Our property professor went off this book and once I found that out, I prepared for class using it and never had any trouble. It explains everything v...moreOur property professor went off this book and once I found that out, I prepared for class using it and never had any trouble. It explains everything very, very well. It helps that Dukeminier also wrote the most popular casebook for Property law.(less)
A pretty good guide to the subject. It was different from what my prof was teaching so it wasn't all that helpful, but it did explain basic ideas very...moreA pretty good guide to the subject. It was different from what my prof was teaching so it wasn't all that helpful, but it did explain basic ideas very well when I got stuck and my class notes weren't helpful. (less)
Interesting and engaging, this collection of patient profiles is artfully and sympathetically told, and covers much more than just an overview of vari...moreInteresting and engaging, this collection of patient profiles is artfully and sympathetically told, and covers much more than just an overview of various mental illnesses. Definitely recommend it.
Oh, God, this book is so wretchedly dumb. I had high hopes - high enough hopes - because my mom's BFF loves Sophie Kinsella. This one looked cute so I...moreOh, God, this book is so wretchedly dumb. I had high hopes - high enough hopes - because my mom's BFF loves Sophie Kinsella. This one looked cute so I figured I'd start off with it. No. Just...no.
Where to begin? Contrived plot. The characters are basically in love after a week. A WEEK. The female protagonist is sympathetic enough, though. The bits about fashion left me scratching my head - these must be some of the most oddly dressed girls in the world. Those parts really took me out of the book (stupid and shallow, I know). Another thing - weird word usage. Things like the male protagonist hit himself in the head with his fist after he said someone's name wrong. You may slap yourself on the head (open-palm-like, I mean). You may just kind of touch yourself on the forehead with your fist, but seeing that he 'hit himself in the head with his fist' just made me blink. There are lots of other examples of strange word usage like that.
Also, the main male character is supposed to be American, but often uses British-isms. "Eight nines." No, in America, it would have been "eight times nine." Also, he says "zowee." What kind of man says zowee, unless he's eight? Stupid little things like that really took me out of the book, because I pay attention to stupid little details, it seems, and am easily distracted. But still. Ugh.
Basically, it was just dumb. Not charming or adorable. There were plenty of parts in there that felt so unnecessary, so frivolous, so ... unrelated to the main plot. It didn't seem like a 'tight' book, like most of the other chick-lit books I've read. Granted, I haven't read that many chick-lit books/romance books, and also, I hate calling them chick-lit because that phrase is just a way to diminish women's writing (Oh, yeah, it's *just* chicklit, or it's *just* romance, it can't sit on this shelf with all the srs bzns fiction), but the similar books I have read have been tight. I'm thinking specifically of Julia Quinn's books, which I LOVE. Every single damn one is just so tight. There's not even a frivolous sentence in there, and that's why it's so engaging: because on some level, you can just tell that every scene matters, every sentence matters, so there's no time for you to get bored and zone out while reading and start wool-gathering. This book was not at all like that.
I read this as kind of a palate cleanser. I always read a fun little novel when I've read several long, 'srs bzns' books about politics or history or gender theory or whatever, and that was what I read this as. And now I want three hours of my freaking life back. Ugh. Never again.(less)
This book was wildly fascinating. It's not at all a manual on how to seem more attractive to the opposite sex, but then again, I never thought that it...moreThis book was wildly fascinating. It's not at all a manual on how to seem more attractive to the opposite sex, but then again, I never thought that it was, although I can easily see how some would. It's all about the chemistry, biology, and physiology of sex and attraction and love, and in a larger sense, just how we relate to each other as people. It's chock full of scientific studies on these sorts of relations, and it was a quick, fun, interesting read that I really enjoyed. (less)
Even though most of the chapters didn't do anything for me (I only laughed out loud once, which is very unusual for me when I'm reading a Dave Barry b...moreEven though most of the chapters didn't do anything for me (I only laughed out loud once, which is very unusual for me when I'm reading a Dave Barry book), I'd still recommend this, if only because the story about MsPtato and RayAdverb was Dave Barry as I have never seen him before. Otherwise, it's meh. If not for that chapter, I'd tell people to skip it (which is BLASPHEMY as far as me and my boy Dave Barry are concerned. Sigh). (less)
Ugh. This book itself barely deserves three stars. It isn't that well-written, and it's way too starry-eyed, even about the negative aspects of this w...moreUgh. This book itself barely deserves three stars. It isn't that well-written, and it's way too starry-eyed, even about the negative aspects of this woman's life, and the negative aspects of her personality. But Regina Polk's life deserves five stars. Six. Ten. So this gets a four.
