A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
I don't read Jodi Picoult often. I have to be in the mood for her. The last one I read, Small Great Things, kinda messed me up for a few weeks. I haven't read A Spark of Light yet because it might do the same. A gunman has taken the patients, doctors, and nurses in a women's health center hostage. See? I'm already uncomfortable and I've only read the blurb. The hostage negotiator arrives only to find out his teenage daughter is inside. Also inside are nurses and doctors who are simply trying to do their job, a few women seeking treatment, and a pro-life protester posing as a patient. She probably feels particularly bad because she's been taken hostage by one of her own. The narrative is done countdown style, working backward to reveal what led each of these people to the health center that day. I think a lot of people make assumptions about these places, maybe Picoult and her characters can shed a little light.
In Pieces, Sally Field
Oh, Sally Field. I like her, I really like her. Sally Field, for the first time, tells her story. The way she wants to. In Pieces covers her childhood to her experiences as an older woman in Hollywood, and everything in between. She delves pretty deep into her relationships, including the one with Burt Reynolds, but the most complex relationship, and the one I'm most interested in, she discusses her relationship with her mother. When I think of Sally Field, the word chipper comes to mind. She's basically a hummingbird in my mind. This book is not that.
What's up with James Patterson?
Honestly, I don't care.
Pick of the Week:
This Will Only Hurt a Little, Busy Phillipps
Busy Phillipps has been in the acting game a long time. Dawson's Creek, Freaks and Geeks (YASSSS!), Cougar Town, and Vice Principals, an HBO series I feel not enough people have watched. I don't know why I think that, HBO doesn't share their viewing stats with me. I've just never heard any of the seven people I talk to mention so. My sample size is small and, therefore, inconclusive.
Despite never "making it big" in the industry, she has become a star of Instagram stories. The New York Times described her as a cross between I Love Lucy and a a lifestyle guru. Her book of personal essays* covers her struggles in the industry, dealing with postpartum depression, and the pressures of motherhood all why being funny.
*Target has it listed as a kid' book. Admittedly, I haven't read it yet, but I would assume it is not a kids' book.
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