I expected a war novel, which it is, but it's so much more. I only now see that this book won the Pulitzer Prize, and I can see why.
This is much moreI expected a war novel, which it is, but it's so much more. I only now see that this book won the Pulitzer Prize, and I can see why.
This is much more a book about humans and bonding, how we build families, how those who start out with disadvantages can become the strongest. It explores women as a nucleus, how daily choices make us who we are, and how important it is to pay attention and not opt into the game of life.
Anthony Doerr is a brilliant writer, with just the right balance between poetry and prose. Best, he spins a good story. There was no lap, no difficult third act. Once I began the story I couldn't wait to get back to it
I listened to the audio book and the narrator was flawless. He simply told the story in the most perfect voice. This is a book I will want to give someone. It's too good to be a secret. ...more
I have always been intrigued with Hardy because he seemed so ahead of his time. His heroines were spunky and liberated, he had strong affection for heI have always been intrigued with Hardy because he seemed so ahead of his time. His heroines were spunky and liberated, he had strong affection for he working poor and he was devoted to the preservation of nature. I now learn he is called the first eco feminist, so others have noticed the same.
Tomalin's biography is complete and informative, but she began her writing with a hypothesis and I'm not sure it was proven. She maintains that Hardy wrote his novels for money and that he did it all so he could at last follow his calling as a poet. While detailed and riddled with who had lunch with whom, I felt that Tomalin would have been better to remove her speculation and opinions from the biography.
I gave it four stars because it's informative and well written, but it had its problems.
I watched the special on HBO which was a nice addendum to the book because of the pictures; but in fact, it's a spoiler. I listened to the audio book,I watched the special on HBO which was a nice addendum to the book because of the pictures; but in fact, it's a spoiler. I listened to the audio book, which was great because the audio was done by mother and son.
I was curious about the origins of Anderson Cooper, because I couldn't imagine him coming out of the opulent celebrity of Vanderbuilt. But the book explains, answers all questions, and explores His mother quite honestly. It's unfortunate that so many only know her not for being an artist, but for her label which is just a blink in her very turbulent life
I celebrate that Cooper wanted to do this to reconcile and understand his mother. We hand down, at best, all that we have - but it may take a lifetime to realize what we were missing. In my mind, that is what this book is about.
The critic in me gave it only four stars, because I thought the end was overly sentimental, but it's a good read/listen...more
I had no idea what to expect when I ordered this anthology. The poets that participated in this online workshop were aDisclaimer: I am one of the 38.
I had no idea what to expect when I ordered this anthology. The poets that participated in this online workshop were a diverse group. These poets came from all over the world, of every background, color, style and experience, and yet their love for the craft and their fellows is evident in this volume.
I read a lot of poetry, but this is the best anthology I have read in years. These poems cut to the core of the writers. It is a joining of form, experimental, political, lyrical, confessional, home-spun and prose poetry. As I look back, I realize that I was a part of something rare, and I feel honored to have been there.
This is a great book for those who love poetry, those who insist they can't understand poetry, those who are studying the craft and anyone who appreciate a good read. ...more
**spoiler alert** I have read most of Sacks books, he has given me a love of neurology and of science. He is the first who tied science to memoir, and**spoiler alert** I have read most of Sacks books, he has given me a love of neurology and of science. He is the first who tied science to memoir, and in this book it is most evident. I heave heard some who respected him as a neurologist express disappointment that he discloses his use of drugs and his gay love life.
This is a man whose life was thwarted by being gay at a time and place when it was condemned. He was brilliant, probably on the autistic spectrum, and an admitted introvert. Yet, he overcame all obstacles, changing neurology and humanizing science.
