I tried and couldn't get into it. There are times when I feel like I've been there/done that and I've read a few of the mystical/religious books thatI tried and couldn't get into it. There are times when I feel like I've been there/done that and I've read a few of the mystical/religious books that have come out in the last few years and I tend to enjoy the ones that have a darker mood. This one didn't seem to have it and maybe because I've never had a sister can I connect with the main character. And the writing didn't pull me in either.
A comprehensive book on chocolate that not only details the cocoa plant and how cocoa is harvested but how it was discovered by what civilizations, hoA comprehensive book on chocolate that not only details the cocoa plant and how cocoa is harvested but how it was discovered by what civilizations, how it was used and in what ways was it important to their society, through the big companies that then began to manufacture it, the kinds of chocolate that exist and why, the rivalries and philanthropists that profited and helped through it, and how it's a part of our chemistry, DNA, and holidays.
Enjoyed it immensely if only to justify why chocolate is the best!
"Americans eat an average of ten pounds per person per year, while Europeans eat as much as twenty-five pounds."...more
Multiple narrators are all the rage lately and this one gives two sides to grief. Melanie lost her mother to cancer and Damon, his best friend to suicMultiple narrators are all the rage lately and this one gives two sides to grief. Melanie lost her mother to cancer and Damon, his best friend to suicide. Needless to say they are both grieving and can find solace in one another. While it's cliche, the sentimentality and depth by paralleling Damon's story as he plays Othello in the school play ups the ante. It's as much about acceptance and secrets as it is voicing problems and concerns so that they don't become buried. Damon and Carlos were both people of color, but Carlos' other secret makes Damon feel like he played a part, but ultimately Damon's dedication to his friend solidifies that grief is present and will likely never go away, but you can get by with a little help from friends (and lovers). ...more
Dark and disturbing with many layers and commentaries on the justice system, family services, family dynamics, secrets, and childcare. The story stackDark and disturbing with many layers and commentaries on the justice system, family services, family dynamics, secrets, and childcare. The story stacks the chips against Mary from the start as she's been in baby jail and now in a home, but after finding out she's pregnant, the system swoops in to say she will be an unfit mother after her crime to put her in baby jail was "allegedly" killing a baby.
I almost gave up and then it picked up steam and moved through a series of scary, horrific, and also eye-opening events that tell a more vivid portrait of a child and family in crisis.
A deeper narrative nonfiction that does yeoman's work in detailing the history of Japan through each struggle, war, conflict, cultural shift, and thenA deeper narrative nonfiction that does yeoman's work in detailing the history of Japan through each struggle, war, conflict, cultural shift, and then into Japanese immigration to the United States and their internment after Pearl Harbor that demonstrates the divided nation (that existed before and continues to exist) related to culture and wartime politics. I appreciated the insight into the culture of the samurai, their battles with China, through all that was taken from them (over $5 billion) when they had to abandon their shops, homes, and possessions to be placed in internment camps. Though only a small portion is truly dedicated to this, rather it's about everything that took place around the internment that is sad and frustrating.
"A military man without poetry is a savage, not a samurai."
... particularly in England, where the average family spend 5 percent of its yearly income on tea. "A nice cup of tea" lifted one's spirits, calmed jittery nerves, and took the edge off hunger.
The catalog of the Library of Congress still has the subject heading "Concentration Camps- United States of America."
In "Politics and the English Language," Orwell says that words matter in ways we may not fully realize. Words have power. They shape our thoughts and feelings. The words that are used to describe an event are critical to how we view and understand the event. According to Orwell, there is a world of difference between everyday language and political language.
