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It has been a while since we talked about what we've all been reading.  And, since it is Friday, at the end of a long week of depressing news, I thought we could all use a little break this morning.  So, if you are reading something you think is worth mentioning — or listening to some music you just found — or have seen a great movie in your Netflix queue — or whatever you have to share, please do so.

In the spirit of sharing, I recently finished Elizabeth Edwards' memoir "Saving Graces," and loved it.  I was asked to write a review of the book for a newspaper in Edwards' hometown, and I have to say, I was a bit worried about it at the start — that I'd hate the book and have to write a scathing review — but, thankfully, I ended up really enjoying the book — despite some really tough emotional rough patches when she talks, in detail, about the loss of their son, Wade, and the painful grieving process that she is still going through after that loss.  As a parent, I found that to be a very difficult read, but one that was tough to put down because she was so honest about the raw emotion of it, something I had not expected, frankly, from a politician's wife. 

There are some very funny parts in the book — laugh out loud moments that I had to read aloud to Mr. ReddHedd on occasion because they were just too funny not to share with someone.  ("And then the plane caught fire."  If you've read the book, you know what I mean.)  And several places where I was reaching for yet another tissue.  One of my favorite bits is where she and her assistant on the campaign trail throw a good-bye party for her Secret Service detail, one of whom has been on the job for twenty plus years — and it ends up being the first time that anyone has ever thought to do that for him.  You have to love Southern manners, don't you?

Anyway, if you are interested in my review, you can find it here at the Independent Weekly website.  This is the first time I've done a review for publication like this, and I have to say that it was an enjoyable process from start to finish.

But, now that I'm done, it is on to the next book…I just need to figure out what that will be.  Although I've got several in my "to read" pile at the moment, nothing is reaching out to grab me.  Any suggestions of something great that you've been reading?  Can't wait to see what The General suggests on Sunday.

Am also looking for some new tunes for the birthday iPod, so any album or single suggestions are welcome.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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