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12 April 2022
Lacie has broken her thumb on a swing set. Ironically, looking back over previous FTW entries I discovered that almost exactly a year ago (April 19), Brianna broke her arm. AND, I don't know what month it was, but as a kid, Jeri fell off of our swing set and broke her arm.
In 2020, Ned and Marta gave me Kate Mulgrew's book, "Born with Teeth." It was so engrossing that I finished it in two days, but was disappointed that it only took her career up to Star Trek:Voyager and what I wanted to read about was Orange is the New Black. So I ordered her next book, "How to Forget," but it has sat on my Kindle ever since, while I've read other things.
I picked it up yesterday and started reading and immediately remembered what a good writer Mulgrew (who does not have a co-author) is. Ned, who is not a reader, asked me how I can tell she's a good writer and I tried to put it into words, but here is the opening and perhaps you, too, can figure out why I consider her a good writer.
She paints such wonderful pictures that you are right there, which most writers don't do to this extent. This book (so far) talks about her leaving the stage to go home to take care of her parents, her father dying of cancer and her mother with worsening Alzheimer's. (The book may eventually get back to her career, but at the moment it is a book about taking care of your aging parents. Ned might like to read it!) It shows the story of how a large family (8 children) can become close and remain close even without the normal parenting that you would expect.
I put the book aside to read a novella that one of my pen pals reviewed on Swap bot.
I haven't quite come to the end yet, but the book gives an insight into the day to day life of the queen and how different her life is from that of her subjects...and her staff. Kind of reminds me of the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey who asks "What's a week end?"
The reader of this book would be wise to have a dictionary at hand because there are so many unfamiliar words, like amanuensis, solipistic, and opsimath.
I'm doing well on my new year's resolution to read
50 books this year. "Uncommon Reader" is the 14th book...and in the year
2021, I read only 13.
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