Added 4/22/16. ******************************** ABOUT THIS BOOK - DESCRIPTION FROM ONLINE: "The bourgeois boors whom H.L. Mencken dubbed the “booboisie”Added 4/22/16. ******************************** ABOUT THIS BOOK - DESCRIPTION FROM ONLINE: "The bourgeois boors whom H.L. Mencken dubbed the “booboisie” have experienced a curious inversion. A twist of bohemianism has turned the boobs into “Bobos.” This latest neologism belongs to David Brooks, who sketches the features of the bourgeois-bohemians in Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There. Although not stolid and doltish like the old elite—being ironic and sophisticated instead—Bobos are just as self-satisfied. And, as their silly name indicates, they are just as risible." FROM: http://www.nationalaffairs.com/public... *******************************
In February 2016, I borrowed this book from the library after reading about it in an article referring to H.L. Mencken. It sounded interesting. However, when I started to skim through the book, I found that it didn't interest me. It was just the title which sounded interesting, since it was related to the word, "booboisie" originally coined by H. L. Mencken.
ABOUT THE WORD "BOOBOISIE": ================================== Booboisie is a word coined by H.L. Mencken, American editor and critic (1880-1956).
I first heard the word, "booboisie", on Book TV years ago. Marion Elizabeth Rodgers was talking about the book which she wrote, entitled: Mencken: The American Iconoclast.
The definition "booboisie" (boob-wah-ZEE) is: a class of people regarded as stupid or foolish.
"Booboisie" is a blend of "boob" and "bourgeoisie".
BELOW ARE SOME EXAMPLES FROM ONLINE: -------------------------------- "The bourgeois boors whom HL Mencken dubbed the "booboisie..." FROM: http://www.nationalaffairs.com/public... -------------------------------- "Until then, he'd dismissed Hollywood as a purveyor of machine-made fodder for the booboisie, but he found, much to his surprise, that the movies weren't nearly as bad as he'd claimed." ---Terry Teachout*, "quoted in "Writing Mencken," by Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online, November 15, 2002 FROM: http://achehtimes.com/wordwealth/a-z/...
Added 4/16/16. (first published January 1st 2013) The Moth: 50 True Stories
The following is from WIKI: "The Moth is a non-profit group based in NewAdded 4/16/16. (first published January 1st 2013) The Moth: 50 True Stories
The following is from WIKI: "The Moth is a non-profit group based in New York City dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Founded in 1997..." On September 3, 2013 Hyperion Books published The Moth: 50 True Stories, a collection of stories from the group's performance history. In December 2013 it reached #22 on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Best-Seller List."
The story I heard on the radio today (4/16/16) was told (in person) by a man who had survived the holocaust by being hidden in the attic of an old schoolhouse for many months when he was about 5 years old. Heartbreaking.
Below is the summary from the library catalog: ================================= "In the tradition of book anthologies created from public radio programs such as StoryCorps and This I Believe, THE MOTH collects the best storytelling moments--most in print here for the very first time--straight from their archive of more than 3000 shows since the first Moth Evening in 1997."
"From James Braly's struggling with what to do when his three-year-old son wants a pink bicycle to Dr. George Lombardi's flying to India to save Mother Theresa's life, from former U.S. Press Secretary Joe Lockhart's oversleeping after a long night in a Moscow bar and missing Air Force One on his first international trip, to Ed Gavagan's surviving being stabbed by a gang and then testifying at their trial, these 40 stories range from sublime to heartbreaking to hilarious, and this collection will feature the very best."
"Backed by The Moth's own efforts and their expanding syndication and live event efforts in 2012-2013, this book will be an important and cherished read for existing fans of the program, literary fans of some of the featured storytellers, and oral history buffs coast-to-coast"" -- Provided by publisher. =================================...more
This is a wonderful young adult book which I enjoyed thoroughly as an adult. The amusing aspect of the book is tAdded 4/12/16. (first published 1964)
This is a wonderful young adult book which I enjoyed thoroughly as an adult. The amusing aspect of the book is that Harriet makes all kinds of observations and comments about the people she sees.
