The chapters get formulaic, but I can't help enjoying the content. It's hard to believe these comics have been around since the 80s because they're so...moreThe chapters get formulaic, but I can't help enjoying the content. It's hard to believe these comics have been around since the 80s because they're so relevant to the food culture of today. Most chapters highlight the importance of environmental eating, small farms, and mindful eating.
I do wish that the volumes were ordered in original publication order, though, instead of organized by subject because it makes the overall plot and dynamics of the characters really confusing when the chapters aren't in chronological order.(less)
If I had read this at an earlier age, I probably wouldn't have liked it, but considering I'm 1.) married and 2.) have a child with my husband...more3.5 stars
If I had read this at an earlier age, I probably wouldn't have liked it, but considering I'm 1.) married and 2.) have a child with my husband, I was in the right demographic for reading Us. Despite the fact that it breaks no new grounds -- it's about a family with the usual family problems, I enjoyed reading it and looked forward to reading it each night when I had some free time.
Because the book is one sided, the story unfolds from Douglass's point of view, I had a hard time sympathizing with anything Connie or Albie did. Connie seemed too far on the manic-pixie-girl spectrum for me to like and Albie seemed like an ass most of the time. That's not to say I related to Douglass at all -- he did seem like he had a stick up his butt half the time. But I admired his attempts to hold his family together.
My chief complaint of the book was that the characters fit too well within their stereotypes. Of course, Douglass is the scientific, sterile dad who has trouble opening up to his son. And of course, Connie is the hippie-dippie, artsy fartsy mom. For how liberal Connie seemed, she certainly stuck to the conventional gender roles when it comes to family. Even Albie, as the rebellious teenager, was too cliched to care about.
Other than that, I had many chuckle-out-loud moments and a few teary moments. Exactly what I had expected from a Nicholls book. With a side of art history and European culture thrown in.
This is one case where the title of the novel tells you pretty much everything about the book.
This novel was predictable, but still managed to surpris...moreThis is one case where the title of the novel tells you pretty much everything about the book.
This novel was predictable, but still managed to surprise me in the end. I wasn't entirely happy about the surprise in the end because I wanted some closure, but it did make the story more notable. _Everything I Never Told You_ is probably not something you want to read if you're a new parent and want some peace of mind. It boils down to all the ways you can screw up your childrens' psyche and all the ways you think you know your children, but you really don't.
I spent most of the novel feeling bad for poor Hannah. She seemed so earnest and helpless. I wanted to shake everyone by their shoulders and have them pay attention to her. I couldn't help but wonder how much of the story was autobiographical, especially after I realized the author was also probably Chinese-American.
Books like this are hard to recommend because they deal with such difficult subject matter, but I'll just say that I was glad I read it. (less)
You know how when you start reading a book, you kind of have an idea of where it's going? That was my impression...more(I got a copy of this from NetGalley)
You know how when you start reading a book, you kind of have an idea of where it's going? That was my impression of the book until it took a turn for the dark side. That's not to say it was a bad turn, but wow, this book was not what I expected. This is why I don't like reading book descriptions before reading the book first. Being surprised by a book is half the fun of reading it.
When I got about 40% through the book, I couldn't imagine why there was still so much of it left. It seemed like a touching coming of age story of an Irish Catholic girl with alcoholic parents and all the trials and tribulations that entails. I'm glad I read on though, because the best was yet to come.
Without going too much into details, We Are Not Ourselves spans a few generations, but mostly focusses on Eileen, her husband, and her son. It's heartbreaking at times and frustrating at others. I was almost beside myself with rage at some of the seemingly irrational things her husband did.
If you liked Moehringer's The Tender Bar, then this book would probably be up your alley. Some of it takes place in the same era, but it also has the same, but slightly darker, tone. I would have rated this 5 stars, but I really didn't care for the epilogue and thought the book should have ended sooner.(less)
Not to toot my own horn, but I'm pretty good at cooking brassicas already, so I didn't find any new information in this book. Nonetheless, a decent co...moreNot to toot my own horn, but I'm pretty good at cooking brassicas already, so I didn't find any new information in this book. Nonetheless, a decent cookbook and introduction to people who want to learn about cooking kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc.(less)