The Sunday Book Review: "Alive, Alive Oh!"

Today I'm launching "The Sunday Book Review."
Writers must read to immerse themselves in the writing of others. Reading helps writers to see how other writers conquered the blank page. We need to investigate what type of events inspired an author to scribe. Reading other authors' products opens the window to understanding what lures a reader to a book.

My first choice is Alive, Alive Oh! (And Other Things That Matter). It is a rare book. The author, Diana Athill Hill was born in England,
in 1917.  She spent most her life as a literary editor. She scribed her reflections on life. In her nineties, she asked an agent friend to read these "bits" of writing to see if they were worth publishing. Those "bits" became this book. This small publication shares her life as a woman passing through the twentieth century. She reveals her impressions of the tumultuous times experienced by world events. She opens the door to a world never discussed by women of her time. The reader glimpses into her private life as she discloses her reasons for not marrying, for loving a married man, and for deciding not to terminate a pregnancy at age 43. It is a perspective from the "silent generation" and never discussed with such candor.

It is a gem of a book, a great book club selection. This book solidified my premise that everyone over 80 years of age has a story to tell us. It made me feel that I need to communicate more with my elders. 

The book is available
in hard copy and on electronically.



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