One GR reviewer says: "Harriet's inquiring mind leads her to spy on everyone, and to write her impressions in her notebook. Her impressions are brutally honest, too honest..." See the review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
I used to own the book. I hope I haven't given it away. I loved it.
Added 4/12/16. (Published February 5th 1996 by Dell) I remember coming across this book around the year 1998. It helped me lose weight. The title was lAdded 4/12/16. (Published February 5th 1996 by Dell) I remember coming across this book around the year 1998. It helped me lose weight. The title was like a mantra to me ("THIN TASTES BETTER!")
I like the term "Food Triggers", but I prefer to call them "Trigger Foods".
I'm not sure if it came from this book or not, but I also remember the following advice: "Never let your Food Triggers cross your threshold." (i.e., Don't buy "food triggers" and don't bring them in your house.) Of course, "food triggers" are foods which trigger you to over-eat....more
Added 4/12/16. (Published April 5th 2016) I first discovered this book in April 2016 when I saw an ad for it on Goodreads, one of those ads that pops uAdded 4/12/16. (Published April 5th 2016) I first discovered this book in April 2016 when I saw an ad for it on Goodreads, one of those ads that pops up on your screen as you browse the web site. It seemed tempting; so I requested a copy at our public library. It was available at our library the same month it was first published. From the Goodreads reviews, I gather that was part of a "giveaway" program (a marketing ploy). No wonder the library had it so soon! That in itself is suspicious. If it was so good, why did they have to give it away?
4/22/16 - I've tried to get into this book several times, but it doesn't hold my interest. While the premise is inviting at first, it takes its time getting anywhere. The reading is slowed down by too many detailed, uninteresting descriptions. I'm tempted to stay with it just to see if the plot takes off as the book goes on, but there are so many OTHER books that I'd rather give me attention to.
One Goodreads member review said: ..."there was so much background and info dumping... Especially about LA and other places mentioned. It felt like too much and a little forced. I wanted more dialogue and interaction between the characters." FROM Grace's review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
The Goodreads member review, linked below, isn't encouraging. It says: "I ended up feeling in the end that the book spent more time with the two main characters and their outside relationships than it did with just the two of them. There was supposed to be a love story, but I just didn't feel it. The ending left me wanting more." FROM Kari's review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
However, I do see other more positive Goodreads member reviews. I guess you just have to be the sort of person who enjoys this type of thing... whatever it is. So far, I'm disappointed. It held such promise!
I have read as far as page 39. I'm not allowed any renewals at our public library and the book is due back at the library 4/27/16. Today is April 22. Five more days to keep trying. Maybe I should just give somebody else a shot at it....more
In 2010 I posted the following message at my GR group: ==================================== A day or so ago, I sawAdded 4/11/16. (first published 2001)
In 2010 I posted the following message at my GR group: ==================================== A day or so ago, I saw a comment somewhere which was written by Jim. In it he said he was uncomfortable with something about the book, something he couldn't accept (even though he thought it was a pretty good book). I'm not sure if it was something about the author or not. In any case, today I came across a similar situation in one of my past handwritten comments.
In my comment, I complained that the main character was a woman (speaking in the first person, "I") but the author of the book was a man. It didn't sit right with me. The author was Nick Hornby and the book was How to Be Good. The story was about a marriage that almost falls apart. They stay together but not too happily.
How do you feel about an author of one gender writing a story using the voice of the other gender? (i.e., a man writing in the voice of a woman, or vice versa.) As for me, I don't think a man can express things from a woman's point of view and be believed, i.e., how can we be sure that a man would really know how a woman would think about certain things?
