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Finally Finished American Wife

 

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It’s late and I just finished “American Wife”  by Curtis Sittenfeld. I have been reading this book for almost three years now.  I am not sure if it was my lack of focus, my disinterest in the story past page 62 or what, but I finally finished it.

Ok, that’s a lie, I didn’t truly authentically finish it.  I skimmed the last 30 to 40 pages and said, “That’s it I’m done, I can’t take it anymore.”  No offense to Ms. Sittenfeld, I think the story was great, but honestly it was just too long for a story that had so many dull moments.

I think the premise of the story was great, I really do,  a fictional/non-fictional story about the life of Laura Bush,  excellent story.  You got a good look at life as a First Lady, the fictional life of Laura Bush, but the author talked way too much, to a point where I forgot what she was talking about when she would recapture a memory from 200 pages ago.

A lot of my friends (those who read anyway) believe that if you are this dissatisfied with a book, you should just quit reading it.  The idea of that bothers me, because I feel that every book we open should be completed entirely.

However, I just couldn’t anymore.  It kept me from reading other books or at the very least enjoying them because I felt guilty for not having finished this one.  So at this ungodly hour of 1:33 a.m. I have decided I am finished.

I don’t think she is a bad author, I just think she could cut her stories down a bit, a lot less talking.

 

Until next time!

American Wife

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Hello Dear Followers,

For September, I’ve decided I will be reading “American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld. The book, some say is loosely based on former First Lady Laura Bush.  

According to Amazon.com, on what might become one of the most significant days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, “almost in opposition to itself.”

A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice learned the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid parents and small Wisconsin hometown. But a tragic accident when she was seventeen shattered her identity and made her understand the fragility of life and the tenuousness of luck. So more than a decade later, when she met boisterous, charismatic Charlie Blackwell, she hardly gave him a second look: She was serious and thoughtful, and he would rather crack a joke than offer a real insight; he was the wealthy son of a bastion family of the Republican party, and she was a school librarian and registered Democrat. Comfortable in her quiet and unassuming life, she felt inured to his charms. And then, much to her surprise, Alice fell for Charlie.

I have to say, I had a difficult time choosing a book for September.  I had no idea what I wanted to read this month or what I was even in the mood for.  I had toyed with the idea of taking two months to read “A. Lincoln: A Biography” by Ronald C. White Jr.

I found in searching for a new book that I have a lot of books based on real people’s lives.  I am so fascinated by people and what their lives were about, who they are or were.

I hope that you will enjoy reading this along with me, if you are.  I think its a good read.

Until next time…

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