Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Just Finished...

Miss Sally reports several books read this Spring. "In April I read How To Know God by Deepak Chopra which is one of those "self help" books that you have to be in the mood to read. I really liked it and it is book that can be re-read and should stay on your book shelf. It is probably a good idea to be reading another book at the same time—you can only take in so much at one time if the concepts are new to you.

"According to Chopra the brain is hard wired to know God. There are seven levels of awareness. These levels are not shaped by any one religion but by the brain,s need to take an infinite, chaotic universe and find meaning in it."

"The seven stages of God are: Protector, Almighty, Peace, Redeemer, Creator, Miracles, Pure Being. The challenge is to figure out which stage of God makes the most sense to you.

"In May I read
Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden. This is the sequel to Three Day Road. I liked it better—it is a must read. Although a Canadian author I think you should be able to find it in your book stores. Joseph Boyden is part Indian and spent his summers with relatives on reservations. His books are about Aboriginal people and their struggle to maintain their heritage and at the same time fit into the present world. He is a professor at a college in New Orleans.

"The story
is about Will Bird a push pilot lying in a coma in a hospital and his niece who has returned to sit by his side. Broken in different ways, the two communicate in unspoken kinship about the hardships they have endured. His story takes place in the wilderness of James Bay and hers on the streets of Toronto, Montreal and New York.

"My next book to tackle is Ulysses by James Joyce. I've heard it is a must read. Hopefully it won't take me all summer to do it. If anyone in the reading circle has read it I would like to know what they thought of it."

More about Through Black Spruce:

Will Bird is a legendary Cree bush pilot, now lying in a coma in a hospital in his hometown of Moose Factory, Ontario. His niece Annie Bird, beautiful and self-reliant, has returned from her own perilous journey to sit beside his bed. Broken in different ways, the two take silent communion in their unspoken kinship, and the story that unfolds is rife with heartbreak, fierce love, ancient blood feuds, mysterious disappearances, fires, plane crashes, murders, and the bonds that hold a family, and a people, together. As Will and Annie reveal their secrets—the tragic betrayal that cost Will his family, Annie’s desperate search for her missing sister, the famous model Suzanne—a remarkable saga of resilience and destiny takes shape. From the dangerous bush country of upper Canada to the drug-fueled glamour of the Manhattan club scene, Joseph Boyden tracks his characters with a keen eye for the telling detail and a rare empathy for the empty places concealed within the heart.

"My next book to tackle is "Ulysses" by James Joyce. I've heard it is a must read. Hopefully it won't take me all summer to do it. If anyone in the reading circle has read it I would like to know what they thought of it."