|Garden overview. Matt is pulling peas and Ginger is looking back at me, waiting for me to catch up and join them. June 27, 2015|
*The Passion of Alice by Stephanie Grant
*Sleepless by Charlie Huston
*Too Much Happiness: Stories by Alice Munro
*The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
*Positive by Paige Rawl
*The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo. After we'd read it as a class we did a reenactment of sorts, bringing in foods mentioned in the books, and well, huddling on the floor behind a barricade of desks in a darkened room. It was interesting, though not likely all that realistic. But it stuck with me. It made an impression. I am so blessed with peace and safety in my life. That is always a good thing to remember.
Sleepless was also pretty good, but in a disturbing sort of way. Its a novel about a global pandemic of perpetual insomnia, which is almost always fatal. People are so sleep deprived they make bad decisions, have slow reactions times, or, quite often, kill themselves because they're so tired and miserable. With my arthritis I suffer from chronic fatigue and often sleep poorly. As such, the whole concept was especially horrible as I could extrapolate out from how tired I am after weeks of not sleeping well--and I still at least get some sleep! Oh, it was a terrible concept for a disease. The story has a dark underbelly, too, as is the case with most post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction. It was pretty good.
|Last year we got seven currants, if memory serves. We may only have gotten a shade over a half pound this year, but hey! Its more than seven! June 28, 2015|
|I snapped this photo, set my camera on the porch, started pick the currant, and promptly forgot about it. Memo to self--pockets are in place for a reason! June 28, 2015|
The Robber Bride is a modern twist on the tale The Robber Bridegroom, made famous by the Grimm brothers. I've never read it. In fact, I'd never even heard of it before picking up The Robber Bride. I just, generally, enjoy Margaret Atwood books. It was good, but not the greatest Atwood I've read--though maybe I would have gotten more out of it had I read its inspiration. It did have two characters I liked a whole lot though--a new-age earth worshiper type who was laughably mystical sometimes in a way that I am sure some people think I am. The other character was a history professor who liked to spell/say words and names backwards, something my friends and I did back in high school and college. My name never went very well, but I really liked Lav, Mada, Nelg.... That made me reminisce about some good times.
The Passion of Alice was a novel about a teen suffering from anorexia, being admitted in-patient for treatment. It was an interesting read, disturbing at times, but gave some insight into the (false) logic behind the choices the main character makes in her dedication to thinness. As someone who loves food anorexia is hard for me to understand, though as a woman in the modern world I can understand the pressures to be in control and look a certain way.
|A different angle on the community garden. June 27, 2015|
Books Read: 36
Recaps for the previous months of the 52-in-52 challenge can be found by following these links: January, February, March, April, May