Within the past month, I have
read completed four books.
I have also read several chapters from my Folklore and Biology
textbooks and I am on track with the
100 day Book of Mormon reading plan our ward is doing.
I have read a lot this month.
I have watched no television this month.
Today I added two of the four recently completed books to my
"Favorite Books" list on this blog.
One of them should have been there all along
because I have read and loved it twice before.
I just finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith for the third time.
I read it first when I was a teenager and again about
12 years ago, but this reading, has left my heart weighed
with a pang of tenderness and sadness.
The poignant story of Francie Nolan growing up in New York
in the early 1900s is both
powerful and gentle; brutal and sweet.
The second book added to the list was one I
finished a few days ago,
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot is
the true account of the woman behind the
infamous HeLa cells which have changed the course of
medical history forever. It is also about Henrietta's
poor, uneducated and beleaguered family left behind
to struggle and suffer through the mystery of who
their mother was and the part she has played in
advancing modern science.
At times it was so compelling, I could hardly put it down
and at others times, so disturbing
I wasn't sure I could pick it up again.
I recommend them both heartily!