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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ruby’s Diary

Ruby’s Diary: Reflections on All I’ve Lost and Gained


Lucia Greenhouse’s memoir of her Christian Science parents and the devastating results of their adherence to their faith, suffers by comparison to the last memoir of loss I read (see below). The book is titled fathermothergod: My Journey Out of Christian Science, the “fathermothergod” part being the beginning of a Christian Science prayer.  I felt […]

The Rules of Inheritance

The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith is a beautiful study of grief.  Smith lost both her parents, one while she was a teenager and one in her twenties.  She offers searing detailed memories and emotions that are leavened with a real depth of thought and wisdom.  I felt honored to read her story.

Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague  Another Brooks book.  SO readable, so interesting.  A novel about the plague.  Who knew that could be a fascinating subject matter?  Off to find my next Brooks book….

Everybody Was So Young

Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story   Heard of Sara and Gerald Murphy?  Me neither.  But they were the sun around which stars like Fitzgerald, MacLeish, Hemingway, and Picasso orbited.   A story entirely told through research, much of it from letters written amongst this group of tempermental friends.  I […]