27. the Hypnotist’s Love Story

By Liane Moriarty

Rating 4.5 out of 5

This was recommended and loaned to me by the same person who recommended Where’d You Go Bernadette.  I have also read this author’s books What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret, which are both excellent.  What Alice Forgot is extra excellent.

I had to take a break in the middle of this book to read 28-30, which were library books.  Getting back into this book was a little slow at first, but it is picking up again.  Very interesting perspective on page 317.  This is from a woman who has been stalking the boyfriend who dumped her several years ago:

If Patrick had been killed in a car accident, I would have been allowed to grieve for him for years.  People would have sent me flowers and sympathy cards; they would have dropped off casseroles.  I would have been allowed to keep his photos up, to talk about him, to remember the good times.  But because he dumped me, because he was still alive, my sadness was considered undignified and pathetic.  I wasn’t being a proper feminist when I talked about how much I loved him.  He stopped loving me, so therefore I had to stop loving him.  Immediately.  Chop, chop.  Turn those silly feelings off right now. your love is not longer reciprocated, so it is now foolish.

She makes a good point.

This book is jam-packed with lots of emotion.  It covers how people’s contradictory feelings, how people-overanalyze and under analyze things – how we often just make life harder for ourselves by misinterpreting what others are thinking or feeling.

Here’s another good section:

Having a baby had been like starting a demanding new job and beginning a passionate love affair and moving to a new country with a different language and culture all at the same time.

Life is complicated, people are complicated, and we just have to get through it.  There are good time and bad times.  Like Carole King said, life is a tapestry.


26. The Train to Crystal City

By Jan Jarboe Russell

Rating:  4 out of 5

This is the Gulf Coast Reads book for October.  I’m reading it early.

This is a very good book.  It is well worth reading in this time of fear-mongering and xenophobia in our country.  Please, let’s not repeat our tragedies of the past.

The book bogs down a little in the middle but, overall, it is very good.