I remember liking this book a whole lot more when I first read it, 15 years ago.
There's some good stuff here in this story of a rode-hard singer who rI remember liking this book a whole lot more when I first read it, 15 years ago.
There's some good stuff here in this story of a rode-hard singer who returns to the small Georgia town where she once abandoned 2 young daughters, along with her youngest child, born when she was in California.
The first half of the book deals with Delia, who has just found sobriety and returns to Cayro, Georgia to finally fight for the daughters she had to leave behind.
The second half of the book is more about her youngest child, Cissy, and how she navigates this new family she is a part of as she grows up and becomes a cavedweller.
What I don't like, apparently, are stories about women who are so plum-broken that just when they decide to "go back home", they fall apart completely and just then a gaggle of sassy-mouthed, steely-spined women are perfectly poised to swoop in and help out their sisterwomanfriend. Dorothy Allison writes eloquently in other stories about family, about povery and class and sexuality, but a decade and a half after its release, "Cavedweller" doesn't hold up as much as her other writings....more
I loved "Throwing Muses" and think Kristin Hersh is an amazing talent. But reading this memoir was like trying to decipher her lyrics: haunting, spectI loved "Throwing Muses" and think Kristin Hersh is an amazing talent. But reading this memoir was like trying to decipher her lyrics: haunting, spectral and terribly murky. Sometimes artists are just too far beyond the pale to capture their essence. ...more
I had previously read "Strip City" and first read "I Love a Man..." about 2 years ago. This was my 2nd read. I think I enjoyed it slightly less then 2I had previously read "Strip City" and first read "I Love a Man..." about 2 years ago. This was my 2nd read. I think I enjoyed it slightly less then 2nd time, but it's still a good read.
What happens when a former stripper/punk rock writer marries a military man? The results are not always pretty, especially when you add in post-war PTSD for the guy and clinical depression for the gal.
Lily Burana has a forthright and snappy writing style and I found her candid memoir to be refreshing. There are other military wives out there who are penning books and blogs, but likely none as colorful as Burana. No, she's not your typical Army wife. She isn't arranging potlucks, she isn't always towing the line, but I bet there are a lot more military wives and moms who feel as she does - out in left field - than would admit it.
I understand some of the previous reviewers who felt that the book seemed self-involved - it is. But that isn't a negative. Burana isn't writing a how-to guide for those about to marry into the Military. She's a writer and former memoirist who simply wrote a book about her personal experiences knowing that she fell into a depressive hole and nearly lost her marriage and writes forthrightly about that experience. And she ends the book with writing about the steps she has since taken the repair her marriage, fix her standing in her community and found her unique way of helping other military wives. Kudos to her.
Considering that Ms. Currie had the assistance of another author helping her write her bio, you'd think "Neon Angel" would be better edited, but I'm wConsidering that Ms. Currie had the assistance of another author helping her write her bio, you'd think "Neon Angel" would be better edited, but I'm willing to forgive the errors. This is a wild ride through 1970's Glam rock with the singer of the seminal Los Angeles all-girls, all-rocking Runaways. I love the fact that Cherie not only rattles off what she did, who she did, how it all went down - but that she also gives you a real perspective of how she felt while doing in. Great background, as well, into her dysfunctional family dynamic and the relationship with her twin sister, fraught with rivalry and redemption. She doesn't gloss over her own mistakes and is brutally honest about the years of cocaine addiction that followed her time in the spotlight and the sexual traumas she survived in her young life. Today, Cherie is a mom and a chain-saw artist. Baddddddaaasssssss! A great memoir. Recommend this for anyone who thinks girls rock harder and better than the boys. And anyone that hates Kim Fowley....more
Painful, informative and in-depth story of a group of mail-order brides sent from Japan to San Francisco in the early 20th century. The author's use oPainful, informative and in-depth story of a group of mail-order brides sent from Japan to San Francisco in the early 20th century. The author's use of first-person plural throughout the entire story, for me, meant a lack of connection. There are no characters, no faces, no names and it lost a star for that reason. But the book is clearly so pain-stakingly researched and haunting that I would still give this 3-stars. ...more
A near-perfect book. I've read "Garp" many times and it's one of those stories that shouldn't have made a good film and yet it did because it just tooA near-perfect book. I've read "Garp" many times and it's one of those stories that shouldn't have made a good film and yet it did because it just took the most important parts and made them visual. It's about sex and it's about violence and it's about writing and it's about success and it's about family above all. They say no one gets to choose their family and yet most of us WOULD choose those we happen to be related to and not because we couldn't find anything better. We'd choose them (as Garp would) because they made us, US. You can look at a character like Jenny and initially find her so two-dimensional and yet you cringe when you know what's coming and you cry when she is killed. It's heartbreaking and unbelievably funny smattered with characters that probably don't belong together in a perfect world, but absolutely click in place in a near-perfect novel. The only reason it's less than perfect is that the author is a little self-congratulatory. It's not enough to write a great book he has to stick little "stories" (supposedly written by Garp but clearly written by Irving) that aren't that great and yet, in the novel, are critically lauded. Still one of the best stories I've ever read....more
I first read this English translation of the classic German play about 13-14 years ago. Lulu is an archetype: she's the representative of negative femI first read this English translation of the classic German play about 13-14 years ago. Lulu is an archetype: she's the representative of negative female energy. She uses men, she commits adultery, she is coy and secretive and ultimately she is destroyed because she is seen as such an evil in our society. The unrepentant woman. This was the first time I read the play with a sympathetic eye toward Lulu who knows only the flirtations, infidelities, manipulations, murder and also victimization that she lives and dies by. I always resented that image of the woman who seeks to weaken her enemies by playing the part of the gamine, but this time when reading the play I saw that Lulu really was a child - even when married, even when living the high society life in Paris, even when prostituting herself for her father and husband. Her only crime is that she's self-aware of her limitations. But I no longer view her as an enemy that she has such limits and commits such crimes. She is wholly indicative of the society she lives in not a devil working against the system to emasculate men....more
The first book selected by the Oprah Book Club some years back and one of the best books in that illustrious collection. Strange how the goddess of TVThe first book selected by the Oprah Book Club some years back and one of the best books in that illustrious collection. Strange how the goddess of TV revived the fiction market in one fell swoop. "Read" she commanded. And "read" we all did. First of all: She's Come Undone is just a well-written book about a wickedly funny, slightly bitter woman coming of age in the me generation. Much has been written about the fact that the writer - Wally Lamb - is... A MAN! Yes, I will agree with the general assessment that "gosh, he writes a woman so well" but more than that Dolores is a character that you just love even when she pisses you off and you root for even when she doesn't always deserve to succeed. You will never forget this book....more
I wanted this book to really champion loud, opinionated, awesome and fearsome women (you know, the ones that men call "bitches") and yet, this falls fI wanted this book to really champion loud, opinionated, awesome and fearsome women (you know, the ones that men call "bitches") and yet, this falls flat. Just a rattling off of names and events, some of which seem to have nothing to do with feminism or bitchery. An excel spreadsheet would have sufficed. Her rants come across as heralding a position for herself amongst the bitches but forgive me, I thought she was famous for writing a book about bipolar disorder and prozac? How does that make her a Bitch Goddess?...more