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The Week in Review: 03.29.2019

March 29, 2019


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

DARING TO DRIVE by Manal al-Sharif is the author’s story of fighting for Saudi women to get the right to drive.  A once religious radical, al-Sharif came from humble beginnings.  Her mother fought for her children’s education and that education and al-Sharif’s job with Aramco opened her eyes to the injustices and inequalities in the system.  When she lived on Aramco’s compound, which is almost like an American city in Saudi Arabia, she became used to more freedom and inadvertently became a leader in the movement to allow women to drive.

This book was very eye-opening for me.  I knew that women are suppressed in many parts of the wold but had no idea how bad it is.  I cannot tell you how much I admire al-Sharif and other brave women like her.  As I read her story, I wondered if I would have been as brave.  I could not put DARING TO DRIVE down even though a few parts were difficult to read.  I cried more than once as I read this book and cheered for al-Sharif and other women like her.  This is a must read for anyone who cares about women’s rights.  (Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.)


HIBERNATE WITH ME by Benjamin Scheuer is an incredibly sweet picture book with a wonderful message.  In the book, a mama bear lets her baby bear know she’ll be there whenever she’s needed – when baby is feeling shy, confused, or lost.  She tells baby bear she loves her no matter what because baby bear is her “favorite bear.”  Jemima Williams‘ fabulous illustrations are almost as sweet as the text.  The words are set to music and the music is included in the back endpapers.  This fabulous picture book will make little ones feel secure and adults feel teary eyed.  I suspect it’s one that will be picked up over and over again.  It would make a sweet shower or baby gift.  Be sure to check it out!  (I won this book from Carol’s Notebook.)


Carl listens to former US Attorney Preet Bharara’s podcast on a pretty regular basis and if I happen to be in the room at the time, I hear it as well.  I like Bharara’s sense of justice and common sense approach so I decided to listen to his new book, DOING JUSTICE.  In this book, he explains how our justice system works and why he believes in it.  The book is divided into four sections: Inquiry, Accusation, Judgement, and Punishment and covers the role of everyone from the lawyer to the judge to the prison guard.  He cites real cases and his own experiences and many of them are fascinating.

I thought DOING JUSTICE was well written, thought provoking, and timely.  It reinforced the need to have caring, intelligent people enforcing our laws.  Bharara himself reads the audio version of the book and, not surprisingly, he does a terrific job.  Pick this book up if you’re interested in social issues.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


Currently reading:

On the Screen

I watched the Virginia Tech Hokies play the Liberty Flames in the NCAA tournament.  The game was closer than I liked but I’m happy for the win and the advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

Off the blog

  • I started the last of my Christmas gift puzzles.  This one’s 1500 pieces and is going to be the toughest one yet.

  • Carl and I had fun at a Crepes Florentine cooking class.  The tickets were part of my Valentine’s present to him this year.
  • My eye continues to improve.  I’m going to try taking a low dose anti-viral medication to see if it will prevent future flare-ups.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged just over 17,800 Fitbit steps a day.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    March 29, 2019 7:00 am

    Kathy, looks like you had a busy week. The kids books look cute and Doing Justice sounds good as well. Nice pic of you and Carl.

  2. bookchickdi permalink
    March 29, 2019 7:44 am

    I’m adding Doing Justice and Daring to Drive to my TBR list, they both sound terrific.

  3. Patty permalink
    March 29, 2019 8:07 am

    Wow…you had a week of serious reading! I bet your cooking class was fun! Terrain offers them here…you have inspired me to sign up for one! With Den!

  4. March 29, 2019 8:49 am

    I always laugh at the number of steps you have taken (laugh out of awe that is!). One day I made 5000 and had to go to bed I was so tired! LOL

  5. March 29, 2019 9:06 am

    I love a good picture book! Doing Justice sounds good too. It’s been a while since I had a cooking class. The Williams Sonoma near me closed a few years ago and I haven’t been to the Sur la Table that opened it it’s place. Good for you and Carl! Good news with your eye improvement.

  6. Lloyd Russell permalink
    March 29, 2019 9:24 am

    It’s amazing what we don’t know is happening in other parts of the world. I just read yesterday that in Brunei if you are caught having gay sex, you can be stoned to death. Really?

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 1:00 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Between the Covers Finished last week: DARING TO > DRIVE by Manal al-Sharif is the author’s story of fighting for Saudi women > to get the right to drive. A once religious radical, al-Sharif came from > humble beginnings. Her mother fought for her child” >

  7. March 29, 2019 9:38 am

    Love the photo of you and Carl.

    Great week for you.

  8. March 29, 2019 11:04 am

    Tempting books. They all sound good, and I’m glad your eye is improving. A low dose medication can work with chronic issues.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Beth F permalink
    March 29, 2019 12:44 pm

    How fun to take a cooking class! The al-Sharif book sounds tough, important, and really good. And Yay on the eye improvement.

  10. March 29, 2019 1:34 pm

    I’ve thought about taking a cooking class of some kind but there aren’t that many options in my area. The local libraries so host one once in a while so I may do one of them.

    I like when you share photos of you and Carl and other family members!

  11. March 29, 2019 2:50 pm

    Learning to Drive sounds really good and intense. I’ll have to add that to my TBR list.

  12. March 29, 2019 4:17 pm

    You work that fitbit!

  13. March 29, 2019 9:42 pm

    It is difficult to imagine issues like those found in Saudi Arabia existing today. The sudden emergence of women fleeing from there shows that there is something wrong at least in some sections of their society

  14. March 31, 2019 10:05 am

    Glad your eye is improving 🙂 Daring to Drive sounds soooo good!! A crepe making class sounds like fun. Hope you have a great week!!

  15. March 31, 2019 11:31 am

    Daring to Drive has been on my audio wish list for a long time, and Doing Justice is a recent addition. The cooking class sounds like so much fun… great photo!

  16. Lauren Becker permalink
    March 31, 2019 3:41 pm

    The cooking class sounds fun! Glad it went well. Good luck on the puzzle. 🙂


  17. Stacie Gorkow permalink
    March 31, 2019 3:50 pm

    Hibernate with Me sounds like the perfect book to get for my niece who is having a baby in June. I love finding sweet between reads for baby gifts. Thanks for sharing!

  18. bookingmama permalink
    April 2, 2019 7:34 am

    I want to listen to Preet’s book too, and given your review, it sounds like it’s worth it. I also think that picture book looks beautiful!

  19. April 2, 2019 9:30 am

    Daring to Drive sounds fantastic!

  20. April 2, 2019 2:33 pm

    What you say about Daring to Drive makes me think of the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, which I just finished watching. I’ve taught the novel since the 1980’s and it seems ever more important to read and talk about these ideas, as we continue to slide backwards in terms of women’s rights all over the world, particularly women’s reproductive rights.

  21. April 3, 2019 1:51 pm

    I’m glad you found something that works for your eye. I know how it was really beginning to bother you. As readers we gotta have full use of our eyes! I remember when I scratched my cornea with that hair brush and how it messed me up for months. It’s still not right but manageable.

    At the moment I am at work taking a short break but starving. I am going out for lunch though and trying to decide what sounds good.

  22. The Cue Card permalink
    April 4, 2019 9:27 am

    I liked Daring to Drive too. The audio is really good. I’m impressed you listened to Preet Bharara’s book and will think about picking it up. Very cool about the cooking class. I should try one too.

  23. April 5, 2019 11:41 pm

    Would the Daring to Drive be a good book club book? It looks like one my group might like. I’m so sorry about your ongoing eye trouble. It must be miserable. Cute pic of you and Carl 🙂

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