Books, books, books! I’ve been reading one right after the other lately -- jumping from one genre to the next. My goal seems to be keep the mind busy while I figure out my path in life. I’ve gone from Little Bee by Chris Cleave to Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. If you are a reader you’ll know I challenged my brain with the moral dilemmas of a Nigerian beach stand off to the 16th century tragedy of the Plague. My husband always asks me why I read such depressing subject matter. My answer is always, “a good story, depressing or not is still a good story!” Little Bee is a story filled with strong women trying to balance life and death. Year of Wonders is about strong women trying to balance God and science. So, perhaps, where there is tragedy there is also thought provoking dialogue and plot lines. Two enthusiastic thumbs up to both!!
Remember, I’m an at home mother to three. I live on a quiet street in the suburbs of Denver. Sometimes my only real drama involves which Disney diva is in rehab this week. My life is pretty sterile next to the adventures of Plague sores and beach amputations.
I just finished the book Still Alice by Lisa Genova. The main character is a Harvard educated PhD who discovers she has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The books take us through roughly two years of her life. I read this book in two days and then spent two more days questioning my every brain fart, flakey blonde moment and kept checking to make sure I knew the whereabouts of my phone. This was an easy read, but it played tricks on my mind. It gave me nightmares too. Those guttural reactions really meant that the author did an amazing job telling the story. Still Alice is a well written and wonderfully sad story. My heart broke to see how her marriage handled catastrophic illness. It made me wonder how many marriages survive really hard times like that. How would my relationships handle a 360 degree change in dynamics? Can you imagine going from independent, cerebral couple writing books together to caregiver and patient. My heart broke a thousand times for Alice. For better or for worse, in sickness and in health didn’t really pan out for her – and her brain didn’t even allow her the cognitive capacity to get really pissed off about it.
Next I will be delving into Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This novel has been sitting on my bookshelf for two years waiting for me to find the right time to read it. Here we go! I’m only on chapter two so you’ll have to wait for my two cents.