READING THIS WEEK REMINDS ME OF THE OSCAR RACE IN AN ODD WAY

Haven’t been out to the movies as much as I would like. I’m even behind with my reading. What is the world coming to?

My reading this week brings to mind those newspaper/magazine articles we will see soon with regard to the Oscar Awards Race, in which the critics have boxes filled with Who Will Win, Who Should Win, Who Do I Wish Would Win.

Reading categories for this week:

Book I’m Reading:

The Other Einstein: a novel by Marie Benedict
It seems predictable and not very interesting. Am I right that Einstein is portrayed as manipulating and using the woman he supposedly loves? More than half the book to go yet. Will I keep reading? I’m starting to feel the pain of the “other” Einstein.

Books I’d Like to Be Reading:

Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in Young America by Catherine Kerrison.
A few months, or years ago I read a book I very much enjoyed entitled America’s First Daughter: A Novel by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamole. It told the story of Jefferson’s oldest daughter Patsy from her viewpoint. The new book is just out and is a nonfiction study of Patsy and her sisters.

And

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe
This author spent a year in a Denver High School. Oh, Colorado, home to gorgeous scenery, locally raised marijuana and an interesting mix of people. It is a state that often surprises. Ms. Thorpe is or was a magazine feature writer formerly married to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. She is the author of Just Like Us: The Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, a nonfiction book I found fascinating and life-changing. (Another station on my spiritual journey – an insider item for my Northbrook Church readers) Reading a review of this new book, I venture to say there are issues aplenty to help us see all sides of this school situation as well as related realities in the lives of these high school students.

Book I Will Read

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
The cover blurb suggests if this book does not move me I have a lump of dark matter where my heart should be. This book is up next for the Florida Book Club. I’d better get crackin’ as my Dad would say.

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