I am tired today. Lots of activities and little time to read... unless you are at a free day at the pool with 136 lifeguards (not really 136! close though!) on duty b/c the whole town is there... then you can read - AND finish two books. I finished Mary, Martha, and Me, and Running for Mortals. I was impressed with myself. And now I am in that dead zone between books.
I've been reading The Homemaker, but it is hitting a raw nerve. It is so well-written, and the perceptions of man, woman, and child, so clearly displayed to us as readers, that it is hurting my feelings! It is about the effects/affects of a controlling wife, mother, and homemaker. She can do it all and does, but without the considerations of how her family is being beaten down with her fire. I am an intense mother - I am a mother-bear and desire some life lessons to be learned at home, safely, rather than in the scary grown-up world they will soon enter. I am not as passionate as this homemaker in taking care of the home, but my heart is breaking for her children. I actually find myself doing a personal inventory to make sure I am not hurting my children in the process.
Books I've Read:
More With Less Cookbook - Doris Janzen Longacre - a no-frills cookbook that gets down to the business of making a dollar stretch. I have a lovely cream of tomato soup recipe from it the kids request often.
Winter Wheat - Mildred Walker - This is a beautifully written story of a young woman growing up on a "wheat ranch" in this country in the middle of the twentieth century. It is a poignant tale of how her entire life is effected by the price of winter wheat. I have some more books by this author on my shelf and I look forward to reading them.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - I think I first read this in high school and then I watched the Gregory Peck movie. It is an important, well-written book, touching on the issues of race and humanity in this country. Having said this, I never pick it up to read because I want to. Maybe I should try that once and see if I feel differently about it. It affects me and makes me angry and proud... maybe that's why it's not something I curl up with at night.
The Dollmaker - Hariette Arnow - This is one of my all-time favorites. I fell in love with the main character and her struggles. Gertie is a wife from the hills of Kentucky during WWII; her husband is moving the family to Detroit to chase the "good life" in the war plants. She whittles - and that is what preserves her sanity in the difficulties of her new life. I talked out loud to the characters, I cried with Gertie, I gossiped with her neighbors, I ached for her children, I wanted to tell her husband the things in her heart... I felt a gamut of emotions and was glad to do it in this tale.
Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi - Another profound book. A female professor in Iran teaches literature until the wars and government changes and restrictions prevent her from doing the job she loves. Students approach her on the sly and a "book club" is born. They read the classics and apply there themes to their own lives. Jane Austen's works seen through Muslim women is amazing...