The Week in Review: 03.24.2017
Between the Covers
Finished last week:
THE RULES DO NOT APPLY by Ariel Levy is the memoir of a young woman who thumbed her nose at tradition and built a happy, if somewhat unorthodox life for herself. She takes a business trip to Mongolia while she’s pregnant and her life quickly falls apart. She struggles with grief and other people’s reaction to it and tries to piece her life back together. Her story is personal and raw and I was pulled in from the start. Levy is a writer for New Yorker so I expected great writing and she delivered. What I didn’t expect was to be so invested in and moved by her story. The audio version is narrated by the author and I thought she did a great job of capturing the spirit of the story. Be sure to have tissues handy when you pick this book up. (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)
THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood is the story of Offred, a young woman living in Gilead, a society that was formed when the Sons of Jacob overturned the US government. Since she’s young and fertile, she lives as a handmaid in the home of Commander Fred, so that she can bear a child for him and his infertile wife. The Sons of Jacob are fundamentalist Christians so the society is strict and women are treated as second class citizens. Offred remembers her former life, though, and longs for her husband and child. There’s a lot more to this book and I found it fascinating and disturbing. Its reality didn’t seem all that far-fetched to me. Claire Danes narrates the audio version – I found her delivery a little flat, but I do think that may have been intentional on her part. THE HANDMAID’S TALE is smart and thought provoking and I do recommend it – I think it would make a great book club selection.
Animal lovers will want to pick up a copy of DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE by BarkPost. This book is full of entertaining and heartwarming stories from dog owners around the world. You’ll smile, laugh, and nod in understanding as you read these fun stories. Each story is a page long and includes an adorable color photograph that will melt your heart. There are also a few tips including things like dog friendly vacation spots and dog treat recipes. You’ll flip through this book time and time again just for the photos! (I won this from A Bookish Way of Life.)
- I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi
- I’M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP edited by Wade Rouse
- CATSTRONAUTS: MISSION MOON by Drew Brockington
On the Screen
One of my guilty pleasures is watching Dancing with the Stars and it started back this week. In my opinion, the early shows – before you really get to “know” the stars – aren’t as much fun but I still watch them. My early favorites are Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater and Heather Morris with Maks Chmerkovskiy.
A United Kingdom is based on the true story of Seretse Khama. Khama was next in line to be Chief of his people in Bechaunaland Protectorate (what is now Botswana) and was sent to London to study. While he was there, he fell in love with Ruth Williams, a white clerk. The two married causing turmoil in their families, his country, and England. They persevered and with the help of his devoted wife, Khama led his country to independence. I learned something new from this well made movie and came home and read more about the Khamas. I really enjoyed the movie and wish they made more like it.
Off the blog
- Carl spent a few days at the beach with his brother so I worked at the store a little extra this week.
- My book club met to discuss MIDNIGHT IN BROAD DAYLIGHT by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto. Most people weren’t feeling it, so out of 12 of us, only 4 finished the book. Only one person loved the book (she’s a retired social studies teacher) – the rest of us who finished it appreciated the research and the story but felt the book was just okay.
- My friends and I played trivia this week and came in second – the first place team beat us by one point.
- We walked three miles every morning and I averaged over 15,600 Fitbit steps a day.
What’s going on in your corner of the world?