The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life
I regret to inform that I did not love the book. Aside from the fact that I just don't think it's very well written -- clunky sentences, all kinds of recounting of feelings during conversations/events that are clearly ...more
So I cannot compare this book to similar feel-good books of popular wisdom. I bet it compares favorably: Rod Dreher writes well, and this book had e ...more
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Unfortunately, I didn't love the book. And I hate to speak ill of the dead but I thought his sister came off sounding petty and immature. If anything, this book reaffirmed for me that small town life is not ...more
This was the most emotional experience I have ever had reading a book. Rod Dreher put you in the exact time and place as all the people introduced in the book. I felt the happiness, closeness, bonds, hurt, agony, anger and ...more
Here's the thing I want you to know about Rod Dreher: He evokes a loving but imperfect family in rural Louisiana, a bucolic oasis along the Mississippi River that paradoxically threatens to drown him in his youth, a life-changing experience at the Cathedral de Chartres near Paris, a brush with death on 9/11, a career climb through the corridors of big-city journalism, a spiritual search along orthodox and unorthodox paths, the small miracles of marriage, the burdens and joys of fatherhood, and t...more
When Rod Dreher was growing up, he was sure he wanted out of the small town in Louisiana where he had been raised. His sister Ruthie was sure of the exact opposite. She never wanted to leave. Their paths diverged early and, as is always the ...more
I started reading The Little Way of Ruthie Leming on a flight back to San Francisco from visiting my Mom, my sister and my niece for Mother’s Day. When I got home, I sat down continuing to read the book. I finished at 4:00am.
I identified. I laughed. I cried. I craved. And at the end, I prayed.
I identified with the nuances of a small, Louisiana town and that disagreeing with someone was often mistaken for rejection. ...more
I liked the author, the brother of the sainted Ruthie, whose story kept me reading. He deals with confusion and asks probing questions about relationships and about choices made and about what is real. I appreciated that realness. This is a true story, but I didn't believe tha ...more
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Rod Dreher's memoir of his sister, Ruthie, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, is a simple story as the subtitle suggests of "A Southern Girl, A Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life." Yet, it is much more.
It is a story of many layers, dealing with the realities of small town life, how we as modern people deal with death, and ultimately, in its own way, a mirror of America in the 21st century reflecting the fragmentation into societal enclaves of rich and ...more
P11 “She was just kind of magical. She saw something good in everybody, even as a child.”
P15 “There was something particular about Mam and Paw that made our house a center of community. They didn’t have a lot of money, but there was always room for m ...more
Dreher's sister, Ruthie, was not ...more
release date: April 9, 2013
"When a community loses its memory, its members no longer know one another," writes the agrarian essayist Wendell Berry. "How can they know one another if they have forgotten or have never learned one another's stories? If they do not know one another's stories, how can they know whether or not to trust one another? People who do not trust one another do not help one another, a moreover they fear one another. And thi ...more