Added 10/25/13. I ordered a used copy of this book via an online bookstore. It's a perfect book for the boating people in my family. Jim of my GR group...moreAdded 10/25/13. I ordered a used copy of this book via an online bookstore. It's a perfect book for the boating people in my family. Jim of my GR group recommended it.(less)
Added 10/6/12. November 2012 - I started to the audio version of this book. December 2012 - I didn't finish listening but I covered quite a bit of the m...moreAdded 10/6/12. November 2012 - I started to the audio version of this book. December 2012 - I didn't finish listening but I covered quite a bit of the material, enough to understand the points the author was making. But other books called to me; so I never finished listening, especially because, at times, the material seemed dry. However, the author makes some important and enlightening points about the inequalities in our society and culture and how they are fostered, without us even fully realizing it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BELOW IS FROM: http://www.indiebound.org/book/978030...
“Engrossing….thoughtful critiques of what's gone wrong with America's ruling class.” – The Atlantic.com
"A powerful and original argument that traces the roots of our present crisis of authority to an unlikely source: the meritocracy." (from the Indiebound description)
“In a very good new book titled Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, Chris Hayes offers one of the most compelling assessments of how soaring inequality is changing American society.” – The Economist.com
“Make[s] you think in new ways about why we tolerate such vast and growing income inequality….an extended meditation on why the great hope and change revolution of 2008 has so far left the inequitable status quo a little bit too intact.” – Salon.com
“In Twilight of the Elites, Hayes shows us ... : our core institutions are no longer self-correcting, and have become committed to protection of insiders at all costs. Read this and prepare to be enraged.” – Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus
“Twilight of the Elites by Chris Hayes may change the way you look at the world….[It] almost single-handily undermines virtually every precept we’ve come to accept about life in the modern age. It also may well turn out to be the seminal treatise for the so-called ‘FAIL’ generation, a term that loosely connotes everyone who graduated since the beginning of the 21st Century.” – Good Men Project.com
“[L]ively and well-informed….Offering feasible proposals for change, this cogent social commentary urges us to reconstruct our institutions so we can once again trust them.” – Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Chris Hayes has given us the kind of book people don't write any more: a sweeping work of social criticism like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and Michael Harrington's The Other America that take the failings of an entire society as their subject. Those books brought grand movements of reform in their wake. Would that history repeats itself with Twilight of the Elites—America ignores this prophet at their gravest peril.” – Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland and Before the Storm
SEE MORE OF THESE SHORT CRITIQUES OF THIS BOOK AT THE INDIEBOUND PAGE LINKED ABOVE. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This book was recommended by Trevor (at the comments to his review of _Outliers_). ================================== TREVOR WROTE: "What is really interesting is that Gladwell found pretty much the exact opposite of what you are quoting here - many of the successful people he interviewed said it was more a matter of time, place, circumstance rather than innate ability. And thus his other constant theme about 10,000 hours of deliberative practice.
"Aristotle said much the same thing you are saying here nearly 2,400 year ago. Arete, he called it. But another interesting book to read in this regard is Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy - all of the quotes above assume we get to be successful due to merit, but often merit is used as an excuse after the event to justify unequal starting positions."
Recommended by a reference librarian at our local library. He says: "We are speaking of written works tha...moreAdded 9/29/12. A book which fosters tolerance.
Recommended by a reference librarian at our local library. He says: "We are speaking of written works that illuminate the unfamiliar, and in so doing, have the power to chase the bogeyman of bigotry from the dark recesses of our minds."
Added 8/6/12 _The Twin_ (2006) by Gerbrand Bakker I haven't read this book but I became engrossed in the GR reviews of it. I first heard of the book fro...moreAdded 8/6/12 _The Twin_ (2006) by Gerbrand Bakker I haven't read this book but I became engrossed in the GR reviews of it. I first heard of the book from a member of my GR group.
I did read several pages of this book at the Amazon web page. The web page provides a look inside the book so that a number of pages of the story can be sampled. See: http://www.amazon.com/The-Twin-Gerbra...
See the excellent (and long) GR review of this book at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... Excerpt: ===================================== "What's so gothic about The Twin? First and foremost, we're talking about a genre obsessed with stagnation, and with and the inevitable decay and death of the human body and man-made works." (FROM: Emily Johnson's GR review.) =====================================
Excerpts from other GR reviews: ===================================== "I was not drawn into the story the way I usually am with a well-written book. Perhaps I was unable to empathize adequately with Helmer, being younger, female, and more decisive. Or perhaps the quiet, slow moving book was simply not meshing with my reading mood. The result is that although I could appreciate the book, I couldn’t like it." (FROM: Lisa's GR review. She gave it 3 stars out of 5.) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ===================================== "Definitely not a book for all tastes--but it surely was for mine. I read "The Twin" because a website I browse occasionally ranked it as one of the top five international novels of last year, and I'm glad I did. The style is simple, even flat, and the Dutch countryside portrayed here is bleak." (FROM Stephen's GR review.)(He gave it 4 stars.) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ====================================== "It is slow, plodding character study set in Netherlands, translated from the Dutch. The twin is left to run the farm when his brother dies..resents it and his aging father for all the years he missed out on his own dream." (FROM: Linda's GR review.)(She gave it 2 stars.) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ======================================= "Boring and depressive. Not my type of world :)))" FROM: Mirna's GR review.)(She gave it 1 star.) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ======================================= (less)
Added 8/6/12. 2012 - I picked up Feckless at our library and have read two of the short stories so far (the first two). They drew me right in. Each one...moreAdded 8/6/12. 2012 - I picked up Feckless at our library and have read two of the short stories so far (the first two). They drew me right in. Each one had a good twist at the end that I didn't see coming. Easy reading too. The writing is good. I hope to read more of the short stories in this book.
