I have read several books about someone's relationship with a dog and the dog's eventual death but Gizelle's Bucket List by Lauren Watt is different.I have read several books about someone's relationship with a dog and the dog's eventual death but Gizelle's Bucket List by Lauren Watt is different. This is Lauren's story of her life with Gizelle. She was a teenager having trouble dealing with the change in her mother. It was almost a grieving process that she was going through. Her mother became addicted to alcohol and drugs. Lauren's mother would get better and then then get worse. Her parents marriage was falling apart. Lauren she was covering for her mother, cleaning up the house and trying to pretend that nothing wrong was happening. She wanted her mother back the way she used to be. One day, her mother told her that Lauren needed a dog, a big dog. That turned out to be Gizelle, a 160 pound mastiff, the largest breed of dog possible.
Gizelle was the other part of different for this book. She was so big that people often thought of her as being a person. It was interesting learning about Gizelle, a giant dog who could be afraid of a chihuahua. If her mother taught her how to lie, Gizelle taught her to tell the truth. Gizelle also gave her the love that she wanted from her mother, she was Lauren's best friend and helped to take her through the most stressful part of her life.
This is a beautiful story that would not have been the same without Gizelle.
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The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time by Keith Houston is for book worms, book nerds and book lovers alike. IThe Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time by Keith Houston is for book worms, book nerds and book lovers alike. It explores the history of the page (often paper) the text, illustrations and form. Some I was already familiar with like the making of paper but there were oodles of facts in history that I had not seen before. There is a section about Marco Polo coming to Chengdu China and being intrigued with the idea of paper money. Also an attempt to prevent forgery by putting the message that people would attempt forgery will be beheaded.
Each of the four sections of this book lead you journeys through history where you learn the complicated processes of making paper and the quest of the perfect materials for paper. Marco Polo was intrigued by the concept of paper money which was already being used in Chengdu when he visited it. It of course made for a much lighter load for the traveling merchants than heavy coins.
I was delighted to know that one of the books that my father gave me when I was twelve was a copy of the of most expensive book ever sold. I enjoyed learning about woodcuts, lithography and other methods for illustration. Since my father's grandfather illustrated children's books with those methods I was thrilled to learn the processes.
There is something for everyone in The Book, those were just a few things that popped out at me.
I highly recommend The Book for anyone wanting to know the history, process and developement of book making....more