#35 ~ Perfect Match

August 16, 2007 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Books, Disappointment, Jodi Picoult, Literate Housewives Book Club, Reading | Leave a comment
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Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult

Check out the LHBC site for my thoughts and opinions.

Don’t Forget the LHBC!

July 8, 2007 at 10:37 pm | Posted in Jodi Picoult, Literate Housewives Book Club | 5 Comments

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The Literate Housewife’s Book Club is now under way. We’ve just finished reading the first two chapters of Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult. This week we will be reading Chapter Three. 

It’s not too late to join us!

Slow Cooker

June 29, 2007 at 2:25 am | Posted in Exercise, Jodi Picoult, LIfe, Literate Housewives Book Club, Reading, Writing | Leave a comment

I have not regained any enthusiasm for writing since my last post.  Muggy weather blahs?  I think what I really need is a nice long run to clear my head and get some good fresh air in my lungs.  The problem with this is that I do not run and I’m severely out of shape.  Anyway, I’m going to attempt to write something, even if it is only a paragraph and post it tomorrow for Fiction Friday.  Technically, I need to write at least two paragraphs – one for last week, too.

I am not joking about needing some good vigorous exercise.  I need it.  I need it bad.  So, I vow to take a walk tomorrow, even if it is for only 10 minutes.  I need to get my juices circulating.  That’s all there is to it.  An exercised body will lead to a more exercised brain.

I have finished The Kite Runner and it was simply amazing.  It has been a long time that the ending of a book brought tears to my eyes.  I need to give it some more thought before I write my formal review.  I will simply say that Judi picked a gem for me.

For those of you who might be interested, don’t forget that the Literate Housewives Book Club officially begins on July 1st.  If you would like to read Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult with us and post your own reviews, comments, questions, or impressions, send me an email and I’ll set you up.  You need only have a WordPress account.

Literate Housewives Unite!

June 15, 2007 at 7:50 pm | Posted in Books, Jodi Picoult, Reading | Leave a comment

I know that I am not the only person (housewife or not) who loves to read.  As much as I enjoy reading for my own pleasure, it would be nice to be able to talk about books with others.  I know I’m not alone in that, either.  There are book clubs just about everywhere.  I just haven’t been able to find one to suite me in my area.  Without any other alternatives, I’m going to create my own.  I can’t take complete credit for the inspiration.  It came up during a phone conversation I had with my best friend, Trista.  She lamented that when I post what I’m currently reading that she doesn’t even have time to buy the book before I’m finished with it.  We selected a book and agreed to read sections at a time so that we can discuss it.  There are 700 miles of road between us.  If we can do it, why shouldn’t other people join us?  If you would like to read and discuss books with Trista, and other readers, I’m inviting you to join the group: 

The Literate Housewives Book Club 

Our first selection is Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult.  For more information, check out the new blog.  It’s still a work in progress, but I plan on having it completed by the time we begin our first book.

#12 ~ Nineteen Minutes

March 17, 2007 at 7:10 am | Posted in Books, Culture, Jodi Picoult, My Life with Books, Reading | Leave a comment
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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite current authors. This book did not disappoint me at all. It was very interesting to get a full view of a school shooting ~ from the perpetrator, from the students, from the parents, and from the community. You usually don’t know what makes someone do what they do. Knowing doesn’t change the way you feel about the act itself, but it humanizes the murderer. It’s easy to brush things off as simply evil, but life is much more complex. In the end, it was everyone brushing Peter’s life and humiliations off that set this book into motion.

This book centers around two characters: Peter Houghton and Josie Cromier. They grew up as best friends. This friendship superseded the end of the friendships their mothers shared (not the most convincing scene in the book). It did not, however, last through junior high. The pull of popularity was too much for Josie. Peter was “different” and he would never be accepted by the in crowd. As they entered high school, Josie witnessed her friends make fun of Peter. She felt guilty. She was so unsure of herself and her place in life that she participated. When the two were alone, they were able to slip back into a friendship. It’s when that friendship developed into something more that their lives were turned upside down.

After reading my last Picoult book, I was concerned that I had caught on to her literary patterns and could guess what was coming up ahead. There were several occasions while reading this book that I did the same thing. Each time, I was ~ thankfully ~ wrong. Perhaps Keeping Faith just wasn’t one of Picoult’s best.

I would highly recommend Nineteen Minutes. It gives you a feeling of what it’s like to live in a community devastated by school violence.

Update

I finished reading this book only a month before the tragedy that took place at Virginia Tech on 4.16.07.  Living only 45 minutes from Blacksburg, this was a haunting experience for everyone.  Although this book was still fresh in my memory, I can’t say that it was something that I thought that much about at the time.  This book does not in any way glorify school violence.

Fact is very much different than fiction.  I wish our community and the families of all those affected by the massacre didn’t have to know that for a fact.

#04 ~ Keeping Faith

January 31, 2007 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Books, Jodi Picoult, Parenting Dilemmas, Reading, Religion | 4 Comments
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Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

I love Jodi Picoult. The last time I finished one of her books I suffered withdrawal symptoms because I didn’t have another one waiting in the wings. So it was surprising to me as I began this book that I was growing tired of her. I actually was wishing I’d chosen another book. This happened a couple times before while I was in high school. I read so many Steven King and Danielle Steele books that I began to recognize patterns and just couldn’t read them anymore. At one point I swore that if I ever read another book that mentioned Carmel, CA that I would throw it against the wall. Thankfully, as I read further into the story, I got hooked and couldn’t put it down.

This is the story of a messy divorce and custody battle and its effects on an only child named Faith. Mariah, Faith’s mother, suffers from a lack of self esteem. From the moment that Colin shows interest in her in college, she allows him to mold her into the type of wife he wanted. She loses her identity. Colin’s first infidelity drove Mariah to suicide. He had her institutionalized against her will and it was in the hospital that he discovered her pregnancy. That was the only thing that kept their marriage together. The book begins when Mariah and Faith come home to retrieve a lost ballet leotard; they find Colin getting ready to take a shower with another woman. In the aftermath, Colin leaves, Mariah calls in her mother to take care of Faith while she gets herself straightened out, and Faith begins to see and talk to God.

Mariah takes Faith to psychiatrists, doctors, rabies, and even allows interviews with Catholic priests in order to get to the bottom of Faith’s visions. Faith was found by all to be mentally stable, but no one was brave enough to believe that Faith’s visions were actually contacts with the divine. That is, until her touch brings her grandmother back to life after being clinically dead for an hour. Once that story hits the press, people begin to congregate outside of Mariah’s home. The story is spread even further by an atheist televangelist name Ian. He has made it his life’s work to debunk religion and especially the miracles. When Colin returns home from his honeymoon with his pregnant wife, he discovers what is going on and decides to sue for full custody of Faith, using a renowned cutthroat lawyer. Not only does Mariah need to find the inner strength to handle the situation with Faith, she then has to fight to keep custody of her daughter.

Some of the relationships that develop seem too convenient and predictable. As with many other of Picoult’s lead female characters, Mariah is not alone for long. On the other hand, I enjoyed the way in which Mariah interacted with her mother. They have a truly special relationship. Still, the most interesting thing about this particular Picoult novel is the way in which visions, religion, faith, and God are handled by each of the characters. I believe that the book covered this topic and all sides with respect.

This was not one of my favorite Picoult books, but I would recommend the book to others. It provides the opportunity to explore your beliefs about the extraordinary. What would you do if your child began seeing visions of God?

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