I have to admit how impressed I am with this book. I like Ashley Smith. I didn't think I would. I don't like, at this point in my life, many women whoI have to admit how impressed I am with this book. I like Ashley Smith. I didn't think I would. I don't like, at this point in my life, many women who give their children up, women who use ice, women who loathe themselves so much it's coming out of their pores, but...I like Smith. She's just likable in some strange way. She's still, or at least was, a sucky "mother"- I'd have to say that about anyone who chooses ice over their child. (I did drugs too- I stopped because of my child so no excuses please.) That said I was able to relate to some of the things in Ashley's life- her relationship, or lack thereof, with her family, them not trusting her, the friends, the drugs, the living dangerously, etc. She was in the wrong and she admits it. It's frightening that it took her something like this to see the wrong in what she was doing and it's sad that it wasn't her daughter who made her see, if anyone, but she did see. I don't know that she did so much in having Nichols surrender- I think that it's obvious from the book that Nichols really wasn't up for running in the first place. He was scared, he was or thought he was on trial for things he didn't do, and I don't think he meant to kill those people. He killed them and he surrendered to pay for his crimes. I don't think Ashley has such a big hand in that. I like the religious part of the book (never thought I'd say that!) It's not over the top, she's not preaching but she does talk about God. Usually, when someone has an event in their life so traumatic to lead them to write a book they get "saved". No, not the saved in church, I'm talking jail "saved". You get it, it's not real and they're way over zealous. This wasn't the case here so no one let that stop you from reading this. I maybe skipped three sentences in the whole book, something I don't normally do, but that shows at least how often she got on a God kick. I definitely recommend and am glad I happened to pick this up....more
This book really opened my eyes as a teenager to a much larger world than I knew existed then. The things this woman had to go through to stay alive aThis book really opened my eyes as a teenager to a much larger world than I knew existed then. The things this woman had to go through to stay alive and get back to her country with her daughter are literally UNREAL. It's scary to think you could fall for a man who would actually trick you into a marriage and then STEAL you and your daughter and force you to live in confinement with daily abuse and all the while his family stand by and watches, not to mentions helps, because it's their religon? How about her religon? Wow, this is one fo the best books I've ever read and I'm pretty close to reading it over because it's been a couple of years. This is one I'll be keeping forever. ...more
Another great book by the McCourt brothers! If anyone is going to read something by these two for the first time I'd definitely read Angela's Ashes fiAnother great book by the McCourt brothers! If anyone is going to read something by these two for the first time I'd definitely read Angela's Ashes first by Frank McCourt as it kind of starts the whole story out for you and gets you sucked in. After reading Ashes I just had to know everything I could find out about the rest of their family life. ...more
I was hooked from the first chapter. I'd say this is a great read for anyone who: one, likes to read and two, likes Law & Order. Apparently thereI was hooked from the first chapter. I'd say this is a great read for anyone who: one, likes to read and two, likes Law & Order. Apparently there is a SVU edition out although I haven't found it yet- I can only hope it's as good as this. There are some chapters that pertain to stories that I remember hearing in the news, for example, James Bulger, the toddler who was murdered by two ten year olds in Liverpool and Kitty Genovese who was murdered in an alley by her apt. in N.Y. while over 30 neighbors saw or heard what was gong on and did nothing to stop it. Then there are many more chapters that involve littler known crimes, like the 8 year old mentally handicapped boy who was smothered to death while church members were "releasing his demons" and the little girl who underwent re-birthing practices with her adoptive mother because the mother felt they weren't bonded. The "mother" (I use that term VERY LOOSELY here) and three other adults stuffed this child into a flannel sheet and then proceeded to sit on pillows on top of her all while hearing her cry out that she couldn't breath. When she finally stopedd moving, after twenty-come odd minutes she was checked on and was dead. This book doesn't cover these stories in the detail of a usual true-crime book but there are enough to let the reader in on the story even if this is the first time hearing about it. I look forward to the SVU edition. I wouldn't recommend to anyone who isn't a true crime reader- a lot of these stories are pretty vivid. After actually finishing the whole book I feel the need to add something- I've considered myself an avid true crime reader for years now and there was more than one instance in reading this book where I had to stop reading and actually walk away from the book. The authors chose the stories very wisely and they are stories that hit you in the heart. The details and a few of the pictures actually left me feeling angry at society. Maybe it affected me so much because I've been out of the true crime genre for a year or two now or maybe it's just because this book is more detailed- I'm not sure but I felt the need to put the warning out there.
