While reading Anna Quindlen’s Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting, I couldn’t stop thinking about a book in my son’s collection – The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds.
Perhaps you’re wondering why I chose to read a memoir about being a grandparent. After all, my son is only 11 years old.
The main reason – I was studying the book’s structure. As I work on my own memoir, I struggle with knowing how to end it. When is my book done?
While a completely different subject matter, Ms. Quindlen and I have something in common – she will not stop being a grandmother. I will not stop being a woman living with an invisible disability. I wanted to see how she handled it in her own memoir. (Spoiler alert – with the announcement of grandchild number two on the way.)
However, while reading the book, looking at her organization, and enjoying amusing grandparent anecdotes, I also felt like a “word collector.” I read a lot and yet, I found myself jotting down words that were unfamiliar to me.
Let me share a few with you:
Homunculus – a very small human; the human fetus
Carapace – the hard upper shell or bony covering on the back of turtles, armadillos, and crustaceans
Chassis – the base frame of a car
Purview – the range, as of operation, activity, or concern; scope; extent
Usurious – related to the practice of usury (the lending of money at an extremely high rate of interest)
Anodyne – a painkilling medication; anything that soothes
But now those words are a part of my collection too.
Readers, I’m curious. Any new words you’ve added to your own collection lately as a result of your reading? Share in the comments section below.