I finished listening to The Wright Brothers and I LOVED it!
Ever since I heard David McCullough narrate Ken Burns’ Civil War, I have loved his voice and felt like I was watching a Wright Brothers documentary in my own head as I listened.
I learned a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book.
Currently I am listening to The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.
In this poignant and curiously charming debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure
Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.
But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met–a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.
I had started reading this book a long time ago and didn’t get very far (not due to the book, but life getting in the way).
I’m glad for that, because this audio book is great!
The narrator is wonderful and I have laughed out loud many times.
I finished reading The Vegetarian by Kang Han.
Translated from Korean, I really don’t know how I feel about this book.
I assume it takes place in our current time and was amazed at how women in marriage were shown as subservient.
However, what struck me more and made me so sad was how even across cultures, mental illness is not addressed as an illness and is hidden.
This is a book I neither liked or disliked, but it certainly made me think.
Currently I am reading Alan Alda’s If I Understood you, Would I Have This Look on My Face?
Alan Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alda found inspiration in everything from cutting-edge science to classic acting methods. His search began when he was host of PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers, where he interviewed thousands of scientists and developed a knack for helping them communicate complex ideas in ways a wide audience could understand–and Alda wondered if those techniques held a clue to better communication for the rest of us.
In his wry and wise voice, Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He guides us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person: listening with our eyes, looking for clues in another’s face, using the power of a compelling story, avoiding jargon, and reading another person so well that you become “in sync” with them, and know what they are thinking and feeling–especially when you’re talking about the hard stuff.
Drawing on improvisation training, theater, and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others. Exploring empathy-boosting games and exercises, If I Understood You is a funny, thought-provoking guide that can be used by all of us, in every aspect of our lives–with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond.
I used to love his show Scientific American Frontiers and this book is a nice read, quite interesting.
For projects, each night I am working on my Hagrid’s Home Blanket.
Simple garter stitch, it is a great tv watching project.
I also, finally, cast on my first sock.
Marly Bird is having a My First Sock KAL via Red Heart Yarns.
Each week there is a video tutorial for each part of the sock.
I am stash busting by using Lion Brand Fishermans Wool.
By the end of six weeks I will have a completed sock (or two!).
Have a good week!