Cape Cod reads, part 2: The Other Side of You, by Salley Vickers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007). Another decent vacation read, but a bit slower-paced than I'd hoped. The story of London psychiatrist David McBride, whose entire life has been haunted by the childhood death of his older brother, killed while helping David cross the street. Enter Elizabeth Cruikshank, a new patient who recently attempted suicide. As David attempts to probe beneath Elizabeth's remarkable reserve, he uncovers a tale of star-crossed lovers and betrayal that leads him to question his own shaky marriage and career. Recommended, but not if you're looking for something totally brainless.
- Ithaca, New York
- MWF, now officially 42, loves long walks on the beach and laughing with friends ... oh, wait. By day, I'm a mid-level university administrator reluctant to be more specific on a public forum. Nights and weekends, though, I'm a homebody with strong nerdist leanings. I'm never happier than when I'm chatting around the fire, playing board games, cooking up some pasta, and/or road-tripping with my family and friends. I studied psychology and then labor economics in school, and I work in higher education. From time to time I get smug, obsessive, or just plain boring about some combination of these topics, especially when inequality, parenting, or consumer culture are involved. You have been warned.