Tuesday, January 10, 2017

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

I went to Barnes and Noble even though I said I wasn't going to.  I went to the sale table.  I wasn't going to but I did.  I picked up a couple of titles.  I wasn't supposed to but I did. 

I went to the new release shelves and a small book caught my eye.  It was titled "And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer" by Fredrik Backman.  It was small and short and I knew it would make me cry.  I walked away.

I looked a cookbooks, I fawned over the coloring books, I was amazed at how B&N has reduced their ebook section to almost nothing.  I was drawn back to the little book with only 76 pages.

I couldn't help myself.

It is about Grandpa -- an elderly man living with some form of dementia.  It is about his son Ted, his wife and his grandson Noah. 

It is sad.  But it isn't sad.  It isn't humorous but it isn't too dire either.  It is written beautifully like all the other Backman titles.  I really haven't read prose like his -- ever.  It seems like the central theme for all his books is death but then they aren't really sad.

Would I recommend?  Yes, yes, yes.  It is thought provoking and yes, a tear jerker but it is worth it.

Happy Birthday, PaPa!

Today is my grandfather's birthday.  He was born January 10, 1896 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  This photo was taken in 1953 at my 3rd birthday party.  It was taken in the backyard of my grandparents home in San Antonio, Texas, right around the corner from our house.  I dearly loved my PaPa and still miss him.

Teaser Tuesday

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:
ETA: I am face palming myself for not using my new graphic, force of habit to just use the old one lol, sorry about that everyone. Feel free to use the new one if you want to.
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

For some reason I always want to call this Tuesday Teaser instead of Teaser Tuesday.  Go figure.

Ok, my teaser today comes from a novella by Fredrik Backman.  The title is "And Every Morning the Way Homes Gets Longer and Longer".  This teaser can be found on page 36.

"Why are you holding my hand so tight, Grandpa?" the boy whispers again.
"Because all of this is disappearing Noahnoah. And I want to keep hold of you the longest of all".

This novella is only 76 pages long and I am almost finished.  You can read the review here later today.