This was an interesting overview of the history of the New York Public Library and cast it in a positive light. The number of different libraries and...moreThis was an interesting overview of the history of the New York Public Library and cast it in a positive light. The number of different libraries and collections were interesting, but since I'm not as familiar with the library itself, I found it less interesting than if I were more familiar. This book just scratched the surface of the interesting history of the New York Public Library and made an argument for it being an innovative institution and one of the best libraries in the country, ranking alongside the Library of Congress. Its main weakness, I felt, was that it was published in 2000, so a whole chapter of the library's history - how it served patrons in the great recession - was omitted. This book has beautiful pictures of the libraries and selected items in the collection and is good for people - like me - who enjoy library history.(less)
Kathrine's story is definitely inspirational, and I love all that she and the others mentioned in the book have done for women's sports.
I didn't part...moreKathrine's story is definitely inspirational, and I love all that she and the others mentioned in the book have done for women's sports.
I didn't particularly care for some aspects of her writing style. She's very conversational, and often added in bits to remind the reader that the events took place in a different time - for example, reminding the reader that email didn't exist in the 1970s and repeatedly mentioning times she should/could have left her first husband.
The strong point of this book is her passion for running and bringing it to women.
Overall, a worthwhile read and good not only for runners seeking someone who's been through some tough races, but also for people interested in the development of women's road races. (less)
My husband bought me this book because I liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I love the Beatles. The idea is very interesting and did yield some...moreMy husband bought me this book because I liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I love the Beatles. The idea is very interesting and did yield some amusing moments, but I found the book less enjoyable than I'd hoped. I admit that part of that disappointment is a tendency to be pretty protective of the Beatles - I usually don't like covers of their songs, so altering their personalities was difficult for me.
The highlights didn't have much to do with the Fab Four themselves. Mick Jagger's character is hilarious. I liked how Goldsher made characteristics of rockers - Jagger's lips and hip movements, Roy Orbison's glasses - take on new meaning in this alternate world.
There is a lot of juvenile humor in this book, which I don't always care for. There are several fart jokes, penis jokes, and the like. While the violence is quite over-the-top, there is a bunch of it, and the band has a tendency to have knock-down, drag-out brawls over everything, and I found that somewhat exhausting. Like other reviewers, the detailed description of the zombification process grossed me out a bit.
There were some characterizations that carried (or could have carried) over from real life well: George's experimentation with other instruments becomes grotesque in the book, for example. I did laugh at Ringo's musing that John & Paul only let him sing one song per album.
All in all, I enjoyed a few moments in this book, but most of the narration was like watching teenage boys on drugs, farting, and talking about their genitals. I don't think I will reread it. (less)