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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

#SalonPeachy @ManhattanPeachy #WhomYouKnow #ThomasMorrissey #JohnDOrazio #JohnDOrazioSalon #PeachyDeegan Salon Peachy: Thomas Morrissey of The John D'Orazio Salon Brightens and Lightens Peachy Deegan's Hair For A Smashing Spring!

THOMAS MORRISSEY: Best Haircolorist in Manhattan and beyond!!!
Pictures speak louder than words!
Thomas Morrissey is a legend in haircolor.
The most beautiful and accomplished women in the world from Jackie Kennedy to Marilyn Monroe have proudly sat in his chair and his extraordinary talent and magic in selecting just the right shade to make you look your best is unparalleled.  If you're not going to him now, you should know he is an undiscovered gem to you and a beacon of style to the world.  Of course he works exclusively at the John D'Orazio Salon on Madison between 71s and 72nd on the Upper East side.  John is often busy working out East but you can see him in Manhattan too.
Videos also speak louder than words.

Every last detail is attended to, and this salon is following all covid protocol properly.
ALSO, WE LEARNED EVERYONE WORKING THERE IS NOW VACCINATED.
This is an important consideration - we don't need to tell you that.

Previously on Whom You Know, Thomas Morrissey of John D'Orazio has most recently been featured:

Everything was immaculate before covid inside this gorgeous bastion of old world excellence on the Upper East side and it remains pristine.  
Note we do not show you before pictures: but take heed: Cruella DeVille is only a good look if you are on the movie screen.  Someone that looked scarily similar entered 872 Madison Avenue.
Mary Hopkins the manager has all under control flawlessly and thinks of things that you may not.  In fact, Peachy was so excited about her haircolor she nearly left without her coat; thank you Mary!
Thomas's vision for how you will look throughout the year is tops.  Peachy put on the cape, but Thomas is the real superhero.  He painted on the color and took us back a couple of decades.  Kati Jafine blew out Peachy's hair beautifully.
The end result is simple fabulous.
Color by Thomas Morrissey of The John D'Orazio Salon continues to earn our Highest Recommendation.


JOHN D’ORAZIO
JOHN D’ORAZIO STARTED HIS CAREER IN HIS FAMILY BEAUTY SALON IN BROOKLYN, NY. AT THIRTEEN YEARS OLD, HE WAS FULLY BOOKED WITH A STEADY CLIENTELE.


AT SEVENTEEN, JOHN WENT TO WORK AT THE ICONIC "KENNETH SALON" IN MANHATTAN. AFTER WORKING AT "PIERRE MICHEL" AND "SUGA" SALONS, JOHN OPENED "THE JOHN D'ORAZIO SALON," AT 22 EAST 72ND STREET. TODAY HE HAS SALONS IN BOTH MANHATTAN ON MADISON AVENUE, AND IN THE HAMPTONS IN WATER MILL.


HE IS CONSTANTLY REQUESTED TO DO HAIR FOR MAJOR EVENTS BY HIS EXTENSIVE CELEBRITY CLIENTELE.


MEDICAL DOCTORS WORLDWIDE REFER PATIENTS REQUIRING SPECIAL NEEDS AND SENSITIVITY TO THEIR HAIR.


JOHN CREATED A NEW PATH FOR HIS VISION WHEN HE CREATED A WIG FOR A CHEMOTHERAPY PATIENT--ABOUT TO LOOSE HER OWN BEAUTIFUL HAIR--BY USING HER OWN HAIR IN A WIG DESIGNED FOR HER.


JOHN IS WORLD RENOWNED FOR HIS COUTURE WIG AND HAIRPIECE DESIGNS, AND IS CONSTANTLY PERFECTING EACH DESIGN.


HE HAS RECEIVED MUCH RECOGNITION IN MAJOR NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES; HE HAS APPEARED ON TELEVISION; AND HE HAS "PLAYBILL" CREDIT FOR HAIR AND WIGS.


JOHN HAS A PRODUCT LINE STRESSING “BEAUTIFUL HAIR STARTS WITH THE SYSTEM”—THE SYSTEM CREATED BY JOHN FOR THE DISTINCT NEEDS OF ALL HAIR TYPES.
THE JOHN D’ORAZIO SALON IS LOCATED AT: 872 MADISON AVENUE, SUITE 2B, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10021; 212-628-JOHN (5646) AND AT 670 MONTAUK HIGHWAY, WATER MILL, NY 11976. 631-726-JOHN (5646)



THOMAS MORRISSEY


THOMAS MORRISSEY BEGAN HIS CAREER AT THE FAMOUS ''KENNETH SALON'' WITHIN A YEAR HE BECAME ONE OF KENNETH'S PREMIER COLORISTS, CATERING TO CLIENTS SUCH AS PAMELA HARRIMAN, BROOKE ASTOR, PAT BUCKLEY AND JACQUELINE ONASSIS.


