Okay, I have injured pride today. As a beneficiary of the Federal Government and a wife of one of its members, I had to respond to someone near and dear's latest slam. If you would like a copy of my highly patriotic and in fact possibly incendiary email, I will forward you one, but it is a little long for this venue. I am guilty of abusing email to write what I would never say to someone's face. I am also guilty of being tired of suffering in silence the little slaps in the face of liberal bias in letters begging for money.
My other complaint, hey Mom, it was ME who highly recommended The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. I think I saw it before Elizabeth. Me first! Anyway, loved it, but was disappointed that the girlfriend finally showed up in the end. Eliz, I second your pan of Water for Elephants, even more emphatically since I stuck through to the saccharine ending. I never felt the narrator's voice was authentic, and the ending was visible for miles. However, I did find the circus setting mildly entertaining, even though the tone was almost condescending.
Another pick: I'm 2/3rds through a book called "Lizzie's War" by a local Catholic author, Tim Farrington, and so far I LOVE it. This guy has a pregnant women's voice down pat, and then convincingly alternates that with a Marine's letters: even more authentic. Plot: Wife, pregnant with #5, waits for Marine Husband to return from Vietnam. There're drunk priests, wild prepubescent boys, and bizarre childhood and military wife behavior. Maybe it's a bit too familiar. I keep waiting for the shoe to drop at the end to ruin my enjoyment of this book. In fact I'm going to quit typing and go read.
Kate, loved the pictures of your boys. Charles looks like he needs a good squeeze!