I've read other books by Nick Hornby which I liked, but there were several things about How To Be Good which bothered me besides the aspect mentioned above, e.g., a weak plot; too much meandering with silly ideas and characters. ======================================
IMDb description: ================================ "About a Boy" (2002) "A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy. " ===============================
Netflix description: ================================== "Hip, irresponsible Londoner Will invents an imaginary son and starts attending single-parent meetings to find available women. But when Will meets the troubled 12-year-old son of a depressed single mother, a quirky and unexpected friendship blooms." =================================
Amazon description: ============================= "Based on Nick Hornby's best-selling novel, About A Boy is the story of a cynical, immature young man who is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy. " ============================
PS-It was a very good movie. I enjoyed it. It starred: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, and Toni Collette. Each one gave an excellent performance....more
This is an excellent autobiography which does a good job at helping you understand all the related issuAdded 4/10/16. (first published July 1st 2003)
This is an excellent autobiography which does a good job at helping you understand all the related issues. Well told and interesting. Actually a page-turner for me. Very engaging.
At the GR page of this author, Jennifer Finney Boylan, the description reads: "Jenny's memoir ... was one of the first bestselling works by a transgendered American; until 2001 she published under the name James Boylan."
The GR book description says: "...surprising story of a person changing genders."
Boylan's book gives astounding statistics as to the number of people who have undergone physical (i.e., surgical) changes to their sex. He says, we usually would never recognize them since they blend well into society in their new existence.
What I found interesting in Boylan's book was that after he took the hormones necessary for the change (and became a "she"), his body changed in so many different ways you'd never think of. She even found she could no longer lift the heavy things he once was able to lift as a man. By the way, Boylan remained living with his wife after the surgery making him a woman. The wife had a sense of loss but was able to weather the changes in their lives, as did their children.
I first heard about this book while reading an online article at the link below: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/gender-i... EXCERPT: =================================== "Jennifer Boylan, a transgender woman and author of _She's Not There: a Life in Two Genders_, is a parent to two boys and a professor at Barnard in New York. Boylan remained married to her wife, Deirdre, through her transition. They have been together since 1988, when Boylan was living as a man. They are together still."
"Boylan understands that some people may be confused."
"'It is a human experience,' Boylan tells Diane Sawyer. 'To address this issue, as Bruce Jenner is addressing this now, takes courage. It takes honesty. And it takes the support of people around you who will treat you with love rather than disdain.'"
“"My sense of myself as female was something that never left me,' Boylan adds, 'But I was always attracted to women. My general experience is that whoever you were attracted to before remains who you're attracted to after.'”
“'There are no hard and fast rules. The important thing to understand is that sexuality, who you love, and gender identity, who you are, those really are different things'.” ===================================...more
Added 4/9/16. (first published 1897) At FunTrivia.com it says: "Anton Chekov wrote "Uncle Vanya" around 1897. It is a melancholy look at an elderly uniAdded 4/9/16. (first published 1897) At FunTrivia.com it says: "Anton Chekov wrote "Uncle Vanya" around 1897. It is a melancholy look at an elderly university professor and his young wife, who bring about changes and worries to his family, who have lived complacently on his country estate for years. It was a major reworking of his earlier play "The Wood Demon"."...more
At a FunTrivia.com quiz it said: "The Brothers Karamazov" is a novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The novel isAdded 4/9/16. (first published November 1880)
At a FunTrivia.com quiz it said: "The Brothers Karamazov" is a novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The novel is about the three sons (Dmitri, Ivan, and Alexei) of a murdered father who share some degree of involvement in the murder. The book has been highly regarded since its publication, with praise from people such as Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein."
This made me curious about the book. I wonder if the prose is too dense for my taste. I'll have to try a sample. There's a sample at the following Google Play link: https://play.google.com/books/reader?...
