Peace Like a River by Leif Enger ★★★★☆– a quiet, beautifully told story of fatherhood, character and courage. This novel reminded me a lot of To Kill a Mockingbird, actually, as both involve a principled father, precocious daughter and older brother all caught up in a story of (in)justice. Swede is just as winsome as Scout; I loved her marvellous outlaw poetry and hearty appreciation of a fine turn of phrase.
It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig ★★★★☆ – if you’ve been on the internet at all this past year, you’ve likely heard of the Whole 30. You know, where you cut out dairy, grains, alcohol and added sugar for 30 days? Sounds delightful, right? 🙂 My husband and I are on Day 29 and it was useful to read this book first as it gives a thorough rationale for the Whole30 program. Scientific and practical.
The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art by Roger Kimball ★★★★☆- A scathing, often hilarious critique of the absurd flights of fancy that make up much of modern art criticism. Roger Kimball introduces the reader to several artists (Sargent, Van Gogh, Velazquez, among others) and to bizarre contemporary interpretations of their paintings. Straightforward, insightful and totally worth your while.
You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes by Lisa McKay ★★★☆☆- a light-hearted and practical how-to book for pastor’s wives. A group of fellow seminary wives and I read and discussed this book over several months. Not really my style (I’d have preferred something deeper), but there were some helpful pointers like: when moving, set up your child’s room first so that they feel settled.
Stuart Little by EB White ★★1/2☆☆- I read this with my 3-year old who didn’t seem to mind that it was more of a series of unrelated events than a cohesive story. He found it quite amusing, actually. But, being six months pregnant, I found the story of a woman giving birth to a two-inch boy that resembles a mouse downright shuddersome.
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear ★★★☆☆ – I’ve been in a reading funk this month; I started reading five or six books, but ended up tossing them all aside. I just couldn’t get interested! Then I picked up this one, the first in a series of mystery novels featuring Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Private Investigator and finished it in two days. It’s oh-so-readable – and yet left me feeling a little cold, like the characters were just a bit too starchy and careful to properly befriend.
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