Sunday, March 4, 2007

Books for us gals

You've heard of chick flicks? Well, there are some books out there that are meant just for us girls. Books that you curl up in a soft chair with - a cup of hot chocolate or cappuccino on the table beside you. A few pages later you're transported off to another world - another woman's world. But because you are both women, somehow there's a connection. Feelings are shared; minds connect. You can relate to this woman even if she is experiencing something you never have - because you're both women. Or maybe suddenly you see things from a different point of view because she is at a different stage of life than you or just went through something you haven't. But even so, there's a relationship - because you're both women. Whenever I'm feeling lonely or isolated there's nothing like reading a good "chick book" to remind me that all women share common feelings, dreams and desires and so, therefore, we're all bonded together. Of course, having a gab session with a flesh and blood friend is good too!

A few books I've read in the last year that confirmed how unique and special being a woman is (with a quote from each one - some sentences resonate with your spirit and can't be left to the memory; they have to be written down!):
The Year of Pleasures ~ Elizabeth Berg (pg. 160 The older I get, the more I see that nothing makes sense but to try to learn true compassion.)
Eat Cake ~ Jeanne Ray (pg. 122 She was a teacher in her soul and found that inside every action there was the opportunity for instruction.)
Pride and Prescience ~ Carrie Bebris (pg. 174 They began with minor transgressions and escalated their misdeeds, each one making the next acceptable in their own minds until they arrived at a destination so foreign to civilized men that their broken moral compass can no longer lead them home.)


aneta said...

I really like the author Elizabeth Berg, too. I read Say When and loved it!! I actually read this and then another Christian fiction book on the same topic, and have to say I enjoyed Elizabeth's book better. She has a way of being very authentic. Having said that, I couldn't finish Talk Before Sleep because the language was so bad. It took away from the story. I hate that about books and movies sometimes!

Maureen said...

Do authors write offensive language because that is how THEY talk? Or because they think it adds authenticity to a story because they think that's how OTHERS talk? These days I flip quickly through a book and if I see signs of bad language I don't even bother taking it home. It doesn't bother me as much reading it as hearing it in a movie though. If I've been hooked by a book and then discover the language afterward I may continue reading (if it's not TOO bad). Like the book I'm reading right now - Arthur Hailey "The Detective". OK, just for mental diversion - it's a thriller. But he's got me intrigued and I want to keep reading.

Aneta said...

I went to see The Children of Men at the movies - every 2nd word was the f word! Then I read the book --- only one swear through the whole thing (of course, in books they can say 'he swore under his breath' and we understand he's mad, and I guess you can't do that in the movies, but still!..) The novel was MUCH better, too. So, I recommend the book.

Maureen said...

I have put in a reservation at the library for this book. It was recommended somewhere in my jauntings. I'll save the movie for a movie night when I can watch it using the TV guardian.