What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment

"A thirteen-year-old is a kaleidoscope of different personalities, if not in most ways a mere figment of her own imagination. At that age, what and who you are depends largely on what book you happen to be reading at the moment.”

 

While not 13 anymore, the desire to read almost anything and everything in order to read for fun and for experience is still around. I'm currently working on my PhD in a physical science, but I love to read and books are one of my non-science hobbies.

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving - Jonathan Evison At times an adventurous road novel and others an examination of what it means to be crippled (both in terms of physical disability as well as being stuck in a rut with life), The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving displays Jonathan Evison's ability to weave together different elements into a complex and readable whole. Benjamin Benjamin is stuck: he Facebook stalks his soon to be ex-wife (if he ever agrees to sign the paperwork), has lost his job, and goes back to retrain as a caregiver. After a fairly basic course, his hope at getting his life back together lies with Trevor, a nineteen year old with a particularly crippling form of muscular dystrophy. He is not able to tie his own shoes or go to the bathroom on his own, both crippling to the psyche of this late teen male, whose two goals are to become more independent of his mother and also talk as much about dirty sex as he is able to with Ben. Trev has some emotional baggage as well, since his father decides to show up only after Trev has taken a turn for the worse. Trev takes Ben on a road trip to visit the father (who himself gets into an accident) in an old van, capable of accommodating Trev's physical impairments. The cast of characters that Ben and Trev encounter is staggering, from a runaway, a man who looks like a skinned weasel, his very pregnant girlfriend, and a man in a car who appears to be following them. These characters at times act as exaggerated versions of themselves, but when confronted with major life issues they show a surprising depth. The road trip, while it forms only the latter half of the novel, is a way for Ben and Trev both to work out their issues. Ben recounts this trip as well as alternating with another one he took years ago with his wife and two children, fleshing out Ben's character in a heart-wrenching way. While less complex (read: shorter) than [b:West of Here|7865197|West of Here|Jonathan Evison|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1295568021s/7865197.jpg|11025005], Evison is again back with the quirky characters of the Pacific Northwest but with the same emotional depth.

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