Hilarious book. There was a lot of references to SNL and Tiny Fey, naturally. Unlike Fey in her book Bossypants, where she is very confident and asserHilarious book. There was a lot of references to SNL and Tiny Fey, naturally. Unlike Fey in her book Bossypants, where she is very confident and assertive, Poehler made herself sound very vulnerable and insecure. Even though both Fey and Poehler's book give advice on sticking to what you believe in, Poehler's humility made the book so much more relatable and applicable to the average woman's life. I felt like Fey's book, in contrast, was very much for leaders running their own show, managing people below you, "managing up," and generally being in charge. I am not currently in charge. Ha!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Poehler's and women in general....more
I remember the hoopla around this book when it came out, the rape story, the criticism of Dunham's self-indulgent writing (whatever that means), the aI remember the hoopla around this book when it came out, the rape story, the criticism of Dunham's self-indulgent writing (whatever that means), the acclaim, etc. I expected to not like the book very much, my mild dislike of Dunham tainting it, but I found I very much enjoyed her autobiographical voice, more so than her semi-autobiographical character on Girls. Her self-deprecation seemed genuine, when I had been expecting a more postured, contrived self-criticism. She was unexpectedly likable. The series of essays touches on many topics, and I found her writing style similar to my own. I would recommend this to any woman, young women in particular....more
This is a novel told from the point of view of Hemingway's first wife. Having never read Hemingway (I know, I know), I found this book enjoyable, butThis is a novel told from the point of view of Hemingway's first wife. Having never read Hemingway (I know, I know), I found this book enjoyable, but probably not as rewarding had I had some exposure to his writing. It was still enjoyable to read about relationships from this time period, with mistresses and the like being practically the norm....more
Love, love, loved this book! I can totally see why this won the Pulitzer, and I always feel so self-satisfied when I adore a Pulitzer prize-winner. MeLove, love, loved this book! I can totally see why this won the Pulitzer, and I always feel so self-satisfied when I adore a Pulitzer prize-winner. Me and my impeccable taste! Ha!
This is a series of short stories that all feature or intersect with the book's namesake character, Olive Kitteridge. Olive is a "no bullshit" kind of girl. She's honest, direct, and some people she interacts with find it abrasive. Underneath all her (arguable) missteps, however, is a heart of gold. She loves her husband, her son, and her students. She cares for strangers and acquaintances. Her only problem is how she expresses those best features of hers.
I saw so much of myself (and my female family members) in Olive. I even told my husband that Olive was a "cautionary tale" for me. That might be a little unfair, though. Is Olive really "doing it wrong"? Upon further reflection, Olive invigorated me. She made me realize that who I am -- a person who often says or does the wrong thing, despite my best intentions -- is not a bad thing, or even all that uncommon. Almost all of us are struggling to do our best by ourselves and others, aren't we?
What Olive is meant to teach us, I think, is that sometimes your best isn't good enough for other people. And when that happens, it's up to us to dig deeper and mend any hard feelings, or say "fuck it" and let it go, we tried. Also, I think Olive is meant to teach us that intent is important, and we all ought to try hard to remember that. People express warm feelings in different ways. And perhaps sometimes as the recipient of others' expressions, we bear a tiny responsibility too to coach others on how we want to be treated rather than outright reject them and their expressions.
Anyway, I loved this book and intend to own it and re-read it forever. I highly recommend it! (Then you can follow it up with the HBO miniseries of the same name, starring perfectly cast Frances McDormand.)...more