Reading Suggestion, Fiction -

Reading Suggestion, Fiction


Anne Tyler is a great storyteller. Her stories are generally about families. I've just read "A Spool of Blue Thread" and thought some of you might like it because one of its themes is caregiving. The first third of the book focuses on an elderly woman who doesn't accept that she is declining and her adult children who try to take care of her. I think it presents both sides of this conflict very well. It reminded me of many posts on this site! The rest of the book is also about caring about and for family. Tyler is very good at showing an event from several different perspectives.



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I read Water for Elephants a few months ago and loved it. I actually liked the “old man” even more than the circus parts as I thought it was so real about the life and thoughts of a senior feeling life and respect slip away. Also recently read A Man Called Ove and would rank it as one of my all time favorites. I thought it was so boring for the first few chapters, the. The story really came together and it was fabulous. Now looking forward to the Tom Hanks movie of it, hope they don’t ruin it!

CW, read Water for Elephants years ago, I enjoyed it. About an old man in a nursing home,Yes?

I am reading A Man Called Ove, have been working on it for awhile. I am enjoying it. Just a funny, while trying so hard to be grumpy, old man. The book is quite humorous in places.

I too, enjoy Margaret Truman books. Have some tucked away in a box, next move they will be unpacked.

I just finished reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Based on reviews I was prepared to hate this book but I didn't, I found the portrayal of the old man accurate....

"I can stand it no longer. I look down at my plate. Stewed something under pale gravy with a side of pockmarked Jell-O.
“Nurse!” I bark. “Nurse!”
One of them looks up and catches my eye. Since it’s clear I’m not dying, she takes her sweet time getting to me.
“What can I do for you, Mr. Jankowski?”
“How about getting me some real food?”
“I beg your pardon?”“It’s not nursery food.”
“Yes it is. There’s no substance. Look—” I say, dragging my fork through the gravy-covered heap. It falls off in glops, leaving me holding a coated fork. “You call that food? I want something I can sink my teeth into. Something that crunches. And what, exactly, is this supposed to be?” I say, poking the lump of red Jell-O. It jiggles outrageously, like a breast I once knew.
“It’s salad.”
“Salad? Do you see any vegetables? I don’t see any vegetables.”
“It’s fruit salad,” she says, her voice steady but forced.
“Do you see any fruit?”
“Yes. As a matter of fact I do,” she says, pointing at a pock. “There. And there. That’s a piece of banana, and that’s a grape. Why don’t you try it?"

....and the young man convincing.

The end made me roll my eyes a little but smile anyway - who doesn't love it when the hero wins?

Garden, toss the IS and flutters,, they have your spit on them..LOL MAybe keep one of each for your next cold... then you have room for more books

I now have lovely tidy, dusted bookshelves and am feeling very pleased with myself. As long as I don't turn round and see the ones that wouldn't fit.

Still. There can't be more than a couple of hundred of them..?

CM, maybe we should start a thread on dining room floors....I'm guessing most of us caregivers have a lot that wouldn't be there otherwise. I have flutter valves, incentive spirometers (to wash or throw out - probably the latter), junk mail to go through, magazines to skim through and donate, clothes to wash and donate, and piles and piles of medical notes.

I almost wish (hold your tongue, GA) it was winter again so I wouldn't be tempted to just leave it and take refuge in the garden.


A thousand curses on all authors who do not pick a surname, just one, and stick to it. And the same to those with prefixes.

Does Conan Doyle come under C for Conan or D for Doyle? MacDonald Fraser? Daphne du Maurier - is she a d or a m?

I want my dining room floor back. At this rate I'll be tiptoeing round the stacks of books 'til flaming Christmas.

I think I might go back to Alison Lurie. I devoured her books, but so long ago it would be worth starting again and seeing if I still like them as much.

They will benefit, anyway, from being a change from 'Pamela' by Samuel Richardson; which took me decades to get round to and I'm beginning to think might take me decades to finish. Oh God! - I'm on about page 400, and it's only just got interesting with the arrival of the hero's incensed sister.

Mind you. In the light of #MeToo... Plus ça change, plus c'est la meme chose...

galumph - that's what I did when I left the hospital!

This is a whole new language for me. It's been years since I've read anything clever and playful, with its own language.

I can't remember Murder in Ford's Theatre so I guess I should read it again. Summer is such a great time for reading.

The Truman book I got is "Murder at Ford's Theatre." I like her books in that the murders, while sometimes very gory, pretty much take place off-stage and the focus is on solving the crime, not its horror.

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