Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Midwife's Tale Read-a-Long

I know I'm on vacation and I'm not really supposed to be posting. ;O)  However, I am participating in Wallace's (Unputdownables) read-a-long of A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.  We can always count on Wallace to make excellent literary choices for her read-a-longs.  Sadly, I have failed at two of them.  One was John Adams, which I was enjoying, but fell way behind.  I will finish it, but it's a backseat project at this point.   The second was To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, which I hate to admit I was having tremendous difficulty with.  It is not a vacation kind of read.  I will pick it up again when I have more time to read it slowly and to absorb the words.  I am determined to stay caught up on this book and complete this read-a-long.  It is a historical book, my favorite subject, so I know it will prove to be interesting.

About the book:
Drawing on the diaries of a midwife and healer in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. (from Goodreads)

If you would like to join in on the read-a-long, visit the start-up post HERE.

Wish me luck!

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