Paul's Book Club, August Edition: Do the Windows Open?

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Julie Hecht

Paul's Corner is back in action with his book club pick for August, Julie Hecht's hilarious collection of short stories, Do the Windows Open?:

"When people ask me what I did for the holidays I tell them the truth, but they don’t believe it.  Because in the weeks before Christmas I go to the Discount Drugs store to look at the decorations and products necessary to celebrate the holidays, and I go to the East Hampton A&P to hear Christmas carols piped through the store on their loudspeakers.  I feel lucky that I have these two places to go.  When we lived in New York City, there were no places to go for this sort of celebration."
—from 'Were the Ornaments Lovely?' by Julie Hecht

For a page or two you wonder what’s going on, then you suspect you might know, then without really knowing what’s going on you start to laugh and you laugh for the rest of the book.  Julie Hecht’s marvelous stories do this to you.  All of them star Julie Hecht, photographer, macrobiotic obsessive, multi-phobic dweller on American popular culture, and endless searcher for Dr. Arnold Loquesto, renowned reproductive surgeon.  In Do the Windows Open?, nearly everything that comes out of her mouth is funny and not in any regular way.  She’s written only a few books, which is sad indeed.  Do the Windows Open? is still in print, which bodes well for our August 19 Book Club.  7 PM at Prairie Lights.  Enjoy the book.
PAUL