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Sunday, March 27, 2022
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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
"It was strange, she thought, that she had never before put a single thought into whether or not they [her children] were happy or not, or tried to guess what they were thinking."
"So this was what being alone was like, she thought. It was not the solitude she had been going through, nor the moments when she felt his death like a shock to her system, as though she had been in a car accident, it was this wandering in a sea of people with the anchor lifted, and all of it oddly pointless and confusing."
Being left in such a hard position begins to make Nora tougher and helps her find her voice. One evening, watching television with Maurice's brother, Nora finds herself able to contradict him about a political matter.
"Jim tapped the arm of the chair with the index finger of his right hand and whistled under his breath. He was not sued to women disagreeing with him, and she smiled at the thought that he might, if he was to continue visiting her house, have to learn to tolerate it."
Sunday, March 20, 2022
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Read: Finished Colm Toibin's Nora Webster for book club and I continue to read Karen Joy Fowler's Booth.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
"I can see we were just at that age when we knew a few things about ourselves -- about who we were, how we were different from our guardians, from the people outside -- but hadn't yet understood what any of it meant."
Eventually, as they transition from school to their real purpose in life, we learn what that purpose is. Which doesn't entirely come as a surprise but the truth of their existence is even uglier. As he did in The Remains of the Day, Ishiguro keeps the ugly parts of life mostly in the background. But here they are harder to hide...and harder to read.
One reviewer said that the book has hope. I didn't see that; I felt overwhelmed by the bleakness of Kathi's life and future. This is not a book readers can relate to and these are not characters readers can relate to but every reader can feel the sadness of a life lived for the singular purpose these characters live for. Perhaps at a different time in my life I might have enjoyed such a desolate book more, might have appreciated it for its lessons about mankind. I won't give up on Ishiguro; his writing continues to impress but this was not for me - not now anyway.
Monday, March 14, 2022
A mix of fact and fiction, The Door-Man follows three generations of interwoven families who share a deep wound from Gilboa’s last days. The story is told by Winifred’s grandson, a disaffected NYC doorman working near the Central Park Reservoir during its decommissioning in 1993.
The brief and provisional nature of one’s life on earth – and the nested histories of the places, people and events that give it meaning – engender a reckoning within the tangled roots and fragile bonds of family.
“I am only a door-man, one of many along Central Park West. No one suspects that it is my considered choice.”
|The oldest fossilized trees|
in the world in present-day
Thanks to the ladies at TLC Book Tours for including me in this tour. For other opinions, check out the full tour here.
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Sunday, March 13, 2022
I know there are a lot of you are struggling this morning with that lost hour of sleep but this girl is so happy that we are going to have that extra hour of light in the evenings. Daylight Savings Time's arrival is another sign for me that spring is here. It's supposed to be warm here this week, too, so I'm hoping for some March dinners on the patio.
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Sunday, March 6, 2022
Our daughter's roommate has a little beagle who went crazy every time we walked into the house yesterday. We've been home a couple of hours and our cat is still trying to decide if she forgives us for leaving her. She's just now stopped hiding under a chair and come to sit next to me. Cats are so different from dogs!Last Week I:
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Since we've just recently celebrated Valentine's Day, let's start with some book recommendations about love and relationships. First up is Gretchen Rubin's My 5 Favorite Novels About Relationships. I've only read two on her list but they are two of my all-time favorite books so I'm fairly certain I'll agree with Rubin about the other three.
"But it really wasn’t until this year that I’ve really started waking up to the fact that reading diversely sometimes means reading books that make me uncomfortable, that challenge what I have believed or wake me up to things that I had no idea were happening in this country. This is one of those books. I tend to get defensive when I start reading (I’m working on that), so it can take a bit before I stop defending and start listening."
To be honest, not getting defensive is still something I'm working on - which makes me know I need to keep reading those uncomfortable books. This list, also from Penguin Random House gives us 49 Black Authors On Their Favorite Books by Black Authors. The list included Edwidge Danticat and Colson Whitehead, both of whom I've recently "seen" on Zoom conversations, and Isabel Wilkerson who I will be seeing on another Zoom conversation soon.
On a lighter note, I present to you 50 Hilarious Memes You'll Relate To If You Love Books from Buzzfeed. Since you're reading this, I know that these are right up your alley. This one is definitely me! I want so many books when I get to the bookstore that I often can't make a decision on which one is the perfect one to buy and walk out without any!