I gave four stars instead of five because while good, there were some dips in the writing. But he gives a complete story, and those interested in how he viewed the world and his work will be very pleased with this book. My respect for him has only grown, but then I never expected him to be flawless. ...more
Disclaimer: I collaborated by contributing a number of collages for A Penny for the Boat, because I was familiar with Cherryl Garner's work. We have pDisclaimer: I collaborated by contributing a number of collages for A Penny for the Boat, because I was familiar with Cherryl Garner's work. We have participated on a number of online poetry workshops together, and I have always been impressed with her honesty and facility with language
I read a lot of poetry, but A Penny for the Boat is remarkable, a step above. It is not poetry for the linear, the non-poetry lover. But for those who love words, sound, invention, those who welcome surprise, something different, Penny for the Boat is a drink of water. She bends the rules, combines words, takes a knife to reach the heart of issues, and she does it so cleverly, with such skill, that her poems imprint. While this book is through the eyes of the author, I found myself in poem after poem. There is something comforting when a writer gives form to feelings we can't express. Good book! ...more
I didn't know until I got the book that it was on Oprah's READ list. I came upon it after hearing the author interviewed on NPR. The book covers the lI didn't know until I got the book that it was on Oprah's READ list. I came upon it after hearing the author interviewed on NPR. The book covers the life of Hattie and her children through the use of short stories, instead of a linear accounting of life from the time of the Great Migration to (as I recall, around 1970. I know one of the standards I have is whether I can put it down - and I couldn't. Another is whether I wish there was more, and I do. Mathis is a good writer. Lots of dialogue and all of it seemed authentic. A good read! ...more
I listened to the audio book - quite good, two readers with flawless Dominican accents when Spanish comments were made.. However, the accent of the prI listened to the audio book - quite good, two readers with flawless Dominican accents when Spanish comments were made.. However, the accent of the protagonist, Oscar the nerd, wasn't endearing at all
I know I got to this book years late. But then my TO READ pile isn't chronological - I pledged to read all books awarded the Pulitzer Prize. For some reason, this book reminds me of A Prayer for Owen Meany - my favorite of John Irving's books.
The protagonist in both books is a nerd with a peculiar voice and demeanor. But Irving manages to give a nobility to Owen that Oscar can't touch. It is a book that very precisely describes Dominicans fleeing Trujillo, growing up in North Jersey and the "pull" felt by separated families trying to live in multiple cultures.
The book in multi-generational, splattered with adolescent male preoccupations (t&a) and foul language. But it is in context, and real is real. I think the book is well written, worth reading if only because it gives such insight into the history of the Dominican Republic. But I would not call the book one of my favorites. I'm now reading another book by Diaz, we'll see.
While there seems to be a plethora of blogs, articles, “authoritive” books and books on the treatment and cure of Fibromyalgia,, Annette Jackson, a NoWhile there seems to be a plethora of blogs, articles, “authoritive” books and books on the treatment and cure of Fibromyalgia,, Annette Jackson, a North Carolina author living with the disease has written a personal account titled: I Hurt Like Hell: We have all Heard of Fibromyalgia, Now Hear it from Someone Who Lives it Every Day.
Jackson says she wrote the book she wanted to read, an accounting of the reality of living with chronic pain, the stigma of having to rely upon medication, of having an “invisible” disease that disrupts one’s life and more often than not, severely tests relationships.
One of the most valuable aspects of the book is Jackson’s honesty about not only living with (at times unendurable pain), but balancing Fibromyalgia with her bi-polar disorder. Living in pain, realizing loss of function and having to change lifestyle to adapt to restrictions is depressing. Doing it alone is almost impossible. So Jackson honestly shares her days, her fears, what she has learned, hoping others won’t feel alone.
I did have a pang after finishing the book in that I felt that people are so different, in age, life-style, the challenges they balance, whether they take a allopathic or naturopathic approach to healing, etc., that I wish this was part of collection of others accountings, an anthology of stories. Now with access through the internet, that may be possible.
The E-book is reasonably priced at $4.00. I bought five of the 33 page soft-covers for about $7.00 at Amazon. Two go to daughters who have the disease, one will go to our local Support Group for lending, one will go to my doctor, and I’m keeping a copy for myself, as I also have the disease. ...more