IN 1985, HE PERSUED HIS DREAM AND OPENED ''THE THOMAS MORRISSEY SALON'' AT 787 MADISON AVENUE. IN 2011, THOMAS AND HIS ENTIRE STAFF JOINED ''THE JOHN D'ORAZIO SALON'' AT 872 MADISON AVENUE. FRIENDS FOR YEARS, JOHN WELCOMED THEM, ALLOWING THEM TO PURSUE THEIR PASSION FOR THE PROFESSION, AT HIS SALON.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

#ChampagneWishes #KeepingScotlandOnTop #JohnnieWalker @johnniewalker_ @JohnnieWalkerUS #Black #Since1820 #HighlyRecommended by @ManhattanPeachy #WhomYouKnow #12yearblend

If there has ever been a time to keep on walking, it's been this past year.
Winston Churchill said when you're going through hell, keep on going! Glasses have been raised more than ever during the covid time at home and we suggest you raise a glass of Johnnie Walker Black. Whom You Know is absolutely thrilled to kick off our professional coverage of Johnnie Walker!  
We start with Johnnie Walker Black: it is the twelve-year blend showcasing exceptional Scotch Whisky from across Scotland. It's the world's leading deluxe blended scotch whisky.  Note that Whom You Know is also twelve this year, and you can pretend that Peachy was about 12 when she started it.  Well, she was most definitely drinking Johnnie Walker at age 22 and here is the evidence:
Peachy Deegan at the Harvard Club on Comm Ave in Boston at the Boston Ski and Sports Club Johnnie Walker Event with the Johnnie Walker Ambassador at the time

It's not who you know, it's Whom You Know and once upon a time there was a time when Peachy was not so well-educated about exactly what one should imbibe. This is a picture of the first time she attended a Johnnie Walker event and she might be showing her age a little bit because you can tell it is not digital. Thank you Gene from the Boston Ski and Sports Club for educating us early on that Johnnie Walker Black is where it's at.  

The signature malt-driven smoothness of Johnnie Walker Black make every day an occasion to celebrate and appreciate the finer things in life.  On the rocks is our preferred method of drinking Johnnie Walker Black, and it is perfect to start cocktail hour with and its versatility proves that it pairs well with all food and after-dinner celebrations.   It is just smoky enough without being overwhelming and the depth drawn from the four corners of Scotland make the layered nuances shine.

We may be a bit older but we are equally as wise and more experienced!  We are also thrilled to enhance the Keeping Scotland on Top column because of course this is crafted in Scotland.  Speaking of Scotland, you can see what was #1 worldwide at the Box Office this past weekend: Mover and Shaker Chris Reilly's Wrath of Man which is also keeping Scotland on Top.  Watch The Last Post while you are at it: he earned a BAFTA for that.

JOHNNIE WALKER™ BLACK LABEL™
Johnnie Walker Black Label has been the world’s #1 Blended Scotch for over a century. Once referred to as, “the Everest of deluxe whiskies,” Black Label is the result of nearly 200 years of blending craftsmanship. Black Label retains the authenticity of its creators John Walker and son Alexander, who’s commitment to quality, community and progress for two generations built the Johnnie Walker legacy, and established Black Label as a timeless masterpiece of the Scotch Whisky world.

Every ounce is matured in oak casks for a minimum of twelve years, with the balance of wood, climate, time and location adding to the blend’s distinct flavor spectrum. The taste of Johnnie Walker Black Label is one that cannot be replicated. Decade after decade, Black Label wins awards and accolades as experts consistently appreciate its understated, classic qualities.

Additional Product Notes:

· 30+ whiskies are blended into Johnnie Walker Black Label and aged in oak casks for a minimum of 12 years giving it a wide spectrum of taste and character

· Various whiskies from the four corners of Scotland lend itself to the unique, distinct taste of Black Label including Blair Athol, Cardhu, Strathmill and Caol Ila

· Black Label boasts superior depth and complexity, with a much smokier and fuller flavor than other deluxe blends

Tasting Notes: Black Label boasts a nose of honey, dried fruit and coconut and notes of caramel and toffee presenting a wonderful combination of dry smokiness, with rich malt and peat overtones balanced by hints of cedar and fruit with trademark dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness.

Johnnie Walker Black is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know!








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#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #DeathontheNile by #AgathaChristie #Seventeenth #17 #HerculePoirot #Mystery

 
We have always had simple taste.
We like the best.
Death on the Nile is THE BEST.
King of the Hill, Cream of the Crop, A number One.
The little town blues of lesser books melt away and cower in a corner compared to the absolute majesty of Death on the Nile. If you only have time to read one Agatha Christie right now, this is the one.  It's our seventeenth, as we are reading Poirot in order.

In her foreword, Agatha tells us she writes it after coming back from a winter in Egypt.  It reminds us of The Night Manager by John LeCarre; though this came long after Death on the Nile, written in 1937, it was first to us.  

When the sun shines, you cannot see the moon.

The grey cells are at their most ferocious: it is most essential to deduce character.
"Une qui aime at un qui se laisse amier.  Yes, I wonder too..." (p. 16)
That can get you in a lot of trouble: one who loves, and one who is loved!

