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In case you haven’t read it yet, it’s a boy-girl love story set in 1989 against the backdrop of a major cultural shift and tumultuous changes in both political parties. Sound familiar? Just sayin’.
In addition to watching all 10 episodes of Netflix’s “The Crown” in three sittings, I’ve read several books in the last two weeks. I highly recommend The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk, although, having also just finished his Winds of War and War and Remembrance this fall (both 1,000 pages), I’d say the former should have gotten the Pulitzer.
In The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Armin, four English women of different classes rent a castle in Italy and form unlikely friendships. I liked it but admit that I prefer the movie version of Lady Caroline Dester’s storyline.
Now I’m reading Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. The depressing premise—that a 69-year-old woman disappears in a subway station—gives way to beautiful insights from the points of view of different family members. Their individual perspectives form a collective portrait of a mother they gradually realize they barely knew. Wonderful.
My two most recent book club appearances straddled the election. My friend, Laura’s, group met at her house in Des Moines on November 6. After a chili and cornbread dinner, we discussed the fine line between autobiography and fiction and our excitement about the likelihood that we were about to elect our first woman President. At my friend Jane’s place in Edina on November 10, ’89 Walls proved to be a good jumping-off point for a passionate debriefing of our most recent political sea change. As always, I welcomed the chance to meet smart, cool, interesting people.
I walked by my middle schooler’s social studies teacher’s classroom and saw this. It made my day.
Know any high school seniors in need of coaching/editing services as they write their college essays? I can help.
I’m editing for St. Stephen’s Human Services and Aurora Consulting; and writing for the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, St. Paul Public Schools’ school-based clinics, NorthPoint Health and Wellness, Hennepin County’s teen pregnancy prevention initiative, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers’ anti-sex trafficking coalition. I love the learning that comes with each new client and project.
I’ve also started a tiny side business helping people organize and downsize their homes. Let me know if you have a closet to tackle, an elderly parent to move, or a heap of photos that need some TLC in the New Year.