The first thing you need to know is that this is not a book about dogs – bad, good, or otherwise. Another Bad-Dog Book is merely the title of the firs...moreThe first thing you need to know is that this is not a book about dogs – bad, good, or otherwise. Another Bad-Dog Book is merely the title of the first story in the book. Rather, it is a collection of stories from the author's life that are fundamentally about how, as we stumble through it, life teaches us what is truly important; or as the subtitle says – Tales of Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior. These are tales of things as mundane as ranting about a local eyesore and as sublime as the quiet times we spend with aging parents, and realizing how much we lose when they’re gone. Mostly, the book is about those moments in our lives when we get a glimpse of our true selves rather than our distorted self-images. The natural flow of Ms. Cole’s writing gives the book the feel of sharing coffee and laughs with her as she catches us up on what’s been happening in her life. Her insights will bring these stories to mind – and a smile to the lips – for weeks after the final page is turned.
If I were a therapist, I would want a few patients like Cole to help keep me sane; the ones who talk about some aspect of their life that’s just not sitting right with them, but who, by talking it out, resolve the issue for themselves – and in the process make me wiser.(less)
When Poe is good, he’s one of the best. When he’s not so good, he’s boring at best and just plain silly at worst. If you want to read Poe - and everyo...moreWhen Poe is good, he’s one of the best. When he’s not so good, he’s boring at best and just plain silly at worst. If you want to read Poe - and everyone should read him at one time or another - stick with the stories and poems you’ve heard about from as far back as high school.(less)
I added this to my TBR list because The Yellow Wallpaper is on the 1001 Books list and it looked interesting. I was surprised, and a little disappoint...moreI added this to my TBR list because The Yellow Wallpaper is on the 1001 Books list and it looked interesting. I was surprised, and a little disappointed, that that particular story is so short. I wanted more of the drama and horror of a mind slipping into psychosis but thinking that everything's actually getting better. Come to think of it, maybe it's a good thing that she kept the story brief.
Gilman was a feminist and a socialist and she wrote her stories and essays for the purpose of presenting her views on how society could and should be changed for the better. While I don't agree with all her views, I did find her writing style to be perfect for her purpose. She writes clearly and elegantly without browbeating her readers. She has very definite opinions but I got the impression that, were I to sit and discuss them with her, she would listen to my opinions and then politely but firmly point out why I was wrong to hold such opinions. It would be a fun and interesting conversation.(less)