This book is informative for folks who are considering using Airbnb.com as either a host or a guest, as the author addresses benefits and concerns froThis book is informative for folks who are considering using Airbnb.com as either a host or a guest, as the author addresses benefits and concerns from both perspectives. However, don't overlook this book if you aren't interested in Airbnb. It has broad appeal as an engaging memoir. Leaving a cushy nine to five job for the freelance life is something that more and more people find themselves doing in the wake of the recession. Therefore, many will relate to the varied emotions entangled in the process of starting over and finding inventive (and more satisfying) ways to make a living. Her stories about her guests are engaging, but also thoughtfully illustrate the ways in which her encounters with travelers and the act of living as a hostess changed her. She shows just how enriching it can be to go out on a limb and make a connection with a stranger, and she makes you want to do it too. Though her experiences with the travelers are varied, she ties them all together nicely, making for a very satisfying read....more
Although I enjoyed reading about the differences between Paris and New York culture and desserts, I did find it to be a little too much about the foodAlthough I enjoyed reading about the differences between Paris and New York culture and desserts, I did find it to be a little too much about the food and the particular restaurants she visited. It seemed in places to be more of a guide book than a memoir. That's not a bad thing, but it does make the book seem like it's dragging in spots if you're not looking at it as a reference for your own culinary tourism. ...more
Recommended reading for anyone who loves dogs and/or wolves, especially those who seek to understand the relationship between the two.
This book takesRecommended reading for anyone who loves dogs and/or wolves, especially those who seek to understand the relationship between the two.
This book takes both an anecdotal and scientific approach to exploring the origins, characteristics, and fate of an interspecies hybrid, the wolfdog. It is the memoir of an intelligent, yet troubled woman who, while running from one damaging relationship, unwittingly throws herself into another: with a wolfdog named Inyo.
Drawn to wolfdogs by notions of their nobility, strength, and independence, Terrill believes that a bond with a wolfdog will provide her just the right kind of protection and healing she needs to recover from an abusive relationship. She buys Inyo (12.5% Siberian husky, 87.5% gray wolf) as a pup from a wolfdog breeder and begins a journey of research and discovery as she learns the challenges of caring for a part-wild animal in a domestic environment.
Even daily runs and weekend hikes through the wilderness cannot placate the natural drives that course through Inyo. Incidents of escape, howling, and predatory attacks make Inyo Terrill's full-time job, as she continually searches for ways to conciliate her. Terrill must move at least three times due to complaints from neighbors, no enclosure can seem to contain Inyo, and eventually Inyo's aggression escalates into attacks against Terrill herself.
Terrill includes a lot of fascinating information about wolfdogs based on both scientific studies and conversations with wolfdog breeders and rescuers. Ultimately, as both Terrill's experience and research reveal, wolfdogs are caught in limbo--neither wolf nor dog--and their lives manifest the struggle between conflicting drives and environment. Although tempermentally stable wolfdogs do exist and can live with their owners much as a fully domestic dog would, these dogs are the exception. By combining wolves and dogs, you can't guarantee that you will get the desired traits from both. It's a crapshoot, and the stakes are high. ...more
Such a fantastic book that presents deep, insightful analysis of the messages about femininity being presented to girls today. Orenstein is a journaliSuch a fantastic book that presents deep, insightful analysis of the messages about femininity being presented to girls today. Orenstein is a journalist and the mother of a young daughter; she interviews psychologists, toy marketers, parents, and children to take a well-rounded look at today's girl culture. Ever wondered why there seems to be a pink version of every toy? Why the Disney Princesses made a comeback? How to help girls create an identity that is not centered around their looks? As a journalist, Orenstein not only reveals the state of girl culture today, but digs to the root of it. As a mom, Orenstein explores what exactly she should do to help her daughter grow up into a confident, empowered, and self-aware woman.
Recommended reading for anyone who knows and loves a young girl....more