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Studio Reads: An Exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination, a Memoir

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

I was taken by the title immediately.  How could I not be?  Looking at the those words on the back cover of another book I was reading, I had to see what it was about.

“A child dies in this book: a baby.”  The author, Elizabeth McCracken writes.  And it is her child.  But what is so beautiful and unique about this tale is that while tragic, it is written as a love story.  It is written with wit and humor along with the pain as she eloquently describes the life, death, and the role this child still has to play in the life she and her family continue to live.  Their son is not lost.  He is just not with them the way they want him to be.

Studio Reads: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

I’m well aware that a reading list from the depths of an active studio should be filled with tomes of design inspiration and manuals of technique.  And, don’t worry.  I have plenty of those.  The list is dizzying.  But while I spend most of any given day either pouring over those volumes or listening to audio books while I work, it seems to be a rare treat when I get to actually pick up and interact with a real story.  Finger the pages.  Cling to the cover.  So I am delighted to just have finished the The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.  This beautiful true story tells the tale of a young woman and her family surviving the harrowing years of war and Taliban rule in Kabul.  Their strength, wit, and courage inspire while the never failing can-do resiliency and adaptability resonates.  From the safety of my American middle class upbringing, I have never confronted true hardship, but by the end of my reading of this book a basic tenant I hold dear was reaffirmed.  The best business plan is simple and this:  Believe in yourself and what you do.  If you don’t,  no one else will.