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wisekaren's picture

I finished "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" yesterday and am trying to think of some way to describe it other than LIFE-CHANGING. I had thought I was pretty good in terms of conscientious purchasing habits, but it turns out I have quite a ways to go. WOW. I am positively giddy with excitement thinking of how I can incorporate her teachings into my own life.

mulch52's picture

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Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother.  It sounds like she was the source of a lot of great stories and happiness.

wisekaren's picture

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Many thanks to everyone for all your kind words. Tomorrow is the funeral, which I'm dreading, but then I can turn my attention to Thanksgiving, which will surely be a bit somber but also a chance for us to get together as a family for a more joyous reason.

Several of you mentioned the stories my Grandma must have told, and I want to tell you that a few years ago, my sister "interviewed" her and got some of the best stuff down on tape and then transcribed the whole thing. It's a treasured document, even more so now when we can't ask any more follow-up questions. I urge you to do something similar while you still can.


Marcia's picture

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My thoughts will be with you tomorrow, Karen.


MadMom's picture

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Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother.  You were lucky to have her around so long, and lucky to have taped her stories for you and others to hear.  Remember the good times.

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Oh, Karen, I'm just now reading this... I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. But it certainly sounds like your grandmother was much-beloved and lived a very full life. Will be thinking about you.

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wisekaren's picture

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Thanks, Tracy. It's impossible to overstate the positive effect this woman had on so many lives! The funeral was standing-room-only, with police escorts all the way to the cemetery. (And then 100+ people back to my house for the "shiva.") She brought so much joy to us, and we recognize how lucky we were to have her so long. Which doesn't make it any easier to have her gone, but still....

roz's picture

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So very sorry for the loss of your grandmother. The changes the woman must have seen! And to be feted so well. Here in Ireland funerals are a big deal, a social event and much talked about for weeks afterward. You will remember your grandmother always.

And thank you for recommending Pollan and Kingsolver books. I am having them shipped to Tucson to read when I get to Tucson in January! Yippee. Does Kingsolver still live in Tucson in the winter?

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wisekaren's picture

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Thanks, Roz.

No, Kingsolver moved permanently to Virginia. You'll see, she describes life in all 4 seasons there.

RheaS's picture

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I finally finished The Thirteenth Tale and it's the best book I've read in the last year. I usually devour books with the sole purpose of getting to the end, but this made me slow down and savour every phrase. I didn't want this book to end even though I couldn't help but read faster and faster as I came closer to the conclusion. One of the best parts for me was when the narrator collapsed due to a high fever and maybe overexcitement. It immediately reminded me of Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensiblity. When the doctor (who is only a minor character and possibly patterned after Mr. Darcy from P & P) examines her, he asks if she has read Bronte and Austen more than once. Well of course she had and can even recognize random quotes from the books. Doctor thinks such books cause an overly romanticized imagination that can lead to fainting spells and he prescibes bed rest and Sherlock Holmes mysteries! This is certainly a book that I will read more than once.

plantlust's picture

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It wasn't as disappointing as The Historian? The cover had that same look, so I didn't purchase it.

I may just have to use a coupon on Friday....

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RheaS's picture

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I knew nothing about this book when I picked it up while waiting for a presciption. I was hoping that it would be a fun read at most. I only heard a little bit about it afterwards from Wonka and ShyWoodlandCreature.

The other two books I picked up at the same time were Love Walked In (Marisa de los Santos) and Inheritance of Loss (Kiran Desai). I haven't read the latter, but the former is chick lit that made me cry so much that I lost my voice. That doesn't automatically mean I would recommend the book. It's a bit too neat and tidy for my taste. I think the word is contrived (my brain is slowly falling asleep this morning). It's very much a fluffy romantic comedy of a movie that makes you feel foolish after being sucked in. The book does get a few points for food descriptions and even mentioning the Filipino dish, pancit. Author is a Filipina raised/living in the US. Coincidentally, my nickname for a few years was Risa and my family's true last name is de los Santos but my grandfather shortened it at some point.

Heather's picture

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I liked Inheritance of Loss very much.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

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Oh, do pick up 13th Tale. You won't regret it. And the ending is good enough to make you forget the ending to The Historian.

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Jean's picture

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I loved that one too.

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