I recommend Small Great Things highly. page turner, very discussible, provoking, hard to put down, so many other reasons to read this book. Very hardI recommend Small Great Things highly. page turner, very discussible, provoking, hard to put down, so many other reasons to read this book. Very hard to read though because of the subject matter-racism. The only thing the book needed a glossary for OB medical terms. I am a nurse so I understood. For others in the medical field I think it would have supplemented and gave a better understanding....more
This was a funny book making fun of mental illness. If you have mental illness you can relate. If not, you will have a difficult time thinking it is fThis was a funny book making fun of mental illness. If you have mental illness you can relate. If not, you will have a difficult time thinking it is funny. I enjoyed it most of the time. I loved her with her interactions with her serious husband. Who she calls her sidekick. You may not enjoy it as much as I. Most likely I enjoyed it because I suffer from mental illness. If you are just neurotic. You most likely think it is stupid.
I enjoyed reading the book at first. Finally, I just couldn't take reading anymore. I connected at first. But toward the end it lost me. Perhaps it waI enjoyed reading the book at first. Finally, I just couldn't take reading anymore. I connected at first. But toward the end it lost me. Perhaps it was the culture issue in the novel. I am not quite sure. I am still glad I read the novel. It was very different, and quirky. It was about a young Chinese girl, Nao. Who wants to commit suicide. But before she ends her life she decides to write about her 101 year old Buddhist grandmother. The other characters in the book is Ruth. Ruth finds Nao's diary in her Hello Kitty lunch box. Ruth journeys with Nao, and her family problems,warts and all.
Everyone seems to be unhappy with their life. The book talks about her uncle. He fights in WW2 as a pilot. A Kamikaze fighter. What the culture was like in China. He was disgusted and he ends his life during the war. So everyone thinks he is a hero. Than there is Nao who is bullied in school and keeps being bullied. She doesn't tell anyone. We find out the real truth what happens to Nao.
The Time Being is the main theme of the novel. Time being is the connection between Nao, and Ruth. Ruth finds the diary, and Nao is the girl who wrote the diary. The time connection between the two is the theme of the novel.
Other people liked the book. For me I didn't connect with the book. I am looking forward to a happy read. A book club everyone has different tastes. You don't necessarily have to like the book. It is still discussable. ...more
With the political climate during the presidential race. I didn't know too much about John Kasich. I only heard about him two months before the end thWith the political climate during the presidential race. I didn't know too much about John Kasich. I only heard about him two months before the end the republican race. In the book, he apparently was running all along. I must have missed something. I kept hearing he was a bad candidate.
I never cared about politics till the past election 2016. I followed what my father told us. I was poorly informed. Now, I realize that was a mistake. Light bulb went on. I am so, sorry for years I didn't care until now( I am in my 50's). Better late than never I guess. I was always a republican. This year was a turn around for me. I didn't like any of the candidates running for office, republican. I of course liked what Bernie had to say. But, I knew he would never get in the running. Too many people think he is a socialist.
I certainly didn't like Trump. I knew what he did in the 1980's in NYC. Slum lord, Real Estate loop holes, Casino, connections with mafia. So, I knew when the end was near. It was certainly not Trump, and I didn't want Clinton either. But, out of the two, Clinton was a better choice.
Trump is reckless, incompetent, distractible, narcissistic, egomaniac, and was on a power trip. Didn't want to see him press that button! So, you would probably realize I was so upset over the election. I am one of those that need a valium. Every day is another upset. And, this is only May. G-d help us.
After the election. I have been listening to John Kasich. He sounds like a reasonable guy( Governor, Ohio). He doesn't agree with Trump when it comes to health care. Finally someone that is sane. I thought it was me. I liked what he has to say. I listened to him on CBS Sunday Morning News. I enjoyed listening to him. He was a breath of fresh air. Finally someone that has the same ideas I have. Besides, he is a republican. He believes in listening to both sides. Not yelling at each other.
For the first time he brought me hope for our government again. I was given the book from St. Martin Publishing to review " Two Paths". Which is a entire chapter on his speech called, Two Paths. Everyone should check it out. I also recommend that you check out his website on his policies. Mr. Kasich has good integrity. He will stand up for what is right. There is so many things I liked what he had to say. He has good values,
I don't totally agree with what he has to say. As, he hasn't swayed me when it comes to 2020. But, he has made me feel good about the country. There is still hope. I still believe in regulation. Because if government didn't watch over. There would be factories, industries that can find a loop hole. Government didn't intend for big corporate lawyers to use the law to their advantage. The big wealthy, eg. Trump, Koch brothers, and others would find a way to get over on us. That is why I still believe in regulation.
