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Reading: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

This is one of my favorite books and I’ve read it many times.  It’s not very long and if you’ve never had the opportunity to read it, I would highly recommend it.

Jean-Dominique Bauby, the author of this memoir, was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, when at the age of 43 years old he suffered a stroke that resulted in locked-in syndrome.  He was able to find a way to communicate and very tediously gave us this beautiful (and often sad) set of stories.  He died just two days after the French publication of this book.

My favorite passage:

I receive remarkable letters.  They are opened for me, unfolded, and spread out before my eyes in a daily ritual that gives the arrival of the mail the character of a hushed and holy ceremony.  I carefully read each letter myself.  Some of them are serious in tone, discussing the meaning of life, invoking the supremacy of the soul, the mystery of every existence.  And by a curious reversal, the people who focus most closely on those fundamental questions tend to be people I had known only superficially.  Their small talk had masked hidden depths.  Had I been blind and deaf, or does it take the harsh light of disaster to show a person’s true nature?

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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Books, Reviews

 

Reading: Dwarf

Dwarf by Tiffanie DiDonato & Rennie Dyball

Dwarf

Very interesting memoir.  I’m always humbled by others’ challenges that seem so far removed from my own life.  It’s never a bad thing to gain a little more perspective.

From the Book Description on Amazon.com:

A memoir of grit and transformation for anyone who has been told something was impossible and then went on to do it anyway.  Tiffanie DiDonato was born with dwarfism. Her limbs were so short that she was not able to reach her own ears. She was also born with a serious case of optimism. She decided to undergo a series of painful bone-lengthening surgeries that gave her an unprecedented 14 inches of height—and the independence she never thought she’d have.  After her surgeries, Tiffanie was able to learn to drive, to live in the dorms during college, and to lead a normal life. She even made time to volunteer, writing to troops stationed abroad, and one of those Marine pen pals ultimately became her husband.  Dwarf is a moving and, at times, funny testament to the power of sheer determination, and has been compared to Andrew solomon’s Far From the Tree.

 

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Books, Reviews

 

Reading: Next

Next by James Hynes

Next

Very unique writing style for a novel.  No chapter or visual breaks whatsoever, so that was a little disconcerting.  The story truly only takes place during one day, which is quite boring until the end, but it is continuously filled with flashbacks of the main character which made it was easy (for me) to get lost between past and present.  The end was crazy-nuts so I’m glad I didn’t stop reading…ended up being a wild ride after all.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Books, Reviews

 

Reading: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2

Tiny Book Vol. 2

I love tiny books and I love tiny stories.  How can I resist?

(Thanks Mom!)

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Books, Reviews

 

Reading: I Feel Bad About My Neck

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

I Feel Bad About My Neck

So far, the only audiobooks I have learned to tolerate are celebrity autobiographies with a humorous bent narrated by the author.  They get me through long drives and I am forever grateful.  Also, thank you to my local library for allowing me to try them out FOR FREE.  Have you been to a library lately?  I forgot how awesome they are.  This book by Nora Ephron was very interesting – she has lived an amazing life and I loved hearing all about it.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Books, Reviews

 

Reading: No Wonder My Parents Drank

No Wonder My Parents Drank by Jay Mohr

No Wonder My Parents Drank

Funny enough.  He’s a bit obnoxious for my taste but credit is given… he, along with Nora Ephron, got me through a very long drive.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Books, Reviews

 

2012 Advent Calendar: Dec. 21st

Dec. 21

Goodness this was a busy day as we were getting ready to travel.  We did go to the library to load up on books, magazines, DVDs and audiobooks.  Here’s a photo of Evren after we got home from the library completely oblivious to the stress I was under to get us packed.  What you don’t see is that he had tucked under the couch armrest his phone, notepad, and mints.  He said, “Mom, I could stay here all day!”

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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Books, Evren, Holiday

 
 
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