Wednesday, January 30, 2013

'Lacuna' by Barbara Kingsolver

I just have to acknowledge the books that I've been reading lately.

For a while, there was a drought. You know what that's like. You go from book to book, not really engaging with any of them, but then, bang, the skies open up and it's raining, pouring, a deluge of words and you, with not enough time to read them all at once.

There was 'Lacuna' by Barbara Kingsolver. My, oh my, that book will leave you with food for thought for a while. It's fiction, sure, but there's so much history and biography in it, that I actually looked stuff up on the Internet and ordered a few other books from the library.  Imagine how proud my fourth grade teacher would have been, the one who loved me, the one who gave every student a book at the end of the school year, a book I still have to this day. Yes, Mrs. Winkler, my favorite teacher, would have loved that I read a book that stirred my curiosity so that I read another book and in the process, learned about important figures in history and learned some history itself and learned how people can behave. Plus, if I'd actually read the book and didn't just sit in my car during karate listening to it on CD, I might have learned to read a little more Spanish. That might have eased my boring habit of reading the cautionary words in Spanish on the sides of appliances.

Okay, well now I have to go help Nick with homework I'm no more qualified to complete than he is.  I'll tell you more about the appliances and the books later.

Thank you for listening, jb


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