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The Week in Review: 06.28.2019

June 28, 2019
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

In ERA OF IGNITION: COMING OF AGE IN A TIME OF RAGE AND REVOLUTION, Amber Tamblyn explores timely topics like feminism, sexuality, race, and misogyny in a very personal manner.  She started acting on a soap opera at a young age and experienced discrimination first-hand and shares many of her stories with readers.  I’m not sure how well her book will stand the test of time, but I found it to be smart and thought-provoking although, I have to admit, I didn’t understand all of it.  I listened to the audio which Tamblyn did a great job narrating and would like to go back and read it in print so I can ruminate on it more.  This is a great book for anyone interested in current feminist issues.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


DIARY OF AN AWESOME FRIENDLY KID: ROWLEY JEFFERSON’S JOURNAL by Jeff Kinney is the latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  This time, though, Greg Heffley’s best friend, Rowley, is getting in on the action.  When Greg discovers Rowley’s diary, he convinces Rowley that he will be famous one day so the book should be a biography about him.  Rowley can only write what he knows, so it’s really about their relationship and, let me tell you, Greg isn’t so nice to his best friend, leaving me with mixed feelings about the book.  On the one hand, I did find some of the stories amusing, but on the other, I wanted Rowley to quit taking Greg’s abuse and stand up for himself.

The format of the book and the general style of the artwork will be familiar to fans of the Wimpy Kid series.  I think the book will work the best for those who’ve read the rest of the series and are familiar with Greg will enjoy it but it wasn’t my favorite.


Since reading DOPESICK by Beth Macy last year, I’ve wanted to learn more about the opioid crisis in the US so I picked up IN PAIN: A BIOETHICIST’S PERSONAL STRUGGLE WITH OPIOIDS by Travis Rieder.  Rieder’s foot was severely damaged in a motorcycle accident and he needed opioids for pain, especially after some of the surgeries he endured.  When he tried to stop taking them, he found the withdrawal horrific and discovered none of the doctors who prescribed the medication could help him get off of it.  He was finally successful and has researched the drugs since then.  He says:

The year of my accident — 2015 — nearly a quarter-billion prescriptions were written.  That’s more than 620,000 each day.  So it’s not as if the need for withdrawal management should be surprising.  And yet, it’s apparently no one’s job.

This book is well researched, well written, and thought provoking.  Rieder points out that no one thought it was a crisis or epidemic when opioid use (mainly heroin) was chiefly in poor, African American neighborhoods, but it became one when it started affecting middle-class white communities.

Rieder’s experience with opioids brings a unique perspective to this book.  It’s a must read for anyone interested in the opioid epidemic.  (Review copy provided by Harper Collins.)

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Since Vance and I had seen the first three Toy Story movies in the theater, I talked him into seeing Toy Story 4 with me.  Woody and Buzz as well as the other toys belong to Bonnie now.  When Bonnie goes to kindergarten orientation, she makes a new toy, Forky, and she adores him.  When the family goes on vacation, Woody tags along to take care of Forky and ends up taking a life changing adventure.

Both Vance and I enjoyed the movie but felt it was the weakest in the series.  We may be in the minority, though, because most of the audience applauded when the movie ended.  If you decide to see it, be sure to stick around through the credits to see a few additional scenes.

Off the blog

  • Carl and I made a little day trip on Monday for what Carl dubbed “Kathy Day.”
  • I started and finished a small puzzle.  Our nephew’s coming tomorrow so I had to get the table cleared.
  • I walked at least three miles every day and averaged almost 17,000 Fitbit steps a day.


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

29 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2019 5:37 am

    I’d heard of In Pain, it sounds so interesting. I’m glad to hear it was so well written too.

  2. Beth F permalink
    June 28, 2019 6:47 am

    Enjoy your visit with your nephew. And I agree, the premise behind In Pain sounds really good — why is it that we don’t have a withdrawal program? Wow. Too bad that wasn’t the best of the Wimpy Kid books.

  3. Diane permalink
    June 28, 2019 6:51 am

    Busy week! I’m taking the girls to see Toy Story 4 today, should be fun! Enjoy the weekend.

  4. June 28, 2019 7:01 am

    I like the idea of “Kathy Day” 🙂 Have a nice weekend!

  5. June 28, 2019 8:23 am

    I came for a long weekend to a resort in the hills. It has been almost an year since we went anywhere so this is a nice break.

  6. June 28, 2019 8:31 am

    Dopesick made quite an impression on me a couple of months ago and In Pain sounds like a great follow-up. I’ll bet Kathy Day was a lot of fun!

  7. June 28, 2019 8:33 am

    In Pain sounds like an important book to read, and those prescription numbers are staggering.

    How great that your husband gave you a “Kathy Day.”

    Enjoy your weekend.

  8. June 28, 2019 9:05 am

    In Pain sounds worth checking out. I would hear about it on the news, but didn’t pay much attention until I hurt my back last month, and the doctor would not give me anything for pain and told me to take ibuprofen. He said doctors were being advised not to prescribe pain medicine now.

    I like the idea of having my own day. That usually only happens once a year on my birthday.

