Thursday, October 31, 2013

More Halloween Costumer Stories - what was the greatest Halloween Costume you ever wore?

Click to enlarge the image. These are from the October 2012 issue of Real Simple. Clicking on the Real Simple label at the bottom of this post, will bring up more of these stories.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

My books - Light Between Oceans (2012) by M.L. Stedman

Here is the link to the Oprah review. It does not give away the ending of the story,  but does outline the basic premise of the book.

In my Catholic studies group, the week I started this book, we were discussing Original Sin. And the priest was talking about the original sin wasn't that Eve ate the fruit. It was that Adam let her, stood by and did nothing about it, eat the fruit.

I thought a lot about that as I read this book.

I enjoyed this book hugely. Had a driveway moment at the end, finishing it.

I am doing much better with contemporary literature (vs classics) now, for whatever reason.

So that means I attend my least favorite of my three book groups (mixture of genres) regularly.

My main classics group is off my calendar until next spring (conflict with my Catholic studies group).

And my second classics group is picking titles I just can't quite do.

They are reading War and Peace (1869) right now (which I didn't even try), before that it was the Dubliners (1914) collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce (which I tried and just couldn't do happily), and before that The Portrait of a Lady (1881) by Henry James (which I stuck with for the first 1/3 and then had no interest in finishing). 

And honestly, right now, one book a month is about all I can easily handle.

So the one book group is working out okay.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

my books - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (2009) by Jamie Ford

Wiki writes
"Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is historical fiction. It is a bestselling novel (2009) by Jamie Ford about the love and friendship between Henry Lee, a Chinese boy, and Keiko Okabe, a Japanese girl, during the Japanese internment in World War II."


"The Kirkus Review hailed the novel as "A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don’t repeat those injustices."  Kevin Clouther of Booklist mentions that "Although Ford does not have anything especially novel to say about a familiar subject (the interplay between race and family), he writes earnestly and cares for his characters, who consistently defy stereotype." "

This was a book assigned by one of my book groups. I did finish it. However I did not finish it in time to attend the group meeting. I did not want the ending spoiled (for me) by the discussion in the group, so I chose not to go.

As I was talking about this book (as I listened) with my husband, he said - it is a Romeo and Juliet.

It does not end the same as Romeo and Juliet (double deaths), but that theme is accurate.

The twist of Chinese and Japanese, in the USA, was interesting all the way through the book. The majority of the story was from the Chinese point of view, not the Japanese. Although the impact on the Japanese society in the USA was clearly demonstrated.

That cultural component made it a very different internment camp story. I would guess. I can't say for sure because I have not read any other internment camp stories.

The time line jumps between WWII days and also the 1980's. But it does not jump annoyingly. The passages are clearly understood.

I did like this book. I think the title is really great.