Here's another deep, dark confession of mine (to accompany the one in my review of Life Itself): I don't watch The Office. I'm not really much into thHere's another deep, dark confession of mine (to accompany the one in my review of Life Itself): I don't watch The Office. I'm not really much into the humor of the show, or maybe I've never really given it a chance. I've only watched bits and pieces of random episodes here and there.
But when I saw that Mindy Kaling had a book coming out, I knew I had to read it. Because how many Asians (India is part of Asia! Crazy, isn't it?) do you know that go into something offbeat like comedy and acting (it's definitely not being a doctor or engineer!) - and become successful at it?!
The inevitable comparisons will be to Tina Fey's Bossypants but I don't think that's quite fair.
This book kind of has me split. There were great parts and then there were parts that underwhelmed me. The stories about her childhood, growing up, her jobs, and working at The Office were really good. There were a couple of laugh-out-loud moments for me. But where the book lost me was in the "fluff" pieces, so-called by other reviewers here - for example, some of the pieces in the Romance and Guys section read like blog posts and I don't think they really added anything to the book.
Overall, this was a super-fast, fun read, and great for a few laughs....more
My reaction upon finishing this was: "Well, that was pointless." I dunno. Did I miss Something that mI didn't make it by the end of the year. :( Alas.
My reaction upon finishing this was: "Well, that was pointless." I dunno. Did I miss Something that makes this book so great? Maybe since I'm used to reading a lot of non-fiction recently, magical realism (does this fall into that category?) doesn't do it for me? I'm not quite sure. Sorry for this short and unsatisfying review, but this book was just... pointless. For me....more
I picked up this book at the library as I do many of my books - randomly cruising the animal/conservation related shelves in the non-fiction section.I picked up this book at the library as I do many of my books - randomly cruising the animal/conservation related shelves in the non-fiction section. As I was just about to start reading, my friend told me the author had appeared on The Colbert Report. So of course, I had to check that out. I was surprised to see that Colbert actually let him talk during the interview, which is unusual, but I think it may have been because the subject was not "political" per se.
I absolutely enjoyed this book, as the 5-star rating implies. I felt that it was very well-written - highly nuanced and absolutely engrossing. I myself have a mixed view of zoos, I feel they are necessary but I'm slightly uncomfortable with the concept. I've visited several and even have ambitions to possibly work at one one day, but all of that is very pie-in-the-sky.
It was very informative to read the story of the Lowry Park Zoo, in Tampa, FL. It was an inside view that I've never gotten to see/read before. I really liked how French tried to portray many sides of the story, not just in relation to this particular zoo, but to zoos in general. It showed that the issue of zoos is nowhere near black and white. There are so many issues to consider, so many things to take into account. Zoos are not going to go away anytime soon, so the best we can do is try to improve them and give the greatest importance to the lives of animals, as well as the greater issue of conservation.
I'm walking away from this book with a lot of things to think about, with a sense of despair, but also of hope, as well as a big list of more books to read. (He includes a Notes section as well as a Bibliography with a ton of books and papers related to the topics in the book.)...more