"Can another uprooting happen? The short answer: yes. Early in 2014, while discussing this dark chapter in our history, Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia was brutally frank. "It was wrong," he said, "but I would not be surprised to see it happen again, in time of war. It is no justification, but it is reality." ...more
**spoiler alert** Thomas packs so much into the four-hundred plus pages but it never feels overwhelming. It's the story of Starr, a black girl attendi**spoiler alert** Thomas packs so much into the four-hundred plus pages but it never feels overwhelming. It's the story of Starr, a black girl attending a mostly-white prep school with her brother outside of the Garden Heights neighborhood that she lives in. And she is aware that she's two Starr's-- Williamson Starr and Garden Heights Starr. Her interests both date and deepen readers' love for her. She loves Harry Potter and Fresh Prince of Bell Air, she uses Tumblr and works at her father's store. She doesn't really like to party but she finds herself at a Garden Heights party and reunites with her childhood friend Khalil. When a fight breaks out, Starr goes with Khalil where they are subsequently pulled over by a white cop who kills him-- in front of Starr. Who as already seen another friend, at a very tender age, killed by gunfire.
The entirety of the book are the relationships between her family, her interviews with police and also activist groups wants to share the real story, and her relationship with her white boyfriend, Chris. There's friendship drama, including calling out one of her Williamson friends. There's a crisis of identity. Who Starr really is and wants to be. She keeps some of these parts private and it leads to mistrust. Violence does continue, especially when Starr's father takes a neighborhood boy who wants to leave the gang as Starr's father did, but ends up back in the thick of it detailing protests and riots that are ripped from the headlines.
It's a powerful book. Impactful. Real. With a main character that has a rich voice and injects humor, seriousness, and anything in between in telling her story. ...more
I'm as up to date as Netflix allows me to be with the TV series, so reading the comic series is a bit of a recap in a good way since the series seemsI'm as up to date as Netflix allows me to be with the TV series, so reading the comic series is a bit of a recap in a good way since the series seems to do a pretty good job of following the graphic series. The images are just as starkly or uniquely portrayed as they are vividly scary in the TV series too with the players all interacting and trying to get ahead and survive in the shadow of a zombie apocalypse of sorts.
I can see why they're appealing and stocking these in our library-- don't know why we haven't thought about it before? Maybe the TV series cast a wider net, but I know it'll be a welcome addition to our graphic novel collection with popular appeal. ...more
Ended up getting this on Netgalley and forgetting to write my review.
While there are obvious comparisons from both the summary but also in this kindEnded up getting this on Netgalley and forgetting to write my review.
While there are obvious comparisons from both the summary but also in this kind of fantasy story it's either stereotypical or atypical. I'd go with the former but I did think that the writing had an easy-reading feel to it that made it easier to engage with than some of the others that I've picked up (then put right down).
Will I continue the series? Not likely, as only if I would take off my left arm to get to the second one will I read series books anymore-- having an appreciation for a standalone now more than ever-- but it did have voice. ...more
Zentner's got a way with words. Period. He did it in The Serpent King and he did it in this book too. And this book is impactful-- important for the mZentner's got a way with words. Period. He did it in The Serpent King and he did it in this book too. And this book is impactful-- important for the message it sends but also for the relationships he shares.
Carver was texting his friend Mars, but Mars was driving a car that also included the other two members of their silly friend group, the Sauce Crew, Eli and Blake. And Mars was in the middle of a text back to Carver when they slam into a truck and all three of them are killed. Carver holds survivor's guilt, blame for causing the accident because he texted Mars to text him back, and loneliness because his three best friends are now dead. The book opens with him attending the last of the three funerals.
It's beautifully arched story details how Carver is grieving over his friends, including numerous flashbacks to humorous escapades, but Carver's visits to a mental health professional to deal with a new normal that includes panic attacks, and his budding friendship with one of the only people who will talk to him AND understands his pain, Eli's girlfriend, Jesamyn. He especially needs a friends when Eli's twin sister, Adair, as well as many of the parents of the dead friends blames Carver and wants to see him punished for what they feel is his culpability.
The book is a series of profiles in healthy and unhealthy relationships, feelings, and coping mechanisms. It's also just about life and Zentner can create sentences and paragraphs and characters that tug at every human emotion that you have. There were tears, there was laughter.
"We're getting dirty looks from other diners. We couldn't care less. Remember? Young. Alive. Friday night in spring. A feast of junk food spread before us. Best friends. We feel like lords. Everything seems limitless."
