If you can believe it, I am still (three weeks later) working my way through A Wizard of Earthsea.
But I almost always have a couple of books going at once, and I'm also satisfying my non-fictional cravings with Nancy Lesko's Act Your Age! A Cultural Construction of Adolescence.
Recommended to me by a current professor, this book is fairly academic, but still very accessible, especially for anyone with a vested interest in understanding how we've come to understand adolescents.
Lesko posits that we have narrowly defined adolescence as "coming of age", hormone-driven, highly peer influenced, and time-oriented. She reviews the history of how our characterizations of adolescence came to be socially constructed (rather than empirically true), and how in some ways, these characterizations can be extremely limiting and even damaging.
Yep, it's pretty serious.
But its seriousness is balanced by these simple, little leg caps on our living room ottoman.
I whipped these up over a few episodes of United States of Tara (so good), starting with a basic square. We were excited to trash our cheap old rug and get back to our wooden floor. But these caps were definitely needed to keep it safe.
And I like to imagine they're keeping the ottoman's feet warm through this shift into very cold weather...
~linking up with Ginny's yarn along~