If you read this book, I'll assume that you're as big of a Tommy Lee and Motley Crue fan as I am. If you're not into Tommy Lee, well, why did you read...moreIf you read this book, I'll assume that you're as big of a Tommy Lee and Motley Crue fan as I am. If you're not into Tommy Lee, well, why did you read this? Dummy.
Although he does discuss Motley Crue, that's not the point of this book. Most of this book focuses on Tommy and his life--his thoughts, his marriages, the infamous sex tape (of course), his time spent in prison, his children. A large part of this book is sex, drugs, and rock and roll but from this book it's clear that there's more to him than that. He never trashes Pam Anderson, and it's obvious that he still thinks very highly of his ex-wife Heather Locklear. He thoughtful, reflective, and completely acknowledges a lot of the mistakes he made in the past. He's a pretty deep person, and I actually appreciate him more for it.
Why the three stars? It's not a well written rock bio, and at times I found myself skipping parts of it because he'd either already said it before or I just plain wasn't interested. But it's cool. I still love Tommy Lee.(less)
Finally, finally, finally finished this one, nearly 3 years after I downloaded it onto my Kindle. I normally would have given up out of sheer boredom...moreFinally, finally, finally finished this one, nearly 3 years after I downloaded it onto my Kindle. I normally would have given up out of sheer boredom (Millet makes her sex life here about as exciting as reading a phone book) but I honestly WAS interested in the story behind this book. Millet claims to have thousands of sex partners--but why? It's obvious that the sex here wasn't written to titillate, but to provoke intellectual thought about sex itself. She accomplishes somewhat of her goal here--there are some intriguing theories as to why Millet has so much sex with anonymous people--but not enough to hold my attention throughout, to allow me to gain any real insight in the process of reading it. Maybe my 50 Shades of Grey-ish interest in the subject matter wasn't satisfied, maybe something got lost in translation. I imagine that some people are thrilled with the very idea of this book, while others loathe it. Either way, I wouldn't read this book again, nor would I download it. (less)
I wanted to like this book, but it's not very compelling at all. The story is interesting--a young man is a victim of a terrifying carjacking (which h...moreI wanted to like this book, but it's not very compelling at all. The story is interesting--a young man is a victim of a terrifying carjacking (which he hasn't quite healed from) and becomes a victim of the same kind of violence as a fraternity pledge shortly after. I feel bad for this guy, I really do, but I have to wonder exactly what he expected as a part of the pledging process. He talks about having to sit with his brothers for breakfast every morning as if he was being stretched on a torturing device. Did he think it would be a cake walk? It's sad but unfortunately hazing does go on and is a part of college life. Most people who enter Greek life expect some kind of hardship--even if it's as miniscule as eating with people or standing on your feet for the final ceremony.
And then there's the writing. Nothing to really write home about. Brad Land's stream of consciousness was so confusing that I had to go back and reread passages to decipher what exactly he was saying. By the time I got to the middle of the book I was bored out of my mind. At the end I'm still left with the question of what the whole point of the book really was. To get the experience off his chest? To educate us? I came away with nothing. I wish I knew...(less)
Domenica Ruta's life in "With or Without You" reads like some "Mommie Dearest" script straight from hell. She grew up in a trash strewn house on a dea...moreDomenica Ruta's life in "With or Without You" reads like some "Mommie Dearest" script straight from hell. She grew up in a trash strewn house on a dead end street in Danvers, Mass. with a drug addicted mother and grows up and becomes, not surprisingly, drug and alcohol addicted herself. Despite the setbacks of her childhood she managed to get into a boarding school, continue her education through graduate school, get sober, and write this book. On the subject of her mother's neglectful and abusive behavior she neither demonizes nor apologizes for her, she merely reports the story in a tone that's not detached, but, somehow, oddly endearing.
Ruta writes well, I can't dispute that. Aside from a few sections that seemed to have nothing to do with the book whatsoever (a chapter at the end devoted entirely to her dog, for instance), the narrative managed to hold my attention all throughout. The reason why this book gets three stars instead of five is the book's organization. You would think that a memoir like this one would be a straight through read, but it jumps around back and forth through time and even repeats itself in several places. It reads more like a series of linked autobiographical essays rather than a chronological memoir. Perhaps this was exactly the author's intent, but it was confusing and slowed down the book.
Even though this book is short, it took me a long time to read it. It wasn't because it was a particularly hard read, but because this book failed to...moreEven though this book is short, it took me a long time to read it. It wasn't because it was a particularly hard read, but because this book failed to really engage me. Yes, you feel bad for the author and her illness, but by the end of the book I realized that I didn't know any more about her than when I started. You read detailed medical descriptions all about what's physically wrong with her and how its eventually treated, but feel no emotional investment here because her emotions seem hidden behind a bunch of detached, vignette-style observations. And the end of the book seemed completely out of touch with the rest of the book---not how the author is coping emotionally but more like a series of essays about how the reader should live their life and not take anything for granted. Not my cup of tea at all. (less)
This was a quick read but a hard one, because the devastation that the author feels after losing her parents, husband, and two young sons in the 2004...moreThis was a quick read but a hard one, because the devastation that the author feels after losing her parents, husband, and two young sons in the 2004 tsunami is told so vividly that you feel as if you are there. From the first lines: "I thought nothing of it at first. The ocean looked a little closer to our hotel as usual," you are thrust immediately into an event so traumatic you wonder if recovery is a remote possibility. All throughout reading this book I kept flipping to the back flap and viewing the author's picture to ask myself: how is she still here? How does she continue to find the courage to make it through each day? I could not imagine losing everyone and everything I love in a matter of seconds, but Deraniyagala writes such an honest, convincing account that is completely believable and unforgettable. I can't say that I loved this book (no one wants to read page after page of someone's pain) but it is beautifully and thoughtfully written.(less)
My love affair with this book began with the first line:
"If you have ever fucked up, then this is the book for you."
