Saturday, June 18, 2011

An Anniversary and a Review

Today is the anniversary of our engagement—34 years ago.  That day we went prairie dog hunting; today we dismissed that idea—it now requires an expensive hunting license; we now use bifocals and trifocals; and it is over 100 degrees outside. 

I just finished listening to the audio book of Moon over Manifest.  I posted my review on my Goodreads shelf, but I wanted to give it a special mention.  Here’s the review:

The blurb on OverDrive did not do this book justice.  This is a lovely, well-written historical novel which manages to be historical in two eras--World War I and the Great Depression/Dustbowl era--through the use of an interesting narrative technique.  The technique uses first-person narration, letters, stories, and newspaper articles to weave a complex story of a community and its survival in challenging times.  I am not sure if this book is meant to be a Young Adult novel; it would certainly be suitable for that, but it is an interesting read.  I used the audio version, and the readers do an excellent job.  The historical notes at the end are interesting as well.

I should note that the 12-year-old narrator of the book seems overly adult in some of her observations, much like Huck Finn, but she has also had a very untypical childhood. 

Knitting progress—one more square added to the blanket.


Knittinreed said...

Happy engagement Anniversary! Too hot here as well!

Deb said...

Ugh! As far as the temperature that is. I do not do well in heat, especially if it's humid heat. The book sounds interesting. I'll put in on my list to be read. It's an ever-growing list!