Conflict galore in American Trustees versus Carmichael, Grant and Carmichael, attorneys.  You'll find the timeless vendor lingo on page 39 hilarious if you ever have seen the streetside counterfeit vendors of New York-nearly 100 years later and across the ocean they essentially sound the same.  Twenty-one years after Death on the Nile is published, Truman Capote writes about Holly Golightly and the mean reds: Linnet Doyle has them first in Death on the Nile on page 93.  "Monsieur Poirot, I'm afraid-I'm afraid of everything.  I've never felt like this before.  All these wild rocks and the awful grimness and starkness.  Where are we going?  What's going to happen?  I'm afraid, I tell you.  Everyone hates me.  I've never felt like that before.  I've always been nice to people-I've done things for them - and they hate me - lots of people hate me.  Except for Simon, I'm surrounded by enemies...It's terrible to feel - that there are people who hate you."  For everyone alive today, anxiety is something that has been front and center and as the central character, Linnet will give you lots of company in this regard!  You won't find 5th avenue and 57 on the Nile so what does Linnet do to address her anxiety?  Read and find out.

When cataracts are discussed, don't let your eyes deceive you.  There are six cataracts of the Nile: a cataract is a shallow length.  We believe on page 164 B.F. means Bloody Fool and maybe we will have to add that to our vocabulary.  Colorful character permeate the pages from the literarily-motivated Mrs. Otterbourne who declares sex is the pivot of the universe (p.48) to the sun and the moon.  We'll let you figure out what people they match!  Colonel Race returns: you remember him from Cards on the Table.  Christie bowls us over when she refers to Miss Van Schuyler "seated in her usual corner.  She looked even more arrogant than usual.  She was knitting." (p. 275) We know we have yarn-enthused readers and have even reviewed knitting and crochet books.

We are almost scared to see the movie when it comes out as we are afraid any movie at all won't be as good as the book.  But we absolutely do want to see the movie and P.S. Kenneth Branagh why do we not see Cornelia Robson, the girl from Connecticut living in Manhattan cast?  We certainly hope she is in it and if you are looking to fill the role, guess who is most available to fill it and does not even have to try to be from Connecticut and live in Manhattan because it is the truth.  Note to the readers: Bellfield is not a real town in Connecticut.

Poirot says all is not the gold that glitters (p. 43); why would the rich man take the poor man's one ewe lamb?   Do not open your heart to evil.   Quite a lot of maxims come to the forefront that of course you already know - but you have not seen these specific well-illustrated examples.  Poirot is not for hire: he cannot be bought.  Disaster in all its opulence is just the ticket, and even Poirot can't escape with his ever-so-magically-enhanced wine.  Layers upon layers of intrigue will make it completely impossible for you to guess every action and reaction that total up to exactly what is up on the Nile.

Don't deprive yourself of the opportunity to be brilliantly transported back to a more beautiful way of travel where murder has never been so cunning.  Splash. Bang. Boom.  Clear away the extraneous matter and seek the truth!
Give up the past.
Turn to the future.
Open this book and get started!

Death on the Nile has Earned Our Highest Recommendation.

Previously on Whom You Know, we have raved about Agatha:


The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Murder on the Links

Poirot Investigates

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Big Four

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Peril at End House

Lord Edgware Dies

Murder on the Orient Express

Three Act Tragedy

and we took a break from only him and did him with others in Midwinter Murder

and returned to only him with Death in the Clouds

The ABC Murders

Murder in Mesopotamia

Cards on the Table


Murder in the Mews

Dumb Witness












About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only in the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She is the author of eighty crime novels and short-story collections, around thirty plays, two memoirs, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott


She first tried her hand at detective fiction while working in a hospital dispensary during World War I, creating the now-legendary Hercule Prior with her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In 1930, Miss Jane Marple made her first full-length novel appearance in The Murder at the Vicarage, quickly becoming another beloved and enduring character to rival Poirot's popularity. Additional series characters include the husband-and wife crime-fighting team of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, private investigator Parker Pyne, and Scotland Yard detectives Superintendent Battle and Inspector Japp.


Many of Christie's novels and short stories were adapted into plays, films, and television series. The Mousetrap opened in 1952 and is the longest running play in history. Academy Award-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh helmed the acclaimed major motion picture Murder on the Orient Express in 2017 and its sequel, Death on the Nile, starring in both films as the Belgian detective. On the small screen Poirot has been most memorably portrayed by David Suchet, and Miss Marple by Joan Hickson and subsequently Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie.


Christie was first married to Archibald Christie and then to archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, whom she accompanied on expeditions to countries that would also serve as the settings for many of her novels. In 1971 she achieved one of Britain's highest honors when she was made a Dame of the British Empire. She died in 1976 at the age of eighty-five. The one-hundred-year anniversary of Agatha Christie stories and the debut of Hercule Poirot was celebrated around the world in 2020. Whom You Know will never stop celebrating it!


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#NHLPeachy @NHL Oilers’ Connor McDavid, Frontline Healthcare Hero Aleem Rajani Named NHL ‘First Stars’ of the Week

 Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Alberta Health Services program manager Aleem Rajani have been named the NHL’s “First Stars” for the week ending May 9.

