What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Sad Smile, but a Smile Just the Same

I remember when I was a little girl, our house caught on fi--- on no, wait.  That was Peg, not me.   But I do remember, when I was a little girl and I was in a snit about something, my father would often try to make me laugh.  I would try and try not to give in, but he was a very, very funny man.  And he would often announce, "It was a sad smile, but a smile just the same..." and what would do it.  A full blown smile, just as he narrated.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane made me smile many sad smiles, but smiles, indeed, just the same.
What a glorious book.  Years ago I read Because of Winn-Dixie and I remember feeling the same way after having read it and I can't, for the life of me, think why it has take me so long to read another DiCamillo.   Minnesota brings out the genius in everyone, doesn't it?
Edward is a handsome bunny, made of the finest china and he loves himself, surely, but doesn't know how to love others.  A turn of events, a curse perhaps, sends him off on the journey of his life, one that I will remember for a very, very, very long time.  Beautiful.

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