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What I Call Life by Jill Wolfson
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Mar 01, 10

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bookshelves: j, life, not-graphic, voice

Bibliotherapy - n. A form of psychotherapy in which selected reading materials are used to assist a person in solving personal problems or for other therapeutic purposes.

While not quite so formal an example, What I Call Life shows something like bibliotherapy in action through it's use of a story within the story. The book begins with Cal Lavender being taken to a house after her mom has had an unfortunate "episode" in the library that led to them both being taken away in police custody. Cal assumes her stay at this house, a group home, will be very temporary since there is nothing really wrong with her mom other than some oddness. She denies she belongs there alongside the other girls and refuses to let herself get comfortable. She tries to, anyway. But the home's adult supervisor, "the Knitting Lady," seems able to reach Cal through her stubbornness. She seems able to do so with all the girls, by teaching them what their knitting styles demonstrate about their inner selves and through the use of a long story about two orphans that she tells them in episodes over the course of many weeks. By the end of both the Knitting Lady's story and the book, Cal has discovered much about herself, her housemates, and the idea of family.

I think this must be a good book, but it took me forever to listen to the six CDs in tiny little spurts. I just could never get myself engaged enough to sustain lasting interest, so I'm knocking a star off my rating as a result.

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message 1: by Gina (new)

Gina Sounds like just the book for me!! From the knitting lady you know....

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