Usually, I’m only there to tutor my Lusophone friend (who doesn’t believe this is a real word, fyi.) I do pick up books I’ve reserved from the online catalog service they offer but I rarely lollygag around and just look for books. But today, we had a conflict / miscommunication so I was all alone with a few minutes to kill. And… as I was sitting there enjoying but not riveted by my current read, I noticed a book staring at me.
An Unfinished Marriage by Joan Anderson, 2002, 223 pages
… A unique, tremendously moving and insightful entry into the literature of marriage, [this book] will provide salutary* shocks of recognition and fresh hope for all women and men negotiating their own marital passages. (from the back cover)
Anderson’s first book, A Year By the Sea, reminds me some of Eat, Pray, Love by Liz Gilbert. She took a sabbatical from her marriage and chronicled her experience, and now this book discusses how she and her husband get back together. I’m curious…
And, then I thought about my upcoming assignment:
Geometry & Trigonometry for Calculus: A Self-Teaching Guide by Peter H Selby
Squeee! I need to find out if I am ready to be a Math Tutor this summer. I will attempt a problem every day. Starting later today. Maybe. Or Tomorrow…
and, the last book was on the $2 BOOK SALE ROLLCART:
The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks, 1996, 266 pages
I’m hoping this will qualify for The Science Challenge? Here’s what the back cover says:
“An explorer of that most wondrous of island, the human brain,” writes DM Thomas in The New York Times Book Review, “Oliver Sacks also loves the oceanic kind of islands.” Both kinds figure movingly in this book – part travelogue, part autobiography, part medical mystery story – in which Sacks’ journeys to a tiny Pacific atoll and the island of Guam become explorations of the meaning of island, the genesis of disease, the wonders of botany, the nature of deep geological time, and the complexities of being human.
* salutary - good: tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health; Unpleasant, but ultimately providing a useful lesson; Promoting good health; wholesome; curative.