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April 15th, 2009

Love going out to Amalah’s dad, Miz Elliott’s family (whew), and (as always) my granny, who is having a very hard time. Thinking of you, Lib. You are one sweet woman.

I’ve read about a dozen fantastic books lately, and I need to pass them along (back to the library, and I’ve promised some to the moms at school.)

Alix Kates Shulman, who wrote one of my favorite novels ever, “Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen,” has written a stunningly beautiful memoir about her life with her husband, Scott York, after he sustains brain and physical injuries in a fall. It’s called “to Love What is” and it is a magnificent book. It was just what I needed to read right now.

I also just finished “The Shack,” by Wm. Paul Young and it was good, but it freaked me out pretty hard. Also answered — or led me to answers for — a lot of my questions. I can’t really recommend this book, because if you read it and it makes you go into an “episode” and then you “blame Wacky Mommy for it,” well. I can’t handle that kind of pressure, people. So you’re on your own with this one. (ps — It is quite a little pop culture phenom, that book, and the story of how it came about is pretty intriguing.)

Loved “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli.

Loved “Strider” by Beverly Cleary. (Sequel to “Dear Mr. Henshaw.”)

Loved “The Republic of Love” by Carol Shields, but I loved everything she wrote. The whole Carol Shields canon is great — she has never been given her props, my friends. Go read her.

“It Will Come to Me,” by Emily Fox Gordon, kind of reminds me of Shields’ style, or Margaret Atwood’s. Cool book about an aging academic couple whose son has gone missing into the world of the homeless, and their struggles.

All for now — Psych 311 workbook is calling me. NOT as sexy as fiction. Sigh.

— wm


  1. edj says

    I ADORE Carol Shields. I recently read “Unless” and it blew me away. I am reading “The Stone Diaries” now.

    AND I JUST GOT A PARCEL TODAY!!! (Happy, not shouty, caps here) And it has “Finding Nouf” which I wanted to read so badly last year and I just started it and I am really enjoying it so far.

    I started “The Shack” but didn’t finish it. Yeah.

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  2. LIB says

    Thanks for the ‘Shout Out’ and also the book recommendations (also from EDJ). I have some new holds at the library now!

    Ask Leslie or I about the time we read “The Shack” in Book Group and Paul Young spent the evening with us.

    April 16th, 2009 | #

  3. Lakeitha says

    Thanks Wacky Mommy,
    Have you read Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian? It is a teen book but, I read it for my adult book club and everyone loved it. Llondyn took it with her to outdoor school and enjoyed it too.

    April 19th, 2009 | #

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