Preparing, preparing

I’m currently reading a book entitled, “Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections,” edited by Jean MacLeod and Sheena Macrae, both mothers of internationally adopted children, I believe.  It has many explanations of behaviors we might expect to experience from a child who has been institutionalized and abandoned as many as 3 or 4 times in her short life.   It also has lots of strategies for recognizing and addressing those concerns and fears she is certain to have.  It’s a real eye-opener.  “Attachment parenting” is kind of a buzz phrase these days, but it is a concept that will be very important to us in this particular situation, where we somehow have to convince a little girl who doesn’t know us and doesn’t understand us that she will never, ever be abandoned again, and that it’s safe to become attached to us.  It is a process that will likely take years to accomplish.  I’m only about 20% of the way through the book, but I feel that I can recommend it highly to anyone planning to adopt, either domestically or internationally.

For my “lighter” reading, I’m plowing through Neal Stephenson’s “Quicksilver,” the first 1000 page tome of his Baroque trilogy.  He’s an entertaining and very clever writer of historical fiction who focuses heavily on scientific and technical advancements and places his fictional characters amongst real scientific geniuses such as Isaac Newton.  This volume is set in the late 1600’s in England when telescopes are being designed and planetary orbits are being described in relation to the new concept of gravitational force, and calculus is being defined as a computational tool.  Neat stuff.  I’m slightly more than half way through this one.  Only 2 1/2 more to go!

I’m taking a break from my recent obsession with British crime fiction.  I’m about 2/3 of the way through Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley series.  She doesn’t endow her characters with the ability to engage in witty repartee like Martha Grimes does, but her stories are very gritty and evoke very real emotions.  I have become very attached to Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers, so much so that I thus far have refused to watch any of the BBC-produced television mysteries based on the novels simply because the TV Lynley looks absolutely nothing like the Lynley I know.

What’s everyone else reading right now?  Please post your favorite autumn read!  I’m always looking for something else interesting to read while snuggling under the comforter on the couch with a cup of hot tea.

Now, off to finish my medical charts before office hours tomorrow.  Ugh.

2 Responses to “Preparing, preparing”

  1. JJC says:

    I’m currently working on the third book of the Baroque cycle series. I’ll let you know what I think of the whole set when I’m done.

    I’m also reading “Fathering Your Toddler” and a book whose title I forget concerning how to make your dogs get along with your kids. The first chapter of that is on how to choose the right dog: I’ve already blown that one!

  2. MOM says:

    When little Anna arrives, your reading level will be changed to what she likes to hear.