Oh, how I hate this genre and this type of book. However, I'm in that stage of life where everyone feels compelled to lend me their dating self-help b...moreOh, how I hate this genre and this type of book. However, I'm in that stage of life where everyone feels compelled to lend me their dating self-help books. Ugh. So I read them knowing I'm certainly not too good for professional advice and certainly not exempt from dating problems. But I am certainly too self-respecting to advertise that I'm reading it. I did laugh a few times, and I will admit it is as practical approach as could be out there to narrowing down reasons you're not asked a second time. I learned from this book for sure. However, I have never online dated, done a blind date, etc. I've always known the guys I went out with: hence, I have never had to figure out how to get to know someone on a date. I much prefer the traditional approach of knowing each other, getting to have some interest and/or going to to determine whether further interest is there. Too bad that way is dead in the water. As I said, a very practical approach - so online daters, set-up daters, and blind daters...knock yourselves out! This will give you a run for the money.(less)
I never knew that Rosa Parks wasn't the one to ignite the bus boycott. She was preceded by this 15-yr old girl 9 months earlier. However, Claudette wa...moreI never knew that Rosa Parks wasn't the one to ignite the bus boycott. She was preceded by this 15-yr old girl 9 months earlier. However, Claudette wasn't the right poster girl for the job, so eventually Rosa Parks was chosen. I learned a lot during this quick read, and the information provided following the end of the book gave a fascinating background. The style is different in that there are several autobiographical passages, but it's not an autobiography. There are lots of side notes with additional historical background as well. Overall a very good read, and I'm glad Claudette at long last got the recognition she deserved. I audiobooked this one, and the narrator did a fabulous job.(less)
**spoiler alert** I have no idea how/where I picked this one up. I was surprised when I went to put it on currently reading, and it wasn't already on...more**spoiler alert** I have no idea how/where I picked this one up. I was surprised when I went to put it on currently reading, and it wasn't already on my to-read shelf. A few pages in, I realized this is of the grocery-store lit variety, but it seemed like it might be okay for fluff reading, and I felt about due for something lighter. There were some great one-liners:
"People separated from their spouses...they're almost like stroke victims."
Content-wise, it definitely qualifies as grocery store lit. However, McNeal is a gifted writer. I loved the feel of the book - the nostalgia of it. True to cheap-lit form, it was rife with fornication and adultery. Depending on the content of Goodnight, Nebraska, I might be interested in picking it up. McNeal really does capture a great earthy outdoor feeling in his writing that I love. Just can't stand cheating - particularly when it's portrayed in such a way as the reader is meant to approve of and enjoy it, as though it were okay in this special instance, because...I really just hate that. To make matters worse - I cannot stand the attempt to pass it off due to the implication or actuality of one's spouse already having cheated. So two adulteries make things equal, right, and okay? Makes me just seethe.(less)