Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation by Elizabeth Berg (2008)

This book of short stories is full of a number of delightful incidents about being oneself. The main characters tend to be older women who are asking questions about what matters most. A number of the stories deal with weight and dieting, as these tend to be huge issues in the lives of women. And a number of them also have to do with the challenges and questions that come with growing old. Most of the stories are insightful and sweet, although some more than others.

My two favourites concern a woman who had had a very full life and of a woman who had been a bit disappointed by her life. The story of the first woman is simply a long meandering letter whose purpose is to share an apple pie recipe. And the story of the second woman is about a trip to Vegas, where she impulsively leaves the life she feels that she's been trapped in - and she feels like she has been given permission to do all those crazy things that she always wanted to do - and even say some of the things she never felt she could.

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