Another carpool selection that all the kids gave a thumbs up, though they don't want to live in a culture where kids have to be that respectful to oldAnother carpool selection that all the kids gave a thumbs up, though they don't want to live in a culture where kids have to be that respectful to olders including siblings (though the older two did have some fun trying to get the youngers talk like that). I enjoyed both the story and the narrator's slight Asian accent. It is always a good reminder of how the world is a big place!...more
**spoiler alert** After finishing Wonder, I got this one on audio to listen to for book club. This is even better than the book (though you need Wonder**spoiler alert** After finishing Wonder, I got this one on audio to listen to for book club. This is even better than the book (though you need Wonder first for sure). Great insights into a bully's mind. And pretty much a humorous manual of how not to parent. It did make me cry as well. Spoiler-won't it be great if every bully had a Holocaust survivor as a family member to give perspective and draw out remorse!...more
This book was interesting...some in our group didn't want to read something sad but I didn't really think it was sad while I was reading but I did havThis book was interesting...some in our group didn't want to read something sad but I didn't really think it was sad while I was reading but I did have an air of down-ness during the week I read it. Its a quick read with enough science to make you feel like you are reading something with substance. The point of view of Alice is really well done. I look forward to seeing the movie as well. I think if you have someone with Alzheimer's in your family (and therefore the potential to have it yourself in the future, for me its my maternal grandmother who is still living with it) it is even a more powerful read. I actually bought it (rare event in our household) so I could let my mom & aunt read it if they want. ...more
carpool book. I chose it at our library because I knew the name but wasn't sure if I had read it (my mom said she couldn't really get into so I probabcarpool book. I chose it at our library because I knew the name but wasn't sure if I had read it (my mom said she couldn't really get into so I probably hadn't). The best part was the audio reader's voices. He was great. All the kids liked it, especially the violent parts (oops). Just a slice of life of four British animals, not a huge plot. Though we did have some interesting moments when this 1908 classic had a character say "ass". Gasps and whats and discussion on language for our morning's education. Marked it off my classic list but can't say its one that needs revisiting. ...more
Full discloser-I love Elizabeth Warren. And its not just the name, I've seen her speeches and believe she really cares for the American people and hasFull discloser-I love Elizabeth Warren. And its not just the name, I've seen her speeches and believe she really cares for the American people and has great ideas about how to make our country great and give all American a fighting chance today. I know people (the trickle down type) disagree with her policies, but I don't think anyone can say she has bad motivations. Caleb got this book on audio and we listened to it on the Christmas drives, I stole his mp3 player to finished it on work commutes. It's the story of her life, and then work in agencies and Senate run. It did get a little long on details about setting the agency and election (spoiler-it happens and she wins). And I know some people would set it down with all the banking, legal, financial and political info. It was funny there would be chapters of White House meetings and the next chapter would be: I'm a normal person, I've got grandkids. She really needs to write a shortened version, especially if she ends up running for some other office! But really I think everyone should read it!...more
I unintentionally read three books at the same time about strong women-Elizabeth Warren's Fighting Chance, Sheryl Sandberg's Lean in and and Wendell BI unintentionally read three books at the same time about strong women-Elizabeth Warren's Fighting Chance, Sheryl Sandberg's Lean in and and Wendell Berry's Hannah Coulter (ok Hannah is a novel but it fits). Very different women but there are things we can learn from each of them! Caleb is a big fan of Wendell's essays, but I have never read any of his novels. Aunt Kathy loaned me this one. It is a slice of life from an earlier time and is about a place as much as the people who live there. At times it was slow and then he would say something totally profound. A lot of it about community and belonging to a place and how this is a thing of the past in America. The end was rather sad and I would love to read an essay about how we can regain this today in our mobile mostly non agrarian society. But I think people still want the 'membership' that she lived: churches have small groups for intentional community, the girls school says that what makes them special is connections, and social media! I recommend this to anyone who is interested in American literature that is beautifully written. ...more
Kindness is a good theme (and in several places right now like the live Cinderella movie trailer). I read Wonder in two sittings and cried a little theKindness is a good theme (and in several places right now like the live Cinderella movie trailer). I read Wonder in two sittings and cried a little the first time, and ugly cried at the end. Some because it is sad, but mostly because it is hopeful. Very easy read (it is for kids) and it flowed really nicely from the different points of view. Now I need to get ahold of the 'bonus' chapter from Julian's point of view.
