Cara seems like a fun person that I would have a lot in common with. From working with food to her degree in literature I think we would get along jusCara seems like a fun person that I would have a lot in common with. From working with food to her degree in literature I think we would get along just fine.
Each recipe/chapter told a personal story of when she originally read the book. Around page 88 I grew tired of the personal accounts and I couldn't figure out why. She seems great and who doesn't love to read about someones love for food. But as I saw the pattern of each chapter. I realized I wasn't tired of her writing. I was tired of the seemingly perfect stories with tidy warm endings.
I found myself doubting certain accounts....There is no way she had to convince her friends her dog's poop wasn't candy and I'm pretty sure she and her sister weren't sitting on her couch completely covered in flour. I found it odd that she would have to eat ALL the bacon from her siblings and her cousins to avoid her parents questioning their children's vegetarian practices. Let me just say all of these accounts were adorable and story worthy but cuter in fiction.
With that said I LOVED the mention of all these pieces of literature I once read. The recipes didn't spark my interest as much as the descriptions of the books did. This book made me want to go back and revisit books of my childhood.
As for the recipes: I plan to try the chocolate and peppermint cupcakes tomorrow. Some recipes I use often such as my personal buttermilk pancake recipe. I look forward to trying many of the recipies mentioned. ...more
Oh the dating woes of high school and college.... Some stories were funny, uncomfortably relatable, and always awkward. I give Josh a lot of credit forOh the dating woes of high school and college.... Some stories were funny, uncomfortably relatable, and always awkward. I give Josh a lot of credit for continually pursuing women...even if at times he sounds like a stalker. Clearly, he is just a genuinely sweet guy looking for a girlfriend.
If your in your 30s you can read this with the sweet relief that you now know better and if you are in your teens feel free to laugh and save yourself the same embarrassments.
I was looking for a light hearted book that would get me back on my reading schedule and this book did just that.
I love memoirs and first person narratives because they allow me to connect with the author. In this book I felt a huge disconnect. Pershall wrote aboI love memoirs and first person narratives because they allow me to connect with the author. In this book I felt a huge disconnect. Pershall wrote about what she did but did not delve into how she felt. I only made it to page 90...
Nothing like a good dose of vulnerable truth to get you to fall back in love with life. I will read this again. I read it on my kindle but this is oneNothing like a good dose of vulnerable truth to get you to fall back in love with life. I will read this again. I read it on my kindle but this is one of the few books where i feel a print copy is needed....more
Think of Bob Goff as an old elementary school friend that you haven't seen in ages. Randomly you bump into each other and decide to catch up over coffThink of Bob Goff as an old elementary school friend that you haven't seen in ages. Randomly you bump into each other and decide to catch up over coffee. THAT is what Love Does feels like. From the first page to the last Bob tells stories of his life and of people he has learned from. In sharing he hopes that the reader will benefit as much as he has from these experiences. This book is just that, a conversation between two friends. Nothing more, nothing less.
Bob Goff has lead a life of engagement; participating in every aspect of life and showing what it is to truly live wholeheartedly. His hope is that these stories help you do the same. ...more
Angelou's book, Letter to My Daughter caught my eye immediately as I was browsing the shelves at Barnes and Noble. I picked it up and settled in a comAngelou's book, Letter to My Daughter caught my eye immediately as I was browsing the shelves at Barnes and Noble. I picked it up and settled in a comfy chair with my latte and my soon to be good friend Maya. I was ready for advice, wisdom, love and experiences from a woman who has lived many more lives than I could ever imagine. Not to mention one who puts it so eloquently.
It is a craving of 20somethings to be gently advised in life from those who have already gone through the same struggles. It is especially important to 20 something women reguardless of whether we admit it or not. It is the advice that doesn't tell us how to live but more or less how not to that is needed. I am not interested in passive people and have the utmost respect for passionate, strong women(ina non-feminist way=)...which of course has lead me to Maya Angelou's work.
