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.

2 comments:

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!