Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Girls Who Went Away (Anne Fessler)

This book was hard to read. As an adoptive mom, I hate to think about the pain that someone else had to experience in order for my husband and I to have children. I know that it sounds trite and dramatic, but I hate that our joy is someone else's hurt.

While I think (a lot) of coercion still exists in the adoption industry, I do think that moms today have more societal support to parent, if that's what they want to do.

I posted on my other blog about some of the passages that actually struck me and moved me to tears. It was a good read and my heart goes out to the moms portrayed in the book.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Loving Frank (Nancy Horan)

I am a big Frank Lloyd Wright fan and this was one my Christmas gifts for PB (yes, he is that sweet!).

I had no idea that Frank and Mamah's relationship was so dramatic and I *certainly* didn't expect things to end the way they did. It's amazing the lives that people lead and you don't even know about it.

Loved the book from beginning to end. I thought it was really interesting to watch Frank try to love Mamah - she was such a fiercely independent woman, and she seemed totally out of synch with the era she was born in. It was also interesting to see how that independence caused so much pain to the people in her life - including (and maybe especially) her children and her sister. I had less sympathy for her husband, but only because in the book it didn't seem like he recognized Mamah's intellect and respected it.

As always, I wonder how much is true and how much not... the fictionalization of a person's life is an interesting thing. But overall, definitely on my list of top faves. A+