Friday, October 13, 2017
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
How to be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage by Jo Piazza
Posted by Elaine at 5:00 AM
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Well, it's not summer anymore, but this would make for a fun fall read too. It's kinda gossipy though.
Monday, October 9, 2017
I am about 20 books behind, so I am gonna try to catch up by continuing to give you shorter posts each day until I'm caught up.
After reading Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, I was a bit conflicted. You can read about my torn feelings here. Option B is about her experience of grief after her husband suddenly dies while they are on vacation. I liked Option B so much better. It was like hearing from a different Sheryl Sandberg, and I'm sure she is very changed after this devastating experience. She comes across as much more human, kind, and compassionate. She, along with Adam Grant, offer insights into grief and very practical ways to care for yourself and others.
One important thing I learned was to not say, "Just let me know if you need anything!" to someone going through a tough time. Offer something concrete. This was so helpful. So I texted my neighbor who is going through chemo right now to say, "I have banana bread for you. Can I bring it over? Or just leave it on your porch?"So much more helpful.
Posted by Elaine at 5:30 AM
Monday, September 25, 2017
I first heard about this book by my high school Humanities teacher. I saw it on the library shelf and checked it out. At 856 pages, this is not a lightweight read. And, as the title says, it's a tragedy. A tragedy about Clyde Griffiths and his desperate desire for success and social acceptance.
About 1/3 of the way through the book, I looked up this book on Amazon. The reviews generally had the theme of "Why did I read this book?" Aw man, I should have paid more attention. Because at the end of the 856 pages, I was also bemoaning the fact that I had read this book. It's quite the downer.
Posted by Elaine at 8:00 AM