picking dandelions

You know those unpretentious memoirs? The ones where the author doesn't feel the need to let you know everything he/she has accomplished and really just sits and talks with you as if you were over for dinner or having a phone conversation? That's Picking Dandelions.

When Sarah first mentioned her need for bloggers to read her book for her upcoming blog tour, I immediately jumped at the offer. I mean, she's an English teacher who writes on the side...and she's still sane. That's gotta count for something, right? I plowed in as soon as I got the book in the mail, anxious to read her thoughts on growing up - both physically and in her faith. The fact Sarah teaches English isn't the only similarity we share. I didn't grow up in the Midwest, but I did grow up in church, and I did attend a remote Christian college completely unassuming in keeping any of its students within the community. I found myself laughing at some of the incidents she finds herself, like buying a homeless man dinner so he can use the restroom in a local fast food joint in order to get around the rules of the shelter where they were volunteering. Or sitting in church business meetings - brave soul - when she was in elementary/middle school, finding her voice amidst the politics and realizing sometimes church goers aren't...well...nice.

But perhaps the most striking of her memoir are the moments at Ground Zero - where she brought water to those digging through the smoky rubble of the World Trade Center for just one...more...survivor. My heart broke for what she must have seen during those weeks.

I know memoirs are a dime a dozen these days - and most of them are full of thoughts people believe are the MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN GET OUT OF THIS BOOK. But not this one. Perhaps that's why I enjoyed it so much. Sarah's full of truth - full of questions and honesty about growing into one's faith and owning up to faults and mistakes. She's learned the fine art of not comparing herself with any other writer - and I highly recommend you get to know her.

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Posted on March 15, 2010 and filed under books.