"The Chaperone" Chapters 17-21: So Much Good to Come

I think that the final chapters of Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone might be my favorite. It's the point where we see Cora decide to be the person we've caught glimpses of throughout the earlier chapters. We get to see Cora chuck propriety to the side and grab at happiness with both hands. Alas, if only the same could be said for Louise. ...more
I loved the end of this book!  Actually I loved the entire book from start to finish.  But I was ...more

"The Chaperone" Chapters 9-16: The Window of the Future

Well, chapters 8-16 of Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone were certainly full of surprises! We've reached a point where there's no doubt the book is about Cora, and yet I find the scenes of Cora and Louise together the most illuminating. When we get glimpses of Cora in the future, it becomes clear that Louise had a tremendous impact on Cora's life....more
I knew something was going on after Alan said he would never force her to have kids again, so ...more

"The Chaperone" Chapters 1-8: Ignorance and Confusions

Laura Moriarty slowly eases us into Cora's life in The Chaperone. When we first meet her, it's a little bit easy to assume that Cora that is a typical 1920s housewife but there are little things at the edges giving hints that everything is not quite as it seems. I think the most telling bit of text in this section of the book is from when Cora's grandniece is having a conversation with her about the Ku Klux Klan....more
Love the comments and the book.  This discussion will go along nicely with my regualr Monday ...more

Have You Been on a Picnic?

In Seré Prince Halverson's The Underside of Joy, Ella found herself faced with many decisions after Joe's death. Most, especially those involving the children, were difficult to make. Perhaps the one I enjoyed the most was what she decided to do with the failing family business. ...more
my husband loves picnics... i could do without them. i have to say the biggest story in the ...more

Redefining Our Ideal Body

I thought that one of the most powerful messages in William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin's Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever was that our bodies are at their best when they feel healthiest, not when they were at a certain size or looked a certain way. What the authors were saying is that our thinnest point may not be our healthiest. ...more
"why women need fat" written by: a couple of guys *eye roll*more

Would You Do What Ella Did?

In Seré Prince Halverson's The Underside of Joy, Ella had to make some very important decisions. It was never a question of if she would fight Paige's petition for custody of the children, but how she would fight it. Would she be honest? Would she give all the information that she had on hand? ...more
I have to be honest, I'm not so sure I would've done what Ella did. Its was very brave of her ...more

The Things We Keep Hidden

Many of the conflicts that arose after Joe's death in Seré Prince Halverson's The Underside of Joy were due to the things that people kept hidden. There were things of which people did not speak and yet their presence was felt. These hidden things shaped their lives. ...more
We don't really have any family secrets. We blab way to much to each other to hold anything back.more

Do You Know Your Natural Weight?

In their book Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, authors William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin suggest that we have a natural weight. They advocate that this natural weight is based on our genetics and that our weight is much harder to change than we've been led to believe. To put it simply, we have a weight we're meant to be and for many people it's simply not a size two. ...more
@iwantlionhair same here, but maybe 20 or 25 pounds lighter than i currently am ;)more

"Diets Don't Work." Wait! What?!

In their book Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, authors William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin have a chapter titled "Why Dieting Doesn't Work." By the time I time I got to that chapter I had already realized I had misclassified this book as a "diet book" based on the cover. (I know, I know. We're not supposed to do that but admit it, you do it too.) Then the authors went even further -- they claimed that dieting can even cause us to gain more weight. ...more
@kendalldog Love this analogy. I will now be asking myself how well I'm balancing my three ...more

This Means I Get To Use Real Butter, Right?

In the first section of William D. Lassek and Steven J. C. Gaulin's new book, Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, they look at how the American diet has changed in the past forty years. The authors say that one of the biggest changes we've made is taking a step away from saturated fats, which was supposed to to make us healthier. But has it? ...more
While I LOVE me some butter, I also know that trans fats (hydrogenated oils) are NOT good for ...more