Friday, July 30, 2010


I love to read.   Unfortunately, once I start reading a book I have a hard time putting it down.  So I am always very selective on what I choose to read and when I read.  I had a bit of time this last weekend so I picked up the book:  Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult.  It was great.  I have read a few of her other books: Plain Truth and My Sister's Keeper which were also outstanding.

If you have read My Sister's Keeper, this book was similar to it, but also different.  The book was about a girl who was born with a genetic disorder which causes stress to a mom and the family.  Everyone is affected by this child's medical problem.  The mom had been trying to conceive for awhile and was just about to start infertility treatments when she became pregnant.  Now years later she is dealing with the stress of her child's illness and she wonders whether or not she wishes her child had ever been born.  A court case occurs and one of the lawyers is adopted and is currently searching for her birth mother.  She grapples with her insecurities and questions about whether or not she should contact her birth mother and why her birth mother might have chosen to place her for adoption.  Picoult brought up a lot of real life issues that people deal with and beautifully weaved them into this novel.

It never ceases to amaze me how often infertility or adoption seems to come up in books or movies.  I don't know if I just didn't notice before or if it really is being talked about more.  Anyhow, I enjoyed this book, and the more insight I can get into the emotions of birth mothers, adopted children, or any other people going through different life experiences the better I can be at helping or understanding them.


  1. Good to know! I love Jodi Picoult books and I haven't read this one yet... putting it on the list, thanks!

  2. if you like jodi picoult, you would love the's my fave by her. i don't think i have read handle with care yet, but i will def check it out, thanks for the recommendation!

    another book i picked up and couldn't put down (though i almost did bc the beginning was s l o w) was the book of lost things by john connolly, it was awesome!

  3. I LOVED Handle With Care. The ending? Totally wasn't expecting that! I really enjoy Jodi Picoult's books. My faves are Mercy, Handle With Care, Plain Truth, and Second Glance.
    I've also noticed the theme of infertility/adoption/loss more often in books/movies/media. I don't know either if like you say it's being talked about more, or if I'm more in tune to it because I'm going through it and can see it more. Kind of like when you get a new car...suddenly you see a million of them on the road when before you saw maybe one.

  4. Thanks for the book suggestion. I like to read, too, but always have trouble finding ones I like.

    As you say, books give you understanding and insight into other people's life experiences. Your blog and so many others I read do the same.

  5. Thanks for the book recommendation...I love Jodi Piccoult's books & have yet to read this one!