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Let’s have book club!
You? Please Comment to tell what you’ve read lately…
In the car, I just finished listening to President Carter read his book about his mother, Miss Lillian, a remarkable and colorful woman indeed. Most of us probably remember well her entertaining public persona once Carter started running for president. Her Peace Corps service in India in her sixties especially interested me because my mother did that too, in the Philippines. The highs and lows of “Lily’s” experience is brought to life by diary entries and anecdotes. She became good friends with Johnny Carson, Tommy LaSourda, Shirley MacLaine and other celebrities with her wit and candor. And I found surprising the amount of credit her son and others gave her for positively impacting global diplomacy, leading delegations to funerals and visiting countries hard-hit by natural disaster. My favorite anecdote: Ignoring instructions not to speak to the press on Inauguration Day, she stepped to microphones and answered the question, “Are you proud of your son?” with “Which one?”
My sixth grade grandson introduced me to Sharon Draper. His class is reading Out of My Mind, the story of Melody, a ten year old girl with cerebral palsey trapped in her body, so to speak, severely challenged to express her intelligence. Melody tells her own story and Draper’s done a fine job of being inside her head and authentically verbalizing her thoughts. Even though her life is often agonizingly frustrating, Melody’s grit and determination, and the support of her parents, provide an inspiring and redemptive story told by a master writer for this age group, a story especially precious to me because of my career working with special needs. It has been my honor to know many people like Melody.
The highly-touted Water for Elephants is a big story under the big top and it held my interest. What a feat to weave all that together! Obviously, lots of research. For me, plot was the strength of this work, though I thought the amazing adventures sometimes stretched credulity. Dialogue and character development, however, I found lacking. Anyone have a different opinion? How about the movie?
Let’s hear what some of the rest of us have enjoyed reading lately–or not enjoyed…