This is a wonderful book. It is so interesting to see what would happen if for some reason humans suddenly vanished from the planet. You realize how n...moreThis is a wonderful book. It is so interesting to see what would happen if for some reason humans suddenly vanished from the planet. You realize how nature takes back the spaces that we invade. And you come to think about the footprint that we leave behind. Everything from plastics that never degrade to nuclear power plants that need us to take care of byproducts, this book covers it all. There are no religious or hypothetical speculation as to why everybody vanishes it only deals with what would happen if we were no longer here. What would happen to our pets? or domesticated livestock? What about vermin that live in the cities that we keep under control? It also looks at manmade structures that need constant upkeep like our bridges and highway systems. It really makes you think about the impact that humans have had on our planet. An awesome book that is perfect for Earth Day or any day. (less)
This was an absolutely wonderful book. The untold story of Bonnie and Clyde was definitely not a dry history book. Full of information about not only...moreThis was an absolutely wonderful book. The untold story of Bonnie and Clyde was definitely not a dry history book. Full of information about not only Bonnie and Clyde but also their families and what life was like for them growing up as well as a look at life during the Great Depression. This book grabs you from the begining and keeps you interested til the last page. (less)
This is the published journal of Helne Berr who was a Jewish girl in France during WWII. In the begining she is an ordinary young woman with ordinary...moreThis is the published journal of Helne Berr who was a Jewish girl in France during WWII. In the begining she is an ordinary young woman with ordinary problems wondering which young man to choose. As time goes on and times become increasingly horrifying under the Nazi regime you see her world through her eyes. The horrors and tragedies are heartbreaking. Its unreal the evil that man can inflict upon man. Helene is heroic in her efforts to save orphaned children, children that have been made orphaned because their parents have been arrested and deported. She refuses to give up the fight and and save herself leaving other, especially the children, to fend for themselves or others to do the work. This is a book that all should read. Its as important to history as The Diary of Anne Frank. (less)
I would actually consider this more 3.5 stars but I'll round down instead of up in this case. This is the memoir of a year in the life of Julie Powell...moreI would actually consider this more 3.5 stars but I'll round down instead of up in this case. This is the memoir of a year in the life of Julie Powell where she spends a year learning French cooking. Apparently she did a blog about her project along the way. I found much of it very funny and alot of her experiences and mishaps sounds just like something that would have happened to me or my accident prone daughter for that matter. But this book is much more than her learning how to cook from Julia Childs book. Its also about her relationships not only with her husband but with her family and friends and the direction that life took along the way. Apparently Julia Child wasn't too impressed with the project. But with all fairness, it was probably all the off color language and drinking that put her off. Rarely do elderly women appreciate such things. But all in all I enjoyed this book and am now looking forward to seeing the movie. (less)
This book was more than just the story of a woman who's cells were used to benefit science. It not only told her story it also told the story of her c...moreThis book was more than just the story of a woman who's cells were used to benefit science. It not only told her story it also told the story of her cells impact on science as well as the ethical delimma that was created by them. This is a book that everybody needs to read. I never knew that blood samples taken from me at routine doctor's visits or any other bits and pieces of me could be out there somewhere being used in research. Its something that is not openly disclosed by doctors. According to law they really don't have to because its considered just like if we were to leave something in our garbage by the curb. We've thrown it away so anybody can use it. But these bits and pieces of us are being used without our knowledge and its being used by a mulit billion dollar industry to make huge profits. Its wonderful that there have been advancements in medicine. Diseases have been cured. But so often the medicines that are produced are so expensive that many people can't afford them. This was the case with the Lacks family. Henrietta's cells were taken and used to make all kinds of break throughs in science but the family couldn't even afford health insurance or the medicines that were produced.
I really enjoyed this book. It was so much more than a diet book. The writing style of the authors was really fun as well as informative. Its not a fa...moreI really enjoyed this book. It was so much more than a diet book. The writing style of the authors was really fun as well as informative. Its not a fad diet, instead its full of information helping you to make better choices about what you are eating as well as portion size and when to eat to help boost your metabolism. It contains alot if nutrition information of various foods as well as fat and calorie content. It talks about choosing food with more nutritional value instead of just empty calories and starving yourself is not doing your body any favors. It also encourages excercise including tips to be less sedentary while working an 8 hr a day sit down job. Overall I thought this was a relly good book and recommend it to anybody just wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle. (less)
I appreciate Firstread for giving me the opportunity to review this novel.
I'm being generous round this rating up to 4 stars. I would more likely give...moreI appreciate Firstread for giving me the opportunity to review this novel.
I'm being generous round this rating up to 4 stars. I would more likely give this one 3.5 stars but because it was so well written I rounded up. This is a memoir of the life of not only Galileo's daughter but of Galileo himself. It actually told more about his life and his work than about that of his daughter. Both of his daughters were placed in convents at an early age. Maria Celeste was his favored child. She found her place there and was at home whereas Arcangela was withdrawn and there was no correspondence between her and her father. Maria Celeste usually included information about her sister when she wrote her father.
