There is hardly another captive audience like people stuck on a plane. It’s always interesting to me to see what it is that people do to keep themselves entertained. I usually prefer magazines. And although I had with me our latest edition of Cooks Illustrated, I had brought along two books sitting on my To-Be-Read-Shelf. Well. I never even got a chance to move these to the Currently Reading List. I read The Glass Castle on the way to Boston and Mennonite in a Little Black Dress on the way back. (Thanks to a few delays each way.)
Ok, to Boston: The Glass Castle. Where to begin? Horribly o-mazing. The woman had no other choice than to grow up to be a writer because NO ONE has that childhood and comes out the other side as balanced as she is. As much as I am still completely horrified by most of her childhood, something I can take away is that children are continually responding to their parents. And because her parents refused to see themselves through a particular lens, the children didn’t see themselves that way either. There was a bit of freedom in that. But definitely a must read and then watch this video about her (with her mother!)
From Boston: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. Funny. Seriously Funny. You know it’s going to be good when in the opening chapter the 40-something author reveals that her husband of 15 years just left her for a guy he met on gay.com. Soon thereafter she is in an auto accident and can’t take care of herself and thus decides to go back “home” to her parents who are in a Mennonite Community. It’s already a formula for hilariousness. It also helps that the author is from Holland, Michigan and so when she was referring to her ’employer’ and ‘house on a lake’, I knew exactly what she was talking about. Good stuff – must read.