Throughout the 2020-21 season the NHL is celebrating the remarkable efforts of the off-ice stars who make it possible for us to play our games amid a pandemic by honoring frontline healthcare heroes from the regions represented by the League’s weekly and monthly “Stars.”

Rajani, an occupational therapist, works as a program manager with the Alberta Health Services (AHS) primary care and colorectal cancer screening program. He has been instrumental to the AHS Edmonton zone COVID-19 pandemic response over the past year, helping to set up the first coronavirus swabbing center as well as the largest assessment facility in the city, a pandemic response unit, and a rapid-flow vaccine center.

A leader for many aspects of the frontline response to COVID-19 in the Edmonton area, Rajani’s motto of “be excellent” has been an inspiration to the redeployed staff working in assessment and vaccination facilities across the city.

Rounding out the “Three Stars” of the week are Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. More on each NHL player’s performance can be found below:

FIRST STAR – CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS

McDavid led the NHL with 3-10—13 in four games (all against the Vancouver Canucks) to reach the 100-point milestone and power the Oilers (33-18-2, 68 points) to a berth in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He hit the 30-goal plateau for the fifth consecutive season on the strength of 2-2—4, his sixth four-point performance of 2020-21, in a 5-3 victory May 3. McDavid compiled five assists over his next two outings, picking up two helpers in a 4-1 triumph May 4 and assists on all three Edmonton goals in a 6-3 loss May 6. He again factored on all of the Oilers’ goals in a 4-3 win May 8, capping the week with 1-3—4 to reach the 100-point milestone for the fourth time in his career (32-68—100 in 53 GP). In doing so, McDavid became the ninth player in League history – and first since 1995-96 (Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr) – to hit the century mark in 53 or fewer games within a single season. The 24-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native and two-time Art Ross Trophy winner holds a 21-point lead in the 2020-21 scoring race, topping the NHL in points (100), assists (68), power-play points (35), power-play assists (26) and points per game (1.89) this season.

SECOND STAR – KIRILL KAPRIZOV, LW, MINNESOTA WILD

Kaprizov posted 4-4—8 in four contests to lift the Wild (35-14-5, 75 points) to a 3-0-1 week and within one point of second place in the Honda NHL West Division. He helped Minnesota split a pair of games against the Vegas Golden Knights, collecting 1-1—2 – including the tying goal with 1:32 remaining in regulation – in a 6-5 comeback victory May 3 and scoring both of the Wild’s goals in a 3-2 overtime loss May 5. Kaprizov added four more points over the next two games (both versus the Anaheim Ducks), potting 1-1—2 – highlighted by his second overtime goal of the season (also Jan. 14 at LAK) – in a 4-3 triumph May 7 and registering two assists in a 4-3 overtime win May 8. The 24-year-old Novokuznetsk, Russia, native has skated in 54 total contests this season, topping rookies in goals (27), points (51), power-play goals (8) and shots on goal (152) while ranking second in assists (24), power-play points (13), plus/minus (tied; +11) and shooting percentage (17.8%).

THIRD STAR – MARC-ANDRE FLEURY, G, VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Fleury (2-0-0, 1.48 GAA, .939 SV%) moved into sole possession of third place for all-time wins by a goaltender, stopping 46 of the 49 shots he faced across two starts to help the Vegas Golden Knights (39-13-2, 80 points) leapfrog the Carolina Hurricanes for first place in the overall League standings. Fleury surpassed Roberto Luongo for third place in all-time victories by a netminder with 26 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild May 5. He then turned aside 20 of 21 shots in a 4-1 triumph over the St. Louis Blues May 8, stretching his winning streak to eight games dating to April 11 (1.61 GAA, .938 SV%, 1 SO). The 36-year-old Sorel, Que., native has appeared in 35 total contests this season, placing among the League leaders in wins (t-3rd; 25), shutouts (t-3rd; 5), goals-against average (7th; 2.04) and save percentage (7th; .927).



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#Daylight #IGottheShotNYC #PeachyandtheCity #NHLPeachy #PeachysPetPals #Gordie the #Whale Visits #NurseShannon #ModernaShannon @moderna_tx and the #BlueWhale @AMNH #HartfordWhalers I Got Vaccinated...Under the Whale!

Hello there!  It's me, Gordie the whale.  Of course I am named after the one and only Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, who played for both the New England Whalers and the Hartford Whalers, best teams in hockey history ever.  I am really looking forward to having Manhattan and the rest of the world get back to normal.  So when I heard I had the chance to get my vaccine at the Blue Whale, I couldn't get there fast enough.
The line moved quickly, efficiently and professionally which is what we are looking for.
I really lucked out getting Nurse Shannon for my Moderna vaccine because her dad is a Red Wings fan!!!  Shannon is awesome and you will be thrilled to work with her.  I behaved so I got a museum voucher to come back and visit.  Plus, I am going back for my second shot.
Peachy is wearing a Panthers hat because they are good too.  Joel Quenneville is a Whale when it comes down to it.
Check out that big band-aid!!!
When I was done getting the vaccine I visited one of my heroes President Theodore Roosevelt and saw my relatives of the ocean at the museum.
Also, I brought Peachy.









