The Restaurant Edition

I've discovered The Restaurant on Amazon Prime. Set after the end of World War 2 in Sweden, the series is subtitled, but well worth checking out. It's been said that it's the next Downton Abbey, but I'm not yet convinced it's that good, but it is good, if you don't mind all the reading while you're watching. More below.

Music - Garth Brooks has been on tap the past few days. Just recently released Fun is that, for the most part. He might not like to hear this, but, for some reason, I thought Brooks was older than he is, and when I saw he had new music out, I expected him to sound older in the way that voices typically change. I was a little surprised to read that he's just 58. And, thus, nothing to report about his vocals showing his age. He sounds darn good on this CD. 

From Rolling Stone in October: "Brooks originally teased Fun back in 2018 with the single “All Day Long” and the ballad “Stronger Than You.” Both are included on the upcoming 14-track LP, along with his duet with Blake Shelton, “Dive Bar,” and a cover of “Shallow,” from A Star Is Born, with his wife Trisha Yearwood." 

Audio - On on my second Landon Beach book, The Sail. The first, The Wreck, was a decent debut, although the ending seemed a little too neat and tidy. But I thought it worth giving him another chance. Other than the main character being terminally ill, so far, so good. It helps that one of my favorite readers, Scott Brick, is doing the narration. And by the way, Chirp is the real deal for fantastic bargains on audio books. Not sure I'll ever buy another from Audible.

Books (personal) - I like to have one paper book going, in addition to what I'm reading on Kindle, which right now, are my wife's latest poetry books - Always True and Slow Passage Home. Over the past week, I've been enjoying There There by Tommy Orange.

From Goodreads: "Tommy Orange's wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle's death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American--grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable. "

Video -  From IMDB: "In May 1945, peace is proclaimed all over Europe. The Löwander family runs their old fashioned restaurant in Stockholm, but the small amount of patrons worries them. The eldest son, Gustaf, is willing to resort to unconventional methods to solve their problems. His brother Peter is suspicious of him and represents an even bigger threat. Meanwhile, their naive little sister Nina runs into a stranger who she shares an impulsive kiss with, a kiss that will have long-lasting consequences. Calle Svensson makes an attempt to become one of DK's scullions to provide for his family, but his grumpy old boss is not making it easy for him. Margareta, who is working as a waitress, is struggling to get back custody of her three-year-old son while at the same time a forbidden love makes her position even more precarious."