For Advent this year I’m participating in the #AdventWord project from Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar with a daily meditation on the word for the day.
Every day I have a journey. By train, by bus, by bike, by foot, sometimes by car. I sometimes wish that transporter technology so I can spend less time in transit and more time doing the important things – playing with my kids, cleaning the house, working, sleeping, what have you. But until the technology to split me apart at the molecular level and deliver me somewhere else instantaneously arrives, there will always be the journey. So I make the best of it – read a book, listen to music, enjoy the scenery, and look around at my fellow pilgrims on the journey, appreciate their humanity, and hold them in prayer.
Author: Anna Kendrick
Title: Scrappy Little Nobody
Narrator: Anna Kendrick
Publication Info: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2016
Anna Kendrick is a talented actor, singer, dancer, and writer who also happens to be funny and very attractive, so it’s reassuring to read her memoir where she shares her insecurity and feelings that she is a misfit. On the other hand one my wonder why someone who is a talented actor, singer, dancer, and writer who also happens to be funny and very attractive has anything to complain about. Luckily, Kendrick’s memoir is full of humor and perspective on her life story. She tells of being a child actor on Broadway commuting from Maine to New York for auditions and living in a tar-stained Los Angeles apartment with several roommates even as her fame grew, but she’d still not seen the financial reward. There’s a lot of insight on her relationship to boys and men and how she’s grown to assert herself. And then there’s her hilarious takes on celebrity life such as the ridiculous things a woman has to go through for photoshoots and red carpet occasions. It’s a different type of celebrity memoir, funny, honest, and beneath the surface, a little bit sad, but ultimately persistent.
Recommended books: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day and Bossypants by Tina Fey