Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere. But then that changed, and today I am celebrating some of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; Kimberlyfaye’s TBR Thursday; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.
My featured book today has been on my TBR since October 2014. How time flies!
Lila, by Marilynne Robinson, is a new American classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping. I’ve read these other books…and enjoyed them. But this book has been languishing on Pippa. Why?
My food excerpt today comes from the opening chapter of the book, right after a strange woman named Doll has “rescued” Lila from the abusive, neglectful home where she lived. They had arrived at the home of an old woman Doll knew:
“The old woman went into the house and brought out a scrap of corn bread. She said, ‘I was about to do the milking. You might as well go inside, get her in out of the cold.’
“Doll stood with her by the stove, where there was just the little warmth of the banked embers. She whispered, ‘You hush. I got something for you here. You got to eat it.’ But the child couldn’t rouse herself, couldn’t keep her head from lolling back. So Doll knelt with her on the floor to free her hands, and pinched off little pills of corn bread and put them in the child’s mouth, one after another. ‘You got to swallow.’
“The old woman came back with a pail of milk. ‘Warm from the cow,’ she said. ‘Best thing for a child.’ That strong, grassy smell, raw milk in a tin cup. Doll gave it to her in sips, holding her head in the crook of her arm.”
Whew! Probably not a fun excerpt, but I was drawn in…now wanting to know more about the character!
For TBR Thursday:
Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.
Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.
Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand to mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a ragged blade to protect them. Despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life was laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to reconcile the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle Christian worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.
Should I keep reading this one? What do you think?
Now for some Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts:
- I really love mornings…once I get up. But I HATE the process of doing so. Dragging myself out of bed, stumbling to the bathroom, going through what one of my friends calls “morning ablutions.” It was so much worse when I had to go to work in the morning. Why am I such a baby? LOL.
- Bedtime is better. All comfy in my bed, with the TV on mute, reading whatever book I’m immersed in at the moment, and sometimes watching a movie from my DVR. One of my current reads is A Fatal Grace, Book 2 of the series, by Louise Penny, a book that’s been on my TBR since January 2015.
- I don’t know how I feel about how quickly the weeks seem to fly by. It’s not that I don’t enjoy weekends, because I do…but there are so many more things I want to accomplish during the week!
- I saw this on Facebook yesterday, and it made me smile:
- Do you ever friend people on FB that you knew many years ago and haven’t seen since?
- Today is going to be another day of errands…but maybe I can combine those with a treat or two, like lunch at one of the neighborhood restaurants….perhaps this one. I love living around the corner from several fun spots (for me).
- So that’s it for today! Have some fun and get through your days as smoothly as possible. Here’s a toast!