I'm glad I stumbled into this book near the end of 2010. Now I have a favorite book of the year! Hillenbrand has a very unique style of writing narratI'm glad I stumbled into this book near the end of 2010. Now I have a favorite book of the year! Hillenbrand has a very unique style of writing narratives. Her words pulled me in and refused to let me go even with the vast amount of background information she had given through out the book. There was not even one dull moment. After reading the book, I have a totally different perspective for life, and human nature, both extremes......more
I've never watched Tina's shows or movies and I agree that not every celebrity has the talent to pen a book. The sample of this book sent to my KindleI've never watched Tina's shows or movies and I agree that not every celebrity has the talent to pen a book. The sample of this book sent to my Kindle made me laugh-out-loud a couple of time...so I decided to purchase. I really enjoyed the first part of the book, where she talked about her upbringing, her theater training..and a really funny chapter about her honeymoon cruise. She was greatly influenced by the friends she hung around with during her improv shows. Every chapter has a few laugh-out-loud, snarky quotes that remind me of a few of my funny friends on the Kindle fan site, whose posts I greatly enjoy reading. Her sense of humor was absolutely unsurpassed. The first 1/2 of the book deserves a 4.
However, I could not say the same for the second part of the book, which was basically a recount of her show life experience, 30 Rocks, SNL and a few others. Even someone as funny as Tina stumped at writing things that involved too many facts, dates and names of people (a lot of people...in fact, she dedicated at least one chapter introducing each SNL script writer, why they were hired, along with their most memorable writing....) I wanted to scream, "Who cares about them? Give me more you!" Alec Baldwin, her producer Lorne and Sarah Palin appeared quite frequently in this part of the book, too. I spent 80% of my reading time dragging through the second part of the book. This part pulled my rating down to 3 stars....more
I love funny and heart-warming memoirs, and this one is one of, if not the best. I'm glad I didn't know Dr. Tony Youn is so well-known, otherwise I woI love funny and heart-warming memoirs, and this one is one of, if not the best. I'm glad I didn't know Dr. Tony Youn is so well-known, otherwise I would have missed out on this little gem of a book, due to the fact that I usually avoid books written by Hollywood celebrities and the like.
Youn, a Korean American raised by very old-fashioned and stern Asian parents, recounted his childhood experiences up to and included his 4 years of medical school. His father, an OB/gynecologist, decided that Tony was going to be a surgeon right after he was born...and constantly reminded Tony of that; "Family Practice: Work all day, all night, weekend, make no money. Go broke! Surgery only thing. Psychiatry? No. Too many crazy people. Pediatrics? No. Little Kids, little dollah. Surgery! One proceejah, two thousand dollah!" Without doubt, Youn knew he was going to grow up becoming a doctor.
The book wouldn't be so fun to read if Youn lacked either the humor, or his deep understanding of life. I have read lots of so-called humor books that lack substance; the writer tried too hard to be funny. Youn has the talent of presenting us one joke after another within the same page or even paragraph. The humor is always just right. He knows exactly when to stop.
On the other hand, he has a pretty clear and deep sense of what life is all about; what make us human. One of my favorite passage was from his chapter on his Anatomy class, where he found a whole bin full of cadaver hands. This is what he wrote, "Doctors need to be detached, right? Impersonal. What is more personal than our face? Our hands. We use our hands for everything-to touch, to write, to build, to play, to cook, to clean, to feed, to feel, to guide, to caress, to love. Our hands serve us as extensions of our minds and our hearts....." It took Youn four year, or almost four years, to finally understand why he has become a doctor, and what he's going to do with it.
Every little joke, or experience in this book offers valuable insights for other students who's thinking about a medical career...or any student who's facing life. Youn is gifted in his writing style. He probably has the same witty personality that's wise and humorous. No wonder he's so well-known. This book deserves a 4.5 stars, and I'm eagerly waiting for another book.
I tremendously enjoyed Scottoline's two other non-fiction collections, however. This one was okay. I stopped at about 25% with no intention of going bI tremendously enjoyed Scottoline's two other non-fiction collections, however. This one was okay. I stopped at about 25% with no intention of going back, although I did force myself to finish. I love Scottoline for her great sense of humor and I enjoyed the few pieces that her daughter wrote in My Nest Isn't Empty.. but I'm not a fan of Francesca's writing. I have seen lots of these Mother helping daughter succeed in the literary field, as the Higgin-Clarks, and now the Picoults. I probably will stop purchasing any more new non-fictions from her, sadly....more
The poise is a 3, but her style is definitely higher. She's one of the funniest persons I've read and Imlaughed out loud so many times in the beginninThe poise is a 3, but her style is definitely higher. She's one of the funniest persons I've read and Imlaughed out loud so many times in the beginning 1/2 of the book. However, her style gets old after a while and the later chapters feel overly manufactured. ...more
I gave this book 4 stars when I first finished, since it made me chuckle and laugh out loud so many times. A few days later, I have no recollection ofI gave this book 4 stars when I first finished, since it made me chuckle and laugh out loud so many times. A few days later, I have no recollection of what this book was truly about, except techniques to fake that you've read a book, or several books by the same author, without actually reading it. Some chapters are really fun to read, especially the ones about how the author grew up as a bookworm, with a bit of inflation on her part, of course. The chapters about hitting on men in bookstore and imaginary dinners with literary couples are both fun. All after all, the only agreement I have with the author is that sometimes we need to take a break from reading serious books that requires thinking, and read something plot-driven so our noodles can take a break. She reads Stephanie Plum for those occasions, and I do, too. It's a fun, little book to read to people who actually reads a lot and know what and who she's talking about; otherwise, this book can be summed up as: lots of mockery, showing off, inflated history, and nothing else important. ...more