**spoiler alert** “Sima’s Undergarments For Women” tells the story of a woman overcome with guilt and regret from her inability to conceive a child. W...more**spoiler alert** “Sima’s Undergarments For Women” tells the story of a woman overcome with guilt and regret from her inability to conceive a child. When beautiful, young Timna comes into Sima’s life, suddenly the void is filled and her life is brightened. As Sima begins to grow close to the girl, we see conflicts arise between the two women. In the end, through Timna, Sima is finally able to see that she is afraid of letting others in. I found myself torn between feeling sorry for Sima and annoyed that she was always trying to meddle in Timna’s life. Overall, I enjoyed the book and was so happy to see that Sima and Lev worked things out and were able to start fresh together. It was an emotional ride, but one that I enjoyed. I think we can all learn something about regret and life from this well written story.(less)
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways & was pretty excited to dive into it after reading the summary. My expectations were high and I was de...moreI won this book through Goodreads Giveaways & was pretty excited to dive into it after reading the summary. My expectations were high and I was definitely not let down. The Girl in the Lighthouse is a historical fiction novel packed with plenty of action. I couldn't help but feel my heart breaking for the main character, Lillian Arrington, as she suffered through all of the pain and strife in her adolescence. As the story came to an end, there were many surprising twists that left me wanting more. My only issue is that I felt I didn't get enough closure on Lillian's story. There was so much more I wanted to know about her journey and her family's past.(less)
**spoiler alert** "Numb" is the journey of an amnesiac who can't feel pain. He has no recollection of his true identity or where he came from, so he d...more**spoiler alert** "Numb" is the journey of an amnesiac who can't feel pain. He has no recollection of his true identity or where he came from, so he does what any lonely person with a unique talent has at least thought of doing, he joins the circus. During his time in the circus, we begin to see that the people around him tend to use him for their own gain. He cannot feel pain but he does come away with many horrible scars that serve as a reminder. After an incident in the lion's cage, Numb (as he has come to be known), and his friend Mal head to New York City with a single clue to Numb's former life, an old, bloody business card. In New York, Numb is overwhelmed with how much the people around him use his sudden fame to make money. They nail him to bars for money despite his protests. Finally, Numb gathers the courage to break his ties with Mal. He gets himself an agent and a girlfriend, and things seem to be really looking up. "Numb"is a wild ride in one man's search for identity. Along the way we see how it feels to be used for fame and fortune. Although Numb can't feel physical pain, this story is all about the emotional struggles he has. Even when Numb was doing stupid things like cheating on his sweet, blind girlfriend, I couldn't help but feel sorry for him. Ferrell did a great job of creating a flawed but likable protagonist. There was nothing amazing about this book, but it was a quick read that I found interesting. "Numb" offers a different take on human nature that I found refreshing, albeit dark. It's hard to imagine the condition Numb is in, desperately wanting to feel the pain that others feel. If you're squeamish, you may have some difficulties getting through this one as it's quite graphic at times. Ferrell is a great new writer that I'm excited to see more from.(less)
In Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer sets out to provide us with the facts about the animals we are eating in America. This is not a book that I wo...moreIn Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer sets out to provide us with the facts about the animals we are eating in America. This is not a book that I would typically read but I'm a big fan of Foer's writing after Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, so I was interested to see what he had to say here. There were parts that felt a little too textbook for my taste, but I was surprised by how interested I was in all of the statistics and facts he detailed. I am not a vegetarian, although I'm not a huge meat eater either. Beef is the one meat that I think would be hard to give up if I decided to go vegetarian because I really do love a good burger now and then. After reading this, I've been much more selective about what I've been eating.
This was the first account of how our meat is processed that really got to me. I haven't been able to eat any meat this week after reading some of the descriptions in Eating Animals. I like the way Foer presents his thoughts in a fairly neutral manner considering that he is a vegetarian himself. I don't feel like I'm being pressured or bullied into giving up meat. Since he is one of my favorite authors, I also find myself respecting his opinions and ideas a lot more. I think that's why the book got to me more than any documentary I've seen on factory farming. I was surprised by how much of the sea life was being affected by shrimp and tuna collection. Every vegetarian I know still includes fish in their diet. I've heard all about the mistreating of chickens and cows, but never really anything about how many fish are being injured or killed accidentally by fishermen. I think that Eating Animals is a good book for just about anyone to read. There are a lot of interesting facts that will allow you to make a more informed decision about what you're eating next time you're at the grocery store.(less)
“Have You Found Her” is the heart wrenching account of a remarkable woman’s experience mentoring a troubled young girl. Erlbaum takes a no-nonsense ap...more“Have You Found Her” is the heart wrenching account of a remarkable woman’s experience mentoring a troubled young girl. Erlbaum takes a no-nonsense approach to discussing the sensitive subject of addiction and handles it brilliantly, telling it exactly like it is. After 20 years away from the shelter that changed her life, Janice Erlbaum decides that she is ready to go back and help make a difference in the lives of others. It is here that she meets Sam, the intelligent, bright eyed young girl with a heartbreaking life story. Janice and Sam quickly form a bond like that of a mother and daughter as they face some of life’s biggest challenges together. This book is impossible to put down, captivating the reader with every twist and turn that Janice and Sam’s relationship takes. When I wasn’t reading, I found myself gushing to others about this wonderful book. HYFH is an outstanding story that touched me more than any book I have read in a very long time. (less)