I have been reading up a storm! Here are some brief thoughts about the books in my library bag:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver was a fascinating journey into the Congo c. 1960. I loved the book and sobbed though the sad parts. It made me feel so gluttonous - we have so much luxury and safety and we don't even know it! It makes me want to sew little girl's dresses to donate to the Humanitarian Services. And it makes me want to learn more - so I checked out Heart of Darkness by Conrad, and a couple nonfiction books about Africa.
Charms For the Easy Life, by Kay Gibbons. Love this book. Loved watching the changes in America in the early 1900's. Loved the grandmother. Loved when he sent her a box of all his childhood memories. I also read A Virtuous Woman.
I must stop here to take a picture. I have my windows open and I hear some guys outside saying "Bang Bang Bang." Apparently there is a little war game going on in the field behing our house. THere are guys in camo wearing rucksacks and helmets, carrying pretend guns. Sorry about the terrible picture - the good camera is livin' it up in Vegas, but that is basically the view from the kids bedroom. How much counseling are my children going to need...
Back to books:
Ophelea's Mom by Nina Shandler. With Hannah turning 13 this year, and me without many friends with kids over 6, I'm looking for a little "how to be a mom of a teenager" guidance. This book was not it. It was discouraging and I did not love it. But looking back on my teenage years, and what my sisters and I put my mother through, this book was probably more realistic than I want to believe. Maybe mom should write the book - My 23 Years Living With Teenage Girls or 23 Years of Crazy or How I Raised 7 Daughters and Lived to Tell or....
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink. Interesting look at food, but it just made me hungry. In fact, I think I need to go bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies.
What are you reading?