my father's secret war

My darling husband came home from work yesterday, handed me a cold hard cider and a new book and let me loaf in the hammock for 3 hours, fed me dinner, and then let me loaf in the tub for 2 more hours. Isn't he the best?

The book was on loan from his mom (thank you Carol) who reads good books and many of them. I am often treated to her shared reads.

My Father's Secret War
is a memoir, written b
y a woman from a very dysfunctional family as she pieces together her father's life. His secret traumas broke their family and shaped her life as well as her sister's. The family quarrels and learns and slowly starts to heal and, in the end, finds some mutual affection.

It is very well-written; I didn't stumble over awkward prose even once. I learned quite a bit about WWII and reflected on family troubles. I heartily recommend it, especially if you or someone you buy Father's Day gifts for is interested in WWII history.


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Here I chatter about books, parenting, election 2008, recipes, teaching college writing, and the adventures of getting settled in with our two freshly (Fall 06) adopted school-age children from Russia. This blog is chapter two; chapter one is posted at Jamie & Suzanne go to Russia. I live in the City of Subdued Excitement, Cascadia, Land of the Free.

I am the wife of a man I call My Gift from a Generous God. I am mama to two lovely children, Dandy and Chickadee that became ours in September 2006 in a court-room in Siberia. I am the daughter of two people whom I love and admire. One of them, my dad, is a new (Dec 06) paraplegic.

In my previous life (B.C. - before children), I was a college English teacher, specializing in composition and ESL composition.

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