We live with a certain expectation about the possibility of burying a spouse and even more certainty about out living our parents, but most of us do nWe live with a certain expectation about the possibility of burying a spouse and even more certainty about out living our parents, but most of us do not even entertain the idea of outliving our child.
Despite living the glamorous life of an innovative successful author, Joan Didion's life has handed her more than her fair share of tragedy. In Blue Nights, the beloved author shares in a narrative her experience as the mother of a unique, yet deeply troubled daughter, Quintana Roo.
Ms. Didion exposes raw intimate details about her life with her husband John Gregory Dunne, fear of motherhood and her perceived inadequacies during her daughter's formative years. She questions the effect her and her husband's demanding careers had on their daughter. In fact, as most mothers would, she questions everything.
I felt as if I was with her writing therapeutically through her grief. She paints a fascinating picture of a bygone era of carefree parties and the indulgences that the couple along with their friends and colleagues enjoyed. They drank, smoked and uprooted their child for the sake of the stories they wrote and the social groups they entertained. This was a time of innocence as humanity had not yet been warned about the dangerous effects on family.
Her daughter was clearly adored.Unfortunately, Ms. Didion's Quintana Roo was deeply troubled and the lifestyle unlikely had an effect on her daughter's tragic end.
The narrative is eloquent, sweet, touching and more tragic than The Year of Magical Thinking, but Blue Nights is a must read especially for Joan Didion fans. ...more
Joan Didion was a renaissance woman in the 60s and 70s, the early days of the subjective literary news penned New Journalism. This style of reportingJoan Didion was a renaissance woman in the 60s and 70s, the early days of the subjective literary news penned New Journalism. This style of reporting embedded the writer so deeply into the story that the author became part of it. Ms. Didion’s literature as well as her life showed a level of strength few women were brave enough to bear in those days. Her work continues to be an important contribution for modern women in the United States and Europe.
In this book Joan Didion shares an unabridged vision into the most intimate crevices of her own life as she learns to grieve for her husband of fifty years, fellow author John Gregory Dunne.
I think the title is a misrepresentation of the contents with its reference to “magical thinking” an implication that could elude a reader into believing Ms. Didion has discovered the answers and something wonderful in the form of a revelation takes place in the end. Never the less, this memoir is a comforting testament for anyone who has ever grieved the loss of someone special.
Ms. Didion exposes a raw vulnerability as she experiences the unusual state-of-mind characterized within the disorder of grief. John Gregory Dunne clearly filled many roles in her life. Joan wades through her pain and makes the course an adventure as she processes her loss through her highly developed skills of reasoning and intellect. ...more
Mama's Purse, "you'll never guess what zooms out next! A baboon, a maroon balloon, a piece of the glowing moon..."
Winner of the Mom's Choice Award anMama's Purse, "you'll never guess what zooms out next! A baboon, a maroon balloon, a piece of the glowing moon..."
Winner of the Mom's Choice Award and the Purple Dragonfly Book Award, a young girl finds an imaginative treasure trove in her mom's purse. It's just silly enough to make learning fun.
This first reader is a delightful adventure rhyming to a fun cadence for reading aloud to an infant or toddler. The illustrations are fun and colorful with attention to scale appropriate for the growing mind of a small child.
Many thanks to AJ Irving for a beautiful story. My first grand child is due in April. Today, I'm sending Mama's Purse to begin my granddaughter's personal library. ...more
12 Million Americans are Sociopaths that means in every group of 25 we can expect there is at least one individual without a conscience. According to12 Million Americans are Sociopaths that means in every group of 25 we can expect there is at least one individual without a conscience. According to Martha Stout in her book The Sociopath Next Door, only about 20% of these are incarcerated.
I originally read Dr. Stout's book in 2007 and recently revisited it on audio. In The Sociopath Next Door, through actual cases from her psychotherapy practice, she develops a guide for recognizing the sociopaths in our lives. Surprisingly, she has very little advice for dealing with the person and the havoc they can place on our lives.
Sociopaths are excellent actors; often having learned at a very young age the art of feigning emotions. They are typically smart, charismatic, and tireless, cunning thrill seekers, often difficult to expose. For normal empathetic persons. recognizing these individuals can be problematic. Convincing others even professionals that you are dealing with a true sociopath can be even more immense.
