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Friday, February 1, 2013

Just Finished

My reading list is not as long this year so far.  At this rate I won't make it to the same number that I got to last year.  I have started many books and then put them down for lack of interest. I'm not going to read something I don't enjoy.

I did just finish my 5th book for the year: One Thousand White Women - The Journal of May Dodd by Jin Fergus.  The author says that many people write to him believing that the book is historical.  It does have historical characters and yes the Cheyenne Indians asked for 1000 white women to marry their men but the US government did not agree to it.  In his book though they did and May Dodd was one of those women.  It's written as a journal except it's not really.  No one writes a journal with so much dialog and details especially when they are on the move with an Indian tribe.  It does make for a good though sad story and I'd recommend it for that.  But I don't know how any reader was taken in to believe it could be true.

The other books I've read this year are:

1.  The Unlikely Pilgrimmage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.  Set in present day England this relates the story of an elderly gentleman who sets out on a quest to walk the entire south to north axis of England to see an old friend who is dying of cancer. He becomes quite a celebrity and develops a following that gets out of hand.  Slowly you learn what has transpired in his life that drives him to do this.

2. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin.  This one was for book club and it generated so much discussion that night.  Mrs. Tom Thumb, Vinny, was a real person and though she did leave some writings about her life she did not write her own biography.  Melanie Benjamin did a fine job for her though and gave the reader a window into the world of P.T. Barnum and what life was like for a performer the size of Vinny.  We got out a yardstick the night we discussed this book to see what her height really was.  Our hostess then got out a doll that stood just a few inches shorter than Vinny's height but about equal to her sister, Minny.  Amazing!

3. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan.  I almost didn't finish this one because I was afraid for how it would end.  When I get that way I do turn to the end to read it. (I do that a lot lately.)  This one is about a woman who gives up her husband and children to be with Frank Lloyd Wright.  A decision I couldn't condone and that she lives to regret.  The descriptions of the houses he designed made me realize how much influence his style had on our architect for our home.

4. Molaka'i by Alan Brennert.  This is the story of girl diagnosed with leprosy and confined to the leper colony called Molaka'i in Hawaii.  I had previously read a nonfiction book about this place called The Colony which was historical with none of the feelings of this book.  It's been awhile since I've read a book that made me cry so much.  It is an incredibly sad story but also so very believable.  This is also one for book club that we will discuss next Friday.

I think I'll go back an read an old favorite: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Have any book recommendations for me?

3 comments:

Stewart M said...

Hi there - the premise of the first book sounds really interesting.

I'm just about to complete A Sand County Almanac - its a great book.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Lew said...

Thanks for your comment on my shop window post. I have not been in the oil and vinegar shop, though I think I posted a picture of the bottles in the window two years ago. Frederick is a nice town for a window shopping, especially when the weather is nice. I am still amazed at the variety of small shops that seem to being doing well.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - me again!

Thanks for the comments.

Yes, the Tasmanian Devils are from Tasmania! However, over the last 10 years or so there has been a huge reduction in their numbers caused by a shocking facial cancer. Most of the east coast of Tas now has very few Devils - so we did not get to see any this trip. A lot of work of being done to sort out this issue - I only hope its not too late.

Cheers

Stewart M - Melbourne

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