"Funny how people move through this world leaving little pieces of their story with the people they meet, for them to carry. Makes you wonder what'd happen if all those people put their puzzle pieces together."
"In an ordinary existence, this moment would hum with endless possibility. It would be the precise second when the supernova of love is born. Something you tell your grandkids about: I remember when I went to pick up your grandma for our first date. She wasn't ready yet.... I watched her making these everyday movements, and even in such an ordinary moment she was extraordinary."
"Life everywhere. Pulsing, humming. A great wheel turning. A light blinks out here, one replaces it there. Always dying. Always living. We survive until we don't. All of this ending and beginning is the only thing that's infinite."
"I wish it would rain. Torrents. So hard it would cleanse me of worry and trouble; so hard it would life the stain of death from me and carry it to the rivers and out to sea."
Chapter 21-- trying to write his college application essay ...more
A gorgeous wordless graphic novel that follows the journey of a young girl always left at home when she gets lost and is found and has an adventure wiA gorgeous wordless graphic novel that follows the journey of a young girl always left at home when she gets lost and is found and has an adventure with a stag and (other animal that I'm not quite sure what it is) in the clouds and forest before returning back to her family.
As the description includes in the beginning this is based on Guojing's story of being a latch-key kid and specifically due to China's one-child policy. She was always alone as her parents went off to work, by herself, and then ends up on public transit to go to her grandmother's before she falls asleep and panics, gets off, and is lost. The pencil sketching is endearing and sweet, especially when she's ends up among the clouds and adds a tail like her friend she's with and then cuddles up to the stag as well.
While she is reunited with her family who misses her desperately, the loneliness is palpable, but so is her fun with the animals before returning to her family. ...more
I admit that I skimmed this book because it's not focused on elementary and middle school-aged boys but high school boys and their development once thI admit that I skimmed this book because it's not focused on elementary and middle school-aged boys but high school boys and their development once the ownness can be put a little bit more on them. It's a way to remind parents and especially parents of boys about allowing our kids to do more for themselves which a specific example that resonated with me when she had a boy in her office and wanted to schedule another appointment but he had to have his mom email him because he wasn't in control of his own schedule (for any number of reasons including the helicopter parent, the parent that thinks her kid would 'do it wrong', who was overscheduled and needed help, would make the wrong decision, etc.). Hmmm, baby brother...
Anyway, there's a lot more examples from her work with actual boys than science so you take what you can get from it without it being overly helpful, though she does make a pointed effort to help even when there are issues including development, familial, and health.
It's just not relevant quite yet for me, so I skimmed rather than invested more time. ...more
He lands on Mars and is hoping to find life (and he has chocolate cupcakes as a peace offering to boot), yet he's not really paying attention to what'He lands on Mars and is hoping to find life (and he has chocolate cupcakes as a peace offering to boot), yet he's not really paying attention to what's behind him instead continually pondering the life on Mars. All the while, there is an alien tracking him, hoping to be discovered, picking up his box of cupcakes, and even helps him find his spaceship when he can't see it and is distracted by finding a flower thinking that he "found life on Mars." It's not until he's back on the ground that he realizes there was *something* that ate his chocolate cupcakes-- but what?
A bit of humor, a bit about science, and paying attention to what's around you, and it's a fun, spunky picture book. ...more
I'm not smart enough for this, and I mean that sincerely. I tried to concentrate really hard because I'm fascinated by animals, but maybe only specifiI'm not smart enough for this, and I mean that sincerely. I tried to concentrate really hard because I'm fascinated by animals, but maybe only specific ones or for specific reasons so I tried hard to really understand de Waal. I took away essentially that we're not using the right tools and instruments and thoughts to really be able to evaluate the title question.
So while I wished I could have enjoyed it as much as some of the other animal books I have read recently, I'm not scientific enough or have the patience enough to delve into this one. But it's certainly fascinating and a worthwhile read with a lot of backmatter to aid in more learning. ...more