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For One More Day – Mitch Albom

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I read this book ‘in-between’ other books since it is a short book and one which I finished in a couple of days.  I picked it up with some reservations, having been told that it was about a young man who reconnects with his dead mother. Having lost my own mother, it felt a little ‘too close to home’.  The story is told though Chick who is given ‘one more day’ with his mother who died some years previous.  It is written in very simple language and is therefore extremely easy to follow.  The way in which Chick gets his ‘one more day’ is not as complex as one might first think and the book openly draws the reader to think about what it would be like to be given that ‘one more day’.  The regrets of words said, or perhaps more importantly, the things that were never said all come together in this moving tale.  After reading it, it didn’t leave me feeling as sad as I had expected.  If anything, it gave me a sense of peace that I don’t have many regrets and whilst we all yearn for that ‘one more day’ just to be held close, to smell that warm smell that is a mother, it reminded me that those we lose are never very far away.  A good short read.

Written by Um Yousef

14 June 2010 at 10:10 am

The 19th Wife – David Ebershoff

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This book is set in the 1870′s USA as well as present day-two stories about Latter Day Saints.  The historic is about Ann Eliza Young, who divorces her powerful husband Brigham Young (leader and Prophet of the Saints) and sets herself on the path to end polygamy.  The present day is set around Jordan Scott, a young man who has been thrown out of the modern-day Latter Day Saints and who is trying desperately to find out the truth behind his father’s murder.  This book intrigued me from the onset.  The resilience of Ann Eliza Young in facing the challenges and struggles of women under such testing conditions was inspiring.  The same inspiration came from reading Jordan’s story of his mother and her relationship with his father.  I was interested to read about polygamy in the Western world and this book confirmed for me my personal understanding of how patriarchs in all societies use their positions of power to abuse the rights of women and children for their own personal gains. Murder, power, abuse, control, mystery and survival all come together in this well-written and immensely thought-provoking book.

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