I've never been a diehard Palin gossip obsessive, but over the years it's been hard to avoid all the tidbits about Bristol and Levi. I thought this bo...moreI've never been a diehard Palin gossip obsessive, but over the years it's been hard to avoid all the tidbits about Bristol and Levi. I thought this book at the least would be amusing - and luckily Levi and his ghost writers have come up with exactly that - an amusing and sometimes surprisingly insightful quick read.
Ultimately, Levi's no perfect angel - a high school drop out who's done his best to support his child in light of the drama and hoopla around the Palin family. If anything, this book has stoked my interested in following the dynamic between Sarah and Bristol Palin - hopefully some day Bristol will write her own tell all, hopefully telling that horrible "Mommy Sarah" off once and for all.
Oh, and Bristol and Levi's child Tripp wasn't a surprise - Bristol voiced her want for a child, and Levi notes that he wasn't really paying attention to the particulars. Thus Sarah Palin's spinning of the child as a teenage accident is a load of crap - I had a laugh when Levi describes how Bristol mentioned Sarah wanted her to develop a career speaking for teen abstinence, and Bristol had to ask what abstinence was.(less)
Lucky enough, I've not had cancer, nor have I had anyone close to me experience it either. Still, the title of this book immediately got my attention...moreLucky enough, I've not had cancer, nor have I had anyone close to me experience it either. Still, the title of this book immediately got my attention - and I'm glad for it. The drawings are basic, but the message is honest and often pretty funny. Engelberg is the antithesis of Lance Armstrong, in terms of cancer attitude, in the best possible ways. An enjoyable read, and a book to keep in mind in case the Big C occurs in my life in the future.(less)
The funny thing is, I've loved Jackass for years, but Steve-O was never one of my favourites. After reading this book - his memoirs since childhood th...moreThe funny thing is, I've loved Jackass for years, but Steve-O was never one of my favourites. After reading this book - his memoirs since childhood through his career and rehab treatment - now he's trumping Chris Pontius and Johnny Knoxville as my Jackass of choice.
It turns out, through out his life, Steve-O's often been sidelined as the 'annoying (and perhaps less likeable) one', a fact that clearly contributed to his eventual alcoholism and drug addiction. His life story is far more interesting that I may have assumed - and one aspect of the book I loved the most was how the narrative sounds just like Steve-O's voice. His humility in his new life of sobriety makes the deadpan humour about his troubled past feel very honest and insightful. The fluid story telling made it a page-turner.
Despite this piece of media being a book - and not the film clips, TV and movies Steve-O's built his career on - there are still a number of shocking parts that I found satisfying as a Jackass fan. Reading anecdotes about the production of Jackass and Wildboyz sometimes had me re-reading a few lines, just to make sure I read correctly!
Overall, if you're familiar with Steve-O, I'd say give this book a chance. It may give some his past work, recent notoriety and new sobriety some much needed context.(less)
Although this book touts itself as the sequel to The Motorcycle Diaries, it's pretty different from its precursor. Instead of mischief exemplified in...moreAlthough this book touts itself as the sequel to The Motorcycle Diaries, it's pretty different from its precursor. Instead of mischief exemplified in Che's first trip around South America, his second trip, more into Central America, is very politically oriented. While giving a great insight to Che's experiences that aid his political evolution - it can be a dry read (compared to The Motorcycle Diaries). Probably best recommended for readers specifically interested in Che's personal journey, instead of those looking for a general travel diary.(less)
A so-so comics anthology when read around the 10th anniversary. The comics were all made soon after the attacks, so they mostly boil down to "what I w...moreA so-so comics anthology when read around the 10th anniversary. The comics were all made soon after the attacks, so they mostly boil down to "what I was doing on 9-11" type memoirs. Not sure what I was expecting from this book, but skipped over some comics, and found none to be that interesting. This is probably better for younger people who don't remember that day for themselves. (less)
I only came to read this book due to the publisher's PR storming of the media with how provocative the whole thing is. If you've read many reviews of...moreI only came to read this book due to the publisher's PR storming of the media with how provocative the whole thing is. If you've read many reviews of the book, it obviously causes strong feelings in many readers - both loving and hating Chua. I'm going to go ahead and skip commenting Chua's parenting ideas, as I don't have nor want kids, and I generally don't give a shit about parenting.
If you want to know the true heart and soul of Chua's life story, it is found on page 97: "The truth is I'm not good at enjoying life." You don't need to tell the reader twice, Chua!
As a writer, Chua cranks out cliche after cliche, ending the book by writing about how she doesn't know how to end her book.
If there's anything redeeming to say about the book, it's that I hope her awesomely badass (ok, just rebellious) daughter Lulu grows up to write a tell-all about Chua titled, "Bite Me, Tiger Mom." Also, I hope Chua dedicates any profits from this book to covering her daughters' therapy bills - it's the least she can do after exploiting her abuse of them in such a public manner.
I wish any of the many reviews I read said "despite the controversy, this book is not worth you time - don't bother."
Cute little book of water colours and sketches based on the author's surroundings/memoirs in Provenance and the south of France in general. The author...moreCute little book of water colours and sketches based on the author's surroundings/memoirs in Provenance and the south of France in general. The author divides the book into sections based on months, sketching foods, places, architecture, plant life, and other ephemera. Each month has its own page where the author notes important dates in French history for the month, and includes little blurbs about seasonal characteristics of the region.(less)
Generally a cute graphic-travellogue. The premise is that the author spends a few weeks in Paris with her mom while working on her final project for h...moreGenerally a cute graphic-travellogue. The premise is that the author spends a few weeks in Paris with her mom while working on her final project for her undergraduate degree - which is essentially this book. The story moves along at a nice pace, includes quirky observations and does a nice job of balancing the grandiose history of Paris with contemporary references that keep it modern (the trip takes place in Dec 06 - Jan 07).
There is extensive mention of all the food the author and her mom eat - sometimes it felt like I was just reading their daily menus (foie gras sounds exotic the first time or two, but after a while I felt like it was the book's filler). It would have been nice if she fleshed out her observations of the places she goes in Paris - more detailed drawings of markets and monuments - but that's easy for me to say in hindsight (as a traveller, I know travelling is not as glamorous as it seems).
The aspect of the narrative I didn't connect with as much was the focus on the author's 22nd birthday. When I was 22, I felt similar things about myself, life and the world - but now that I'm a ways past 22, reading the diary of a younger person feels a bit tiresome. I think this book will resonate with those in their early 20's - and there's nothing wrong with that!(less)