I was reading the list of the top 10 spring books from Amazon’s Chris Schluep in the current issue of the Post and was reminded that I have to order that Lady from the Black Lagoon book by Mallory O’Meara. But before I hit the “order” button, I remembered that I currently have a dozen or so books on my Kindle app that I haven’t even started yet. (Related: I always forget that I even have a Kindle app.) So I didn’t order the O’Meara book, but I will! I just need to read a few of those others first so I can feel better about buying them in the first place.
If you’re actually caught up with your reading and you’re looking for something new, here are five other books you might want to read this spring.
American Moonshot, by Douglas Brinkley. Just in time the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July comes this book from the acclaimed historian, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the mission and how they accomplished the goal set forth by President Kennedy in 1961. Out now.
Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault, by Cathy Guisewite. The cartoonist behind the comic strip Cathy (Aack!) has released a book described as “essays from the grown-up years” on everything from modern womanhood and aging parents to computer problems and the temptation to eat another doughnut. Out now.
Working, by Robert A. Caro. The man known for writing his books on a typewriter and legal pads and for taking his time writing them has released a new book on how he goes about researching and writing those other books, which include Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning biographies of Lyndon Johnson and Robert Moses. Out April 9.
White, by Bret Easton Ellis. The always-controversial author of such novels as American Psycho and Less Than Zero has written a nonfiction book that takes on the left, political correctness, race, pop culture, trigger warnings, and safe spaces. No, that doesn’t sound controversial at all. Out April 16.
Howard Stern Comes Again, by Howard Stern. This is the SiriusXM host’s first book in 24 years, and it’s also a behind-the-scenes look at how we went to the moon. Just kidding! It’s about Stern’s move from terrestrial radio to satellite radio and the people he has interviewed. Out May 14.
You’re the Man
The songs on the “new” Marvin Gaye album You’re the Man weren’t exactly “lost.” Many of them can be found on various anthology albums. But this is the first time that Gaye’s official follow-up album to What’s Going On? has been released in its entirety, 47 years after the project was abandoned.
You can listen to the entire album over at NPR.
A Ghost Story
There are strange things happening in supermarkets lately. First they were invaded by robots, and now they may be inhabited by ghosts.
A customer at the Wilmington, Massachusetts, Market Basket asked on Facebook if anyone else had seen a ghost in the store wearing a negligee, “near the frozen peas.” That seems like a joke, but then other customers said that they had seen the same thing. Oooooooooooooo, scary!
If you’re thinking about shopping there, don’t worry. A spokesperson for the store says that all of the Market Basket stores are ghost-free. Hopefully they’ll soon have a special on frozen peas.
America’s First Baseball Factory
I thought the baseballs used by Major League Baseball have always been made by Rawlings, but they were actually once made by a Massachusetts company called H.B. Harwood & Sons. Here’s the story from Chronicle:
RIP June Harding, Nipsey Hussle, Shane Rimmer, Charles Sanna, Tania Mallet, and Maury Laws
June Harding starred in such movies as The Trouble with Angels and the ’60s series The Richard Boone Show, as well as the early ’60s Broadway show Take Her, She’s Mine. She died last month at the age of 81.
Nipsey Hussle was a popular rapper and business owner whose album Victory Lap reached No. 4 on the Billboard charts. He died Sunday at the age of 33.
Shane Rimmer was a veteran actor who provided the voice of Scott Tracy on the cult ’60s puppet action show Thunderbirds. He also appeared in Dr. Strangelove, Batman Begins, Gandhi, and several James Bond movies, as well as TV shows like Space: 1999 and Coronation Street. He died last week at the age of 89.
Charles Sanna was the man responsible for Swiss Miss hot chocolate. He came up with the idea for the mix after having too many packets of powdered coffee creamer left over after sending shipments of them to American troops during the Korean War. He died last month at the age of 101.
Tania Mallet is best known as Tilly Masterson, the sister out for revenge who gets into a car accident with James Bond in Goldfinger. She went back to modeling after her appearance in the movie. She died recently at the age of 77.
Maury Laws was a composer and arranger who worked as musical director on such classic Rankin-Bass Christmas specials as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, The Year Without a Santa Claus, and Frosty the Snowman. He also wrote the scores for many movies. He died last week at the age of 95.
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This Week in History
Cigarette Ads on TV/Radio Outlawed (April 1, 1970)
President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act on this day. It banned all cigarette advertisements on television and radio.
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour Canceled (April 4, 1969)
The official reason CBS gave for canceling the variety show was that it failed to deliver completed episodes to the network on time. But this was probably just a way for the network to drop the show, which constantly irritated the network with its controversial political skits and commentary.
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Oasis Cigarettes (April 2, 1960)
National Coffee Cake Day
This Sunday is National Coffee Cake Day, and since Sunday is the official day to eat coffee cake (actually, I made that up, but it sounds right), here’s a boatload of coffee cake recipes for you to try.
This one is for the Best Ever Coffee Cake Recipe from Sweet & Savory Meals, and this one from Taste of Home is for Cinnamon Coffee Cake. The New York Times has a recipe for Sour Cream Coffee Cake, and A Spicy Perspective has this recipe for Kahlua Coffee Cake. Okay, that’s not exactly a “boatload,” but how many coffee cake recipes do you actually need?
And just to irritate the food shamers, don’t even slice the cake. Just serve it whole, give each member of your family a fork, and have them go to town on it.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
New Beer’s Eve (April 6)
Since this Sunday is National Beer Day, logically the night before that must be New Beer’s Eve, right?
Eight-Track Tape Day (April 11)
Having a special day to celebrate the eight-track tape is like having a special day to celebrate butter churns or a time before we had antibiotics, but if you still have some tapes (and a player to play them), this is the day to do it.
I still remember the player I had in my first car and how the tape clicked for a second during this song, around the 1:44 mark.
Featured image: NASA
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