================================== BOOK DESCRIPTION FROM AMAZON: Publication Date: January 29, 2011 THE TITLE: Feckless: Tales of Supernatural, Paranormal, and Downright Presumptuous Ilk
THE STORIES: These tales range from the extreme, the paranormal, the supernatural, the fantastic, the spooky, the creepy, the suspicious, the unpredictably psychopathic, and even the deliciously romantic.
THE STORYTELLERS: The authors come to us from many different genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Christian Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, and Poetic Prose. Expect to find vampires, werewolves, demons, monsters, psychopaths and plenty of feckless victims hankering to be taken advantage of in the worst way. Each tale features one or more feckless characters; someone who just can't seem to succeed, someone who never gets it quite right, or just can't catch a break no matter how hard they try. This book should tickle fancies across the board, and will definitely frighten the sensitive-hearted, so tell your friends. =================================(less)
2/14/13 - I finished _Ender's Game_. It was terrific! As they said at our library's group discussion on Monday, it's rich with interesti...moreAdded 4/21/12.
2/14/13 - I finished _Ender's Game_. It was terrific! As they said at our library's group discussion on Monday, it's rich with interesting themes to talk about, one of them being the problem of the manipulation and control of people. However, even without the important themes, it's a great story!
I really enjoyed this story. I listened to the audio version. It was great! Very engrossing!
On 1/22/13 I wrote: "I am currently listening to the audio-version of this book. I downloaded it from audible.com. Here's audible.com's page about _Ender's Game_: http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?...
_Ender's Game_ (first published 1985) by Orson Scott Card Literary Awards: Hugo Award for Best Novel (1986), Nebula Award for Best Novel (1985)
EDIT: In February 2013, I wrote the following at my GR group: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2/9/13 - I'm still listening to the audio version of Ender's Game. I never thought I could get so engrossed in descriptions of battles and the antagonisms between fighters. I'm hooked on this story and its characters.
I'm spending HOURS listening to this audiobook. It's almost 12 hours long. Listening to a book takes longer than reading it but I like the dramatization of the dialogue. I want to finish it before our local library book group discusses it. It should be an interesting discussion.
Here's an interesting excerpt from about halfway through the book: -------------------------------- [To beat Bonzo you had to]: "hurt Bonzo enough so that his fear was stronger than his hate".
"Peter had been right... the power to cause pain is the only power that matters... the power to kill and destroy. Because if you can't kill, you are always subject to those who can. And nothing and no one will ever save you." ----------------------------------
Frightening words when applied to international relations. But who can dispute those words?
PS-I found a page where you can read the Sci-Fi book, Ender's Game, online. Here's the link: http://www.litmir.net/br/?b=125900&am... The page linked above is page #1. (To "turn" to the next page, click on the appropriate number in the box in the row of squares near the top of the screen. It's right above the author's name, Orson Scott Card.)
BTW, it's a Russian web page. The text of the book is in English but the rest of the page is in Russian. LOL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
One Goodreads member wrote the following: ================================== “Epic, inventive, and haunting. In the future, Earth has already survived one battle with an alien race known as the Buggers, and they’re preparing for another invasion by sending gifted young children into space to attend Battle School. Ender Wiggin is a 6-year-old boy who will not only be sent to Battle School, but may end up being the savior of the human race.” See more of the review at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ==================================
Below is another link to an interesting member-review of _Ender’s Game_: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... The review recommends the audio version. It says: “The audio version of this book had a long commentary at the end by the author in which he told about how he conceived of the story. In his commentary he said that he believed that the audio format is the best way to consume this book.”
There’s a movie of “Ender’s Game” coming out later this year, starring Harrison Ford. “Ender’s Game” (2013): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731141/ IMDb DESCRIPTION: “70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion."
Our local library book group in Glens Falls, NY, will be discussing this book in Feb. 2013.
ADDENDUM 4/4/13: I found a page which gives a good summary of the book and some interesting comments. See it here: http://www.giraffedays.com/?p=610 I found the following at the above linked page: "If everybody came to agree that stories should be told this clearly, the professors of literature would be out of a job, and the writers of obscure, encoded fiction would be, not honored, but pitied for their impenetrability." -Orson Scott Card, in the preface to his book, _Ender's Game_.
Below is an insightful quote from the book: "Once he named the feeling, he could control it." _Ender's Game_ by Orson Scott Card(less)
There's a wonderful film review (by David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle) at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article... Excerpt: =================================== "Very little seems lost in this lovely adaptation of William Trevor's 1991 short novel, premiering Sunday on HBO, thanks in no small way to a magnificent and uncharacteristically restrained performance by Maggie Smith as Emily Delahunty, an aging romance novelist..." ===================================
At times I felt that the movie edged a bit on being a bit "sappy". The background music was a bit too sweet. However the story was interesting and Maggie Smith played her role so beautifully that she kept my interest throughout.
A review I found at IMDb said "Maggie Smith has the kind of mesmerizing voice and marvelous diction that would enable her to entertain film audiences by reading the proverbial telephone book." This is so true!
The scenes of various locales in Italy and of the Italian countryside were beautiful. The flavor of Italy came through. This added so much to the film. I felt as if I had visited that country in my mind's eye. (less)
_Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra_ by InkSpotter Publishing (Published 10/20/11) Added 10/31/11.
From GR description: "...an anthology celebrati...more_Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra_ by InkSpotter Publishing (Published 10/20/11) Added 10/31/11.
From GR description: "...an anthology celebrating the most female of body parts, the breasts. From light-hearted memories of the first buds of puberty to heart wrenching accounts of breast cancer, these stories and poems run the gamut of experiences and emotions."