We are getting close to the end of By the Shores of Silver Lake. The Girls are still enjoying it as their bedtime story. I read Chapter 26, which is titled “Building Boom.” We read in E’s room. The chapter concerned the Ingalls family leaving the surveyor’s house and moving into town. Before they leave the surveyor’s house, their boarders stopped staying with them.
T read Chapter 27 (“Living in Town”) in C’s room. It was about an April blizzard. Also, Laura begins teaching three children school, as a way of preparing for her future career as a schoolteacher. At the end of the chapter, there is a murder related to claim jumping. The Girls had all kinds of questions about murder.
After the kids went down, I got to read a bit more in Grady Baby by Jerry Gentry. I read a long time, making it from page 78 to about page 200. I’m ambivalent about the book.
On the positive side, there’s some amazing human drama. The people who go to Grady to give birth have some amazing stories. There is 1) an HIV-positive woman who used to be a stripper and 2) a Brazilian woman who is pregnant by a man from one of Atlanta’s wealthiest families. She is also juggling two other men in her life.
But, Gentry’s endless details on pregnancy and the medicine surrounding it just aren’t that interesting to a guy. A more general criticism is that Gentry is one of those authors who doesn’t always have a good sense of what is interesting, so he tends to “go on” about things that kill the book’s momentum.
So far, I’d give Grady Baby 5/10.