The language of flowers

In The Language of Flowers: A Novel, a girl who ages out of the foster care system, finds her family after many years. This is very sweetly written, and actually is surprisingly positive for all the challenges that this group of people face.  There is a certain feeling of destiny as the main character falls back into the family she bonded with most strongly.  Yet, she is still unable to make a family.

What I found the most surprising was the idea that being a part of a family takes skills, and if these skills are not taught, the next generation won’t have any idea how to make a family.

I love the layering of meaning that the author, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, creates with the flower meanings.  She is very kind to her characters, giving them space to find their way, but not making them perfect, just true.


Biting the wax tadpole

As an English major, who studied a boatload of German, a respectable amount of Spanish, a little Latin and a tiny bit of French, languages always intrigue me. So when I discovered Biting the Wax Tadpole: Confessions of a Language Fanatic, I was very excited.

This book could be called: Interesting Facts about Language. Elizabeth Little keeps it light and full of fun while making comparisons between languages around the world.  It is chock full of trivia about different languages.  The book has chapters about each of the parts of speech yet the book is accessible and enjoyable to read.

Biting the Wax Tadpole: Confessions of a Language Fanatic, Little, Elizabeth, 2008