Contemporary slave narrative written by Harriet Jacobs under the pseudonym Linda Brent. Unique in that it focuses on what it meant to be female and enContemporary slave narrative written by Harriet Jacobs under the pseudonym Linda Brent. Unique in that it focuses on what it meant to be female and enslaved and outlined how the sexual abuse of slave women and destruction of their families also adversely impacted the white wives/daughters of slave owners, their family structure, and all American society. Her escape was unique in that it took over 7 years to occur, most of it spent in hiding in a tiny attic crawlspace very near her "owners'" home, just waiting for an opportunity of escape to the north. The book also gives insight into the precarious situation of being a free black in the antebellum south and a fugitive slave in the north.
So much of her poetry is a voyeuristic romp through her last dramatic year that I wonder if Sylvia Plath would be as highly regarded if she had not coSo much of her poetry is a voyeuristic romp through her last dramatic year that I wonder if Sylvia Plath would be as highly regarded if she had not committed suicide and were still living. The poems in Ariel are overwhelmingly dark, full of rage and depression. Certainly anyone who has ever been a mother can relate to Morning Song and the child's temper tantrum in Lesbos, but I found poems like Lesbos and Daddy to go beyond plain contemplation and to be just hateful. (And, really, for all her obvious mastery at vocabulary "Achoo" was the best word found for the rhyme in the first verse of Daddy?) The bee poems are the best of the lot, but the poem I think that appealed to me the most was Balloons for its simple, descriptive yet wonderful imagery....more
Found this book at the library because I am interested in making a stick gate for my split rail fence. After reading this book, I am considering replaFound this book at the library because I am interested in making a stick gate for my split rail fence. After reading this book, I am considering replacing my rail fence with a bentwood fence! It's a short book, but with everything you need to know about bentwood structures. The introduction goes into the history of bentwood and has photographs of pieces the author has made. There is a section on what tools to use (including nails and wire) and chapters with detailed directions on making a basic trellis and where/how to find the right kind of wood. That's followed by chapters on detailed designs, each wonderfully illustrated, and other chapters on gates, fences, arbors, and straightwood trellises. Also helpful is a chapter on different types of vines to use on your trellis and their characteristics that may, or may not, make them desirable. There are recipes in the chapter on enjoying your bentwood, but unless you have your own herb garden you may have difficulty finding the ingredients. The Resources chapter is dated; no websites included. I was able to google all the places referenced and found only one was no longer a tree nursery. Overall, a great book to use for working in your own garden.
I enjoyed this book, but I am not sure it is for everyone. As much a travelogue as a book about Chilton's quest to see every Labrador duck, it containI enjoyed this book, but I am not sure it is for everyone. As much a travelogue as a book about Chilton's quest to see every Labrador duck, it contains descriptions of Chilton's ramblings in various locations around the world. This is not a Rick Steves' adventure - Chilton has some rather odd ideas of what to see when in major tourist destinations (and this coming from someone who spent a couple of hours tracking down Mendeleev's periodic table in St. Petersburg). I almost thought he wasn't even going to mention the Hermitage in St. Petersburg! I rather enjoyed the part about Leiden, the Netherlands because I spent time working there and I am pretty sure he stayed at the Holiday Inn a block or two from the natural history museum because I stayed in a Euro-style hotel near the train station and walked a couple blocks to the industrial park next to the Holiday Inn, passing that same museum every day. The scathing review of Philadelphia was deserved - this is the city that killed HitchBOT, afterall. Ultimately a couple of questions I had were never answered. Exactly what color were the feet/legs and bill of the Labrador duck supposed to be? And, more importantly, since most were "collected" on their winter breeding grounds, are we sure that the plumage of the drakes is not eclipse and that they didn't look entirely different in their breeding plumage? Does anyone know? Don't forget to read the epilogue because it could be worth $10k. I know I'll be checking out my small city's natural history museum bird collection looking, hopefully, for a Labrador duck....more
I have the edition that was published in 1993, so while the information about natural things to see is still relevant, references are dated. Contact iI have the edition that was published in 1993, so while the information about natural things to see is still relevant, references are dated. Contact information is only given as snail mail or telephone numbers, no websites or email; driving directions are just that and do not include GPS coordinates. Beyond that, this book has great ideas of things to see/do in New England/New York. There is the obligatory fall tree colors, maple sugaring, and occasional mammal/waterfall/flower suggestion, but I must say that Weidensaul's "birdiness" does come out as there is a definite bias toward all things birding. I personally think that is just fine, but if you don't own a pair of binoculars and can't tell a bufflehead from a pied-bill grebe, then this is probably not the guide for you. ...more
Maybe a more realistic portrayal of the frontier than most would prefer to read. It wasn't always like "Little House on the Prairie", scrubbed of theMaybe a more realistic portrayal of the frontier than most would prefer to read. It wasn't always like "Little House on the Prairie", scrubbed of the failures, death, disease, adultery, poverty, and misery. And there is an abundance of that kind of reality in this book. The book opens with alternating storytelling by James and Sadie. His with an obsession about apple trees and hers with an Appalachian hillbilly twang at odds with her New England background. You form a picture of their dysfunctional shotgun wedding and need to move west because there is no land for them in Connecticut. Unfortunately, they end up in the Great Swamp of Ohio and the result is nothing but misery. The book then changes viewpoint for reasons that become apparent later and is continued by their son Robert.
