A Follow Up on the Time Traveler’s Wife (and a Book Suggestion for Those More Emotionally Mature Than Me… Which Is, Like, All Y’all)

OK. We’ve made an important decision about The Time Traveler’s Wife which is that I am not emotionally mature enough to read it. It’s like spending days and days in art museums or limiting screen time for my children; I wish I was that kind of person, but I’m not.

I probably should have also told you that I have a Long History with tragic, triumphant stories, and it’s not pretty. I read The Chamber by John Grisham, for example, in 1995 a few months after Greg and I got married. Sitting with me on our horribly uncomfortable but very practical and strangely durable navy couch the day I finished, Greg learned the hard truth that his new wife hurls tragic books across the room and into the fireplace after holding them above her head, brandishing them like a Scottish broadsword wielded by William Wallace on his way to battle the British, and shrieking unintelligible war cries with tears tracking down her face. For a man who was raised by calm parents, it was something of a shock, and I’m not sure he ever quite recovered. On the bright side, though, Greg’s wife is adorable, guys. And none of this comes even close to the phone calls I had to make to my friend, Melissa, the times I decided to watch Legends of the Fall and The Notebook while home alone. I don’t remember all the details, but I do know the situation involved sobbing, a fetal position, and Melissa hollering through the phone, “TURN IT OFF, BETH; it does NOT get better. STOP RIGHT NOW!” ...  read more

Have you read The Time Traveler’s Wife? If yes, HELP.

I keep waiting to write you until I have time to write something helpful or important or, at the very least, thoughtful, but that’s not happening this week, so I’m going to write to you to be needy. That’s what I seem to have right now. They always say, “Write what you know.” Well, eing needy, friends; that’s what I know, so here we go. ...  read more

Repeat After Me… We Don’t Suck

My neighbor stopped me in the driveway a couple weeks ago to ask how life was going.

Socially speaking, I should’ve said, “Fine!” or “Great!” followed by asking her how she was. After all, based on the Perpetual Weights and Measurements Scale of Whose Life Is Harder, she wins. Her dad died last year. She took over her mother’s finances, in desperate need of an overhaul, handled the snarling creditors, sold the mama’s house, and moved her mom closer. She’s a wife. She’s a mom to a precocious, leadershippy girl-child under 10. And, just for giggles, she topped it all off by having a heart attack a few months ago. When THAT friend asks you how things are going, you don’t dwell on your own tiny problems or burden your friend with them. That’s not How Things Are Done. ...  read more

Disney Like a Hurricane

Greg answered the pounding on our door in the middle of the night wearing only his boxers. This struck me as a little unusual, since, unlike his wife, Greg is a paragon of modesty. Greg is, after all, the man who refused to pee on his four-year-old daughter when she was stung by a jellyfish because, “Dropping my pants in front of a small child, whipping out my penis, and then urinating on her is worse than the pain of a jellyfish sting.” Me: “IF YOU LOVED HER YOU WOULD PEE ON HER, GREG.” But no; no, he didn’t love her that much, and now we know. ...  read more

A Likely Story Book Club: October 2016 Book Selection

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Announcing: October’s Book Selection!

I’m excited about this one!

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Leviathan
by Scott Westerfeld

Described as a young adult, steampunk, alternative history adventure, Leviathan reimagines WWII from the perspective of teenage Prince Aleksandar Ferdinand of Prussia.

It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet. ...  read more

A Likely Story Book Club Review: The Golem and The Jinni

 Likely Story Book Club Review:
The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker

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Last month, we started our very own book club. A Likely Story is for those of us who revel in escapist fiction and long for more stories built in brilliant worlds with strong and flawed heroes and heroines; Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian, Fairy Tale, Magical Realism, Legends, Mythologies, and Tall Tales of every type.

Our debut pick for A Likely Story was The Golem and The Jinni by Helene Wecker. ...  read more

A Momrade in Need Is a Momrade, Indeed

This is the message I received from Not Susanna today:

Beth,

We haven’t met. I’ve participated some on your blog. I recently moved with my family to be nearer to our extended family and to have more living space. We left 14 years of friends and connections and memories.

I apologize in advance for dumping this on you. Possibly this is not good boundary setting, but I don’t feel like there is anyone else I can tell who won’t completely freak out. I just need someone to sit next to me and say that they understand and that I am not crazy and that they don’t know how to fix it, either. ...  read more