Quite a wacky book. Another book club selection and after reading this I want to read his first one. There were a few points that were a little long (Quite a wacky book. Another book club selection and after reading this I want to read his first one. There were a few points that were a little long (hence the 4 star review) but the end was perfectly perfect in so many ways, and I just love a book to wrap up nicely. I do think the main character should of had a few flaws, but other than that the storyline was delightful. The political, cultural, geographic and historical details were interesting and with each background you knew, more fun to read. If you would enjoy a wacky journey from South Africa to Sweden with many international characters thrown in, then this book is for you!...more
A nice little read. I was listening to an audio book with kids read in many British accents so it was fun to read with that in my mind. Nothing much haA nice little read. I was listening to an audio book with kids read in many British accents so it was fun to read with that in my mind. Nothing much happened, but a slice of life from a while ago. I have read several of Mary Stewart's and this is one of her later slower ones. ...more
Carpool read (one of the main reasons that we listen to books is so I don't have to listen to them telling bathroom jokes and well this book is also fCarpool read (one of the main reasons that we listen to books is so I don't have to listen to them telling bathroom jokes and well this book is also full of them). Very different from the movie (which we saw first), but both girls say it was awesome. Lydia likes the movie better, Gloria the book. They now speak a little dragonese and I enjoyed the accents of the reader. For the movie they added several female characters and when I clicked on this I was SHOCKED it was written by a woman because Hiccup's mother did appear a few times but really you could say there were no female characters, though a few of the dragons were female. ...more
I love disclaimers and she has lots of good ones at the beginning of this. This book could be life changing....I am looking forward to discussing it wI love disclaimers and she has lots of good ones at the beginning of this. This book could be life changing....I am looking forward to discussing it with the girls or I should say my mature women friends :) Now that I am finished... I read a TIME cover article on this book when it came out and SS seemed a little harsh and I thought, well I've already made some choices (follow my husband for school, stay at home with my daughters, and I also told myself that in my field of volunteered I did lean in and make it to the top) so I didn't really need to read this book. But someone at Book Club chose it and I am so glad I did. She says in the introduction that this book is for "any woman who wants to increase her chances of making it to the top of her field or pursue any goal vigorously" and men who want to help and understand. There is a ton of practical advice: Sit at the table (you can't lean in if you aren't present) Thinking through the problem of success and likeablity, and how women would have been results negotiating using collective terms Loved the chapter on its a Jungle Gym, not a Ladder, so true for today and good to know for those of us who have leaned out of the work world for a while Are you my Mentor-internesting thoughts on how today a mentor is seen as the new 'prince charming' Make Your Partner a Real Partner-Gold. two words-Maternal Gatekeeping! Every woman about to get married (or already married) needs to read this. The Myth of Doing it All And finally Working Together Towards Equality-we are women together, there is enough to go around, tokenism hopefully is a thing of the past (except church praise bands) so its not a competition!
There were some things that I can honestly say that I never thought about, like we always said if you are paying for childcare close to what you are earning, then staying at home is better, BUT if you are in a career you want to continue in, you could see it as an investment in your future career path, because kids will go to school one day and move out of the house. I thought (as I said) she did a really good job of being open to people's personal thoughts and desires and she agrees that not every person should shoot for the corner office, she just wants to help women who do. Not everyone in the book club liked it, some thought she was a b*^#$@, but felt like they weren't allowed to call her that because of the Heidi/Howard study of same stats but man viewed as likable and woman not; some thought there was way too much name dropping, and I do have to say the Acknowledgements cracked me up-Larry Summers, Gloria Steinem, Oprah!, some didn't like the more business chapters, some thought she took all her ideas from others-there are lots of footnotes. But overall, I think it is a very positive book with lots of good stats and things to think about and inspiring ways to act. I highly recommend it to anyone, women, men, young, not young, in business, not in business....more