Sunday, November 1, 2009

Handle With Care and The Road

Happy Sunday morning! I love this long weekend when we get an extra hour. I know it's not much but it feels like more. When I woke up I looked at my clock and it said 6:48. Then I realized that it was 5:48 and I was well rested, ready to get up and start my day.

I pretty much gulped this book. I love Jodi Picoult's writing and this one is beautiful and interesting all the way through. Sometimes it's hard for a writer to do both but she blanaced them with finesse.

Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe's second daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta or OI which means that she lacks collagen and her bones are very brittle and break easily. When her ultrasound showed this, poor little Willow already had 7 broken bones and she hadn't even been born yet. How they and their older daughter cope with this disease and what they are willing to do for Willow makes this a book where the pages practically turn themselves.

The second book I finished this week is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I had heard good things about it so when a friend at school loaned it to me, I got right into it and could barely stop reading. It's about a post-apocalyptic America where there is no sun and everything is colorless with ash. Nothing grows, nothing lives except for a few stragglers, some good and some bad. Two of the good ones are a man and his son. How they survive in this bleak world and how they remain human and caring is the glue that holds this novel together.

It's cloudy here in NH so I think it's going to be a good reading day. I've got laundry to do and bread to bake and an extra hour to use any way I want!


Lezlie said...

I can't say enough good things about The Road. It is one of my All-Time Top 10 favorites. Probably in the top five.


Literary Feline said...

Hi, Linda! I ended up sleeping in really late this morning, even by the change in time standards. It was nice, but I still don't feel completely rested. I'll be so glad when I'm over this bug.

I am glad to hear you enjoyed Handle With Care. I've enjoyed the four Picoult books I've read so far. I haven't gotten to this one yet though.

I hope to read The Road soon, before the movie comes out this month, anyway. :-)

Have a great week!

Alexa said...

Handle with Care sounds too traumatic for me. But I definitely want to read The Road at some point. Thanks for the reviews.

Dar said...

Hey Linda, I've tried sending you a couple of emails but maybe they're getting thrown into spam. You won a copy of Run For Your Life on my blog. Can you email me at bj19662001 (at) yahoo (dot) ca with your address please. Congrats and thanks!

SandyCarlson said...

I have heard good things about The Road. Your recommendation sells it to me.

Dar said...

I still haven't read Handle With Care although it's on my shelf. I read The Road a few years back and it's definitely a disturbing and powerful book.

Paula Weston said...

I read All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy last year a while back and really enjoyed it. I keep hearing great things about The Road, so I need to get it on my "to read" list. Thanks for the reminder!

Anonymous said...

It is certainly interesting for me to read the blog. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.

Ceska said...

This book is similar to My Sister's Keeper, and House Rules! Its basically dealing with living condition of having a family with cure. Lots of questions behind but life isn't perfect. we all go through good and bad experienced with friends and family! Is life going take your life away or is it going to slove with the hard way.