Recent Reads

A Long Walk to Water:  Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park (2010).  This is Maya’s middle school’s current reading selection, and we read the book together.  The students at her school are even raising money to send to help with a water well project somewhere in Sudan.  The actual book alternates between the 1985 story of one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” and the 2008 story of a girl who spends her days making the roundtrip to obtain water.  Very engaging and depressing.

A Lover’s Lament by K.L. Grayson and B.T. Urrueala (2015).  Romance about a woman grieving the death of her father who reconnects on a soldier pen pal list with the (now) man who broke her heart when they were teenagers.  While I thought the war scenes were particularly well-written, the book spent too much time with the main characters on opposite ends of the world.  Their actual time together seemed rushed, and I liked the characters better as individuals than as a couple.

A Common Struggle:  A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried (2015).  After watching Kennedy’s interview on 60 Minutes, I wanted to read his story.  I think he’s trying to use his famous family name to shed some light on two areas of stigma that often go hand-in-hand.  He makes a compelling advocate for compassion and change.

What are you reading?


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