Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Updates

A news-y post, unusual for me. But lots of small things I want to record.

First and foremost, the ultrasound went well, we are expecting a baby girl. The inevitability of a new addition to our family grows with my figure, and I am admitting a joy I have not felt often in the last few years. It's a good feeling.

There are some reading updates I wanted to give:

A blog: a fellow grieving mother referenced this blog post. It is very raw, and very real, and very touching.

An article from the New York Times on what it is like to parent a child with a terminal illness. This, unlike the previous one, did not leave me in a puddle of tears, but was equally raw, and real, and touching.

And two books. The first, called The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta. I've not read his work before, heard about this one on NPR. It's the story of a the people left behind in a town after what appears to be The Rapture, but there doesn't seem to be a real pattern behind who disappeared and who didn't. Though I expected some sarcasm, the book is a real exploration of grief and loss and unmet expectations. While far from profound, I definitely found it thought-provoking. Much more than a religious rapture, it made me think about a disaster's effect on a community, ie the Japanese tsunami.

The second I'm not finished with yet. I'm probably the last person in America who has not yet read The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Technically, I'm listening to it on audiobook, anyway. After hearing many many people rave about it, I'm a bit disappointed. The reading is quite entertaining; there are several readers with different voices doing the narration. I also find the subject matter interesting, but the characters are so very unbelievable and caricatured to me that I had trouble with the first third of the book. I'm about 2/3 of the way through now, and the storyline, even with it's predictability, is getting good enough for me to forget some of my objections. I'll definitely finish it, but not a big fan.

And one I intend to read: The Marriage Plot, by Geoffrey Eugenides. His characters are the opposite of caricatures, I'm so glad he is publishing a new book. I may or may not like it, but his writing is so good that I'll enjoy reading it either way.