This book would appeal to anyone interested in this period of history. Its very easy to read, as it flows very well. And it contains so much information about the way of life during this time as well as the papal politics. It also covers Galileo's research and accomplishments as well as his personal history. We also learn about life in the convents at the time as Maria Celest was there from an early age. All in all a very interesting read, but as history is not my genra of choice, I'm not sorry I read this but not likely to revisit it.(less)
This books starts out slow, its not one to grab you right from the begining. Its like hearing about someone else's vacation stories that you just don'...moreThis books starts out slow, its not one to grab you right from the begining. Its like hearing about someone else's vacation stories that you just don't want to listen to. It was interesting to see how Julia Child came to cooking late in life and how she really fell in love with French cooking. And you can definitely feel the love between her and Paul. That was evident the entire time and it was sad to hear about his declining health later in life. The last 150 pgs or so was difinitely worth the previous slower chapters as we begin to hear more about her cookbook writing and what went into getting her work published. And we see how she got her start in television. I would recommend this book for those that have an interest in learning more about such an interesting woman. (less)
This is an interesting look into the life of a dyslexic. Philip Schultz talks about his life as he was growing up as a child with an undiagnosed learn...moreThis is an interesting look into the life of a dyslexic. Philip Schultz talks about his life as he was growing up as a child with an undiagnosed learning disability. He described how it felt to be bullied and made fun of by other students because of his inability to learn to read. And he described his determination to learn to cope and overcome his dyslexia. It was interesting to me to learn that how much more there is to dyslexia besides difficulty reading such as difficulty telling time on an anaolog clock, doing math, or following directions. As a mother of a dyslexic child I found it interesting viewing life from this perspective. It definitely gives a glimpse into their view of life and the difficulties they have to deal with. I would recommend this book for anyone that has a loved one with a learning disability.(less)
I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review and I appreciate the chance to do so.
This was an interesting look at a man's journey through PTS...moreI recieved this book in exchange for an honest review and I appreciate the chance to do so.
This was an interesting look at a man's journey through PTSD. We hear how, with therapy, he looks back on his life and faces the issues in his childhood that caused physical and emotion issues throughout his life. Its an interesting look into current therapy methods. And what works for some doesn't work for everybody. While this book isn't for everyone, I think it would be of interest to anyone suffering from PTSD caused by childhood abuse or trauma. It would also be of interet to anyone interested in psychology or for extra reading for any phychology class.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This was an awesome read! It is one of those books that I found very hard to put...moreI received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This was an awesome read! It is one of those books that I found very hard to put down once I opened its pages.
No Crying for Elena tells the story of the life of a woman who was raised within the confines of the Nation of Yaweh cult in Florida. Seperated, along with her siblings, from her parents she is raised with other cult children and given Hebrew names as well as given little food and given strict discipline. When the cult begins to break apart amidst legal turmoil she finds herself in the real world as a teen and has to learn not only how to live but also to help raise her many younger siblings.
As the story is told you feel as though you are sitting on a porch somewhere listening to the story of her life. You feel her pain and shame as she survives rape and molestation. You see life from her point of view as a woman looking back on her childhood and teen years. Its amazing how she not only survives but grows to be a strong woman that makes a life for her and her child. A woman that has to make hard decisions and is better for it.
Women so often feel as if rape is their fault. And in this book we really understand the why behind this. Its not only men that make women feel this way, its society as a whole. Meridian tells her story in such a way as not to lay blame for this fact but just to state that it is. And through this we see how much of a horror and a crime it is for a family to turn a blind eye to the victem of rape as it is for the actual crime that was committed.
But there is so much more to this book than just these aspects. Its a very powerful, honest journey through the life of a remarkable woman. This is a book that everyone should read.(less)
Gotta love Uncle Si! If you are a fan of Duck Dynasty it is a must that you pick up this book.
In Si-cology Si tells about his life from his time growi...moreGotta love Uncle Si! If you are a fan of Duck Dynasty it is a must that you pick up this book.
In Si-cology Si tells about his life from his time growing up thru his years in the military and how he met his wife of over 40 years. His story is told with humor and humility and you can see the great love that he has for his family and God. Some of what was here we had heard on Duck Dynasty but much of it I had not known. We get more information about his wife and children that stay completely behind the scenes of the show. I would have loved to have seen more up to date pic of his family but I guess since they are very private people they wanted to stay out of the limelight.
I loved hearing more about how he grew up in the Robertson clan and why he made the decisions he did about college and the service. Its obvious that he takes his religion seriously but unlike Phil's book its not overly preachy. Its full of humor and great stories of his life. A fun light read that everyone should enjoy.
This is not the type of book that I normally pick up. Its a book of lists of all kinds of useless information. But once I picked it up it was hard to...moreThis is not the type of book that I normally pick up. Its a book of lists of all kinds of useless information. But once I picked it up it was hard to stop reading. Not only about the 5 people who died during sex, but also things like 10 deformities of the famous and 12 magic moments in toilet paper history. And lets not forget ten routes to sainthood.
Overall, very humorous and addictive. Once you start you won't put it down. (less)