Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen: A Book Review

Still Life With Bread CrumbsAfter reading several young adult books, I was in the mood for something light and quick-paced.

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I found that with Anna Quindlen’s  Still Life with Bread Crumbs.

The story follows protagonist Rebecca Winter, a 60 year old photographer who was once famous but now feels used up.  Jobs are now few and far between.  Thanks to many expenses including her elderly parents’ nursing home care, Rebecca decides to lease her nice New York City apartment and move out to the country for a year.  She rents a dumpy cottage in the woods and finds herself at a loss for awhile.

She slowly eases into a routine and finds herself hiking through the woods.  When she stumbles upon crosses in the woods with momentos near them like old pictures and a yearbook, she has to take pictures.  The pictures eventually lead to her revival as a photographer.

However, before that happens, she spends much time in introspection, evaluating her life, her career, her marriage, and her relationships with her son and parents.  She also develops a friendship with a local roofer, Jim Bates, which, predictably, leads to a romance.

While I found Rebecca’s introspection compelling, the romance felt contrived and obvious.  I knew it would occur; there was no suspense, even when the author tried to throw obstacles in the way of their relationship.

While I enjoyed reading this book and was able to read it quickly, in the end, I was dissatisfied by the lack of substance.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

 

My Weekly Goals for February 10, 2016, and an Update on Last Week’s Goals

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When I was in high school, I remember sitting next to my friend on the bus.  She was complaining that she had eaten too much over the weekend.  True, it had been healthy food, but it was still too much for her, and she was not happy with herself.

I’ve been thinking of her lately.  I’ve been thinking of how much of a good thing is still TOO MUCH.

This semester we are involved in so many GOOD activities.  We’re attending two co-ops, the girls are in choir at church, Bookworm is in 4-H archery, photography, and civics, and he’s also on the yearbook committee.

Even better, Bookworm took the online qualifying exam for the History Bee and has progressed to the regional competition, which will be in March.

We are doing so many GOOD things, but it’s still too much.  Just like my friend on the bus, we’re making ourselves uncomfortable with too many good things.  Too much is too much, whether it be good or bad.

At this point, we don’t want to drop out of any activities, so we’re muddling along the best we can.  I have greatly decreased Bookworm’s school work so he has time to study for the History Bee.  Now, I’m only asking him to do his work for the co-ops, the reviews we’re doing for the TOS Crew Review, and math.  Everything else is on hold so he has an hour to three a day to study for the History Bee.

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We’ve reduced chores.  Yes, the house is a bit of a mess, but it’s really important to us that the kids have some down time, especially since we’re so busy.

We’re going to have to face some hard decisions this summer when we decide which activities to keep and which to let go so that we don’t have such a crazy semester next fall.

Anyhow, here are my goals for this week:

This Week’s Goals

  • Declutter for 100 minutes this week.  (We’re hoping to have a garage sale in a few weeks to help raise money for our trip back to Michigan.)
  • Write 3 posts for others.
  • Write 3 posts for my blog.
  • Exercise for 40 minutes this week.
  • Give our cat a bath twice this week.  (We just adopted a cat who has some severe skin issues.  Wish us luck giving her baths!)
  • Spend at least 60 minutes on BoardBooster scheduling pins for my Pinterest page for the week.
  • Spend at least 60 minutes on BoardBooster scheduling pins for a client for the week.
  • Close my books for January.
  • Write two posts recounting the last two weeks of History Arts & Crafts
  • Read at least 100 pages this week.  (I don’t know which new book I’ll start this week.)

Last Week’s Goals

And here’s how I did on last week’s goals:

  • Write 3 posts for others.
  • Write 3 posts for my blog.
  • Exercise for 40 minutes this week.  I exercised for 14 minutes.
  • Make a menu plan for the week and buy groceries.
  • Declutter my dresser top.
  • Give our cat a bath twice this week.  (We just adopted a cat who has some severe skin issues.  Wish us luck giving her baths!)
  • Spend at least 60 minutes on BoardBooster scheduling pins for my Pinterest page for the week.
  • Spend at least 60 minutes on BoardBooster scheduling pins for a client for the week.
  • Close my books for January.
  • Write two posts recounting the last two weeks of History Arts & Crafts
  • Finish reading Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

Our Favorite Homeschool Products from the TOS Crew, 2015, Month by Month, Part II

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Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson: A Book Review

Henry Reed, Inc. Book Review

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GrubMarket Organic California Fruit Bounty Box: Review and Giveaway

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My Weekly Goals for February 3, 2016, and an Update on Last Week’s Goals

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My 12 Goals for 2016: January Update

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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline: A Book Review

Orphan Train A Book Review

The year is 2011, and Molly Ayer is in yet another foster home, the last of many.  She's facing time in a juvenile detention center for stealing a book from the library.  Instead, her boyfriend arranges for her to help a 91 year-old woman, Vivian … [Continue reading]

My Weekly Goals for January 28, 2016, and an Update on Last Week’s Goals

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Why I’m Going Paleo Again and Plan to Stay Paleo Permanently

Why I'm Returning to a Paleo Diet

For years, I've had a definitive idea in my mind of what healthy food is.  In my mind, those foods are things like whole wheat bread (if it's homemade, all the better), beans, hearty soups, vegetables, and fruits. The problem is that when I ate … [Continue reading]