And in Home is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong, her second book, Hudson takes us along on her journey from childhood to being a grown up, including all of the bumps along the way. At times, I laughed out loud. At other times, I cried at a particularly poignant story. The book is eminently readable.
As in her first book, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet, this book is a series of short tales about her life, a life that is probably not a lot more interesting than ours, but a helluva lot funnier because of Hudson’s clever perspective.
Hudson’s objective, or at least what I perceive as her objective, is to illustrate how our friends and family impact us in ways we don’t even realize at the time. Home is not just four walls that keep you warm and dry; it is the people who make you feel loved and teach you how to be a kind and productive adult just from knowing them. It is your family. But it is also your friends and your neighbors and your priests or ministers and your teachers.
As many of us did, Hudson struggled some in figuring out her relationship with God, and the people she met throughout her life have led her to a point where she is comfortable. The book, frankly, focuses a lot on her strong love of God, so if this isn’t your cup of tea, don’t bother reading it. She, however, doesn’t preach. She simply tells her story.
We met and came to love her family in her first book, and love them even more after her second. We see a side of her that is both unexpected and familiar. Hudson’s writing is so darn funny that you wish she was your best friend so that you could call her up and tell her about this funny book you just read.
I think that’s the sign of a good writer.
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