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The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald
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Jan 17, 2011

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Recommended to Mary Anne by: Daniela
Read from January 17 to 23, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I'm kind of unsure on what I want to say about this book. I know I'm glad I read it. I also know that I found the writing itself to be worthy of the read. I think the subject matter didn't properly bring me in (no fault of its own; just my own taste). What I think I really appreciated the most was the author's conception of Henry himself and the way that other characters related to him. Henry himself was, to me, a fairly likable character who didn't mindfully want to mess with the world. Strange how it always comes back to the idea that things could always have been different if one thing had changed or not happened. Henry seems to ponder this every now and again and wonder if he would have been happier, if he'd have been more trusting, if everyone would have come out the better in the end.

I don't think the book makes a statement about childcare of any of that. I think it sheds light on an interesting time when ideas about something so basic as childcare shifted dramatically. Who knew having a child around so many practice mother would have such effects? I don't think the author had any sort of agenda with this story; rather, the note at the end tells the reader that the author was interested in the idea of practice babies in practice houses in universities with home economics programs, and I believe it. Very curious book.
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01/18/2011 page 13
3.0% "Fair beginning."
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Deana Wow, this sounds really interesting. Adding to my "to-read" list.


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