Tag Archives | grief

The Marrying Kind
The Marrying Kind dir. George Cukor

In the domestic courts it is time for Keefer vs Keefer. But the various arguments carry on until it is […]

Year of wonders
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

The year is 1665 and Anna Frith is a widow at only 18 years of age. She has two young […]

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book
sad book

illustrated by Quentin Blake This book opens with a picture of the author, smiling. The words tell a different story. […]

The son
The Son by Michel Rostain

translated from French by Adriana Hunter It is eleven days since our first person narrator has died. He was just […]

The silver dark sea
silver dark sea

Life is different when you live on an island. The sea is all important, whether or not you make you […]

A monster calls

a monster callsEvery night Conor O’Malley has the nightmare. Every night. But tonight something is different. Tonight there is a new monster. A new nightmare. And Conor isn’t sure if this is a dream or not. But either way, this is the monster he was fearing. This monster, the yew tree, tells him that it will tell him three stories. And then Conor will tell the monster a story. A true story. And if he doesn’t, then the monster will eat him alive.

Swamplandia!

ISBN: 9780701186029 Our mother performed in starlight. Ava Bigtree lives in Swamplandia! with her family. They wrestle alligators in front […]

Touching earth lightly

ISBN: 1864488239 “I’ve got to get our of that house.” Janey looked almost small, walking past these angled girders. Growing […]

I kill giants

It was a time of darkness where the cities of the damned were stacked high with the bones of fallen heroes.

Barbara Thorson doesn’t need career day. She already has a career, that of giant-killer. She tells her teacher and class this fact, for some reason they don’t believe her. She’s regarded as a freak. And is friendless as school, until a new girl shows up while Barbara is out setting giant traps. They slowly become friends, but things don’t really improve for Barbara. Her father is absent. Her sister out at work all day, and then stressed, and a bad cook. And her mother…

Gran Torino

This is an odd film. Hard to write about because there are so many different ways to take it. On […]

The Memory of Running

ISBN: 0751537365 RonMcLarty.com; Penguin Guide This is an odd book. On the one hand I quite enjoyed it while reading […]

Big Fish [based on book]

This a wonderfully easy film. Easy to watch, easy to enjoy but I also found it easy to forget I’d […]