Listen to a sample by clicking on the "Listen Button" at the book's GR page....more
Added 4/9/16. (first published 1978) My records show that I read this book long ago. I don't remember anything about it. I'll give it 3 stars for nowAdded 4/9/16. (first published 1978) My records show that I read this book long ago. I don't remember anything about it. I'll give it 3 stars for now and will try to find my notes....more
Added 4/9/16. (first published 1987) My records show that I read Windmills of the Gods long ago and I didn't like it. Don't know why. Can't remember aAdded 4/9/16. (first published 1987) My records show that I read Windmills of the Gods long ago and I didn't like it. Don't know why. Can't remember anything about it at this point. I'll have to search for my notes. Perhaps my notes will refresh my memory.
Sheldon doesn't use fancy prose but he presents well-drawn characteAdded 4/9/16. (first published 1998)
This book hooked me from almost the beginning.
Sheldon doesn't use fancy prose but he presents well-drawn characters whom you can remember as you read and he keeps the action moving forward with a suspenseful plot. Sheldon hardly ever fails. ...more
Added 4/5/16. (first published January 1st 2013) This book is much more interesting than I thought it would be! I'm enjoying listening to the audio CD.Added 4/5/16. (first published January 1st 2013) This book is much more interesting than I thought it would be! I'm enjoying listening to the audio CD. The reader, Marc Cashman. is very good. It's interesting to learn how Ripley started out. He always liked to draw, even as a kid.
Below is the summary at my library's online catalog: ===================================== "The marvelously compelling biography of Robert 'Believe It or Not' Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist turned globetrotting millionaire who won international fame by celebrating the world's strangest oddities, and whose outrageous showmanship taught us to believe in the unbelievable. As portrayed by acclaimed biographer Neal Thompson, Ripley's life is the stuff of a classic American fairy tale. Cursed by shyness, Ripley turned his sense of being an outsider into an appreciation for strangeness." ====================================
Added 3/28/16. (first published 2006) I decided not to read this book after reading a review of it.
See the 2007 NY Times review at: http://www.nytimesAdded 3/28/16. (first published 2006) I decided not to read this book after reading a review of it.
See the 2007 NY Times review at: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/27/boo... Below are excerpts from the NY Times Review linked above: ======================================== "It took nerve for Drabble, then chiefly known as the author of sensitive books about frustrated young women... hauling a lot of Edwardian luggage into novels like “The Realms of Gold,” “The Ice Age,”... These books confronted Drabble’s favored cast of characters — hyper-educated, chattering solipsists — with the blunt economic and class realities of the Thatcher years. In “The Sea Lady,” Drabble has stuck to this regimen."
"Before coming to that point, Drabble spoons out large dollops of erudition and research. ...
"Nearly all this information is interesting, but it tends to stall Ailsa’s and Humphrey’s journeys back to that promised, fateful reunion. When this moment arrives, so do other distractions... "
"The greater amazement is that “The Sea Lady,” despite all its cumbersome digressions and interjections, achieves a clear, convincing, transcendent moment at the end."
Also see NY TIMES article by the author at: TITLE OF ARTICLE: "What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage" http://wADDED 3/25/16 (first published 2006)
Also see NY TIMES article by the author at: TITLE OF ARTICLE: "What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage" http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/25/fas... QUOTE FROM THE ARTICLE LINKED ABOVE: "The central lesson I learned from exotic animal trainers is that I should reward behavior I like and ignore behavior I don't. After all, you don't get a sea lion to balance a ball on the end of its nose by nagging. The same goes for the American husband."
MY OPINION: This may work on husbands but not on animals. I'm sure Jim of KY (at my GR group) would agree! LOL (He has trained his own pets, including horses, goats and dogs!)...more
3/23/16 - I started listening to the audio version of this book while riding in the car today. I canAdded 3/23/16 (first published January 1st 2004)
3/23/16 - I started listening to the audio version of this book while riding in the car today. I can tell I'm going to enjoy listening. I always liked seeing Tim Russert on TV years ago. He reads the book with the same pleasing manner he had as a newscaster. Unfortunately Russert died of a heart attack in 2008 at the age of 58. What a shame. He had so much to offer....more