This weekend we enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with both our girls home - such a treat. I even managed to finish four 'smalls' (number 4 is on its way to a new home) as well as complete two books. The first, 'How Georgia Became O'Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living' was a bit of a disappointment but because it was about my favorite artist, I had to finish it. Did I learn something new about Georgia? A little, perhaps. Did I learn about the art of living? Not particularly. Was it well written? It was okay, except almost every page featured footnotes, most were unfortunately irrelevant to the book and I found them to be distracting. I'm also in the midst of reading 'A Woman on Paper' which is a memoir by her dearest friend Anita Pollitzer which is fabulous and includes many of the letters they wrote to one another.
The second (fictional) novel I completed:
by Tatiana de Rosnay
This novel followed two main characters...one a child who was a victim of the second World War and the other a contemporary journalist, both in Paris. The writing was okay, but the story was quite wonderful. There are things that happen in life, especially during tragic times like wars, which we as human beings tend to avoid, ignore, pretend or wish away and such were the events that occured in Paris during an awful time. My only wish was that the story of the young girl was expanded upon while the story of the journalist may have been reduced. It is interesting to think that someone else's life, even someone you don't know and have never met, can have such a profound effect. Definitely worth a read.