I wanted to like this book a little more than I did. A little too much foreshadowing, and when she tried to build tension, it was a little too much fo...moreI wanted to like this book a little more than I did. A little too much foreshadowing, and when she tried to build tension, it was a little too much for the situation. Case in point, she kept talking about the disasters that would occur because she wasn't in control of her team of horses. The biggest disaster? They ran away once and the horses were successfully caught with no horses hurt. A little too much build up for a not so dramatic story.
But if you're interested in organic farming, agriculture, and memoirists, a good read. (less)
Amanda Adams took seven women archaeologists (or those passionate about archaeology) and did a brief biographical sketch on each. While Adams is an Ar...moreAmanda Adams took seven women archaeologists (or those passionate about archaeology) and did a brief biographical sketch on each. While Adams is an Archeologist herself, she wrote this book for the mainstream public, and I fell in love with the women as much as Adams did herself.
A few days ago I listened to Amanda Adams give a presentation about the book and her process of writing the book. I was charmed as she talked of the Victorian women who shook off the bounds of polite society where women were only to delicate, frail creatures who should keep to the house and housewifely affairs. These women, most financially independent, ventured into the wild, unmapped deserts in search of history.
Reading about Amelia Edwards (1831-1892) and Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) as they traveled and explored history of Egypt and modern day Iraq, respectively, I really tasted the adventure they craved and sought after. Another woman, famous mystery author Agatha Christie (1890-1976) spent thirty years working on archaeological digs with her second husband, all the while writing her famous stories.
This non-fiction book is written well, fast paced, and a great read on a cold spring night! I could almost feel the desert heat creeping out of the book and warming my toes!(less)
I'm almost to the end of this book, and I love it! It's so mesmerizing and totally pulls you into the story. I stop reading and it takes a minute to r...moreI'm almost to the end of this book, and I love it! It's so mesmerizing and totally pulls you into the story. I stop reading and it takes a minute to realize I'm not in the 1960's right now. Can't wait to see how it ends...
Finished. I cried. This is such a beautiful book! I hope the movie is half as good!(less)
I actually enjoyed this book! Amy Chua has been raked over the coals for her unorthodox approach to parenting, and many have talked about her parentin...moreI actually enjoyed this book! Amy Chua has been raked over the coals for her unorthodox approach to parenting, and many have talked about her parenting as similar to child abuse. However, this is a memoir, about an overachieving and highly disciplined law professor trying to raise her daughters so that they will excel in life.
Why did she force her daughters to practice music for hours every day? Because she felt that the discipline of playing classical music is the opposite of the materialistic, spoiled lives of the Asian American children she saw around her. Her parents immigrated to the United States and worked hard all of their lives. Chua and her sisters were raised strictly and had a strong work ethic instilled in them by their parents. But Chua feared her children would reap the negative benefits of having upper middle class parents, and fall into what she called barbarianism. Her Chinese mothering was an attempt to change that, and she admits that it didn't work all of the time.
Anyone who works with high school and college age students know that this generation does have a problem of being so self-centered and entitled that they can't seem to succeed in school or life without their parents help. I can't tell how many times mothers have called me with questions about their child's class schedule or angry about their child's grade-- and these children are in college! Parents even call about their children in Law School! So while I don't know if I'll have the discipline of making my children practice the piano for hours, I understand the motivation behind Chua's plan.
I read this book as a memoir, not as a parenting instruction manual. I found it interesting and do recommend it to others. It's worth reading. (less)