A fantastic and engaging memoir showing how Jill Ker Conway's early years on the sheep farm in Coorain, Australia helped shape her into the academic sA fantastic and engaging memoir showing how Jill Ker Conway's early years on the sheep farm in Coorain, Australia helped shape her into the academic she later became here in the United States.
This book starts off beautifully with in depth descriptions of the harsh Australian outback, a place I've never been, but would like to go, and through Ms. Conway's words I was there. Then the book ends with Jill Ker Conway leaving for America at age 26. I enjoyed the fact that education was fun for her, not an arduous process based on test scores, which seems to be the focus of education here in America. If it was more fun, I might of liked it more myself.
However, I'm not going to lie, this is a heavy book. Ker Conway's life was plagued by loss and struggle, but even still, this is a beautifully and thoughtfully written memoir; a must read, and one I will venture back to from time to time.
P.S. I read this book the first time in high school based on a reading list my English teacher made up for me because I had already read so many of the required titles and was dominating the in class discussions. However, I think I got so much more out of it this time around now that I'm older....more
If you've seen her perform and know how she brings it on the stage, then you should certainly read the book because you'll have this little Cho voiceIf you've seen her perform and know how she brings it on the stage, then you should certainly read the book because you'll have this little Cho voice in your head the entire time. It's like a private performance, well at least it was for me. I love her rants and find her hilarious. She says the things I only wish I had the nerve to say, so she's my just put it out there roll model. She's a queen of the stage and seeing her live is an experience you'll never forget, ever! ...more
Julie Powell made me laugh and her lobster fiasco was by far the most funny part of the book. It was humorous lines like this that made theHilarious!
Julie Powell made me laugh and her lobster fiasco was by far the most funny part of the book. It was humorous lines like this that made the book most enjoyable: "I am not a murderer in the legal sense. But I have blood on my hands, even if it is the clear blood of lobsters."
Since I am a culinary depraved person, I will never ever subject my kitchen or myself to such a feat of cooking, but Julie was inspirational for all administrative assistants of the world who are looking for that special "project." ...more
This isn't the best of David Sedaris, but it also isn't his worst by a long shot.
I enjoyed how he takes the mundane every day details and spins them iThis isn't the best of David Sedaris, but it also isn't his worst by a long shot.
I enjoyed how he takes the mundane every day details and spins them in a humorous, relatable way. Being a self proclaimed writer myself, I understand how hard of a thing this is to do and Sedaris seems to have mastered this, in his newest collection.
Also, his one liners, such as:
"The only expensive thing I actually wear is a navy cashmere sweater. It cost four hundred dollars and looks like it was wrestled from the mouth of a tiger."
really made me laugh to the point of shooting liquids from my nostrils, which is a painful thing to do, by the way.
The pieces in the collection that really captivated and held my interest are:
1. Buddy, Can You Spare A Tie (see the section entitled 'With A Pal Like This Who Needs Enemies')
One of the best memoirs I've read in a very long time.
It's about the human condition and how we treat eachother. My favorite quote is when Steve turnOne of the best memoirs I've read in a very long time.
It's about the human condition and how we treat eachother. My favorite quote is when Steve turns Sarte's quote on it's head by saying: "It's true that other people are hell, but other people can also be heaven."
Both the customer and service provider can learn important lessons not only about the restaurant industry but how to treat others better.
I've been in and out of the restaurant and customer service industry for the past 12 years or so. It all started for me when I took a job at the hospital where my parents worked at the tender age of 16. I served food in the cafeteria upstairs to employees, as well as, the patients in the downstairs area. I learned how to be patient and humble.
After that I went to college and to earn some extra spending money, I bartended at a bar that played live music. It was here that I met a lot of cool local bands and partied like a rock star.
Then after college I entered into the "real" world, where I've been working various office jobs, mostly reception and client work, and this is where I've encountered some of the nicest and also some of the most entitled people to date. Like Steve though, I too have built up my armor and use humor to difuse sticky situations. To be honest, cynicism is a must to stay afloat.