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Well, we opened the pool, and all I can say is that I am glad that Tom is an expert in marine antifouling. When the temperatures were in the 70s in February and then in the 90s last week, the pool does not open with crystal clear water. He’s been working magic all week, and I am betting it will be swimmable very soon. The weather does not look great for the weekend, so I am not lamenting this.

I worked at home on Wednesday, as my car was getting four new tires. The day before we got a flat tire driving home, luckily across from one of the five gas stations in New York south of 125th Street (how's that for a factoid?). Greg changed it there; he was able to get to the spare, which is housed under the car. I was glad he needed the instruction book for this; I still would not have figured it out as I never knew the tire was housed there. As Wednesday wore on and the temperature soared to over 90 degrees, I thought about hitting the pool before dinner. But wait, the pool is not open yet, because it was 39 degrees the other day. I think we will open it this weekend, though this crazy heat spell seems to be passing later today, just in time for the weekend.

It’s been another “compressed” week as this newsletter was written early. Today I am at the Random House Open House event with Nicole and Rebecca from our staff. We are looking forward to a lineup of authors that includes Alan Alda, Jessica Seinfeld, Nancy Thayer, Sally Bedell Smith, Colum McCann, Susannah Meadows, Lynne Olson, Sarah Jio, Mandy Berman and Dr. Terry Wahls. We look forward to seeing many of our readers there, and we will have a report on this for you next week.

The world is greening up fast in the New York City area. I was reading outside last weekend and loving every single second of being in sunshine…in a T-shirt and shorts, and no shoes. My reading? Again another book for my BookExpo author interviews. This one: MY ABSOLUTE DARLING by Gabriel Tallent, which not only has a grippingly amazing protagonist and plot, but also lush descriptions of the landscape that made me feel I was in the wilderness on the run for long, glorious segments. Once again, more after BookExpo. One book is sharper than the next this year. This one will be in stores on August 29th.