This book is also called The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
I needed something to listen to before the other books I requested arrived from the libraryThis book is also called The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
I needed something to listen to before the other books I requested arrived from the library and found this. I was thinking it was going to be a little more light-hearted than it was, but that did not take away from this book. I really, really liked this book. Sunny an American, opened a Coffee Shop in Kabul and it tells the stories of those working there and those that frequent it. A light read this book is not. I again cannot fathom some of the things that are just "normal" now in Afghanistan and it saddens me. I do not understand the level of barbarism towards women that is told in this book. It is truly horrific. It makes me want every American feminist that thinks living in America is so oppressing, be forced to read this book and realize how wonderful we have it here.
I would encourage everyone to read this book. It is eye-opening, in a way that did not overwhelm me and also a sweet story of friendship. Of note: The author did live in Kabul and did open her own coffee shop and ran and directed the Kabal Beauty School. So, I imagine a good portion of the book does closely resemble her own experiences. She now lives in Mexico. I'm going to check out her other books: Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil and Margarita Wednesdays.
A 26 year-old woman decides to hike the Pacific Coast Trail to solve all of her problems. Hoping to find herself instead of loosing it. ;) Listened toA 26 year-old woman decides to hike the Pacific Coast Trail to solve all of her problems. Hoping to find herself instead of loosing it. ;) Listened to this on CD.
I thought I was going to be more interested and enjoy this more than I did. Most of the time I was rolling my eyes at all the bad decisions she was making and saying "why!?" out loud as I listened to it. I felt like I was back at work and listening/looking at a patient's chart at work and yet she had no mental illness, just very poor coping skills. I was expecting more about the trail and the experiences on it. I did not expect all the stories of her past and her bad decisions. I understand that that was what brought her to hike the Pacific Coast Trail but I just didn't get some of the things she continued to do until almost the last chapter.
I also had almost no respect for her after she decided hiking the trail was more important than deciding to have a baby. However, I did enjoy reading the things that strictly trail related. ...more
The idea of this book intrigued me, also the time period and that it took place: in Brittany prior to it being a part of France.
Ismae has led a veryThe idea of this book intrigued me, also the time period and that it took place: in Brittany prior to it being a part of France.
Ismae has led a very neglected life as a turnip farmer's daughter and is sold off to marry a horrible man, is saved by the local herb witch and sent to convent for the God/Saint of Death. She is trained there in all the ways to kill along with some other God (Saint Mortain) given talents.
I like how this tells the local history and how the Celtic/Roman influenced Gods are slowly changed into Christian Saints and how at this time it was such an interesting political fight. I think the time in history is very intriguing and all that is going on makes for an excellent story. I like how Ismae is not afraid to question what is going on and her conclusions. I liked the love interest but felt that part of the series was a little weak.
I was intrigued with a lot of the ideas of death and the power and thoughts on it. I think this is a unique young adult series and I look forward to reading them. I also liked learning about all the various weapons. What a brutal world the 1400s were! ...more