This month I read… May 2016

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross was a fairly quick fiction read.  The book’s format is one of my favorites, a story told through different perspectives.  This story follows Lucy, Mia and Mia’s birth mother.  Lucy, desperate to have a baby, steals Mia from a shopping cart and raises Mia as her own child for decades. As a mother, it is terrifying to imagine this happening.  Lucy was a good mother to Mia but eventually Mia finds out the truth and wants to have a relationship with her birth mother.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.  Throughout the book, there were parts that were hard to read because the characters were so well written but I had a hard time with the ending and dispensing enough believe to stay with the story.

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes  by Diane Chamberlain has been on my to-read list for a a long time.  I remembered to look for it at the library this last trip and I am so glad I did.  I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The book left me thinking about how trauma can impact a person and how people can change over time.  In this book you meet CeeCee at 16 and follow her through into adulthood.  CeeCee ends up kidnapping a baby in a most unexpected way.  In this book too, the truth comes out and the impact is felt for many of the characters.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I did not want to put this book down.  I loved the complex relationships and evolution of the characters.  I want to know what happens next.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson could not have been more perfectly named.  This book is funny and Lawson writes it in such an honest that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it.  This book is full of stories, past and present, of Lawson’s life and how her mental illnesses have shaped her experiences.  She invites you in so abruptly that it did take me awhile to get used to it but her transparency is what makes this book.  That, and her wonderful use of curse words.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.  I read this book with two of my friends and we had a great discussion about it. I love a good memoir and this one was fantastic.  I started following Jenny’s blog, and love it.

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold is a book that will stay with me for a very long time.  Sue’s son, Dylan, was one of the shooters of Columbine.  I can not even fathom the courage it took for Sue to write this book.  She makes no excuses for her son.  She accepts what he did and I think some of the most painful parts of the book for me were the times she talked about coming into that acceptance.  Sue talks a lot about the days, weeks, months and years since the shooting and how she has come to realize how much Dylan was suffering.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  Her call to action about parents needing understanding brain health and the signs of depression and suicide should be applauded. This book has changed the way I parent.


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