Friday, September 2, 2011

Book Review: Poisonwood Bible

I finished a great book a few days ago, Poisonwood Bible. It was recommended to me by Courtney Fanello (Thanks Courtney!) and I loved it!
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It takes place in the Congo in the 1950s. An American Baptist family is there with their Preacher/missionary father. The story is narrated by the wife and her four daughters (a different narrator for each chapter). I don't want to give away anything, so I won't tell you more, but it was awesome. It is a pretty long book, but I didn't want it to end! Lately it seems like every book I read is about motherhood. Maybe I just never noticed it before and now it is more applicable to me and I notice it? This one is an amazing commentary on the complexities of being a mother. Obviously I'm really new at being a mom, but this was so interesting to read. (Incidentally, the last two books I read before this were These is My Words and Shadow of a Giant. They both really made me think about how cool it is to be a mom. Violet is sleeping next to me on my bed right now being really cute, btw.)

Since I spend half my life nursing Violet, and even more time holding her while she naps, I have A LOT of time to read. But I'm always running out of books to read! I love it when people recommend books to me, or tell me what their favorite book is. So feel free to give me some recommendations!

(Courtney [my sister] and Judson [her fiance] are coming to visit this weekend! Violet gets to see her aunt and I get to cook vegetarian meals for Judson!)


  1. yay for books!!! I'm glad you liked it. I have been home sick for two days and have had no inetresting books to read. how sad is that? however, I plan on locating a copy of these is my words asap.

  2. You will love it! I hope. By the way, when I read your comment, and saw that you were "home sick" I thought, where did they go? Did they move back to china and not tell us? then I realized that you are sick and therefore staying at home. I hope you are feeling better!

  3. It is not clear who you think moved to China - but it is not Dad and I. However, I wouldn't mind a shopping trip there.

  4. I will wait for Courtney to locate the book and read it after her. It seems like I've only read business books for a long time. I am reading a Scott Fitzgerald novel, but it is slow going.

  5. Wow! Have fun in California everyone! Wish we were there too!