Letter to My Daughter highlights experiences in Maya Angelou's life that have helped shape her. They range from topics such as ignorance, racism, education, love, faith, and upbringing. I was drawn in until I realized that a good portion of the chapters were taken from another work of hers , Won't Take Nothing for My Journey Now. Which I had just finished. It wouldnt surprise me if the remaining chapters were taken from other works of her's as well. Needless to say I was a little dissapointed. I wanted something new and fresh. More or less a book directed at women..( hense the title.) I can not hold it against Angelou of course I mean...shes Maya Angelou, perhaps I am just being selfish wanting more of her words when she has published so many pieces devoted to women...more
One the back of the book " On December 8,1995, Jean-dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke, locking his mind in the prison of his body. He then prodOne the back of the book " On December 8,1995, Jean-dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke, locking his mind in the prison of his body. He then produced a work so unusual, moving and beautiful that it was published, read and admired around the world. With grace and economy, it describes his life before and after the stroke, his continuing and imaginative freedom, and how he comes to terms with what has happened. It is a book that illuminates the very business of being alive."
I do not know how I could give this book anything less than 5 stars. I picked it up in hopes it would grab my attention. Novel after novel these past couple of weeks have lacked the X-factor to pull me in. This book did just that and then some. I grew teary-eyed as I read the accounts of Bauby. Day by day he was left silenced with more inexpressible thoughts than anyone should be burdened with. His prose, beautiful and honest, captivated me page by page. I closed this book with a wave of thankfulness. Thankful for his strength to tell his story and thankful that this disease is rare. As many critics have stated this book does make you fall back in love with life.
excerpt " When blessed silence returns, I can listen to the butterflies that flutter inside my head. To hear them, one must be calm and pay close attention, for their wing beats are barely audible.. Loud breathing is enough to drown them out. This is astonishing: my hearing does not improve, yet I hear them better and better."
I always love a good story of unconditional love. John Bayley gave us just that in Elegy for Iris. Like any love story, he started at the beginning ofI always love a good story of unconditional love. John Bayley gave us just that in Elegy for Iris. Like any love story, he started at the beginning of falling in love with Iris Murdock to the later years of their marriage when he loved her even though she was absent.
I regret not being familiar with Murdock' s work prior to reading this memoir. I am sure I would have enjoyed it more had I read her novels. John Bayley gives us the backgrounds, life experiences and thought processes behind some of her characters and plots. He discussed her creative process and the private life of Iris Murdock that only few were privy to.
Unfortunately I was only able to read halfway through. Even though this memoir is written well John Bayley's writing was a little hard for me to fall into. I am not sure if I needed more flowery descriptions or humorous moments. This is one of the rare occasions where I preferred the film to the book.
I look forward to reading Murdock's works specifically the novels Bayley mentions in his memoir. Perhaps then I will reread this memoir in a new light.
Regardless of literary taste this memoir is one everyone should read. We all need a dose of unconditional love.
I first saw Frances Lief Neer in a documentary entitled, "Sex after 60." With a title like that I knew the women featured would be nothing less then fI first saw Frances Lief Neer in a documentary entitled, "Sex after 60." With a title like that I knew the women featured would be nothing less then fun and interesting....I was right. I fell inlove with Frances as her zest for life was apparent with out trying. She loved those around her and soaked up every moment she could. If I could have a 3rd grandmother, she would be it. This book was her 4th and last. It was not particularly spectacular or entertaining, I gave it five stars not because im a huge fan of her writing but because im a huge fan of her. Her life never stopped and was true to her title, she simply was too busy to die. (After finishing this I found out that the time had come and last may 2007 she passed away.)...more
This is the account of life as a child soldier in Sierra Lione. 12 year old Ishmael Bleah was brought up in a close-knit family. After school he enjoyThis is the account of life as a child soldier in Sierra Lione. 12 year old Ishmael Bleah was brought up in a close-knit family. After school he enjoyed American Hip-hop while coreographing dance routines with friends. He enjoyed shakespeare and public speaking until the civil war passed through his village. It wiped out all he had ever known and adopted him into the life of a child soldier.
His writing did not pull me in nor did the storyline at first. I felt as though there were too many coincidences for it to be all real. I must admit while reading this book my Westerized skepticism caught up with me. I found myself questioning the truth of his story. Having been raised in a safe environment and the only violence I was subject to was the knowledge of school shootings, gangs in the city and abusive drug addicts. Living on a battle field much less partake in the war was never on my radar until my teens. In order to accept his struggles I had to dismiss the reality I had always known and allow myself to accept that atrocities like this are prevalent today.