"No one can pull anyone out from anywhere. You save yourself or you remain unsaved."
And so begins Lucky...Alice Sebold's harrowing account of her rape"No one can pull anyone out from anywhere. You save yourself or you remain unsaved."
And so begins Lucky...Alice Sebold's harrowing account of her rape that occurred when she was a college freshmen. I have read Lucky 3 (maybe 4 times) in the last few years and it never fails to have an impact on me. Lucky is written in such a beautiful way. It's both poetic and gritty. The candor in which Sebold writes about the rape was a shock to me when I first read Lucky. And re-reading the chapter in which the rape takes place made me flinch just as much this time as it did the first time.
Lucky is just an all-around amazing book. Alice Sebold's account is honest, unflinching, slightly humorous, and a book I wholeheartedly recommend....more
So, I just finished this book, this "non-fiction" book. The whole "true story" thing has to be the biggest bull I've ever heard of. Even if you read tSo, I just finished this book, this "non-fiction" book. The whole "true story" thing has to be the biggest bull I've ever heard of. Even if you read this book as fiction, it's just full of plot holes. This book is also nowhere near scary.
Firstly, Anson glosses over the DeFeos' story, which to me is the most interesting aspect of the book. Anson also has a supreme love for exclamation points. He used more exclamation points than were necessary. It's almost like he's telling the readers "read this part! Isn't it unbelievable?! Isn't this just crazy!". It seemed like Anson didn't believe that he can get by on just his wording and his story. He had to tell us which parts were unbelievable instead of letting the readers make their own conclusions.
Anson states "There is no evidence that any strange events occurred at 112 Ocean Avenue after the period of time reported in this book, but this too makes sense....ghost-hunters assure their clients that structural changes in a house, even a simple rearrangement of furniture, such as effected by a new tenant, will bring a speedy end to reports of the abnormal." That's just too damn convenient, don't you think?
So, this book was not a horror, nor was a complete non-fiction. Regardless of how you classify this book, it's just not good. Due yourself a favor and skip it. Instead, read the real horror story of 112 Ocean Avenue: the murder of the DeFeos....more
Let me just start out by saying that Happy Birthday or Whatever was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The author, Annie Choi, writes about her family withLet me just start out by saying that Happy Birthday or Whatever was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The author, Annie Choi, writes about her family with wit and sarcasm and you just can't help but laugh at her somewhat tense relationship with her mother.
The thing that I loved most about this book was that it was heartwarming and humorous. There are a lot of memoirs out there written about a dysfunctional family that are depressing. "My mom was a bitch to me. My dad left and didn't care that we had no income. My brothers and sisters were homeless." Yes some of those types of memoirs tug at my heart strings, but it was refreshing to read one in where the family is dysfunctional but love each other while not really standing one another.
Even if you aren't Korean, you'll love this novel. It's relateable to anyone who has felt embarrased or annoyed at their family members or felt that they wouldn't live up to the expectations that were set by them by their family. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a memoir about a slighly dysfunctional family, yet want to laugh out loud. I read this book in about four hours and had to stay up late to finish it. I just couldn't put it down....more