An American Quilt

This morning I am participating in the Book Lovers' Blog Hop, a Tuesday book review for those who love reading.  If you like to write reviews, head on over and link up - plus collect a few book recommendations while you're at it.  Perfect for a rainy Tuesday like today (it's raining here, at any rate).

I thought I'd write my own book review on one of my favorite novels, a well-worn copy of How to Make an American Quilt, by Whitney Otto.  This book is meant to be read aloud - try it.  You can hear the words coming off the page.  Otto masterfully intertwines instructions on how to make a quilt with the stories of several women, revealing how lives may overlap despite differences in generation, race, and location. The American life must be community-oriented, rather like a patchwork quilt.

The protagonist is a young girl who cannot decide who she is or what exactly she wants in life - at least, not until she listens to the stories of several older women and discovers how their experiences may influence her own life choices. In the beginning, she refers to the quilt-making as a "random piecing together," but soon comes to realize that it is far from random.  The quilt is created from pieces of each woman's life - a child's dress, a husband's shirt, and a lover's gift.  She ceases to wonder at "the disparity of her life," and adds her own stories to the quilt itself.

Read it.  You'll find yourself somewhere in the story, I guarantee.

P.S. This book is also a movie.  Not as good as the novel (you know how that goes) but still worth watching!


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  1. Okay, so I'm going to confess that I have NEVER read this book! I've never even seen the movie :-). I know, I know, what is wrong with me? No idea. But your review makes it sound like the perfect read for an autumn afternoon. I may just have to visit the library later...

    Thank you for the link up to my site. Love yours!

  2. Yes do read it! It's such a great book.

  3. I'm actually in the hunt for a new book, and this one sounds fantastic! I think I'll head to the library tonight and see if they have it!

    Thank you :)

  4. This sounds just like the book for me!

    Thank you for participating in the Book Lover’s Blog Hop @ Story Time Under the Stars and Frugality Is Free. I hope you will link up a book review and participate in this week’s Book Lover’s Blog Hop as well.

  5. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!

  6. I've watched the movie and loved it..and have been planning to read the book!! Loved your review!! Just stopped by from Cym's Book review party!!


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