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 com...moreAngelou'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(less)
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 prod...moreOne 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."
Danny Wallace is extremely charming through his quirky wit. He will win you over! I laughed out loud at every page. Very rarely am I able to fall into...moreDanny Wallace is extremely charming through his quirky wit. He will win you over! I laughed out loud at every page. Very rarely am I able to fall into humourous books...lets face it, its so much better when someone delivers a line rather then reading it. Danny is funny both on Tv and in writing. Danny often comes up with little adventures...little did he know that one day of boredom would result in a worldwide cult. You don't find out till the end what the the purpose for the cult is, but truthfully it doesn't matter because all you will want to do is Join him. (less)
I won't give a summary for this book..seeing how it made international headlines...
I read this book pre-Oprah book club scandal. And honestly I hated...moreI won't give a summary for this book..seeing how it made international headlines...
I read this book pre-Oprah book club scandal. And honestly I hated it. It was obvious he thought his disjointed prose was artsy and deep. I thought it was easy and annoying. Perhaps I have seen too many people go through the whole drug life to sober life transition to be moved by this book... and perhaps I have seen too many people, victims to drugs, on the verge of death with out a hope of getting out. His story is like the rest. He deserves credit for getting out of it like everyone else does...but thats just it...Freys take on his story seemed narcissistic and self-righteous. As though his hurtles to sobriety were so much higher than his peers.
With that said... I was the only one in my book club to absolutely dislike this book. And many people have read it going through rehab and have benefited from his story..Therefore it was accomplished what Frey said he set out to do and I acknowledge that. (less)
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 of...moreI 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.
It has been quite awhile since I have read this book. From what I remember, I LOVED it. His stories were entertaining and funny. It was his first coll...moreIt has been quite awhile since I have read this book. From what I remember, I LOVED it. His stories were entertaining and funny. It was his first collection fo short stories and so everything was new to me. To give a proper opinion I would have to read them again.(less)
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 enjoy...moreThis 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.
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 f...moreI 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.)(less)
Every since Running with Scissors, I have been an Augusten burroughs fan. I was eager to read his collection of short stories. I love his dry wit and...moreEvery since Running with Scissors, I have been an Augusten burroughs fan. I was eager to read his collection of short stories. I love his dry wit and unique details. I read this book in less than a day. The stories, (some mildly humourous)just bored me. At times when he tried to be funny, it felt awkward. When he tried to be sentimental it felt forced. I have yet to read his Novel Sellevision, but it would be nice to read something he has written that isn't about himself. (less)
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 coff...moreThink 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. (less)