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    Gardenarian: I will have to look for that one. I was crazy about Plainsong by him, which also had a decent sequel. And preachy is definitely not my thing!

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    My grandfather grew up in a small town like those described in the Haruf novels so they are achingly familiar to me. His stories are beautifully simple. In fact, they are filming a movie right now of his last book. Jane Fonda and Robert Redford will portray the characters who have a later life relationship.

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    Just finished a wonderful little novel which I borrowed through Amazon library, "The Leisure Seeker," by Michael Zadoorian. Here's the summary from Amazon:

    In this affecting road novel, an elderly married couple leave their Detroit home and take off in their camper for one last adventure together. Ella Robina has more health problems than a third world country, and her husband, John, is suffering from progressive dementia. Despite protests from their adult children and doctors, Ella and John hit the road and head west to Disneyland. By day, they stop off at cheese-ball tourist attractions, and at night they relive old memories by watching slide shows of their previous family vacations. Along the way, they receive unexpected aid from a rueful goth teenager, outmaneuver some roadside predators, get stopped by the police and consider running for it, and have sex. The ultimate decision Ella makes might seem life affirming to some and a callous betrayal to others, but its impossible to deny that Ellas wise, feisty voice turns what could be a sappy melodrama into an authentic and funny love story.

    I laughed out loud many times reading this, and couldn't wait to finish it because I wanted my husband to read it too. But it's not just a funny novel; it is touching. The story stayed with me for days after finishing it. I would like to think I would be as feisty and determined as Ella, the main character, when I'm her age and under her circumstances.

    My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already!

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    That sounds great, Kay. I will look for it!

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