Ishmael Beah's story of his childhood in Sierra Leone will pull at your heartstrings and make you thank God that as Americans we don't live in the mid...moreIshmael Beah's story of his childhood in Sierra Leone will pull at your heartstrings and make you thank God that as Americans we don't live in the middle of a war ravaged country where our family members are butchered in front of us and our children are abducted and forced to fight in the army. His personal account mesmerized me, yet at the same time I was abhorred by it.
I couldn't put this book down. It's a book everyone should read as a reminder that even in the 21st century, there are parts of the world where the worst kind of atrocities are happening. It's easy to become insulated in our own cozy lives. Yes, we read and hear the news daily, but it's a little more shocking when we are confronted with the horrors that no child should ever have to face.
If anyone watched the movie Blood Diamond, its portrayal of boy soldiers matches Beah's description of life during Sierra Leone's civil war. I found the memoirs powerful and haunting!
Our March 2009 book club pick. I can't wait to read it. For some reason I keep hearing Jimmy Buffett singing, "changes in latitude, changes in attitud...moreOur March 2009 book club pick. I can't wait to read it. For some reason I keep hearing Jimmy Buffett singing, "changes in latitude, changes in attitude."
It's taken me a few weeks to read this, not because it wasn't good, but because I found it a book to best be enjoyed in small sittings, otherwise it becomes encyclopedic. I liked discovering the small details and nuances of life in other cities around the world. Weiner provided an off-beat glimpse at the possible sources of happiness and in some instances unhappiness across the globe. He did this in a tongue-in-cheek, droll sort of manner.
I don't know that I necessarily found the secret to happiness or the happiest place in the world to reside; rather everything is relative. There is no perfect place to live. Our environment may influence our attitude, yet it is our relationships within this environment that have the greatest influence on our happiness.
The book was an amusing journey in the search for happiness. I found myself laughing at some parts and thanking God for where I'm at in others. Weiner took me on a memorable ride to places I'd like to visit and some I'm not likely to venture to.
An extraordinary tale of a bright, promising young boy whose life abruptly changes when Germany invades Hungary in 1944. Fortunately, this "kid from B...moreAn extraordinary tale of a bright, promising young boy whose life abruptly changes when Germany invades Hungary in 1944. Fortunately, this "kid from Budapest" survives to become a gentle, kind man raising a family in the United States. I had the privilege of becoming acquainted with Mr. Somori and his family and never knew his story until he invited me to a book signing. After reading his story, I was reminded of something a professor of mine often repeated in class; history is made up of individual biographies. Mr. Somori's biography was deeply moving and brought this terrible time in history to life for me. (less)