Goodbye, Vitamin | Rachel Khong

Freshly disengaged from her fiance’ and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town, and arrives at her parents’ home to find family life more complicated than she’d realized.  Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory.  Her mother, like Ruth, is smarting from a betrayal.  But over the course of a year, the comedy in Ruth’s situation takes hold, gently transforming her grief.  

Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life. 

Right this very minute, there are too many of us who know someone or love someone who is struggling with Alzheimer’s Dementia, like Ruth’s father.  I am included in this group, as my precious mother-in-law is struggling to retain what is left of her memory.  When I read the synopsis, I thought this book might make me cry.  It did not; rather, it made me laugh out loud at the sweet, poignant observations Ruth makes of not just her father, but of life in general. Continue reading

To the Bright Edge of the World | Eowyn Ivey

Guys.

I couldn’t wait to finish this book so I could tell you about it – you’re going to love it! It’s 413 pages long, but you’re going to get through it faster than you think.  It’s got everything you could want in a novel:  a little bit of history and geography; a love story; a strong woman who triumphs over devastation; Alaska, maps and old-timey pictures; Native American mystery; a blossoming friendship between an old guy and a young guy; and… birds! (In case you didn’t know, I love birds!)

So let’s get started. Continue reading