Sunday, June 26, 2011

Still Alice

I know I just published like two minutes ago but I forgot a book.

For book club we read this one, Still Alice by Lisa Genova.
This one was interesting, that is to say, not on my typical reads list.  This one is about a professore at Harvard, very smart, very accomplished and in her hey day when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzhiemer's disease.  Throughout the book Alice is faced with challenges that to use are as simple as using the restroom but because of her illness are a major difficulty.  The tragedy is that fifty year old Alice loses her memory, her brilliant intelect, and her ability to understand language in it's more complex forms.  However she gains a much stronger relationship with her children and finds new ways to show love and comprehension for every day events.
It's like she goes from the mind of an intelligent fifty year old to an infant with a mental dissability and has to re-learn how to communicate and understand.
This a great cry book.

Romeo's ex

Out of my latest book wave my favorite was Romeo's ex by Lisa Fielder.
For all those Shakespear lovers like myself, this tells the story of Rosaline, the girl Romeo is in love with at the beginning of the play.  Even if that isn't familiar, if you have seen the movie(s) or read the play you'll figure it out.  The book is funny and uses rennaisance language very creativley mostly they just add "eth" or "st" to contemporary phrases that we use today. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Boxcar Children The Guide Dog Mystery #53

Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner

Benny, Violet, Jessie, and Henry used to live in a boxcar. Now they live with their Grandfather.
The book is about Benny, Violet, Jessie, and Henry going to a guide dog school. Someone breaks
into a kennel and also steals a guide dog. The kids try to figure out who did it and where the dog is.
My favorite part is when Benny sees mysterious lights in a dormitory room. I like this part because it's mysterious and you never know what will happen next.