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Sunday, May 9, 2021

#ReadThis #MotherMayI by #JoshilynJackson @JoshilynJackson @HarperCollins

It's not who you know and it never has been!
The civilized/civilised world knows this.
(You know they spell differently in London and they read us so we humor and humour them.)
It's WHOM YOU KNOW and though we don't know her personally, we know Joshilyn through her previous work, recommended:

Obviously avid readers know we are deep in the midst of Poirot in our Agatha Christie mania, who is also William Morrow/Harper Collins.  However it is a tragedy that she has passed and she can't tweet back (but her people follow us).  Joshilyn intelligently mentions The Mousetrap on page 158 and earns points.


A rule of thumb is that if you are not really into a book by 50 pages you are never going to be into it.  What struck us most about Mother May I was its immediate gripping nature: within the first ten pages you will not be able to put it down.  If we weren't getting so close to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Peachy herself would have read it cover to cover in one sitting.  She read it in two sittings.  

It will also strike you right off the bat how you should always trust yourself and your gut feeling.  If you think you saw it, you probably did!  Use those grey cells.  If it looks like a creep, sounds like a creep, smells like a creep....you know how they say this with the word duck.  Use those five senses.  We have an eye on you if you look up and right!!! (p. 180)

Right away, the protagonist, Bree, finds herself between a rock and a hard place.  If you've ever been faced with an impossible decision and the consequences of it, you'll appreciate the massively tangled web of disaster Bree has fallen into.  Some people might get what they have coming to them....there is a predatory creep character that is pure slime like Bill Clinton and Andrew Cuomo.  This is most definitely a book for the #MeToo era and if you liked Promising Young Woman and who didn't (Go Emerald!  Go Carey!) , this is for you too.

The escapades of Bree are completely fascinating from your couch!  You are so glad not to be Bree, however.  Not only is it whom you know, but do you really know them??!?!  Getting pills down someone's throat becomes a point of non-negotiation.  We love how on page 56 there's a discussion of whisky/whiskey and stay tuned because we have more to say on that subject in another review where we will keep walking with Jane and Johnnie.  Joshilyn does mention Raj's Whistle Pig.  And we wonder if the Dawsonville referenced is the one that Awesome Bill (from Dawsonville- Chase's dad) is from. (p. 227).  Get ready for a FUNTIME: Mother May I is just dynamite.

Never let what's important to you out of your sight! With rollercoaster intensity, Mother May I will have you feeling that whiplash has never been so good.

Mother May I is Recommended by Whom You Know.

Learn more at joshilynjackson.com or follow Joshilyn on social media:

Facebook: @JoshilynJackson

Instagram: @Joshilyn_Jackson



William Morrow is proud to publish MOTHER MAY I, an addictive new novel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson, who Entertainment Weekly has dubbed “a master of domestic suspense.” In this gripping page-turner, a mother must decide how far she is willing to go to protect her child and the life she loves. It’s an unforgettable tale of power, privilege, lies, revenge, and the choices we make, ones that transform our lives in unforeseen ways.

Jackson’s previous novel, Never Have I Ever (2019), was her first flat-out thriller and garnered praise from People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, PopSugar, Time, and more. Now, with MOTHER MAY I, Jackson once again displays her masterful talents for crafting unforgettable characters and surprising twists.

Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat was warned by her single mother that the world was a dark and scary place. Bree rejected her mother’s fearful outlook, and life has proved her right. Having married into a family with wealth, power, and connections, Bree now has all a woman could ever dream of: a loving lawyer husband, two talented teenage daughters, a new baby boy, a gorgeous home, and every opportunity in the world.

Until the day she awakens and sees someone peering into her bedroom window—an old gray-haired woman dressed all in black who vanishes as quickly as she appears. It must be a play of the early morning light or the remnant of a waking dream, Bree tells herself, shaking off the bad feeling that overcomes her. Later that day though, she spies the old woman again, in the parking lot of her daugh­ters’ private school… just minutes before Bree’s infant son, asleep in his car seat only a few feet away, vanishes. It happened so quickly—Bree looked away only for a second. There is a note left in his place, warning her that she is being watched; if she wants her baby back, she must not call the police or deviate in any way from the instructions that will follow.

The mysterious woman makes contact, and Bree learns she, too, is a mother. Why would another mother do this? What does she want? And why has she targeted Bree? Of course, Bree will pay anything, do anything. It’s her child. To get her baby back, Bree must complete one small—but critical—task. It seems harmless enough, but her action comes with a devastating price, making her complicit in a tangled web of tragedy and shocking secrets that could destroy everything she loves. It is the beginning of an odyssey that will lead Bree to dangerous places, explosive confrontations, and chilling truths.

Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family—but what if the cost tears their world apart?