Mr Kasich also believes in everything going back to the states. Mr. Kasich if you believe that. Show me, that lunch programs, medicaid, and other programs would be fairly giving to each citizen of the state. I don't trust the states. I have seen too many things happen.
I have read other reviews of the book. Some people thought he wrote this for his re-entry for the presidential race in 2020. So what! I think this is a good introduction. Including myself who don't know him. I wish I had paid attention to Mr. Kasich!!! He is a better choice than Donald Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Carson. Because they sold out to the people. Where I feel, Mr. Kasich didn't sell out to anyone. I even feel that Bernie Sanders sold out. That is why many people went to Trump who were Sanders supporters.
Mr. Kasich stands up for family values, and what is right for the American People. He hasn't sold out. Where Donald Trump tapped into the anger of many Americans. Which he knew how to divide our country. Mr. Kasich during the entire campaign sent a positive message at every speech, town hall, debate, etc. I felt a warmth when he gave his messages. It gave me warm chills up and down my spine.
He seems to be from the old republicans( moderate). Not the right extremists. Which gave me a good feeling. Some people that reviewed the book felt it was rhetoric. I didn't feel that way. I did feel though at the end it was getting redundant. I still loved the book. I am glad I read it. Very easy read. It gave me hope for our country. Soon though Trump will be back in the USA from Europe and it will start again. Hopefully, I can remember there are other people out there. Who care about us. Not just their own agenda....more
This year has been the ugliest, strangest presidential election since I have been alive! no kidding, y'all say.What gave you that idea?! I never was iThis year has been the ugliest, strangest presidential election since I have been alive! no kidding, y'all say.What gave you that idea?! I never was involved or cared about politics till this year.
I voted as a Republican because that was what we did in my house. I listened to my father. Not this year. I knew of Donald Trump when I was younger when I lived in NJ. What a womanizer, a slum lord, and was in bed with mafia, and criminals. Many investigations involving him and the NJ Casinos in Atlantic City, shady deals with real estate. Of course the list can go on, and on.
The sad part this year. It is hard to figure out who you can talk to without it becoming a fight with someone at the Thanksgiving table. I never brought up politics with my father, or my brothers for fear of repercussions. Pretty sad as this is what has been going on in many friendships, and families. People now don't talk to one another.
I felt that Donald Trump was a joke. I couldn't believe anyone would vote for him. But the craziness began. Who in their right mind would vote for him? Well, unfortunately there are many out there. There are so many theories of why he won. Why Clinton didn't win.
FYI- I didn't want either one of them. I voted for Bernie Sanders. Because in my mind he was a better choice. I didn't want Clinton. Because she doesn't tell the truth. Because of her husband. I didn't want to see him in the White House again. I didn't want Trump because he was reckless, incompetent, thin skinned, doesn't shut his mouth, is very open how he feels, doesn't act like a government official, very crude, rude, anti establishment, nationalist, acts like a tyrant, isn't for the American people, is against everyone's civil liberties, if you are LGBT, Jewish, Muslim, Afro-American you better run to Canada........ The list can go on, and on.
I picked up the book, The Year of Voting Dangerously because of the craziness of the election. I was looking for something to pick up to explain the craziness of the election. To make me feel better. For the author and I to connect and commiserate together. Also I saw a talk on Book TV and was impressed with what she had to say.
I found the book not about the year. But, the contemporary political history of the United States. I wasn't expecting to read about the previous political climate. Which I can see why because it adds to the reason of the craziness of 2016.
Her essays are taken from her posts from the NYT from when she started to the most recent. I did enjoy reading until it started getting repetitive. In the beginning each chapter is about Trump. Then she writes about Hilary. She then goes a different direction. She writes about the previous political years.
She wrote in length about the Bush's while in office. Bush 1, Bush 2, and Jeb. I don't totally agree with her about them or about Hilary. The one part we both agree on is Donald J. Trump. I enjoyed the book about 1/4 of the way. But, the book became tedious. Her writing was a bit slanted as well. But, I would not recommend buying the book. I would have rather read bits and pieces of the book. It's not worth reading the entire book.
I wasn't planning on talking about my feelings and fears about this year's election. I was planning to write a review only. But, unfortunately, I couldn't help myself. It was a bouncing board to let out my own thoughts and feelings. I would like to apologize to my blog readers if I offended anyone. But, this is a place I can finally say what I feel. One of the other reasons I purchased the book was because of the panel on Book TV. It did sound interesting what Maureen Dowd had to say. It perked my interest. I should have stayed with that. ...more