Unfortunately, this book is currently out of print. However, you may be able to obtain a cheap, ancient, used copy, or you may find one tucked away at...moreUnfortunately, this book is currently out of print. However, you may be able to obtain a cheap, ancient, used copy, or you may find one tucked away at your local library. But, this is a sweet gem of a read. It is a wonderful telling of the immigrant experience.
Georgi Papashvily is from Georgia - not the state, the country. He arrives in the United States poor, young and unable to speak English. How many of our grandparents and parents had a similar experience? And, how many of our current immigrants are experiencing this today?
But, what sets Georgi apart from others is his cheerful optimism. He seeks work, and is willing to do anything. Unfortunately, his training in Georgia was as a shepherd, or as a maker of swords. Neither is of great use in his new country. His dreams are big, he is a hard worker, and he believes all is possible in his new country. He starts out small, but eventually finds a way to earn a living. Eventually he marries and begins a family.
During this process we see how an immigrant to the United States struggles. He seeks people who speak his language and who understand his culture. Homesickness draws him to others from Georgia, but none wish to go home again. Their new home is the US, and they are so grateful and proud of their new country.
Yes, this is a bit over the top as to patriotism, but that was the way of the world in the 1940's when this book was written. It is a wonderful thing to read of people who love the United States and find opportunities regardless of their lack of skills. We can learn about kindness and giving a hand up by reading of Georgi's experiences. He didn't make it by himself, although he was a self-made man. Truly a great character deserving of our regard. Are there others like Georgi needing our help today?(less)
Miss Pettigrew is what we would call in present day language a loser. She can't hold down a job, doesn't have enough money to pay her bills, and she h...moreMiss Pettigrew is what we would call in present day language a loser. She can't hold down a job, doesn't have enough money to pay her bills, and she has no prospects of either a career or a good marriage. The agency she works for as a nanny is not interested in sending her for any further assignments, but she hears of one and goes in place of the woman they wish to send. However, this is the first of many misunderstandings which lead Miss Pettigrew down the path to finding out what it really feels like to LIVE (in capital letters) for one day. She turns up at the apartment of a young actress who was actually looking not for a nanny, but for a personal secretary. However, chaos ensues immediately because she is in bed with one man while her gangster boyfriend is on his way over to see her. And, of course, the man who wants to marry her is also in the picture. Miss Pettigrew helps our little actress and her friends square away their love lives while attending parties, shopping for clothes, having dinners and just having the day of her life. The movie was great fun, but what makes the book so much better are the passages where you read what Miss Pettigrew is thinking. This book was written in the 20's or 30's, but the subject matter of bedroom farce never really goes out of date. Highly amusing, and very British. If you love Jeeves and Wooster, this will tickle your fancy.(less)
I know I am years behind, but can I jump on the bandwagon now? The Art of Racing in the Rain has been on my To Read list since it was published. What...moreI know I am years behind, but can I jump on the bandwagon now? The Art of Racing in the Rain has been on my To Read list since it was published. What took me so long? Why didn't everyone tell me about this wonderful book? What a great way to express the heartfelt experiences of the human race: with the metaphor of auto racing, and the narrator a dog! The always patient, unconditionally loving dog who comforts and brings joy to the family members is actually a zen budhist who sees all and understands so much more than we could believe. Enzo, the dog, is also a huge racing fan and is devoted to his racing master. He is there for him during the highpoints of his life, and then during the lowest of lows - losing his wife and in danger of losing custody of his daughter. Enzo in print fiercely defends his master and gives his heart to his family members. But, he also weighs philosophically on the human condition, and connects us to life through his love of racing. I can't say enough about this book. It now goes on my favorites list.(less)
What made this book interesting is the interspersal of factual data about the lives of wolves and the evolution of the domesticated dog between storie...moreWhat made this book interesting is the interspersal of factual data about the lives of wolves and the evolution of the domesticated dog between stories which demonstrated these facts. Very different from the other "me and my dog" books currently out which are only the basically lovely story of how dogs effect our lives.(less)