WATCH A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHOR: https://bit.ly/30uyLmX

MOTHER MAY I

William Morrow | Hardcover | ISBN: 9780062855343 |$27.99

E-Book ISBN: 9780062855367 | Audio ISBN: 9780063092068 (Read by the author)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

JOSHILYN JACKSON is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, including gods in Alabama, The Almost Sisters, and Never Have I Ever. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children. She serves on the board and works as a volunteer teacher for REFORMING ARTS, a non-profit dedicated to bringing liberal arts higher education to Georgia prisons designated for women.

MOTHER MAY I

Q: MOTHER MAY I is your tenth novel, congrats! Can you tell us in your own words a little bit about this book?
JJ: It’s the story of a young mother, Bree Cabbat, who briefly looks away from her youngest child—and he’s gone. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. We’ve all had that moment. For ninety-nine-point-near-infinity percent of us, our kid saw a bird and squirted off sideways, and that dizzying, stomach-drop horror is resolved to the good in three seconds.
Bree is not so lucky. Her son has been taken. Because this is a Joshilyn Jackson novel, I think you’ve already guessed that this is not about anything as simple as money. In this book, the past has a pulse, and teeth, and it has caught up to Bree Cabbat.
The woman who took the baby is a mother herself, and while what she asks from Bree seems like a small, simple (if highly illegal) task, the consequences will send Bree on a dangerous journey that will change the way she understands the world and could cost her and her family everything. Both of these women will stop at absolutely nothing when their children’s lives are at stake, and yet there is no world in which they can both get what they want.


Q: What was your inspiration for MOTHER MAY I?
JJ: I serve on the board and (when we are not in the middle of a pandemic), as a volunteer teacher with a nonprofit called Reforming Arts. Our mission is to offer college level coursework and degrees to incarcerated people in Georgia’s Women’s prisons. We work in partnership with many other institutions and groups, including Georgia State University. We also have a program that assists re-entering citizens as they leave prison and try to create connected, sustainable, livable lives in a system that is stacked against their success.
My students have been eclectic in terms of age, race, and orientation, but they have one thing almost universally common; they grew up in poverty. Many have lived their whole lives in extreme, unimaginable poverty: food insecure, lodging insecure, homeless, in foster care. And a great many of them are now mothers themselves.
My paternal grandparents were working class, my maternal grandparents were poor. I saw my parents work their way into the middle class as I grew up. They sent me to college and helped my husband and I buy our first home—a tiny two-bedroom condo that cost five figures. We are now firmly middle class, and my children have a lovely range of opportunities. The children of my students get one or two chances as they come up, and that is if they are very lucky and have people actively working to help them find support and resources. They are much more likely to end up in prison than my children.
I wanted to explore that disparity, that desperation. Desperation drives people into awful, awful acts. Mother May I began with the idea of two women who both grew up working class and rural, right on the knife-edge of poverty. One lost her husband, and she and her daughter slid into poverty. One, via scholarships and then an advantageous marriage, is now quite wealthy. And yet both these women love their children with the same fierce devotion. Both of these women would do anything to help them—and this is the hinge that puts them direct opposition.


Q: MOTHER MAY I deals with complicated, contemporary issues like privilege, opportunity, complicity, trauma, and justice. Why do you think it’s important to explore such nuanced themes in fiction?
JJ: Story is how I explain the world to myself. It’s how I process my own thoughts and beliefs. Story is how I navigate the questions that are too large to have a simple answer. Writing and reading are how I expand my empathy and my worldview.
That said, it’s not my job as a novelist—or a reader, or a human!—to resolve the world’s troubles. It’s my job to explore them, not to preach. I write the exact kinds of books I like as a reader: page-turners, with characters I really care about, that both entertain and invite thought and discourse.

Q: All of your previous novels have incorporated elements of intrigue and tension, but you have moved firmly into suspense with NEVER HAVE I EVER and MOTHER MAY I. How do you balance the strong female characters you are known for with more “in-your-face” suspense?
JJ: I think I was always secretly writing suspense! I remember so many interviews that focused on how my work was not quite women’s fiction, and not quite southern fiction, not quite commercial, not quite literary, not this and not that. I think I was writing Southern Stealth Noir.
But now I have found a genre that fits me like perfect shoes. I love it! I always did like to have a murder or two, with a mystery attached, of course. But my first eight books are definitely paced more like women’s fiction. Allowing myself the twin luxuries of a bigger, louder, stronger engine and a sharper, twisty-er, faster plot arc has been in many ways a relief. It’s revitalized my joy in my work. That said? These books are still my books. I’m a character driven writer, and that has not changed. Big twists and reveals and breathless action can’t matter if they happen to people I don’t love.


Q: MOTHER MAY I plays with traditional suspense arcs of “dark secrets” and of a “cat-and-mouse” chase by twisting and subverting readers’ expectations. Why was this important for MOTHER MAY I as a story?
JJ: The simple answer is—it’s fun! I love a good twist as much as any reader, and they are also quite thrilling to craft. For me, plot comes last. I know the characters very well, and I know the inciting incident, and I have an end I am walking toward (although I am usually wrong, and the end changes as I write). So when I write a twist or a reversal, it often surprises me.
Character and theme are the craft, the work. Plot is the cookie that makes me excited to do that the work. If the twists do not surprise me, how can I expect them to surprise you?
That said, once I discover one, I have to go back and set up for it with foreshadowing and such, because I hate a cheap twist that does not emerge from character and theme. I want the reversals and twists to matter on more than one level.



