Thankfully Reading 2014: Kickoff, Field Goal, Benched

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Home sick from work today, most likely because of some overindulgence yesterday at Thanksgiving dinner. I was so good at sticking to only the gluten-free foods.  Temptation? Bah! As much as I wanted to, I didn’t sample any of The Husband’s fake turkey, nor did I have any rolls. Hell, I didn’t even have dessert!

Which, y’know, totally explains why I’m feeling like crap.

And I need to get better fast because The Husband and I have tickets to see James Taylor tomorrow night. We love him, and this will be the third time we’ve seen him in concert. It has been ages since we’ve done anything like this and I’m really looking forward to it.

Anyway, so this not feeling great nonsense gives me more time to participate in 2014 Thankfully Reading, which is always one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. (Plus, I wasn’t able to do the 24-Hour Read-a-thon in October, so this makes up for that.)

Last night I finished my first book, Gabriel: A Poem, by Edward Hirsch, whose poetry I really like.

GabrielThis is memoir-as-poem. Hirsch’s words about the death of his 22 year old son Gabriel are utterly devastating, heartfelt, and raw. It is painfully clear that he is struggling with this unexplained and sudden loss, and questioning so much of himself and the world. Any parent who has searched for answers for a child with any type of issue – whether it is an issue that’s known or one that confounds specialist after specialist – will be able to relate to Edward Hirsch’s pain in these few pages that speak volumes.

Early this morning – when I couldn’t go back to sleep – I started Anne Lamott’s newest book, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, which is Book #2. Also in my pile for this weekend:

Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, by Ron Suskind
Heaven’s Coast, by Mark Doty
The Lottery and Other Stories, by Shirley Jackson
City of a Hundred Fires, by Richard Blanco
Directions to the Beach of the Dead, by Richard Blanco
Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS,  and Survival, by Sean Strub
Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within, by Karen Hering

I know I won’t get through all of these, but it will be fun trying. I’ll update this post throughout the weekend.

Happy Thankfully Reading!

 

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