The Little Way of Ruthie Leming has ratings and reviews. Nicholas said : I also heard some sort of feature about this book on NPR and thought it. 29 Apr It’s the subject of his new book, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life. Dreher’s new. 22 Aug Already hailed by many critics as one of the most important books of the year, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town.

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A Grieving Brother Finds Solace In His Sister’s ‘Small Town’ : NPR

And as an adult convert to Littls, I seriously considered Therese as my confirmation name because of her devotion to doing ordinary things with extraordinary love. How much navel-gazing can one do before becoming an indecisive mess? I laughed when I read Ruthie was a homecoming queen that knew how to skin a buck and run a trotline.

This book isn’t a demographic study of West Feliciana Parish, and so while Dreher does refer occasionally to the poverty, drug abuse, and marital dysfunction and discord to be found throughout their communities, he obviously emphasizes the positive elements of this–by all accounts–gorgeous and culturally rich backwater corner of the American south: The behavior that drove me mad was the small town version of love. It’s a beautiful place of green hills and clay bluffs, one of my kf places in the world, but it’s also a place of incongruities.


Rod Dreher ,eming well, and this book had e First, let me explain my perspective as a reader. Lists with This Book. I wonder about these people I’m thinking of and their unhappiness.

In Rod’s book, it is James Toney, son of Miss Clophine Toney, his childhood friend, who became an evangelist who says it best as ruthi eulogizes his mother.

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life

Dreher recounts his life growing up in St. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. How does the brain reconcile itself and the heart heal after such a loss? It is such a honest and real book.

When I’m gone, the waj thing that’s going litfle show up to say I was here is the people I left behind. April 29, 3: When I got home, I sat down continuing to read the book. And God bless you. His journalism career had taken him to Washington, D.

Accept the limitations of a place, in humility, and the joys that can be found there may open themselves. How can I help others going littpe one right now?

You knew you were at home there, and everything was good. Nov 23, Lady Jane rated it it was ok Shelves: This outpouring for his little sister struck Dreher, who was living in Philadelphia with his family at the time. However, it is the question of the communal and familial nature of death and dying that is played out in Ruthie’s illness which may be the most important insight that Dreher rruthie.

Feb 19, Ann Lardas rated it it was amazing. I thought a lot about Walker Percy while reading this book. The question I kept coming back to was whether or not my life impacts others as Ruthie’s did. Hardcoverpages. The question is why are there not more like her.

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Everybody calls Dorothy Dreher “Mam. The Lemings had touched many families here in some way or another.

How ‘The Little Way of Ruthie Leming’ Taught Me It’s OK to Love My Hometown

The way pretty much any adult in town could discipline a kid and it’d be respected. In his case, it was he who was the intellectual with the degrees who traveled the world while his sister stayed home, married, taught. liytle

Community for others might look different. But I resonated deeply with Hannah, whose struggles in the wake of her mother’s death embody the true conflict in the book, which is the tension between Rod’s cosmopolitan vision of the good life and Ruthie’s deeply rooted vision of the good life. Rod Dreher says this book is about his sister and her journey through cancer, but it just as much about him, or more accurately, about the both of them.

My choices mystified my brother and his puzzled me, up until he became a monk and archimandrite and the happiness which had eluded him before became something he poured fourth from wwy abundance of his wealth.