I felt like this was just a little too slick with overtly obvious symbolism such as the family name Goodenough. Sadie's chapters were annoying to read between what seemed like an inappropriate southern accent and those apostrophes left out of contracted words. Why? The letters written by Robert which were intended to show his continuing education weren't really that realistic. Why would he have crossed out a name and rewritten it when all he forgot was the last letter was doubled. Most people would have just added the extra letter. I think this would have been especially true during an age when paper was precious and writing was done with a nib dipped in ink. I also felt that John Chapman's portrayal didn't ring true; he was enough of a religious nut that I think he would not have served as alcoholic Sadie's enabler, supplying her with applejack. He would more likely have supplied her with religious dogma of the Church of New Jerusalem....more
Much what you would expect. Mediocre writing and stories that were okay, but not overly funny or interesting and at times preachy about how the PA GamMuch what you would expect. Mediocre writing and stories that were okay, but not overly funny or interesting and at times preachy about how the PA Game Commission operates. The author noted that he changed names to protect identities, but his use of the names Billy Bob and Cletus was a bit campy. ...more
A novel about how power via dehumanizing technology corrupts mind, soul and body. There are two main story lines, one following Ethan a programmer genA novel about how power via dehumanizing technology corrupts mind, soul and body. There are two main story lines, one following Ethan a programmer genius in the banking world and one following Jessica, a military drone operator. Hint: the bad guys are bankers and military/politicos. These two main story lines tie together tangentially, but it takes awhile to get there. I wanted to like this more than I did because the themes are admirable, but I just found the two main characters to be somewhat annoying and the ending as it relates to Jessica to be implausible and I'll leave it at that so as to avoid spoilers. ...more
Hetty Green is the multimillionaire you've never heard of. A contemporary of Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Vanderbuilt, she has been mostly overlooked byHetty Green is the multimillionaire you've never heard of. A contemporary of Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Vanderbuilt, she has been mostly overlooked by history, probably due to a combination of lack of heirs, lack of philanthropy, and her gender. She was a no-nonsense Quaker who eschewed the frivolous spending of the Gilded Age. As with most millionaires, she was not entirely self-made having inherited a fortune from her whaling family, but due to shrewd investment and business dealings she grew her inheritance to the point where she was lending money to New York City, bailing out banks during economic downturn and was the richest woman in America. While I appreciated learning more about this forgotten woman, I felt that this biography was disorganized both chronologically and topically. Historical photos are included, but miss what could have been some interesting comparisons. For example, along with the photos of the Gilded Age mansions of her contemporaries, it would have been nice to have a photo of Hetty's home, Tucker House, for comparison. ...more
Horrifying and riveting at the same time. Written in 19th century style -- you just have to love the chapter summaries that are included in the title.Horrifying and riveting at the same time. Written in 19th century style -- you just have to love the chapter summaries that are included in the title. So much of this story is just heartbreaking and must have been another powerful weapon in the abolitionist movement. Solomon's descriptions of the futility of running from his slave home in a Louisiana bayou made you wonder how any runaways ever made it to freedom. But most of all the relentless abuse would have caused anyone to give up hope. It is amazing that he was able to regain his lawful freedom and a travesty that those responsible were never brought to justice.