Tag Archives: Genie Summers’ books

Reviewing My Mother’s Memoirs

I am not an objective reviewer here. I also do not have the same exact value placed on objectivity which some critics avow. I read my mother’s second volume of her memoirs Our Family’s Book of Acts: To Love and Serve the Lord (Summerise Media Publication, ISBN 978-0-615-45595-2-5195) which is a sequel to Go! You are Sent. I read the book’s 386 or so page in a very brief time of between two and three hours. Of course I lived many of the events, knew many of the characters, edited one of the early exploratory drafts which has then been edited twice at least before the final putting together of the galleys. This is the Asian edition put together by Noah’s Ark Creations in Singapore. I am not sure when this will be available from an American publisher. There is no large distribution plan in Europe or the Western Hemisphere right now and it is really a small edition.

Nonetheless, it is a well-written and compelling story presented nicely in  an attractive volume. I think it deals with many issues, topics and persons of real interest and importance. I would not expect it to be such a fast read for most people — indeed I plan to read it again when I get the chance. However, it really has a nice flow. Discussing life as a Missionary, being a wife and mother, an intense productive and troubled marriage, the Catholic Church, social stresses around the world and the people who make up her family is a challenge for the book of this length. It does not disappoint the reader and does not waste the reader’s time in pointless  searches thought things the reader does not have the time to really grasp or understand.  It is in my opinion a good book and well worth the cost in money and time. 

I will try to  post a comment or an update on this blog post and elsewhere when plans for North American and European distribution are knwon to me. I am hoping that this post has enough detail to be of some value as it is. However, the book is definitely of some value.

The Oscars and a Daily Round-Up

The Academy Awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences aired last night on ABC. I watched with interest after dropping off my parents at the rental car agency near the Lafayette Regional Airport. They had reservations at La Quinta on Airport Drive near the Houston International Agency. My mother called me from her airplane on the runway to have me relay a message to the rest of her party travelling to the Philippines by way of Malaysia and Asia. I did relay the message. I have also made and eaten my breakfast, done some laundry and attended to some correspondence. But this morning I also watched the ABC Good Morning America program which largely rehashed the Oscars themselves and the Red Carpet Section. Natalie Portman who is on my list of People to Watch in the Second Post-9/11 Decade won Best Actress for her performance as a ballerina in Black Swan.  Hooper and Firth took Best Actor and Best Director  for The King’s Speech which also won one of the two Screenplay awards and the big Prize — Best Picture. The Fighter swept the two Supporting Awards for Bale and Leo. The Social Network ‘s writer won a Screenplay Award and it got some others but none of the huge ones and Inception arrayed a bit behind The Social Network.  I thought hosts Anne Hathaway and Best Actor Nominee James Franco did an excellent job.

The Awards also had an elementary school choir in the finale and they were fun to watch and hear.   Hollywood is far from dead and seemed more vibrant than often in the past. I am rushing from the keyboard to attend to some mundane and routine domestic stuff and may blog again later. However, I will say that this was a pretty good weekend  — all in all.

My mother hopes to pick up the Asian version of the second book in her series of memoirs on this trip and have it ready to distribute on her speaking tour. I may blog more about that later. It seems likely that we will get some rain here soon but it is very clear and sunny this morning so far.