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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

Currently reading

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
Progress: 134/574 pages
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Christopher L. Hayes
Progress: 17/304 pages
The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
Northrop Frye
Progress: 43/200 pages
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Arlie Russell Hochschild
Progress: 96/454 pages
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
Progress: 22/750 pages
All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Progress: 73/383 pages
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
Progress: 17/157 pages
The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
Really Neat Rocks: A casual introduction to the rocks & gems of Arizona and the lapidary arts
Linda Hilton
Progress: 61/61 pages
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 306 pages.

— feeling what?!?
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman

Maybe I need to stop thinking about these books so much.



So 12-year-old Ceecee has gone to live with her great aunt Tootie in Savannah.  They drive to visit Tootie's sister Lucille, who runs the family's jewelry store.  Ceecee meets Aunt Lu's lifelong friend Rosa.


Ceecee has never had any friends at all, other than her neighbor, elderly Mrs. Odell.  Even though Ceecee wonders if she will ever have a lifelong fried like Rosa, she doesn't do much wondering about going to school in the fall, meeting young people her own age, and so on.  She's surrounded by older women, it's 1967, and she seems to have no clue what's going on in the world around her.


Even if she had no friends at her school in Ohio, wouldn't she have had some hints about things like the Beatles, the Vietnam war, the whole youth culture, and so on? 


I found this very striking, and not natural.


But worse was that when Aunt Lu DIES just two weeks later, Ceecee (via author Hoffman) devotes only two pages to it! 

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