Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
This short, tiny book packs quite the emotional punch. It can be easily read in an afternoon, but it might stay with you for awhile longer after that.
Posted by Elaine at 7:00 AM
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The Vacationers is a pretty light, so-so read. It would be a great beach read.
Monday, July 20, 2015
This story takes place over about fifteen years and we get the history of Ifemelu and we also read her blog posts which are humorous and truthful observations about race in America.
The ending was a bit of a disappointment. But I guess I am someone who actually enjoys ambiguous endings. This one was a bit too tidy and predictable.
Prepare to invest time (it's 500+ pages) and some heart into this reading experience. It's rich and well-written and will prompt you to think about some uncomfortable things.
Posted by Elaine at 3:00 AM
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Posted by Elaine at 6:00 AM
Monday, July 13, 2015
Harmel also wrote The Sweetness of Forgetting which was a bit unrealistic, so I liked that The Life Intended was actually a bit more believable. There's a bit more depth to this book compared to your average "chic-lit" book, and I had an above-average reading experience. A more quality beach read.
Posted by Elaine at 5:30 AM
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
I didn't like the main character Adrienne that much, so that made it hard to like the book. But if I was on a flight or on the beach with nothing much else to read, I would read it.
Posted by Elaine at 4:00 AM
Monday, July 6, 2015
Gawande argues that the quality of life matters, even at the very end of life when modern medicine traditionally pulls out all stops to continue life. Gawande tells stories of family members and patients of his, and what mattered to them at the end of their lives, and the kinds of conversations that were necessary in order to provide them quality lives at the end.
This isn't a book that looks that fun to read, and honestly, it's not. However, it is important and provides a different perspective about how to care for older adults and why it matters.
Thanks for the recommendation, Huy!
Posted by Elaine at 4:30 AM
Thursday, July 2, 2015
In May, Boomer and I spent a weekend in a little town in northern California to attend my cousin's wedding. It was a beautiful wedding with little jars of homemade jam as favors. :) I got persimmon jam, and Boomer got spicy grape jam. Fun! My aunt was walking around trying to poach the persimmon jam from other tables. I slipped mine into my purse once I figured out what she was up to.
The Sunday after the wedding, we wandered around the little downtown area and browsed in a bookstore where this book caught my eye. I wrote down the title and checked it out from the library. By the way, this is how well Boomer knows me. Once we walked out of the bookstore, he asked, "Do you need to write down any titles in your notebook?" He knows that when I go into bookstores, I find titles that I want to check out of the library. I used to write down the titles while in the bookstore, but I got the stink-eye one too many times from bookstore employees, so now I remember them in my brain until I can write them down.
The author of this book, Marina Keegan, was a writer and very recent graduate of Yale when she died in a car accident. This book is a collection of some of her writings, both fiction and non-fiction. This was a heartbreaking book to read because Keegan's writing is SO good and it is so sad to think that her life was cut so short, and how many stories did she have in her that we will never know?
I really enjoyed her short stories although one of them (The Ingenue) left me feeling grumpy because of the ending. But isn't that a sign of a successful story? That we are emotionally engaged and touched. I usually don't enjoy short stories, but I really enjoyed Keegan's.
I am trying to figure out who I can buy this book for....:)