Great, great, great. Quick read and really good ideas. Of course there are some obvious statements, always are with these kinds of books. But it was gGreat, great, great. Quick read and really good ideas. Of course there are some obvious statements, always are with these kinds of books. But it was good, and helpful. Because. . . Brace yourselves here . . . Sometimes I'm just not happy. Ahhhhhhh, I bet the shock you've experienced with with this confession is great. But I speak the truth. Not everyone is as happy as you, yes, you, the one reading this right now. Some of us have our own personal little hell, I mean struggles we move through from time to time. So, for those of you like me, I would suggest the book. I liked it!...more
Ah's wuz awontan to luv thz buk but Ah's dint luvz it too mesh. Itz a took mez a long thim to be redin thuz buk.
O.K. here's the thing. I thought I wouAh's wuz awontan to luv thz buk but Ah's dint luvz it too mesh. Itz a took mez a long thim to be redin thuz buk.
O.K. here's the thing. I thought I would love this book a 5, I didn't. There were frustrating elements to it. The vernacular not being one of the frustrations. It was hard to read but not deterring, at all. I thought it helped to create the scene. But to be honest, I was so pissed at Janie. I kept waiting for the strong, independent woman to appear, rise above being cared for and dependent on others. Didn't happen. *Spoiler Alert: She moved from the nice white family who took good care of her and her grandma to her grandmas house (which was a big bonus for a black woman to own property). To her 1st husband, who was boring, but hard working, stable, honest and owned his own farm (another great accomplishment at this time in history). To her 2nd husband, who just happened to be walking down the street at the right time (lucky him). She picks up, takes off and is gone. No word to her husband, or anyone. I wanted to smack her selfish little face. Husband #2 kept her well, although he was selfish, driven, egotistical, and a bit of a bully, (hey, sounds just like my grandpa). And husband #3, was great fun, 10 years younger and her boss. At this time in history when so many black people were struggling & fighting so hard for everything they got, she smugly moved along, just waiting for the next person to take care of her. And I didn't get that she was ever thankful for what she had. Well, except for Tea Cake, he was perfect you know. Oh, wait only to her. I've already gone on too long. I just wanted more from this book. I wanted to care about the characters, I wanted to feel something for their trial. Didn't happen. You know what this means? I'm an uneducated bigot. Or . . . it could mean I have good taste! It is a good story though. ...more
Oh, I'm being brave, by only giving this book three stars. Almost every review was a five star rating. I want you to know, I am not anti-Atonement atOh, I'm being brave, by only giving this book three stars. Almost every review was a five star rating. I want you to know, I am not anti-Atonement at all! In fact I love the Atonement. But here's the deal; Let's start with the cover, I thought it was a skull, not a loaf of bread, shallow I know. Next, I didn't like how he would say the same thing over and over in three or four different ways. It almost felt like he was trying to extend an essay. Most of my favorite quotes were from other people he quoted. My favorite being C.S. Lewis and Mark Twain. And I think for some (Michelle), not me, that it was very elementary and slow. Now with that being said . . . it is my own, personal review, so don't be too harsh on me. I love the Church, I think people are good, I try to do good for my neighbor, follow the commandments, keep the word of wisdom, etc. etc. etc....more
The movie, "Jeremiah Johnson" was loosely based off of this book & the book is way, way better than the movie! Whoever chose Robert Redford with hThe movie, "Jeremiah Johnson" was loosely based off of this book & the book is way, way better than the movie! Whoever chose Robert Redford with his pretty little face and shiny blond hair to play the "Mountain Man" was obviously not interested in staying true to the book!
Here's the thing about this book, way too much detail about what and how he ate. Although when we have a natural disaster here I will be fully prepared and 100% knowledgeable in matters of how to gut a deer, buffalo and many other animals. I will also know how to skin them, dry their hides & use every part of any wild beast (hmmm, I wonder if I could do the same to domesticated animals). I will also know I can, (in times of horrible, horrible famine) be able to eat a warm liver just freshly gutted from a deer. Another thing about this book, once again way, way too much detail about Kate and her insanity. Every time he had interaction with her there was nothing but blankness, an empty vessel, a dark hole. You get the picture. Some type of play between the two would have been nice. And now to the scalping, that was also described with such visual vigor that I have no doubt that I would be able to do a scalping. I would rather not, but if I have to I can.
And here's the last thing, I needed someone, sometime, somewhere to bathe. Even once a year would have been acceptable. ...more
I really don't fell any wittier or wiser after reading this book. I believe there were 5 quotes that worth reading, that's not much considering that tI really don't fell any wittier or wiser after reading this book. I believe there were 5 quotes that worth reading, that's not much considering that there 200. Here I'll save you the time and give the best away. 1. "Keep in mind that no matter how cute and sexy a guy is, there's always some woman somewhere who is sick of him." I thought was a pretty funny and accurate. 2. "Action is the antidote to despair." True, true, but sometimes you don't have the energy for action! 3. "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." All I can say to that is, AMEN!!!! But after I get pissed off, I'm almost always good to go down to happy learning path, almost always. 4. "Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got." That's pretty self explanatory don't you think?
So, after reading the 5th one I decided it was really only 4 good quotes. I hope I saved you some time and added insight into your life....more
I read the review of this book in a magazine & thought I want to read that book. Then I won it from goodreads. Karma!!!
I haven't read anything fI read the review of this book in a magazine & thought I want to read that book. Then I won it from goodreads. Karma!!!
I haven't read anything from Michelle Moran but I would definitely pick up another one of her books. Loved the book. Her writing style is easy yet interesting to read. It was filled with history & facts that I didn't know, even after reading "Tale of Two Cities" & "Le Miserable." But don't worry. You won't fill like your in a history class.
It tells the story of how Madame Tussaud and her wax museums came to be. I think you should read it, I know your style & I think you would really like it. ...more
It's really a three and a half star book, only because there were a few chapters that belonged hidden with the ancient ruins from a Mayan tribe. But It's really a three and a half star book, only because there were a few chapters that belonged hidden with the ancient ruins from a Mayan tribe. But the rest . . . a real treat for David Sedaris fans. While reliving his job as an elf at Macy's he tells a story of a woman who say's she's going to have him fired. Fired! He couldn't believe it. It took all his fortitude to not lean over and whisper in her ear that he was going to have her killed. It's much funnier when he tells it. His chapter on, "Six to Eight Black Men," was funny from start to finish. He talks about other countries and their "traditions" of Santa. FUNNY! However he can be quite crass and a little crud at times, so definitely not for everyone. If you've ever read any of his other stuff, you know how he can be. Luckily for me, I can be a little rough around the edges so I'm not easily offended. ...more
Award winner? No. Slightly entertaining? Yes. It was okay to read but I won't read the rest of the series. However, if she ever wrote a book just abo Award winner? No. Slightly entertaining? Yes. It was okay to read but I won't read the rest of the series. However, if she ever wrote a book just about the grandma, I'd be all over it. Old people are the fall back for entertainment....more
I thought I would hate this book, (so why did I bother to read it? I still don't know, maybe trying to widen my narrow opinions). It wasn't too bad, I thought I would hate this book, (so why did I bother to read it? I still don't know, maybe trying to widen my narrow opinions). It wasn't too bad, in fact it held my interest. I had no idea how much I didn't know about Mary Queen of Scots, so it was very interesting. But, here's the thing, until I did research after reading the book I realized there was too much false info in the book. Now that I know that, I would probably encourage you to read a more accurate novel. Between reading the book and then doing extra (accurate) research, I enjoyed it, learned a lot and found it interesting. And that's all I have to say about that. ...more