RECENT READS

I’ve read The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, a novel my book club chose.  It is absolutely a “must read” novel about the relationship between black maids and the white women they worked for during the ’60’s in Jackson, Mississippi.  It also examines the effects of the Civil Rights movement on them and their relationships.

 Another volume I just finished is Blame: A Novel, by Michelle Huneven. It is the story of an alcoholic woman who goes to jail for killing two people while driving drunk.  Most of the book focuses on how she attempts to overcome her guilt after she is released from jail after serving just two years.  Toward the end of the book, there is an unexpected development that changes everything for this woman. 

I was eager to get to the end of this book so that I could move on to a better book. On the other hand it was interesting and I did want to finish it.

         Currently I am reading Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer.  Tillman gave up playing pro football to enlist in the Army.  He was killed by “friendly fire” but the information was hidden from his family and the public.  This is a fascinating well-written book.

 

          Jane (Feb.’10) adds, “For three months, I’ll be traveling and helping my husband sail.  We are now shopping for food supplies for the boat, and tomorrow we will start loading it.  Next, we will put our sailboat, the Osprey, into the water and take off!!  Then I can get to some really serious reading!” 

* from the mar 2010 instructions files *

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