Great Philosophy

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."-Dr. Seuss

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Letters In Cardboard Boxes by Abby Slovin

Letters In Cardboard Boxes This book was sent to me by the author, Abby Slovin, for review.

Parker is living at home, by herself, as her parents have travelled the world all of her life as archaeologists. Her grandmother, Dotty, has always been the constant in her life.
Dotty and Parker talk all of the time about travel and they often write letters to each other while sitting across the table from each other. The letters are created as if they are far away and in many countries and cities.
Parker is a bit of a loner and depends on Dotty for companionship. So it is hard for Parker to understand when Dotty starts developing a loss of memory, probably because of Alzheimer's or dementia, we are never really alerted which.
Parker decides to go live with Dotty and take care of her, until it becomes too dangerous for Dotty to be living in her home.
After moving dotty to the proper care facility, Parker starts to learn of things in Dotty's life that she feels she should have asked about and really should have known.
This story is emotional and rather hard to read happen. There is so much sorrow when it comes to watching this happen to someone, especially as close as these two women were.
The book was well-written and intriguing with a good story line. I really didn't feel as connected as I felt I should have been, as I didn't really learn to like Parker as much as I wanted to to help me feel her pain.

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