Why I Enjoyed “Today Will Be Different” by Maria Semple

Mental health, or lack thereof, has become a hot-button topic over the years. But it seems to be extremely prevalent as of late, when considering the PEOTUS seems to be seriously deficient in the mental anything scope.

Indeed, we are all seeing and feeling the rough waters of the next four years lapping at our feet. With the inauguration in exactly one week, thousands of people like myself are scrambling to find our “happy place”.

Ninety-five percent of the time, my happy place is in a book. The other 5% largely looms around coffee. Because priorities. (Don’t give me that look. If you were honest with yourself, you’d admit there’s nothing as wonderful as what’s in your mug.)

For the last week or two, reading Maria Semple’s junior effort, Today Will Be Different has kept me preoccupied on both my train rides to work in midtown Manhattan, and subsequently, my train rides home to Brooklyn. She brings her main character, Eleanor Flood, to the forefront of multiple relationships; wife, mother, sister, daughter, student. And by the end of this book, we as an audience all become students. You definitely learn a lot not just from Eleanor, but also her husband (Joe), her son (Timby — yes, really), her sister (Ivy) and the myriad of other people in her life. You learn how she’s had to adapt to transitions late in life. You get a sense of the complexities of being a sister, and the tasks of forgiveness that being a sister entails.

Set in Seattle, it’s a light read that guarantees a smile on practically every page, with the hardback edition being just over 250 pages. There have been multiple times where I have bark-laughed on the F train. Awkward? Yes. Silver lining? Pleeeeenty of personal space after the release. If you’ve never read her books before, let me suggest reading this as an intro. Her two previous books, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?(released August 14, 2012) and earlier than that, This One Is Mine (released December 4, 2008), are worth a read as well.

She has a great sense of humour, and often reminds me of Jenny Lawson in the brand/tone/delivery of humour she uses. She writes beautifully flawed characters, and the hook is in by the second or third page. I strongly recommend this book if for no other reason than it’s a nice escape from “the real world”.


These are a few of my favourite things!

Favourite thing #1?  BOOKS!

Hello?  That’s what the blog is (mostly) all about!

Favourite thing #2?  NEW YORK CITY

It’s expensive as all get out.  Unless you live under a rock in Zimbabwe, you already know this.  They’re probably planning a new tax just for breathing air.  But at the same time?  This is an exciting city to be in.  You don’t even have to come to visit with a plan, although so many tourists do (amateurs).  When you put books together with New York City, sweetheart, you’ve got something spectacular.

Not just for the fact that we have the Wonka Chocolate Factory of bookstores here, The Strand (found on 12th and Broadway), but a lot of famous authors call this city “home”.

Dylan Thomas (Under Milk Wood), Patti Smith (Just Kids), Nathan Englander (What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank), Paul Auster (Winter Journal), Nick Tosches (King of the Jews), Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse Five or the Childrens Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death), and a myriad of others.  This city has electricity, it has excitement and adventure, it has pretty much anything and everything you could ever want or need in the creative field.  It is, for all intents and purposes, the mecca of creative wonderment.  It has the New York Public Library, which has been my Camelot for the entire time I’ve lived here.

This month, NYPL is featuring a podcast:

Helen Mirren on Women’s Roles and Taking on Shakespeare

And this is just one of over a hundred podcasts for this year alone that NYPL brings to the general public.

This summer, you’re going to be out and about, roaming all over.  When your legs get too tired to take another step, get settled in with a book.


And now, for some ramblings on YouTube.

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