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The Book Life, August Edition

The Book Life, August Edition/ Bookended

I hope you and your family are doing well. Welcome to The Book Life, a type of post that I’m hoping to be more regular with. It talks about how things are going but from a reader’s perspective. It’s August and I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all gotten used to a new way of living. I’m a biologist and to me, the shelter in place has felt like an incubation reaction: we’re forced…

Books, Fiction

Book: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Book notes and thoughts on An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: 1. Roy and Celestial are an African-American couple who have been married for about a year and a half. They are just at the beginning of their lives together: planning their careers, discussing if it’s time to have a baby, relating to the in-laws, all the things that a young, married couple has on their mind. But Roy is wrongfully accused of a crime and…

Books, Fiction, Tea, The Book Life

The Romance Of Book Clubs

It’s a lovely May afternoon as I sit down to type, one of those beautiful, sunny California days when the air is filled with the honeyed perfume of roses. It’s a perfect Sunday afternoon for a book club to meet: lots of cups of tea or glasses of wine, a slice of cake or two, and conversations about books that invariably lead to an exchange of stories about our lives. Of course, we are currently sheltering…

Books, Fiction

Book: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People by Sally Rooney is a tender love story between Connell Waldron and Marianne Sheridan that starts when the two of them are in secondary school in County Sligo and continues through their college years at Trinity College in Dublin. Theirs is an on-again, off-again romance though romance is too silly and superficial a word for the vulnerability and emotion that mark their every interaction. However, Normal People is not just a love story. Capitalist…

Books, Fiction

Book: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Thoughts and personal notes on Persuasion by Jane Austen: (SPOILER ALERT!) 1. This is my favorite Jane Austen. I first read it as a teenager and loved it, more even than Pride and Prejudice. I just finished reading it again as part of our bookclub’s March selection. Oddly, because I don’t think we planned it, we paired it with Albert Camus’ The Plague ( a nod to the unfolding Coronavirus situation gripping the world). A love…

Books, Fiction, Judge A Book By Its Cover

Judge A Book By Its Cover, #2

You may have heard the idiom, don’t judge a book by its cover, an admonishment to not let surface appearances sway you. Take the time to read the book, delve beneath the surface, and find what message lies within its pages. Get to know a person instead of letting your preconceived notions quickly fix labels upon them.  Don’t judge a book by its cover, someone entreats us, wagging their finger for emphasis. This series does the…