I was way more impressed than I thought I would be. While Kaling is as funny as can be (I mean, come on, she writes for The Office), and her words areI was way more impressed than I thought I would be. While Kaling is as funny as can be (I mean, come on, she writes for The Office), and her words aren’t necessarily inspirational, per se, she clearly embraces her “geeky” past. This is of particular interest to those who also had a similar past. (I related to the learning to ride a bike incident like no other. When was the last time I was on a bike? The day I learned to ride one back when I was older than seven and younger than twelve).
But I don’t think that was the point.
Or perhaps it was. Shrug.
At one point (and I’ve already returned it, so I have to paraphrase), she explains that the popular crowd in high school peaked in high school. So, don’t peak in high school. It makes you a boring adult. Heh. Heh. I also related quite well to that, and I'm not afraid to agree. The popular kids from my high school will probably never see this review because a) They aren't friends with me now, b) Would never think to join a book review Web site, c) Don't read actual books, or d) all of the above.
At any rate, if some normal high school girl comes in looking for a biography, I will definitely, definitely, definitely make her read this one.
Originally recommended to me by my optometrist, I bought this one about five or six years ago, fully intending on reading it reFastest 500 pages ever.
Originally recommended to me by my optometrist, I bought this one about five or six years ago, fully intending on reading it reading it right away. However, I recently pulled it out of a box I packed for graduate school (that one was hidden, apparently) and put it on my book case. Looking for a commuting book, I grabbed this one and rarely put it down for three days.
The language, character development, setting, everything about this title was wonderful. Smith relays difficult, ugly times in a very beautiful way. She allows for the reader to go back in time to the turn of the 19th/20th century and live in the tenements of Brooklyn, New York, through the eyes of Francie. We see Francie grow from a sickly baby into an intelligent, strong young woman, and through her we learn about her family, life, customs, and human possibilities. ...more
I like stuff from Tiffany and Company, and I like things from the 1940s, so this was also a no-brainer. Marjorie is her own lead character as a small-I like stuff from Tiffany and Company, and I like things from the 1940s, so this was also a no-brainer. Marjorie is her own lead character as a small-town midwestern college girl trying to make it on her own in the big city. We follow her adventures with midshipmen in Manhattan and unknowingly dining and drinking with FDR's cohorts, all while hearing the juiciest of gossip about the Hollywood starlets and British royalty who shop at T&Co. during the summer of 1945. It doesn't end the way I'd like, but it's a biography, so there isn't much the author could do about that. Recommended with reservations. This title isn't for everyone....more