Lonesome Dove

I’ve been reading lots of case studies for school lately.  I know all about Herman Miller and their quest to not destroy the environment with more office chairs and Gillette trying to sell more razors in the south Pacific.

But for fun, I’ve been reading Lonesome Dove.  It took me many months to read this classic, but that’s not because it wasn’t good.
lonesome doveIt was one of the best books I’ve read.  Gus, Call, Deets, Lorena, Clara, these are characters I know and love.  I don’t know what to say to make you read this book other than you must.  The characters were developed so well, their story of taking cattle from south Texas to Montana was just so good.

My coworker lent me her DVDs of the mini-series, and I’m excited to start it.  Robert Duvall just might make me love Gus McCrae even more.

 

“to an aspect of womankind that Gus was always talking about – their penchant for flying directly in the face of reason.”

 

 

What I’ve been reading

I really haven’t been reading much lately.  I don’t know what happened, but I’ve only been doing a book every 3 weeks or month.  Whoops!

Here are my most recent reads

Little Bee by Chris Cleave (In the UK, it’s called The Other Hand)

loved this book.  Even though the author is male, he wrote from the perspective of two women whose lives become connected and did it so well.  I could not put this book down.  Now I can’t wait to read more of his works.

My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme
I read this book to be inspired to cook more and it did help me cook.  Once.  Most of the recipes were pretty elaborate, but Julia Child seemed wonderful as well as her life in France.  Plus, when I think of her I think of Meryl Streep and that makes me happy.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs
The author lives for one year following all rules from the Bible.  He doesn’t shave, he won’t touch anything his wife has touched during her “time,” he stones (in the nicest way possible) an adulterer.
This book is humorous but also educational.  He interviews Amish, a Jehovah Witness, and a rabbi who inspects clothes to make sure the fibers aren’t mixed.  I didn’t even know that was a profession.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Kacina loved this book and loaned it to me.  I was hesitant to read it because I have a hard time dealing with the Holocaust (thank you Lifetime movie in seventh grade).

This book is about the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup in Paris in 1942 and a girl who locks her brother in their secret cupboard to hide him from the police.  The story is then connected back to 2002 with a reporter researching the roundup.

I could only read a few chapters a night because it was emotional and difficult to read, but this book was great.  A great book club book.

Any suggestions?

PSA

If you haven’t read The Help yet, read it!

It’s my new favorite book.  I couldn’t stop reading it on Saturday.  Poor Whitney tried to talk to me and I just nodded.

I do love Southern fiction, and this book has everything you could ever want.  It was one of those where I really wanted to know what happened, but then if I did, it would be over and that crushes me.

They’re making a movie coming out August 12.

Go read!!  You’ll just love it!!

 

DON’T READ BELOW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK:

As I read, I got so excited about the parts when she is with Stuart.  I love that he came around and turned out to be really sweet, but in the end, I secretly wanted them to be together.  Is there something wrong with me?  Do I always just look for the love story?  Ugh, I think I know the answer.  I wanted him to come around and say that it didn’t matter what she was doing that he loved her even though he wasn’t ready for forward thinking.  While I was disappointed with that, it is a good piece of reality.  We are going to let each other down.  Just because a guy seems right, doesn’t mean he is Mr. Right.  Skeeter is a bold woman and it’s not all about the guy.  Darn you chick flicks.