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Thursday, January 26, 2012


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!


Dean and Sheri said...

I read 'A Lantern in Her Hand' because I found it on your 'Favorites' list. LOVED it. I read 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' about 9 years ago. Love that one too. I think I'd read just about anything you recommend. Keep readin' and keep recommending.

Tina said...

I've wanted to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn . . . I'll have to put it on my short list!

AND Loved Henrietta Lacks! For being non-fiction, it read well and was super interesting. It is a book that has stuck with me and still comes up at book club as a great read.

Margie said...

I am so impressed with how much you fit into your day!! I guess that is what happens when you get up before the sun does.