  9. June 28, 2019 9:05 am

    I’ve been wanting to read something about the opioid crisis, but I’ll have to be in the right mood for it. I do know that I am very leery of taking pain pills at all. Glad you had a ‘Kathy’ day. Hope you enjoyed it. Toy Story 4 – haven’t seen it – we’ll likely watch it when we can at home. Have a good weekend!

  10. June 28, 2019 9:58 am

    I too love the idea of Kathy Day! I’m going to see if I can promote a [different-named] version in my own life! :–)

  11. June 28, 2019 10:11 am

    A “Kathy Day” – what a great idea! Hope you enjoy your weekend. Glad you liked Tamblyn’s book – I did, too 🙂

  12. June 28, 2019 11:22 am

    I think I am going to add In Pain to my TBR list as I heard an interview with the author on NPR and it was really interesting. Thank you for the review and nudge.

  13. June 28, 2019 1:53 pm

    In Pain sounds like a fascinating book. Like Kay, I think I need to be in the right mood for it, but it appeals to me a bit more than Dopesick. I think I’ve only seen the first two installments in Toy Story, so I doubt we’ll see this in a theater. Maybe when it hits Netflix. Fun puzzle! I haven’t done one at all this month, but have several stacked up for later this summer. My days are pretty full with pickleball, yoga, mahjong and traveling. Puzzles seem to take a backseat to all of the summer fun. 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  14. June 28, 2019 3:04 pm

    My two sons and daughter in law were going to see Toy Story 4 this weekend but my dil’s grandfather passed away so they have to go out of state for his funeral, and my youngest son has to work this weekend. So, my daughter and I are going to see The Secret Life of Pets 2. I love the idea of you and Carl having a Kathy day. Now you should have a Carl day! I have day trips with my daughter, with my son, and both sons and daughter in law, and sometimes the grandkids join in.Makes for some great memories! Getting everyone together all in the same day is a bit trickier. Have fun with your nephew!

  15. June 28, 2019 3:10 pm

    Have a great new week!

  16. June 28, 2019 3:52 pm

    Kathy Day should be a monthly day or at least every other month! Your reading sounded serious. I need light hearted for the time I am in but the wimpy kid one sounded cute. Have a great weekend!

  17. June 28, 2019 6:08 pm

    A friend and I are talking about going to see Toy Story 4. I generally love anything Tom Hanks is in 🙂

  18. June 29, 2019 10:16 am

    Our son went to Toy Story 4 on opening night and he also said it was his least favorite. I think I will wait until it comes out on Netflix to watch. However, I’ve seen the new Aladdin twice and can’t wait for the new Lion King!

  19. June 30, 2019 5:33 am

    I’m curious about In Pain and Dopesick. So many people seem to suffer from longstanding pain issues, with their backs, their knees, and they seem desperate for relief. It’s sad to hear of all the difficulties associated with addiction surrounding the pain relief.

    I tend to step away from sequels and remakes of movies I’ve loved. I hate to be disappointed.

    It’s excellent that you and your husband were able to take a Kathy Day. We should all get a chance to take a day for ourselves. I think I will propose a Deb Day to my esposo soon.

  20. June 30, 2019 9:42 am

    We’ll probably wait to see the (hopefully) last Toy Stoy on DVD. My wife and I both thought they wrapped it up nicely with the third one and a fourth one wasn’t/isn’t really necessary, no matter how good it might be. So where’d you go on your day trip? I do that once in a while (when my wife is asleep, on Saturdays, usually because she is asleep since she works midnight shift, both Saturday and Sunday.

  21. June 30, 2019 9:48 am

    In Pain sounds intriguing. So many people get hooked on opioids after surgeries, it’s scary.
    Kathy Day sounds like a great idea! Enjoy your week.

  22. June 30, 2019 9:50 am

    In Pain sounds great. Now a days, whenever I got to the clinic, I always see signs that say, please do not request additional meds from the Doctor. wonder why…sighs.

  23. June 30, 2019 4:44 pm

    I see you like doing puzzles and so do I, although I haven’t done one for awhile, I should get one out. Since I started learning to quilt, that’s like putting puzzles together. Your books sound good, the book about the opioids would be interesting. That guy was amazing to find his way off the pain meds, bet it was really difficult.

  24. July 1, 2019 11:02 am

    Era of Ignition sounds like a good read, but I’d probably prefer print for that one.

  25. July 2, 2019 7:55 pm

    I love Amber Tamblyn, I watched her from the time she first started on General Hospital. She was fantastic even at such a young age. Her book may too much for me if it’s mainly about feminism. I really need to get my hands on a puzzle. I’m always jealous when I see yours! I think I’ll make it my goal tonight 🙂

  26. The Cue Card permalink
    July 6, 2019 7:53 pm

    I’d like to read more about the opioid epidemic. Maybe Dopesick is a good place to start. It’s very much a problem in Canada too.

  27. bookingmama permalink
    July 12, 2019 6:52 am

    IN PAIN sounds the most intriguing to me! I think the opioid epidemic is such a huge issue for our country that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to learn more about it.

  28. July 12, 2019 12:31 pm

    I have yet to see Toy Story 4. I may wait for it to hit streaming. I don’t want it to be sad and I’ve heard from a few that it is.

    I did see the newest Spiderman movie though and it was quite good and I don’t normally like Spiderman at all.

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