I got this because I thought it was something different - a fictional story as in general urban-lit. This is another example of me jumping the gun I gI got this because I thought it was something different - a fictional story as in general urban-lit. This is another example of me jumping the gun I guess. Gallion comes across as very likable and I got all the way to page 62 without even having any BM drama. (no, not bookmooch - baby's mama...lol) I think someone having this type of trouble would probably benefit from the book - if they were really ready to be open with what type of role they themselves were playing in the situation. The person who sent this to me on a swapping site got some satisfaction out of it I think - there are a decent number of quotations on some pages and I think she (he?) even realized that paying for your exes abortion doesn't fall under the guidelines of normal child support. Give it a try! ...more
**spoiler alert** This was really painful to read. I don't mean that the book was horrible- just the opposite. Toni Maguire's way of writing totally d**spoiler alert** This was really painful to read. I don't mean that the book was horrible- just the opposite. Toni Maguire's way of writing totally drew me in and I had no problem at all envisioning the places she spoke about, the situations she was in, etc. She doesn't get so detailed as to get boring, not that at all, I can't stand that and it didn't happen here thankfully. I've read countless books on abuse and recovery, all of it, and I have yet to come across a book that hit me like this did. I don't know if it was her way of writing, the story itself or something else entirely but it nontheless really left me angry. Angry at this girls supposed parents, the rest of her "family", the town and it's people who chose (as adults) to condemn her for someone else's actions, the doctor who "helped" her by almost killing her, everyone. She goes back and forth from the hospice room where her mother is now dying to her memories and usually I don't like that kind of back and forth-ness but it worked very well here. I definitely recommend for anyone who likes memoirs/non-fiction although I do have to put a small warning in here also, this really is a hard story to read and isn't for the faint of heart. ...more
Astonishing. I think, for me, this was even more astonishing than Carolyn Jessups book Escape which was my entrance into the polygamy. I knew only theAstonishing. I think, for me, this was even more astonishing than Carolyn Jessups book Escape which was my entrance into the polygamy. I knew only the definition of the word before reading Escape and have since been gathering almost everything I can find on the subject. This was a real quick book- mainly because you really can't put it down. The emotion is so raw it's scary. I found myself feeling so many different things at so many different points in her life story. One thing I liked a lot is that the reader gets two points of view from Mrs. Wall, one from her childhood and one from her "adult" life. I use that term sparingly since she was technically a grown-up in the FLDS at age 14. She didn't leave the group until years later so we do see a much desired difference in her ways. Adding what happened with the court case, as of the time of writing was nice also for anyone who didn't follow the court proceedings like myself. This is definitely in the top five books I've read this year- I was engaged the whole time and didn't find one page that I wasn't thinking, thinking, thinking. It scares me to no end to think this is still happening and that there are still women and young children trapped in this type of situation. Eliss Wall did an excellent job of sharing with her readers why us "normal" people have such a hard time understanding FLDS people. Before reading this and Escape I probably would have been one of the ones saying, "Just walk away. Leave. Get out." Now I realize it's not that easy. These people are taught that "normal" people are evil and will go to hell. They're taught that we will hurt them and take away from them when nothing is further than the truth. I truly hope the rest of Mrs. Walls life is exactly the opposite of the beginning of her life in terms of pain and happiness. I also hope she can continue to help the young girls and women who are still stuck in the mentality that Warren Jeffs continued long after Joseph Smith and his father, Rulon Jeffs died.
This is one of the most powerful books I've read in my entire life and I don't expect that to change. I can't even put into words all this book taughtThis is one of the most powerful books I've read in my entire life and I don't expect that to change. I can't even put into words all this book taught me- I just have to recommend everyone reading this book- no matter who you are, what color, what your religon or beliefs. EVERYONE should read Black Like Me. ...more
I'm not really sure what to say here. To start, I'd give this 2 1/2 stars if I had that choice. It was a little more than okay for me but I didn't likI'm not really sure what to say here. To start, I'd give this 2 1/2 stars if I had that choice. It was a little more than okay for me but I didn't like it all that much. I don't know Handler at all, I've never watched her t.v. show or anything else she's done but I had heard the name and I knew she was a comedian. I assumed the book would be funny as well and while there were a few laugh out loud moments it was nothing at all like I thought it would be. She very well may be a terrific comedian but she is NOT a hilarious writer as is claimed on the back of the book. I'd say I laughed less than five times all together and it really was tough trying to finish. I thought this was her first and I'm finding out not that this is her second book. I had planned on reading her other but I'm not sure I want to know. Although I would think a book about her one night stand might just be a little more funny. I hope. In all, Chelsea seems like someone I'd definitely want to have dinner with or go out for a few drinks but she's not someone I want to keep writing books. ...more
This is an absolute must read for any pregnant woman. This book just about saved my life (and my daughters) many times. The information is so valuableThis is an absolute must read for any pregnant woman. This book just about saved my life (and my daughters) many times. The information is so valuable you can't live without it. What To Expect The First Year and What To Expect The Toddler Years are both amazing also. I always hand out my copy to friends who are soon to be a mother. ...more
I didn't like it as much as everyone else seems to have. It was recommended to me more than once and I gave it a try and lost my enthusiasm for CapoteI didn't like it as much as everyone else seems to have. It was recommended to me more than once and I gave it a try and lost my enthusiasm for Capote's writing as a result. ...more