And so begins The Chronology of Wa...moreMy love affair with this book began with the first line:
"If you have ever fucked up, then this is the book for you."
And so begins The Chronology of Water, a raging, sexy, in-your-face account of the life of Lidia Yuknavitch. I won't call this a memoir, because its not a confession. It is not mournful, there are no regrets. It doesn't flinch. There are no conventional story memoir story arcs here (the fuck up, the moment of clarity, the eventual forgiveness). Here, Yuknavitch describes how she's walked through the fires of hell--drug addiction, losing a child, divorce, alcoholism--and she's not sorry for a single word of it. Her bravery to explore the deep, dark, murky depths of life is to be applauded. And the lovely, beautiful, motif of water runs through this entire book.
Did I mention that I love this book?
I'd read this book again and again. Again and again. Just to feel the words under my skin. Thank you, Miss Yuknavitch. Thank you, thank you, thank you.(less)
I got to the last 100 pages of this book and stopped reading because I completely lost interest in this book. The repetitive subjects of Sedaris' home...moreI got to the last 100 pages of this book and stopped reading because I completely lost interest in this book. The repetitive subjects of Sedaris' home life, family, etc completely bored me beyond belief. I mean, how many times can you mine the same territory of those topics without it all sounding the same? I get that he grows up in a quirky, offbeat kinda family...but uhh..is that it? Not to say that I don't like David Sedaris' style or he's a bad writer, I enjoyed "When You Are Engulfed in Flames." This one, however, left much to be desired.(less)
This book took me forever to finish. Ideally it shouldn't have, seeing that it was less than 200 pages. Needless to say, it took me forever to finish...moreThis book took me forever to finish. Ideally it shouldn't have, seeing that it was less than 200 pages. Needless to say, it took me forever to finish because I hated it. I'd read a little, step away, come back...read a little more, step away, come back. It wasn't the sexual content that bothered me, it was the author. Sure, we get that she is lonely, we get that she is 16, we get that she decides to have a bunch of sex with random people but honestly, why? She has no problem describing in detail the sexual experiences she has but fails to give any meaning to all of it. This book desperately lacks the back story that is required to make it stand on its own. Perhaps it was in there but I missed it...did something get lost in translation? Lmao.(less)
This book was just OK for me. Having read Dry and Running with Scissors, I'm very familiar Burroughs style of writing. With Magical Thinking, some of...moreThis book was just OK for me. Having read Dry and Running with Scissors, I'm very familiar Burroughs style of writing. With Magical Thinking, some of the stories were enjoyable, while others I ended up skimming through because they hardly held my interest. All in all, not as good, but not as good as his other books.(less)
As a person who has been diagnosed with clinical depression in the past year, I have a natural interest in this topic. However, it took me forever to...moreAs a person who has been diagnosed with clinical depression in the past year, I have a natural interest in this topic. However, it took me forever to finish this book. Some of Wurtzel's writing I found relatable, but for most of this book she just comes off as whiny, hysterical, and pretentious. She never fails to mention her Harvard education, the internships and the jobs she received, or to lay the blame at her parents, who paid for most of her medical care. This book was also entirely too long (I could have done without the last 150 pages, including the epilogue and afterword) and contained too many repetitive passages about trivial matters such as washing her hair or how her parents wouldn't pick her up from summer camp when she was 13 years old (the horror!). An absolute pill to read. (less)
Oh Carmen, how you annoy me. Hip Hop Helen of Troy? Girl, sit down...
She dedicates this book to "all the single mothers who have struggled." As a sing...moreOh Carmen, how you annoy me. Hip Hop Helen of Troy? Girl, sit down...
She dedicates this book to "all the single mothers who have struggled." As a single mother, I feel NO kinship with this woman.
I never understood why women want to air their dirty laundry, especially when they don't appear to have changed, become enlightened, or learned a damn thing throughout their 'journey.' After reading this book, I'm still at a loss for why Miss Bryan fills 259 pages with bad decisions, three abortions, an std, and back and forth unprotected sex with dudes who could give a damn less about her. All while leaving her daughter with relatives, of course. In between these events, she manages to find 'amazing clarity' and God. Oh yes, and time to bitch about how Nas won't pay her rent and car note. Last time I checked child support was for children. How about getting a real job, Carmen??
I do admit I picked this book up in a bit of a rush at the library, wanting to pass my time away on the last couple of days before school let out with a quick, easy, and somewhat cheap read. I laughed throughout most of it, reading it like some hastily written middle school quality confession. This book meets all of the above expectations. Anyone reading this book for anything more than that is crazy. (less)