Sunday, September 18, 2011
Loose Diamonds ~ Book Review
Loose Diamonds ... and other things I've lost (and found) along the way, was an easy read. It was a short book of under 200 pages, which is a nice change of pace for me now and then. Sometimes I'm honestly desperate for something that doesn't weigh me down - - in mind or body!
I will be honest and share that when I started the book it took me quite some time to warm up to Amy Ephron. I started off fidgety. I was working at it, but stayed unsure until around Chapter 6. Labor Day. It's not what you think. It's not the holiday. It's not about work. It's about becoming a mother. BEing a mother.
The first line of this chapter states: "There aren't that many things that are a rite of passage, truly a rite of passage." This chapter pulled me in.
She continued, talking about experiences in her life that were and were not such impacts for her. And then:
"But having a child is a rite of passage, a defining moment that puts you in a forever altered state -- motherhood and all the responsibilities that come along with it."
Fabulous. It's possibly (note: just possibly) worth reading the book just for this chapter.
She lost me again, as the story progressed. She shared more recollections of her life that just didn't capture me the way these lines did. I couldn't relate. She shared, but then she didn't share. I connected, but then I didn't. I was, I admit, a bit disappointed in the book overall, but maybe I read too much into the description ... the description of this read being "an engaging collection of essays and observations," that are "... insightful, profound, and just plain funny," were powerful and moving words, but just didn't mesh with the pages I had before me.
I can't say it's an absolute must read, but it certainly wasn't a book I couldn't finish, so where does that leave us? I suppose you'll have to decide for yourself.
** I was not compensated in any way for this post. I was provided with a copy of this book to facilitate my review. **