The Girl of a Hundred Lists
posted by Sheri
I finished Karen Rizzo's Things to Bring, S#!T to Do...and other inventories of anxiety in just two nights of prego insomnia. I couldn't read it fast enough. She takes several era's worth of seemingly mundane notepad doodles and turns them into pure heart-to-heart connection.
A compulsive listmaker myself, I was pulled right into this book, as I watched Ms. Rizzo's lists chronicle singledom to marriage to motherhood, along with all life's critical markers like death, love, parenting, literature, moving, groceries, to-do terrors, and other catalogued anxieties. I especially loved watching the ebb and flow of the workout and beauty supply phases and the grocery lists that evolved from organic baby crackers to Cheetos! Oh yes...
The book's funny, moving, lovely, and you'll read it in a fast gulp. I loved stepping inside her life for awhile. I loved believing that all the mundane we endure has meaning—often deep, beautiful meaning to our lives as a whole. I hope you will too!