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Free read The Virtues of Oxygen ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ From the award winning author of A Watershed Year comes a heartrending story of unlikely bonds made under dire straits Holly is a young widow with two kids living in a ramshackle house in the same small town where she grew up wealthy Now barely able to make ends Per she manages to stay afloat with help from her family Then her mother suffers a stroke and Holly’s world begins to completely fall apart Vivian has lived an extraordinary life despite the fact that she has been confined to an iron lung since contracting polio as a child Her condition means she reuire. I would have most certainly given this book 5 stars 23 of the way through I was loving every moment But then it kind of fell apart at the end Holly's financial was resolved too uickly and easily her challenges just kind of disappeared but the most disappointing part was how Vivian chose to handle her situation I won't give it away but I was very surprised and not in a good way by how it all ended Nonetheless I enjoyed everything else about the book so much I only knock off one star for a weak endingReading a few of the reviews for it I have to take issue with those who say Holly's economic troubles did not ring true They were so right on it was like they were written right out of my journal when we went through a similar situation even up to shopping for our kids' Christmas in a used bookstore giving meaningful books we loved from childhood instead of the electronic gadgets we couldn't afford And like Holly's boys our kids thought those were the best presents ever and they have valued those books through the years Either the author has been through it or she researched it carefully with those who have because she perfectly portrayed what it's like to be living middle class in America with an income below the poverty line

The Virtues of OxygenPer she manages to stay afloat with help from her family Then her mother suffers a stroke and Holly’s world begins to completely fall apart Vivian has lived an extraordinary life despite the fact that she has been confined to an iron lung since contracting polio as a child Her condition means she reuire. I would have most certainly given this book 5 stars 23 of the way through I was loving every moment But then it kind of fell apart at the end Holly's financial was resolved too uickly and easily her challenges just kind of disappeared but the most disappointing part was how Vivian chose to handle her situation I won't give it away but I was very surprised and not in a good way by how it all ended Nonetheless I enjoyed everything else about the book so much I only knock off one star for a weak endingReading a few of the reviews for it I have to take issue with those who say Holly's economic troubles did not ring true They were so right on it was like they were written right out of my journal when we went through a similar situation even up to shopping for our kids' Christmas in a used bookstore giving meaningful books we loved from childhood instead of the electronic gadgets we couldn't afford And like Holly's boys our kids thought those were the best presents ever and they have valued those books through the years Either the author has been through it or she researched it carefully with those who have because she perfectly portrayed what it's like to be living middle class in America with an income below the poverty line

Read Ø E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Susan Schoenberger

The Virtues of Oxygen ´ From the award winning author of A Watershed Year comes a heartrending story of unlikely bonds made under dire straits Holly is a young widow with two kids living in a ramshackle house in the same small town where she grew up wealthy Now barely able to make ends meet editing the town’s struggling newspa. This is the story of two women One of them Holly is a 42 year old widow with two teenage sons She works at the local newspaper in Bertram Corners a two hour drive from New York City She struggles with finances trying to keep up mortgage payments on her home and survives only with the assistance of her wealthy mother Holly volunteers as one of the assistants to Vivian the other main character Vivian is a 63 year old uadriplegic; she contracted polio and has spent the last 57 years in an iron lung and is totally dependent on others for 24 hour care The two have become good friends over the years Part of the novel is narrated using the third person limited omniscient point of view focusing on Holly Periodically Vivian’s first person narration is included in the form of her unaired podcasts It is these podcasts which I found most interesting Providing the viewpoint of a woman who describes herself as “someone alive but trapped like a fly in tree sap” is original Vivian tells her life story in these podcasts explaining how she coped and made a life for herself despite her extreme circumstances I found myself wishing her story were developedHolly’s story I found much less interesting Her situation trying to provide for her sons and to make ends meet is one with which many people could identify It is sometimes difficult to have sympathy for her however because though her financial situation worsens she has not done much to help herself and her family relying on her wealthy mother to help her pay the mortgage It is only when her mother can no longer help that Holly seems to realize the severity of her financial straits Only then does she fear losing the house and not having the money for her sons’ college tuition Even then she only panics and does little constructive to help the situation She is the damsel in distress awaiting a knight in shining armour to rescue herA stranger does come riding into town Vivian decides to invest in a cash for gold store and Holly serves as her assistant meeting with Racine the man who has set up a number of these stores As expected a relationship develops between Holly and Racine but it consists primarily of Holly running away after dates and Racine mysteriously leaving town Since little information is given about Racine the relationship hardly seems grounded The plot is weak Some events are totally predictable; for example when Holly’s mother’s engagement ring goes missing we know exactly where it will show up There are a lot of convenient coincidences; for example everyone in Holly’s family suffers financial setbacks at the same time Inclement weather always seems to cause a power outage And then there are the unbelievable events Vivian studied the stock market and built a financial portfolio going from penny stocks to blue chips and is described by her broker as having the Midas touch so she is able to invest 120000 in a business But then this same woman learns that “’most of my investments are basically worthless right now’”The novel examines society’s relationship with money The author makes a parallel between oxygen and money “If money were oxygen Holly was the one flopping around like a fish outside the iron lung Society expected people to have money It really didn’t know what to do with people who found themselves outside the norms of earning and spending and paying taxes” Unfortunately the resolution to Holly’s financial problems weakens the realism of the novel’s thematic developmentThis book is a uick read I just wish that the focus had been on Vivian’s story rather than on Holly’s Note I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalleyPlease check out my reader's blog and follow me on Twitter DCYakabuski Read Ø E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Susan Schoenberger

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Susan Schoenberger ´ 9 Free read S constant monitoring and the close knit community joins together to give her care and help keep her alive As their town buckles under the weight of the Great Recession Holly and Vivian two very different women both touched by pain forge an unlikely alliance that may just offer each an unexpected salvatio. Audio book great narrator This story focuses on the relationship of two women who form a bond through needing each other Vivienne is in an iron lung as the result of contracting polio at age 6 Holly is part of the community of Bertram Falls a tight knit community who care very much about Vivienne The book is told from each of the ladies viewpoints I thought the “podcast” sections as told by Vivienne were insightful educational and interesting I looked forward to them Holly’s story was interesting and the author told it from a sympathetic point of view but it led to predictability which always disappoints me as a reader I like the author to keep me guessing I suppose