are scrambling to figure out how my family can celebrate the holidays with our grief still raw, COVID-19 surging, and restrictions keeping us apart when we really need to be together. For Thanksgiving, my sisters and I decided to rent a smaller tent than the one we had for my dad’s memorial and a few outside heaters. We have enough folding tables and chairs between us so that our immediate family pod can sit at the table together outside.
If we were having coffee together, I would report an upside to the rollercoaster week. TADA! This is the cover of Daily Bread’s companion cookbook, Becoming America’s Food Stories: a collection of reminiscences and recipes. How do you like it? The book will be ready to go to print next week. Stay tuned.
Here is the link to view the upcoming Book Talk interview at the Tenement Museum on December 8th (SO excited)!
Also, Stephanie Larkin at Red Penguin Books, Daily Bread’s publisher, and I are setting up a Jr. Bookworm Book Club Zoom event with a group of kids within the next week or thereabout. It will be aired on the Red Penguin Books broadcast schedule. We are hammering out the details to share very soon.
If you had purchased a paperback or ebook Daily Bread—Thank you!
Take a picture of you with Daily Bread, and I’ll send you Reader’s Swag and add you to the Daily Bread Reader slideshow. Kid pics are welcomed with parent or guardian permission. Please email me for details. Don’t forget to leave a rating and quick comment on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.
Be well. Be safe.
Daily Bread is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself.