The Week in Review: 2.17.2017
Between the Covers
Finished last week:
ALMOST HOME by Joan Bauer is the story of twelve year old Sugar Mae Cole and her mother. After they lose their home, they head to Chicago to start over and Sugar’s mother has a breakdown. Sugar is put in foster care and with the help of her dog, her foster mother, and an old teacher discovers just how strong she is. I really enjoyed this sweet book for older middle grade or younger YA readers and thought Brittany Pressley did a great job narrating it, even doing a pretty good southern accent at times. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)
I’ve been hearing a lot about HILLBILLY ELEGY by J. D. Vance and looked at it on Audible a couple of times but always hesitated since it’s read by the author. I finally decided to give it a chance and, boy, am I glad I did. It’s the wonderfully written story of an often misunderstood, always under-represented segment of our society – poor, working class, white people – and it gave me a better understanding of them. It’s a story Vance knows well because that’s the way he grew up. I felt the book was told with a lot of heart and I appreciated his narration. I talked about HILLBILLY ELEGY so much, Carl bought a print copy to read. By the way, the ending made me cry. A friend of mine was offended by some of the language in the book but I thought it was appropriate for the story.
- I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh
- FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King
- LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell
On the Screen
I finally saw Hidden Figures, the movie based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. As most people know, it’s the story of three African American women who were instrumental in the early days of NASA. The acting was terrific and, in my opinion, this is one of those rare times when the movie surpassed the book. This is a must see movie that can be enjoyed with all but the youngest members of your family.
Off the blog
- We’re having a really warm winter and set a record high of 81ºF on Sunday.
- It took a while but I finally finished my puzzle.
- I got our taxes done and filed. It’s a chore I always dread so I’m glad to have it over with.
- My friends and I played bingo, instead of trivia, this week and none of us won even though the crowd was thin.
- We walked three miles every morning and I averaged around 15,100 Fitbit steps a day.