Q: Many aspects and experiences of motherhood play out through the novel. Without giving anything away, can you talk a bit about how this drives the story?
JJ: The main character is a mother whose child has been taken by a woman who is also a mother. Both of them love their children enough to kill or die for them, and they truly understand this.
I have a protagonist and an antagonist who see each other very clearly, and who also respect each other. But they are on a deadly collision course, and they understand this too. They cannot both get what they want, and yet they can’t help but feel a weird, connected empathy, even as they work to utterly undo each other. I have a lot of empathy for my antagonist—even though she gives me nightmares. It’s my favorite complication in the book.


Q: Why did you decide to include theater as an element in this novel? Has this always been a passion of yours?
JJ: Oh, yes! My first degree was in theatre. As a young woman, I worked professionally as a voice actor and in summer stock and dinner theatres and booked a few commercials. My husband is a theatre person, too. We met doing a summer of Kaufman plays. The first time I saw him, he was up on stage, learning sword-fighting. En Garde! How could I not marry him?
One of the nicest perks of my job is that I get to come to New York sometimes to meet with my editor or agent. I always book extra days, crash on a friend’s couch, and see as many plays as I possibly can. Best theatre in the world. I will go to a matinee, grab a quick bite, and then go right into an evening show.
I saw the original casts perform Wicked and Hadestown. I’ve seen Daveed Diggs play Lafayette and Jefferson and Neil Patrick Harris play Hedwig. Once, during an impassioned monologue, John Lithgow’s spittle hit me on the forehead. These are some of the most treasured memories of my life. My husband and I also love the Atlanta theatre scene; we follow the careers of various playwrights and stage actors here the way some people follow sportsball. It’s one of the things I’ve felt as a huge loss during the pandemic. Live theatre. That feeling of being a part of a group of strangers, sitting close in the dark, together, feeling the same feelings as a story unfolds. Humans need that. We need the kind of art that creates empathy.


Q: In addition to writing your books, you also narrate the audio books. How does this inform your writing process?
JJ: Acting has certainly shaped me as a novelist. My books are so character-driven, and I first learned how to create characters as an actor—taking the skeletons and musculature of brilliant layered characters written by Chekhov and Beckett and Churchill and trying to put skin and hair and true, human faces on them. Now I am in charge of all the layers, which is lovely for a control freak like me, but I don’t know that I would have been able to do it without the acting.
Early on, I was told that it was a bad idea, because authors are almost universally bad at it. But I have theatre training and have worked as a voice actor. I sent in an audition reel for my second novel, and they hired me. Since then, I’ve won awards for my readings, and I sometimes read for other authors including Lydia Netzer, Patti Callahan Henry, and Marybeth Mayhew Whalen—it is such a pleasure!


Q: What do you most hope readers take away from MOTHER MAY I?
JJ: A desire to read more of my books! I always have the same answer to this question, because I have no agenda in terms of takeaways as a novelist. I hope book clubs will talk about the themes and readers will think about the story and the choices the characters made, but I don’t a small, flat world with simple, fictional solutions to complex, actual problems. I write about people who are very real to me, navigating the moral gray areas as best they can. I try my best to do it in a fun, exciting, gripping way that will also provide an escape—that’s my real agenda.

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#NHLPeachy @NHL #NHLStats NHL Morning Skate – May 9, 2021

THREE HARD LAPS

* Connor McDavid collected his fifth consecutive multi-point game, and fourth with at least three points over that span, to reach the 100-point mark in his 53rd contest of 2020-21.

* Only one playoff spot remains after the Predators defeated the Hurricanes to clinch the final berth in the Discover Central Division and set up a First Round series with Carolina.

* The Penguins (MassMutual East Division) and Maple Leafs (Scotia North Division) each locked up the No. 1 seed in their division. In the process, it was determined that the Capitals and Oilers would be the No. 2 seed in their respective divisions.


McDAVID CONTINUES HISTORIC SEASON, COLLECTS 100TH POINT IN 53RD GAME
In a contest broadcast nationally on Hockey Night in Canada, Connor McDavid (1-3—4) once again took the spotlight – collecting his seventh outing of four-plus points this season – as he became the ninth player in NHL history, and first in his lifetime, to reach the 100-point mark in 53 games or fewer (32-68 —100).

* He required the fewest games to reach the century mark since Mario Lemieux (38 GP) and Jaromir Jagr (52 GP) each did so 25 years ago with the Penguins (1995-96).


* McDavid became the third active player to post at least four career 100-point seasons, joining Sidney Crosby (6) and Alex Ovechkin (4) – each of whom have played 16 seasons to McDavid’s six. Additionally, only three players in Oilers history have recorded more: Wayne Gretzky (9), Jari Kurri (6) and Mark Messier (5).

