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September 7, 2011

Thing 3

I got a job!

All those months of stress and applications paid off because now Dan and I will not have to be homeless!

I can't say much about my new job except that I am (a) over the moon; (b) so relieved; (c) want to buy a new work bag.  Here are some of my options, which one do you like for a lady lawyer?

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Thoughts???

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September 1, 2011

Book 13: Winters Garden by Kristin Hannah and Book 14: Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman

I interrupt Things to do a quick book 13 and 14 recap...


One of my coworkers let me borrow this book and to be honest, its a good thing I have forced her to read so many of my books because I wouldn't have made it past the first 150 pages.  I had previously read Kristin Hannah's book Firefly Lane and liked it from the start, so I was disappointed in the slow beginning to this book.  However, somewhere around page 150 the book really picked up for me and I flew through the ending.  The book is a story within a story.  Two daughters trying to get to know their mother who has rebuffed their love for most of their lives.  Soon, they realize that the fairytale their mother told them while they were growing up is really the story of her real life in Russia during the German invasion of WWII.  That's the part of the book I liked, the story within the story.  I gave this book three out of five stars on Goodreads.  Its a decent read but I wouldn't necessarily suggest it to anybody.


Congrats Here on Earth, you win the title of my leave favorite book of all time.  Never in my life have I loathed a book so much.  We are reading this book for my book club this month, and from the start I was skeptical.  You know I love Oprah, but one thing I know for sure is that we do not have the same taste in books.  Oprah picked this book as her book club pick back in 1998 and I honestly don't know what she was thinking.  The book itself is written beautifully - I mean thank goodness - because the characters and the story is just so damn depressing I don't know if I could have made it through.  Its about a woman and her daughter who return to the mother's hometown to attend a funeral.  The mother rekindles her love with a old flame, Hollis, who is hands down the worst character I have ever read in a book ever. I know the book has beautiful metaphors- and surely it will provide a great deal of discussion during book club- but I finished the book this morning and I still can't shake the feeling it left me in: totally and utterly depressed. One star Here on Earth, and that's only for the writing.

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