Dr. Stout might disapprove, but I have my own definition of a sociopath. "At the bar, the sociopath buys you your favorite drink. The bartender sets the drink in front of you and turns his back to the two of you. Just as you reach for the drink the sociopath grabs it, and spits in it before handing it back to you,fully well believing you should drink it. Further adding insult to injury, the sociopath will comment to others the he/she bought you a drink." This is a dark example, nevertheless important and a drink can be thrown away, but what about the sociopath/sociopaths we can't remove from our lives? How can we help loved ones controlled by these individuals? Although Dr. Stout offers very little help for dealing with these monsters, her book is still a Must Read....more
This is one of my favorite books. I read it several years ago and again recently. It is a wonderful story about religious differences, but more importThis is one of my favorite books. I read it several years ago and again recently. It is a wonderful story about religious differences, but more importantly commonalities. Erich Segal was the son and grandson of Rabbis, he claimed it took him four years to write Acts of Faith, because it was the story most about his life. He found the intimacy it took to write the story, uncomfortable. The characters are wonderfully real and I love this story even more than his famous "Love Story." ...more
Does Altori suffer from a multitude of mental illnesses or is something stranger lurking in the darkness? Her affliction could certainly be describedDoes Altori suffer from a multitude of mental illnesses or is something stranger lurking in the darkness? Her affliction could certainly be described as delusional paranoid schizophrenia with a tendency to inflict wounds upon herself.
The author takes a great deal of time and effort into stimulating the reader's senses, but ultimately where is she leading us in this short prequel? Ultimately, "Brigadoon" and then "The Knowing" came to mind, but the again are we just eaves dropping into the mind of a mental patient?
The Void is an absolutely brilliant mind-bending story that will keep you guessing! ...more
This is a beautiful book of delightful rhythmic poetry and prose. It is a fabulous choice for a special child, but I promise the adults will love theThis is a beautiful book of delightful rhythmic poetry and prose. It is a fabulous choice for a special child, but I promise the adults will love the stroll down memory lane. A precious gem of words compiled through generations of the author’s family. The love and care permeates throughout the pages.
WEE THREE is a celebration of childhood as seen through eyes we all once shared. I am particularly fond of MOTHER’S FLOWER GARDEN, CINDERELLA MOTHER, and SNOW MAGIC. The illustrations are fabulous works of sweet art. This book is definitely keepsake quality.
Bravo, to Marta Moran Bishop, I love this book! ...more
I am a lifelong lover of horses. When I was a child I talked about horses all the time, due to an equally lifelong hearing impediment, I could not heaI am a lifelong lover of horses. When I was a child I talked about horses all the time, due to an equally lifelong hearing impediment, I could not hear the soft letter sounds, therefore for many years I called them "sorsies." Early in my childhood, we moved to a farm and my Dad purchased a horse for my brother and I. My horse was Lady, not too original but she was proud and nostalgic deserving of the royal title.Reading about Dinky took me back to those magical days on the farm. These days a story that moves me in such a personal way is rare, but oh so, enjoyable and refreshing.
Told in the honest spirit of sharing, DINKY THE NURSE MARE'S FOAL is a glimpse into a hidden side in the life of a beautiful creature. Through Dinky a precious emotional story emerges; one that left this reader laughing and crying. Most of all, it opened my eyes to an alarming practice in the business of horses.I am embarrassed to say, I had never thought about what happened to the nurse mare's babies,and was naive enough to assume rescue stables and similar facilities were staffed and ran by well trained and educated people.
On one hand, Dinky's story exposes the cruel reality of suffering imposed upon the helpless by a rich industry. On the other hand, it is a beautiful story about adoption, and adaption, as Dinky learns to find his place within his new horse family and of course, his people family. Dinky's journey reminds me of my family's experience with two adopted children. There are precious beautiful moments, yet there are times when the memories of the past cannot be subdued and a perfect storm erupts. In my opinion, Dinky's life is as much an accurate portrayal of adoption as it is about abuse, but more significantly it is about overcoming the odds.
This is a touching book for all ages. Please, do not miss it! ...more