March books, and another moose

Guess what we saw during our sunset beach walk?

Yep, another moose. This one was mellow and barely blinked as we walked past (keeping our distance, of course).

Still, it feels so magical to come across a moose. They are such odd creatures, so large and majestic on one hand and so awkward and stumbling on the other. They walk with a lumbering gait, and their knees are knobby. They remind me of adolescent boys shuffling around in hoodies trying to look cool. (But wait! Moose are cool, aren’t they?)

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And P.S. Don’t you love the blue Alaska twilight? It’s like nothing else. Already it’s light past 9 p.m., and we’re gaining over five minutes (five minutes!) a day. Good times, people. Good times.

Okay, now I must get serious and talk about books. Namely, the books I read in March. And guess what? I met my goal. I read six books and almost reached seven (I missed that cut-off by less than fifteen pages and so wanted to cheat and include it but wouldn’t allow myself).

March’s titles:

–The Handmaiden’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood:
Love this book. The writing is incredible and the concept chilling and too damned believable.

–The Dive From Clausen’s Pier, by Ann Packer:
Oh, I loved this so much that I stayed up until 5 a.m. reading. I finished it in two days (and it’s long, over 400 pages). One thing: I was a bit disappointed by the ending. Oh, why oh why do women writers confine their female characters by harsh constrictions? Why can’t a female character run off to New York, have a passionate affair, attend fashion school and stay put, instead of fleeing home to the comfort of a small Midwestern town? I so wanted to see a female character make the uncomfortable long-term choice and still make it work.

How to Be Manly, by Maureen O’Leary Wanket: Love (loved!)

–Brave Girl Eating, by Harriet Brown:
A memoir of a mother’s struggle to save her daughter from an eating disorder. Brown, who works as a journalist, can definitely write, and she thankfully doesn’t sink down to sentimentality. Still, there are times when Brown seems blinded by her desire to see her daughter in the best light, and while the book is good and while I highly recommend and while Brown does strip off the layers and reveal deep truths, I felt that in places it was too refined, too safe. Still, a great book for anyone interested in learning more about eating disorders and family dynamics.

The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury: Oh, Ray!

Feed, by M.T. Anderson: Odd and strange and quirky–loved.

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Have a great week, everyone. And put down your phones and make time to read a book, okay?


7 thoughts on “March books, and another moose

  1. The moose is fabulous. I would love to find a moose when I walk outside. I do see rabbits, quail, and the occasional snake . . . . And the javelinas.
    What did you think of Handmaid’s Tale? I used to teach that book because I thought it was so well done for what it seemed to be trying to do.

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    1. Snakes are scary! Had two encounters with rattlesnakes in Arizona, once during a moonlit hike in the canyon. A lovely night, so calm, so peaceful, and suddenly we heard that warning rattle right near our feet. Talk about scared! That path was narrow, on the side of the cliff, and there was no way around so we had to basically walk right past it. OMG! Almost peed my shorts. Luckily we have no snakes up here in Alaska.

      I love the Handmaiden’s Tale. I’ve read it three times and each time I marvel. It is so well done. The writing, and especially the voice, is impeccable. I love Atwood’s use of repetition, and cadence. I especially love how telling it is, especially considering the conservative movement to limit abortion and reproductive care. Each time I read it, I feel chills because, this could happen, maybe not in the same particular way. But isn’t it every older-white-male-conservative-politician’s dream to corral women and keep them in their place? At the same time, I love that Atwood included hope, and love, in the story, because that is what ties us to humanity and keeps us sane.
      Okay, I’m shutting up now before I write a book. Thanks for sparking my mind; it needed a bit of a jolt today. Cheers and have a great week.

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    1. I know, isn’t it gorgeous light? I so love it. Summers the twilight stretches out past 1 a.m. and everything is bathed in blue-silver-lavender light and I swear, it’s so beautiful that I can’t get enough. I often hike at midnight. It’s surreal. It’s like nothing else.
      P.S. Love your dino series. So clever!


  2. Another great moose pic! That blue twilight is amazing.

    I read the Handmaid’s Tail a few years ago. Love Margaret Atwood. (My fave is Alias Grace.) I have The Dive from C’s Pier on my to-read shelf. Trying to slowly work my way through all those!

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  3. I know! My to-read shelf just keeps getting fatter and bigger. There are so many books I want to read! Cheers and have a great week. P.S. We doggy-sat for a friend’s pooch this weekend, a little one-year-old with SO much energy, oh my!

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