I've had a few books 'on the go'; quite different genres.
|Ryll Paul, Brisbane author|
I mentioned in a post earlier this year that I had met a local Brisbane author who had written a book about her early life. This author was Ryll Paul and her book, 'Pebbles in the Road' covers the years 1951 to 1988. It's great reading a book about my home city and when it is written by someone of a similar age to me, it makes it even more interesting. I really enjoyed this book and couldn't help but compare her life to mine. Ryll married young and also became a mother many years before I did. She went into the workforce after Grade 9 and had a very interesting career in fashion, including sewing as well as design. I stayed at school and then went on to tertiary level education. I married relatively early ( not quite 21) but led a quite indulgent hedonistic lifestyle until my 30s. As a student and then a professional, I did not experience the same things/hardships in my early adult life, as Ryll did.
Ryll endured quite hard times at this age but she responded in a feisty way. Her first born was not expected to live but Ryll was determined to give him the best life possible. I was really moved by her motherly love and devotion to her Gavin. One feeling I got as I read this book was that the men in the days of Ryll's early adult life were not always very supportive. A great read but tissues needed for some parts.
The next book was borrowed from the library after I saw the author giving a talk on an ABC day time program. Being a Sociology major, Rosin's talk had me intrigued. The basic premise of her work is the change in social mores due to the changing status of women. I guess it's more of a textbook, therefore she puts forth a lot of research about attitudes of young people these days, both male and female. The book also explores the changing roles of both men and women in society. I think the title was chosen for its 'shock value' rather than being a fact! lol