* The 24-year-old Oilers captain, who also helped teammate Leon Draisaitl eclipse the 500-point mark on Saturday, joined elite company and became just the seventh skater in NHL history to register four 100-point campaigns before his 25th birthday.



PREDATORS CLINCH FINAL PLAYOFF SPOT IN DISCOVER CENTRAL
Luke Kunin scored twice against the Hurricanes, including the game-winning goal, to help Nashville clinch the final playoff spot in the Discover Central Division. It marks the seventh consecutive season in which the Predators will compete in the postseason.


* Nashville's win over Carolina not only clinched its spot in the postseason, it locked in a First Round series with the Hurricanes. Before Game 1, the two will play in each team's regular-season finale on Monday – meaning the clubs could meet up to nine consecutive times should the opening round go seven games.


* The Predators (14) are tied for the second-most postseason appearances among all NHL clubs since 2004, when they reached the playoffs for the first time. Only the Penguins (15, including 2021) have more postseason appearances in that span, while the Sharks also have 14.

* Nine players who helped the Predators reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 2017 remain with the club: Ryan Ellis, Viktor Arvidsson, Mattias Ekholm, Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok, Roman Josi, Pekka Rinne, Juuse Saros and Colton Sissons.

PENGUINS, MAPLE LEAFS CLAIM TOP SEED IN RESPECTIVE DIVISIONS
The Penguins (37-16-3, 77 points) and Maple Leafs (35-13-6, 76 points) each earned wins on Saturday to claim the No. 1 seed in the MassMutual East and Scotia North Division, respectively:

* With the combination of their regulation win against the Sabres and an overtime win by the Capitals, the Penguins clinched the top seed in their division for the first time in seven years. Washington, meanwhile, secured the No. 2 seed.

* The Penguins concluded their final home game of 2020-21 with a 22-4-2 record at PPG Paints Arena and a .821 points percentage. In the last 30 years, only three teams have had a better home points percentage at the conclusion of a season: San Jose (.829 in 2008-09), Detroit (.902 in 1995-96) and Quebec (.875 in 1994-95).

* After holding the No. 1 seed in the Scotia North Division for 106 of 116 days in 2020-21, the Maple Leafs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Canadiens and collect their 13th comeback win of the season – the most among their seven-team grouping.


PANTHERS PREY ON LIGHTING IN PLAYOFF PREVIEW
A night after their First Round series in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs was confirmed, the Panthers (36-14-5, 77 points) scored at least five goals against the Lightning for the fourth time this season and extended the NHL’s longest active win streak to five games.


* The 2020-21 campaign, a prelude to the first-ever playoff series between the Panthers and Lightning, marks just the second season Florida has scored five-plus goals against Tampa Bay four times (including shootout-deciding goals). The other: 2006-07 (4x).

* Alex Wennberg scored three of Florida’s five goals to record his second hat trick of the season (also April 3 vs. CBJ) and the fifth by a Panthers player – behind only the Rangers (6) for the most by any team in 2020-21. Wennberg became just the third player to score multiple hat tricks in his first season with the franchise, joining Pavel Bure (2 in 1998-99) and Noel Acciari (2 in 2019-20).

GOLDEN KNIGHTS, AVALANCHE CONTINUE TO BATTLE FOR HONDA WEST CROWN
The Golden Knights (39-13-2, 80 points; 1st) and Avalanche (36-13-4, 76 points; 2nd) each skated to victories and continued their pursuit of the No. 1 seed in the Honda West Division. The Wild (35-14-5, 75 points), who also collected two points on Saturday, cannot finish higher than second.

* Reilly Smith (3-0—3) scored his first career hat trick to propel the Golden Knights to their second win against the Blues in as many days. Vegas closed out its season series against St. Louis with a 6-1-1 record (STL: 2-4-2) and maintained a four-point lead ahead of Colorado for first in the Honda West Division with two games remaining (May 10 vs. COL and May 12 at SJS).


* Cale Makar (1-1—2) scored his 20th career regular-season goal to help the Avalanche maintain second place in the Honda West Division standings – Colorado has three games remaining (May 10 at VGK, May 12 & 13 vs. LAK). Makar (20-73—93 in 98 GP) required the second fewest games among active defensemen to reach the benchmark, behind only Philadelphia’s Shayne Gostisbehere (20-35—55 in 79 GP).

MILLER GETS EMOTIONAL SENDOFF IN FINAL NHL GAME
Ryan Miller (21 saves) made the final appearance of his career on Saturday. The winningest U.S.-born goaltender in NHL history received a standing ovation from the Xcel Energy Center crowd and shared an emotional embrace with his parents following the contest.


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TKACHUK BROTHERS MATCHUP HIGHLIGHTS MOTHER’S DAY

#NHLStats Mother’s Day edition will feature both of Chantal Tkachuk’s sons in action when Brady Tkachuk and the Senators square off with Matthew Tkachuk and the Flames for the ninth and final time this season.


* Matthew holds the edge in points through their 12 meetings (2-8—10), including a 1-6—7 mark in 2020-21 (8 GP), but Brady’s team has collected more head-to-head wins (7-5-0) – highlighted by a 6-2-0 mark this season.


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