Holy cow, that was good in so many ways. I had initially just picked it up because I heard the audio (read by Rhimes) was great--I'm finding lately thHoly cow, that was good in so many ways. I had initially just picked it up because I heard the audio (read by Rhimes) was great--I'm finding lately that I'm becoming increasingly inclined to check out an audiobook for its reader alone and not necessarily the story...weird. Anyway, it quickly turned into this mega personal moment, being so perfectly timed on the verge of graduating with this second <<>> Master's degree and maybe finally having all the free time that I never had during my 20s along with desperately not wanting to let myself fall into the hermetic life I got used to by necessity for earning a SECOND GD MASTER'S DEGREE while working full-time. Whew. Yeah so.
It really got under my skin. I could totally relate in just about everything she said, and BOY HOWDY! was I so, so, so, so relieved to finally hear a woman talk comfortably and assertively about the choice not to live with/marry her partner. I have never heard that from a woman, and I really, really needed to. I made a list a couple days ago of all the wonderful things I look forward to saying yes to once this last class is over (end of July!), things that will make my life a whole lot more fun and, more importantly, make me a better human being (hopefully). Long and short, it was a great pick-me-up without actually feeling like a self-help book...which it isn't. It's about HER, not you. (Oh yeah! I only ever watched maybe the first season of Grey's Anatomy waaaay back when it first aired...maybe if I ever feel like watching TV again, I'll start with Shondaland.)...more
Seems like I've been saying this a lot lately, but I think I would have enjoyed this more when I was younger. In all honesty, I read a little over halSeems like I've been saying this a lot lately, but I think I would have enjoyed this more when I was younger. In all honesty, I read a little over half, but I got fed up with her making the same mistakes over and over and OVER again and skimmed the rest. I'm not sure that I missed much. I'm sorry she went through what she did, and I hope she found better friends later in life. I've never been to Italy, but this definitely reinforces all the worst stories about how Italian men behave....more
Well, this was quite the read to counter my past couple days spent at a children's library conference.
I'm feeling somewhat conflicted over how to rateWell, this was quite the read to counter my past couple days spent at a children's library conference.
I'm feeling somewhat conflicted over how to rate this. I tried reading it a while ago, but found it academic enough that I knew I was going to have a hard time following. I was still really interested in reading it, so I listened instead. That was surely the only way to get through it, though while I always find it interesting when authors read their own work, I am not sure Nelson's delivery did it much justice. She did manage to inject a little humor throughout her memoir, but you might not be able to tell by her not-even-deadpan tone.
This is erudite enough that it feels a little sterile, even for all its subject matter, and while I got a little tired of every other sentence quoting a philosopher, it all really worked in the end. She tackles a lot in this slim volume. I really hope more in-depth discussions of feminist and trans issues like this become more frequent, if maybe a bit more accessible to a wider audience. While I think I'm past the formal academician part of my life, I'm still immensely glad I read this.
Also, wow. Feeling pretty good about my disinterest in having kids.
I particularly loved her reactions as a little girl and the use of mixed media. The whole message of finding yourself is pretty fantastic...to know thI particularly loved her reactions as a little girl and the use of mixed media. The whole message of finding yourself is pretty fantastic...to know that it's OK to not know exactly what you want to do. I would have appreciated it when I was a teen....more
I'm left a little perplexed by this, but I wonder whether that was kind of the point. Even though this is all from Riad's POV, I kept being confoundedI'm left a little perplexed by this, but I wonder whether that was kind of the point. Even though this is all from Riad's POV, I kept being confounded by the father, who I thought was supposed to be progressive by reading the synopsis. I suppose he was by traditional Arab standards, but boy howdy. I kept waiting for the mother to leave, but I guess she was cool with it? The "Arab of the Future" concept for the Sattouf family isn't mentioned or made evident until the very end, so I just kind of had the feeling of being adrift during the read....more
I've never really given much thought to fashion, thought I didn't really care, but a few weeks ago a friend and I had the exquisite good fortune to stI've never really given much thought to fashion, thought I didn't really care, but a few weeks ago a friend and I had the exquisite good fortune to stumble upon an exhibit from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection. There were a range of items from various eras, but there was A LOT of couture from the first half of the 20th century. Ho-ly cowwww. I was halfway through the exhibit before I realized I was hardly breathing, it was all so amazing. There was so much philosophy and history behind the littlest things, it completely changed the way I consider fashion. I was particularly taken with the female designers--of course, I knew of Chanel, but it was the first time I'd heard of Schiaparelli, Grès, Hawes, and others--leading the way in art movements and feminism. I needed to know more, more, more, and I wanted more than just coffee table books with only pictures of the clothes.
I requested this from the library not realizing at first that it's a children's biography, but like so many children's biographies, it stands up really well for gleaning some key information. It was fascinating to learn how many items and styles Schiap created and her role in the Surrealism community. She struck me from the aforementioned exhibit as one of the more playful designers, and it certainly comes across as such in this biography. I'm thrilled that this biography is available to kids to show them just how far imagination can take them and how fun it can be. There is a date discrepancy in a caption at the very end, but otherwise, this is a solid read. Recommended for all ages!...more
A decent day-in-the-life account of a girl growing up in '80s Russia, though I expected there to be more turmoil over her mother going away (as the tiA decent day-in-the-life account of a girl growing up in '80s Russia, though I expected there to be more turmoil over her mother going away (as the title would suggest).
******** Panels Read Harder: Slice-of-life outside the U.S....more
Totally engrossing account of the history of ethics in medical research and the impact it can have on citizens' lives. I thought Deborah's plight to fTotally engrossing account of the history of ethics in medical research and the impact it can have on citizens' lives. I thought Deborah's plight to find out what happened to her mother and sister poignantly highlighted the greater issues surrounding consent of using products of one's own body. Skloot did a great job weaving in information about cells, research, and other cases, though I will say that listening to this rather than straight reading it probably helped me--non-sciencey person that I am--get through it. There were a few instances of Skloot's bias that rubbed me the wrong way, but overall, I was overwhelmed by how involved she became in the lives of the Lacks family. I also really liked the more pointed discussion of ethics in the Afterword--I'm still trying to wrap my brain around this incredibly complex issue and don't imagine coming to any one conclusion any time soon.
As an audiobook, while (as I just mentioned) it really helped me get through some of the more technical discussions, the rest was just OK... Cassandra Campbell is a decent reader on the whole, but her sibilance began to get on my nerves in this reading, which grated on me even more when she seemed to really bring it out when trying to affect an African American person's voice. She had basically two types of voices for those characters, which made me wonder if she had any access to how these people really talked or was just relying on stereotypes picked up from Skloot's verbatim recounting. I chose to listen to this because Bahni Turpin was listed as another reader, but I can count on one hand the number of times her voice was used (which was erratic and, therefore, baffling). That was a major disappointment.
But really, this is a powerful work that is sure to grab the attention of readers from beginning to end and demand their own stake in the subject matter.
******** Read Harder: Audie Award Winner (2011 Non-Fiction)...more
Benjy Melendez's story is terrific, but I think it could have been done a lot more justice. The storytelling in this felt rather disjointed and as ifBenjy Melendez's story is terrific, but I think it could have been done a lot more justice. The storytelling in this felt rather disjointed and as if it could have been fleshed out a lot more. The artwork was too muddy and nondescript for my liking, dulling the overall feel. But I'm inspired to learn more about the whole dynamic of the early 70s and the Hoe Ave Peace Meeting, and thankfully, Voloj does provide some good references for that....more