Books That Make You Think

15357471Book: The Secret Life of Objects by Dawn Raffel 

Publisher: Jaded Ibis Press

Genre: Memoir

Why I Bought the Book: I was at Matt’s mom’s house a few months ago, asking her which objects she would pass down to her children after she died (it sounds morbid, I know, but it was fascinating and hilarious!).  When I found this book, which tells the author’s life story through the objects in her home, I had to buy it. I plan to give it to Matt’s mom for her birthday (but, of course, I had to read it first).

Realization: Objects are the tangible things we have left from people who have died. Eventually, the story of the thing is going to die, too.

Memory: When my grandfather died, we cleaned out his dresser drawers. I found a photo of myself from the fourth grade.

Inadequacy: I could never write a book of objects because so many of mine come from Walgreens or Ikea and have no personal meaning to me. I still sometimes feel like a college student.

Facing Mortality: Parts of this book made me tear up a little. It might’ve been because I had PMS, but I think it was the book. Reading this book was an emotional experience–it reminded me just how delicate and fleeting life is.

Question: If you had 10 minutes to flee your home, what objects would you grab? Why?

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