Last week I finished three books: A Farm Dies Once a Year, by Arlo Crawford; Who Do You Love?, by Jennifer Weiner (on audiobook); and The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, by Anu Partanen. The Nordic Theory of Everything wasn't quite what I expected. I suppose I was hoping for a book that would show me, personally, how to live better through Nordic theories, but instead the book focused on government policies, all of which I am helpless to change. Yes, free or cheap daycare would be great, as would basically free health care, but I can't do anything about the high price of these things in America. So the book ended up being kind of depressing rather than uplifting, though it certainly sheds further light on problematic ways in which the American governments treats it citizens.
This week I'm still working on Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl and Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the Rules," by Jacqueline Bussie. These books are enlightening, and are best read in small doses so that you can take the time to ponder them. I'm also still working my way through Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer. I was very enthusiastic about this book for the first few hundred pages, but at this point I'm thinking Foer needed a better editor who would have advised him to cut the book by 100 pages or more. It's gotten tedious and repetitive, and the deep philosophizing of the characters is starting to seem pretentious. At this point, I'll be glad when the book is over! In the meantime, I've started the new Jodi Picoult book, Small Great Things. I always enjoy the suspenseful plots of Picoults books, and I've still got The Guest Room, by Chris Bohjalian on audio as well. This book is gripping, though quite disturbing as it delves into the sex slave trade.
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