Saturday, July 26, 2008

Books

While at camp last week, I read Without A Backward Glance, by Kate Veitch. It's the story of a young (very young) mother in Australia who, one Christmas Eve, walks away from her family - husband and 4 young children, and never comes back. I really don't want to say anything more about it, even though more is told just on the back cover of the book, because I want you to have the delight of reading it yourself and the author unfolds the story so much better than I could here.

Then I read two of Barbara Kingsolver's books - both of which I had read before - The Bean Trees, and Pigs in Heaven. It's been at least 20 years since I read them, and I remembered I loved the books, but honestly, I could not remember anything else at all. So it was great to re-read them - and yes, they are still great books!

Then when we went back to my parents' to pick up Ty and the dogs, my Mom was reading Anne Tyler's Back When We Were Grownups. I looked at the title and said "Oh, I read that, it was really good... What's it about again?" because I realized I had no memory of that book, either, other than I was sure I had read it and I was sure I had liked it. So I re-read it that night (it's not a very long book) and it made me realize that there are a LOT of books out there that I know I have read already and enjoyed, and can now safely read them again and not know how they end.


Yeah, big-time senior moments here ...

2 comments:

Dawn said...

Senior moments yes, it's great to find a book that you know is good, but have forgotten about the story... I still think it's great to reread one of my favorite authors, remember the story, and know I can just crawl into a good read and forget about the rest of the world for awhile......

Calandria said...

I've read a couple Anne Tyler books, but the one I especially remember is Ladder of Years. I should read it again. I really liked it.