Came in just under the wire for this one! Finished on the last day of February :)
I loved this except for the 70 dense pages on his campaign for presi...moreCame in just under the wire for this one! Finished on the last day of February :)
I loved this except for the 70 dense pages on his campaign for presidency. That part was a yawn, but the author was personally involved so I felt like he was just pumped about it.
I kind of loved Jimmy Carter's love for all things human rights. He got into politics almost accidentally, just because it seemed like a way to help out and then just kept getting elected. The presidency maybe wasn't the greatest fit for him, but he did what he could then went on to have a truly awe inspiring post-presidency. Cool dude.
I had two solid hours to read and wanted to read something whole in that time. This came in from the library and I was in. It did take me a touch over...moreI had two solid hours to read and wanted to read something whole in that time. This came in from the library and I was in. It did take me a touch over 2 hours, but not much- so I would recommend this as a great single serving story.
I really did like it. I have only read one other Neil Gaiman and walked away less than impressed, but now I feel like maybe I should keep reading. I thought that the prose here was excellent. I wasn't AS sold on the story past about the halfway point, but I think that is just the "I don't care much about monsters" part of me ;) I thought that for a short work, he created solid characters and I could just lost myself in the setting and drama.
I guess when the only complaint you have about a book is "I wanted it to keep going" that's not too shabby :) (less)
Spooky kids always get me. This had some legit scary moments. I'm getting too old for this. Getting scared used to be so fun, now I just want to sleep...moreSpooky kids always get me. This had some legit scary moments. I'm getting too old for this. Getting scared used to be so fun, now I just want to sleep on the boys' floor to make sure they're safe. I'm dead serious. Only happy books from now on ;) (less)
This is quite literally one of the worst non-fiction books I have ever read. If you can look past the insane bias (which I really couldn't) there were...moreThis is quite literally one of the worst non-fiction books I have ever read. If you can look past the insane bias (which I really couldn't) there were still the 900,000 times that he sited secondary sources, and so many cases of whole phrase/paragraph repetition and just sloppy writing that I was appalled. I cannot imagine how this made it to publication.
Amongst other things, Fulsom claims that Nixon was a gay drunk that beat his wife and hated his daughters. He really has almost no evidence that points to any of this, just third hand antidotes.
I'm positive that Nixon was not a great guy, but from Fulsom's picture, he wasn't even human. Just this blob of evil that walked around and said insane stuff. I love reading presidential biographies to get a picture of who our leaders were as people and I didn't get a single ounce of that here.
So I'm typing this with one hand and making my tinfoil hat with the other because YOU GUYS! This is the craziest thing I've ever read.
Honestly, the f...moreSo I'm typing this with one hand and making my tinfoil hat with the other because YOU GUYS! This is the craziest thing I've ever read.
Honestly, the first half is what absolutely left me with my jaw to the floor. The author pretty much just made a case for what a crooked guy LBJ was, how many people hated RFK, and how the mob and FRANK SINATRA tied into all of this. I cannot even tell you how beyond shocked I was.
And I just read a book about lbj that talked about how he named his penis Jumbo, flashed it at the merest hint of provocation and made men in his staff measure their penises to make sure he was the biggest. So my distaste for the dude was pretty high before.
The thing is, we'll never know 100% about Kennedy's death. We just won't. This guy makes a strong case that LBJ was behind it and it does make sense...Mostly he proves that LBJ had the means and the motive, but it wouldn't stand up in court, I don't think... But even if he didn't? In the off chance that the Warren Commission got It right? Well, fine.
But even then, the whole first half of the book is straight up documented incidents that involved LBJ and his crew killing people without batting an eye. It's about mob bosses and old money and famous people and literally every president from JFK to George Bush Sr. It is WILD. ::edit:: Nope, I forgot that Jimmy Carter was a person. He wasn't included here.
I'm obviously a little president-obsessed, but even if you're not this is a great read that will absolutely knock your socks off. (less)
So, I’m an internet person. I was a teenager when the internet was “new” and I jumped on board and didn’t look back. I have good friends who live in m...moreSo, I’m an internet person. I was a teenager when the internet was “new” and I jumped on board and didn’t look back. I have good friends who live in my computer and honestly some of my closest friends are “internet people”… so when I jumped on the smart phone train, I was in it. You know what I mean. The panicky feeling when your phone isn’t touching you, the times spent in front of a glowing screen when you could be building your marriage, that constant need to be “connected”… I was there. When I saw this book, I knew that it was absolutely something that I needed to read. I had been trying without success to pull myself out of the computer & my phone and felt like hearing someone else’s account of the same situation would be helpful.
It totally, totally was.
Rachel’s struggle was a bit different than mine. I think that I became a phone addict because being a SAHM to two little ones is just lonely. Real conversation is infrequent and texting and being online was a great way to alleviate that. Rachel was more of an overachiever that needed to constantly be emailing about projects and schedules and things that I don’t deal with as much… but the result was the same: that feeling that maybe we are not giving our kids and husband the best of ourselves.
I think that this idea of being “hands free” is pretty beautiful. The whole goal is just to put down electronics, get away from the glowing screen and give our families our undivided attention for large chunks of time. It’s about striking a balance between being a busy, connected person and also a caring and attentive family member. She is realistic in saying that we will still use electronics, but that there is a time and place for that.
There were a lot of practical tips here, but actually what helped me is not something that was mentioned. I told myself that I was “allowed” to check my phone every hour on the hour for about 10 minutes. When the boys were napping, or before they woke up I could have free reign and that after they go to bed I can look at it only after I have some quiet time with my husband. Knowing that I was not restricted entirely but just disciplining myself really helped. The first few days were really, really hard but after a week or so, I didn’t find myself craving that outside connection as much, as I was finding more satisfaction what I was doing in the moment. There is something powerful in that, in being so totally in the moment.
I thought that this book was written in a really familiar, personal way. I have never read the author’s blog, but I suspect that a lot of the chapters were pulled from her blog, as they just had that short form feel more than the feel of a whole cohesive book. I don’t necessarily think that that detracted from the book especially since it was set up with questions and suggestions for using it as a group discussion book. By the end of the book I could feel the repetitiveness setting in, but honestly sometimes to learn something you have to hear it a few times, so it didn’t feel as repetitive as it did reaffirming.
So I loved it. It is one of those books that has truly, truly made an impact on my life and my family. I heartily recommend it to all of my internet people :)
I got this book for free through NetGalley, but all opinions are my own!(less)