Racism, Disability and the Desire for Perfection: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible takes its readers to the Congo/Zaire with its main characters, Nathan and Orleanna Price and their four daughters, Rachel, Leah, Adah, and Ruth May. The Price's are Southern Baptist missionaries from Georgia, who set out in 1959 to enlighten the Congolese by bringing them Jesus. When they arrive to the little village,… Continue reading Racism, Disability and the Desire for Perfection: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

I was so excited about Housekeeping that I suggested, or rather insisted, my 11 year old read it. She read about four pages and said it was too confusing. I could not let it end there as I felt this was a book she would like. "Why is it too confusing?" I asked. ¬†She said… Continue reading Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

The End of Romanticism: THE COURSE OF LOVE by Alain de Botton

I came across Alain de Botton at Onbeing.org. [Side Bar: I have decided listening to Krista Tippett interviews is healthier and more helpful -- not just for my sanity but for thoughtful engagement with the world -- than seeking out news. It is not that I want to remain ignorant or live in my own little world;… Continue reading The End of Romanticism: THE COURSE OF LOVE by Alain de Botton

The Energy of Love: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

We sat in the living room getting ready for Charlotte's Web. I had a vague memory of a spider and a pig, but I could not remember the details from childhood. My husband was not certain this book was worth reading. My youngest was intrigued, and could not remember watching the movie a few years… Continue reading The Energy of Love: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White