First Person

Patricia Morrisroe, author of WIDE AWAKE on the up-side of being up-all-night.

April 26, 2010

More Than Enough Hours in Every Day

My mother-in-law, Dorothy, is showing me the red spiral notebook that's almost as precious to her as my husband's baby pictures. Inside, in Dorothy's distinctive script, is a list of every book she has read since 2007. For some people waking up in the middle of the night is a terrible curse; unable to drift back to sleep, they're confronted with a big gaping hole that represents hours of lost time. For my mother-in-law, that time is a gift. At 87, she is acquiring the education she never had by working her way through the canon of great literature. She has now read close to 100 books, including every single novel by Anthony Trollope, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Henry James and Thomas Mann.

My mother-in-law discusses her newfound passion with the enthusiasm of a young girl, although she can also be a very tough critic...To continue reading please visit: