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The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle: A Memoir

ladymacbech, December 23, 2011

I noticed this book at the fitness club where I am a member as well, and asked the reader if she liked it, she remarked that it was "terrific." She is roughly 40 years younger than I, and her graduate student perspective is very different. She's from a wealthy background, so this is a "visit" into another world - one that does exist indeed. I have seen so many youngsters fight for their "own" lives, some were successful, others not. The latter seem to pass the nasty life baton on to their own offspring - and again some rise to the top and escape into a "better" life, etc. This book makes me so uncomfortable, possibly in the same manner I find myself shrinking and trying to disappear as someone in the same room, on a stage or screen, is struggling to just live and I see them about to crash. I'm just a "shrinker" at times - identifying too closely, and not necessarily from experience. I did read it slowly, in increments, and watched the cycle come to an end. Now I'm a bit hesitant to open the writer's new book. I don't really enjoy discomfort, unless it has a bit of magical thinking to soften the blow.
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lord of the Flies

ladymacbech, December 23, 2011

This book made my stomach churn the first time I read it in 1959, again in the'70's, and the last time I picked it up 10 years ago. It's very good, but it allows a more distinct violent version, than the youth gangs of today who might as well have been dropped from a high place, or maybe that's what's become of us. I do hope not. Gangs and cliques have always been around, and in sometimes more subtle ways, they were and still are very difficult. However, take a look at Washington and the current Congress to see it in simple action.
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March: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
March: A Novel

ladymacbech, December 23, 2011

I have been thinking I might get another copy of both books - "Little Women" and "March" - pull them apart and mix the pages according to corresponding times, and see how they would read together. I have enjoyed both, and tried to read back and forth the second time around. That was too confusing. The two are so rich, but certainly related, that I found it hard to consider them separately.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

ladymacbech, December 23, 2011

After the incredible 40+ years I had as a teacher, and having enjoyed ages of preschool through early college -and in that order - catagorizing anyone as "special needs" is an insult. The parents and I would have been the ones with special needs, if I had had to limit my students and myself in working through an enormous volume of experiences leading to knowledge in some form. This book was easily read in a few hours, and a second visit made the main character shout "GO-O-OA-ll." I Loved this book, the main character, his mom and the cover too.
(Note; my early years teaching in public school, rarely included "labeled" students. Mainly because most of the recognized "tags" of the last years were not known. The earliest one I delt with was "cross dominance," and most of the "challenged" students were not included in the schools in any form.)
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Middlesex (Oprah's Book Club Selection #58) by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex (Oprah's Book Club Selection #58)

ladymacbech, December 22, 2011

If you've read all the overviews and reviews and you still haven't picked up and read this book - too bad - you don't know what you're missing. Go ahead -open it, I dare you to put it down. I was really astonished as to the approach of the subject and the added angst of a young person growing up and finding that an amazing new conflict of judgement and choice has added a different twist to life between childhood and becoming a young adult. The main character, and eventually a loving family find a new normalcy. It would be really wonderful if more people could pass by snap judgements as to differences and approach each other with greater depth and acceptance.
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