Very thoughtfully written. I also enjoyed reading her interview at the completion of the book. A bright, insightful author. It is rare to find a bookVery thoughtfully written. I also enjoyed reading her interview at the completion of the book. A bright, insightful author. It is rare to find a book with such an intuitive point of view. ...more
This book should have remained what it originally was, a private journal. Maybe a grandmother would have better insight into this book? I found the boThis book should have remained what it originally was, a private journal. Maybe a grandmother would have better insight into this book? I found the book to be whiney, and honestly a bit pathetic. Inside thoughts that should have remained just that, inside. Like others, I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't do it for me. ...more
Music connection: "Let it Rock" -Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne "I see your dirty face, high behind your collar...And you take your time, and you do yourMusic connection: "Let it Rock" -Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne "I see your dirty face, high behind your collar...And you take your time, and you do your crime...When I arrive I bring the fire, make you come alive, I can take you higher...LET IT ROCK, LET IT ROCK, LET IT ROCK."
I laughed, I cried (no I really cried), and I truly did think I was part of the team. I read this book just as the Giants were slipping away from Arizona and were on a horrible scoring streak. Our pitchers were beat, and our bats were cold. I was so immersed in the stories, the details about these men that I watch day in and day out, that I found myself unable to look at the true reality of the team and the situation. As Chris was yelling at the screen and walking around in deep depression regarding our hitting, I was on cloud 9, feeling close to "my boys" and really truly believing we would pull through.
I recommend this book to ANY true Giants fan. It was a joyous read. May I suggest after the season ends and you want to reminisce on our 2010 season? Just a thought. ...more
I scoff when I hear people say, "I wish I had time to read!" My reading time is at 5:30 in the morning, when I am doing my cardio, rocking out to my mI scoff when I hear people say, "I wish I had time to read!" My reading time is at 5:30 in the morning, when I am doing my cardio, rocking out to my music, and trying to balance my book open on those cheap little plastic book "thingys". I have sensed a pattern recently when I listen to an old song from my Ipod and suddenly I am am shot back into a book I read three months, six months, or even two years ago.
When I purchase a new song, I will often open up my Ipod and listen to the same three songs as I do my 45 minutes of cardio. It seems that amazingly these songs begin to infiltrate the book, or vice versa. Suddenly the lyrics, the beat, the melody all have different meanings, due to the book that I am reading.
As Chris put it, "Some people pair wine with food, you pair music with books". Ahhhhh, yes, that is it!
On that note I will begin each book review from now on with the musical reference that will give readers a feel for the mood and the tone of the book (when applicable, still trying to pair a song with Tina Fey's new book... little tough!). I suggest listening to the song before cracking open the book, or better yet, while you are reading it to see if you can feel the tie of the song to the narrative.
This Side of Brightness had two songs, which makes perfect sense to the two entwining stories of the book (forgive any errors in my quoting)
"Keep Your Head Up" - Andy Grammer: Tied in with Nathan Walker the sandhog, who is building tunnels in the early 1900s in NYC. "You are gonna turn out fine....but you gotta keep your head up, and you can let your hair down, I know its hard, to remember sometimes, but you gotta keep your head up...My life and my purpose is it all worth it?... Only rainbows after rain, the sun will always come again, and its a circle, circling, around again..."
"The End" - Kings of Leon: Tied in with Treefrog, who made his home in the tunnels of NYC. "This could be the end... I just want to hold you, take you by your hands and tell you that your good enough, and tell you its going to be tough... Cuz I ain't got a home... running from the street lights..."
Read the book, listen to the songs, let me know what you think. ...more
Ok, maybe a little more long winded on this one...
Having visited Hawaii multiple times, I have taken boat rides around the islands and do recall beingOk, maybe a little more long winded on this one...
Having visited Hawaii multiple times, I have taken boat rides around the islands and do recall being pointed out the small island of Moloka'i. From my recollection, this was an island of banishment where criminals and people with leprosy were sent. In this book of historical fiction, there was much research done to understand what occurred on the island of Moloka'i a century ago. The characters were invented, although many were crafted after true people. The author used diaries, newspaper articles, and journals based on the real people who spent their life, and most usually their death, on this quarantined island.
Rachel is only seven years old when the first rosy spot appears on her skin. Her parents are immediately frightened and require her to wear long pants and shirts to cover up the spots. When one appears on her foot, Rachel is also asked to wear shoes to school, for which she is teased without mercy. Often, she describes the men who come to her school to check the children's hands and legs for spots. She passes these inspections, and is not sent to banishment until an argument with her sister on the playground alerts the school to her disease. In anger, her sister screams, "leper!", and changes the course of Rachel's life from that moment on.
Although the conditions changed over the years for those banished to Moloka'i, is is said that the first boat to arrive on the island found a starving man, with stumps for hands and feet, abandoned in a shopping cart waiting to die. Rachel never hears from her mother or sisters again, and struggles through her first days, shocked by what she sees as her own future. She tries to find happiness and a sense of peace, and the visits from her father help her to remember who she is. With a slow moving form of leprosy, Rachel ends up spending 54 years of her life on this island, before receiving the proper treatment and being granted "parole". At this point, what is left for Rachel in the real world?
This is an amazing story, very well written, and comes highly recommended, well, by me :) Thanks Meredith!...more
A very interesting historical look at Venice, Italy through the eyes of a visitor who has spent most of his time in Venice during tourist seasons. HeA very interesting historical look at Venice, Italy through the eyes of a visitor who has spent most of his time in Venice during tourist seasons. He decides to return in 1996, during the winter time in order to get a real look at the people and the energy of Venice, when all the tourists have packed up and gone home. Coinciding with his trip, the historic Fenice Opera house burns to the ground, and there is much discussion whether or not arson was involved, although most agreed that many were to blame for this tragedy. ...more
Don't worry everyone, I have too many books to post from my honeymoon to make these too "long winded". This was a very interesting book that intwinedDon't worry everyone, I have too many books to post from my honeymoon to make these too "long winded". This was a very interesting book that intwined the theories and beliefs of Sigmund Freud, with the socialite society of early 1900 New York, while still keeping you very intrigued with a complex murder mystery. My only issue was I felt the end was too hurried and the story didn't wrap up as neatly as intended. ...more
Thanks Meredith for this suggestion! This is a beautiful story of family overcoming tragedy, relying on their strength and their love for one another tThanks Meredith for this suggestion! This is a beautiful story of family overcoming tragedy, relying on their strength and their love for one another to pull them through. Tip and Teddy spent their young adulthood mourning the loss of their adoptive mother. One blustery evening as their father drags the boys from yet another political speech, a total stranger, or what seems to be a stranger, saves the life of Tip from an oncoming car. As the story unfolds, this woman, and her lanky daughter are more connected to the Doyle family than one would have ever imagined. Good enough for me to read in one day, so it is recommended! ...more
Great Music connection for this one, had to come back and add it: "Hurt" -Johnny Cash (almost uncanny) "I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel... WGreat Music connection for this one, had to come back and add it: "Hurt" -Johnny Cash (almost uncanny) "I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel... What have I become? My sweetest friend, everyone I know goes away in the end and you could have it all, my empire of dirt, I will let you down, I will make you hurt."
"Save Me" - Jem "I've got to stop my mind, working overtime, it's driving me insane...I need to take control...Insecurities keep growing, wasted energies keep flowing..."
This book has been haunting me for years. I think I have finally committed to it because I now have access to it in digital format, as I love to read at the gym and there is NO WAY this book was fitting onto the book "thingermajigger" during my cardio workouts. So here goes, more to come....more