Shelley is spending the school year in California with an old school friend of her mother's and everything is different: family life, new school, and...moreShelley is spending the school year in California with an old school friend of her mother's and everything is different: family life, new school, and different boys. But, during this school year, Shelley will be the one to make the biggest change. She will learn the difference between infatuation and real love. Yes, she will be swept away by the popular boy with the amazing eyes who makes her the envy of every girl. But, she will learn about the true joy of meeting someone who shares your interests and enjoys being with you because of what you are and not who you are. This will make Shelley truly The Luckiest Girl. Beverly Cleary always had a way of telling a story grounded in reality. Although the situations and experiences Shelley has in her California adventure are dated - set in the 1950's when Cleary wrote this book - the truth and honesty of finding a real love are a timeless tale. Young girls of any era can find something to think about when Shelley returns home much wiser and more mature in the ways of love. I know I did. As a YA librarian I still keep copies of this book on the shelves and they go out regularly.(less)
I first read this book when it was all the rage back in the 1970's when I was in high school. I loved it then, but then sort of forgot about it. A cou...moreI first read this book when it was all the rage back in the 1970's when I was in high school. I loved it then, but then sort of forgot about it. A couple of years ago I was weeding books in the 800's at the library and came across it again. Now, after all of these years, the messages of the prophet as he leaves his people ring even more true to me. These are the lessons of life you know in your heart at your calmest moments when most in touch with the spiritual, but need to be reminded of when life is in chaos and you feel disconnected. I now own the small pocket size copy and keep it in my purse. I read a bit when I need it or when I have a moment of waiting time. It never fails to clear my mind and set me again on my path.(less)
A great discussion of the Beatles which follows their career by discussing the writing and recording of each individual song. This explains what was h...moreA great discussion of the Beatles which follows their career by discussing the writing and recording of each individual song. This explains what was happening with them as they recorded a given song, what influenced them, who worked with them on it, etc. Fascinating.(less)
I am a real sucker for uniqueness in a book, and this one has it! There are two stories being told in parallel. Every other chapter tells one story, a...moreI am a real sucker for uniqueness in a book, and this one has it! There are two stories being told in parallel. Every other chapter tells one story, and vice versa. One story is a dark sad story of a young boy staying with his uncle, an undertaker, as the experience a tremendous problem in their town with racism and violence. The other story is about his aunt who has taken off cross-country with her husband's head in a lettuce keeper and a hat box in order to appear in the Beverly Hillbillies tv show. I laughed until it hurt, and I cried hard. An amazing book with a story to tell of the place of women and blacks in the southern US in the 1960's. Truly one of my all time favorite books. (less)
Wow! I finally finished this book! I am now adding it to my favorites list.
Vincent Bugliosi has written THE definitive book about the Kennedy assassin...moreWow! I finally finished this book! I am now adding it to my favorites list.
Vincent Bugliosi has written THE definitive book about the Kennedy assassination. Yes, it is well over 1500 pages (small margins, small font), but it is written in a very readable narrative style and I read it in chunks (over several months!)
First, if you do nothing else, you must read the first section "Four Days in November" just to get a feel for the minute by minute who was where, who did what, who said what, etc. This is so superbly written you will feel as if you were there yourself.
Then Bugliosi takes you piece by piece, step by step through each and every piece of evidence. In addition, you begin to understand Oswald, Ruby, members of the Warren Commission and their staff at a depth never before attempted. Huge chunks of the book, which could be separate books in themselves, provide us with biographical information about Oswald and Ruby, and bring to life their families and friends.
Bugliosi spells out 53 (!) separate pieces of evidence which point to Oswald’s guilt (and to no one else’s!). And, believe me; he goes into great detail on the validity of each.
In "Book Two" every major conspiracy theory you can think of is dissected in great detail. Was it the mob, KGB, pro-Castro, anti-Castro, CIA, FBI, LBJ? Each is covered.
Did you see the movie JFK by Oliver Stone? Bugliosi totally rips it apart and explains the disservice Stone has done to our nation by pulling together a fantasy, and swearing it is truth and history.
Finally, what is the conclusion drawn by Bugliosi? "The purpose of this book has been twofold. One, to educate everyday Americans that Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone, paying for his own bullets. And two, to expose, as never before, the conspiracy theorists and the abject worthlessness of all their allegations."
I am totally a believer. No other book I have read about the assassination and/or its aftermath has laid out such a compelling argument. No one else has notated every point, named names, quoted quotes, in such a way as to totally make their argument. This man spent 21 years on this book, completing almost all of the research himself. He has served his country well. Now, I, for one, can let JFK rest in peace.(less)