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