I have some entries up at my book blog about this book, and I have more planned, so I'll be updating the tag, but for my review here on GoodReads, I wanted to do a write-up on the lessons that can be learned from the remarkable Regina Polk.
LESSONS LEARNED FROM REGINA POLK
1. Be sincere and genuine. (That was what drew people to Regina in the first place. She cared about them and their struggles and their families and their prospects and their stories.)
2. Be confident. (Regina was always confident. When she transferred to a new school, she marched in, shoulders back and straight, smiling, and waited for the teacher to seat her. Her classmates mentioned that she wasn't stick-thin (?) but in that moment everyone thought she was a knock-out. I found the stick thin comment problematic but whatever.)
3. Be humble? (I'm iffy on this one because she didn't like praise as a youngster, or even as she got older, but she always said that what she wanted was to walk into a restaurant with Ray Hamilton and for someone to be like, who is that, and someone else to be like, omg, that's Regina Polk, she's a Teamster and the greatest woman in the history of the labor movement.)
4. Build others up. (She did this often, made people feel good about themselves. That's just a smart networking strategy, really. And it inspires loyalty, which she needed.)
5. Share stories. (This was more of a tactic. She shared the stories of workers with other workers so they could sense some kind of commonality and shared bond, etc. It worked very well.)
6. Don't talk too much about yourself.
7. Listen to others.
8. Don't genuflect, but don't be disrespectful. (This is cheating; this is something that can be learned from her husband, Tom Heagy.)
9. Be articulate and intelligent. (She was a great writer, and knew a hell of a lot about the labor movement and her idol, Hoffa. It's my goal to be just as well read and informed.)
10. Loyalty. (She was very loyal to folks. It inspired loyalty in return.)
11. Accessibility. (She'd sit in the quad at U of C when she was trying to organize the hospital's clerical workers, and then, when the university threw her a curveball, ALL the workers. She'd often be called out late at night to talk, when the workers felt it was safe and they wouldn't be watched or harassed or threatened, and she'd go and she'd listen and listen and listen. Her workers - the ones she unionized - always said she was so accessible and they loved that someone was always there for them.)
12. Dress for your role. (On the picket lines she wore jeans to show solidarity. In arbitrations she was the best dressed person in the room with her dress, heels, and hat. God, her hats.)
13. "Slug your guts out." (And "bargain your ass off." This is what they did when they went to negotiate contracts. And Gina kicked ass at that. It's so impressive to me that this woman wasn't even a lawyer, but she did a labor lawyer's work when she went in there to write contracts and bargain and arbitrate and deal with grievances, etc. Amazing.)
14. Be interested in others. (This goes back to listening to others and being genuine, etc.)
15. Spin ideas to be good for BOTH sides. (This is a negotiation tactic that she used: she always spun her ideas for the workers as being good for BOTH sides.)
16. Put others first.
17. Have all the time in the world for others. (Ray Hamilton's son said this about Regina: that she had a crap ton to do but would have like four hour lunches with him while he was a student at DePaul and mentored him and made him feel like she had all the time in the world for him.
18. "Our hearts get broken and this is no better than a heart." (This isn't a lesson or a tactic. It's just something she said to her housekeeper when she accidentally broke a vase, and I liked it. It's a good reminder to not be so attached to material things. It's not like we'll take them with us or anything. I just loved the quote.)
I wish she was alive today. She'd be Obama's girl. She'd be dealing with labor matters on a national level. And I'd probably be trailing her like a shadow, trying to learn all I could from her. (less)
This book was written in the early to mid 90s. It takes shots at liberals and the religious right and conservatives, and is actually kind of funny. Th...moreThis book was written in the early to mid 90s. It takes shots at liberals and the religious right and conservatives, and is actually kind of funny. The author talks about wars and crippling debt and the growing power of the religious right and the fight to defund public broadcasting, but it seems tinged with hope, like things will get better.
I was nearly sick to my stomach the whole time I read it because it's 15 years later and things are WORSE.
I have many thoughts about and excerpts from this book. I am still updating the tag, obviously, nad have a lot left to add to it. All of that can be found here at my book journal.(less)
It's okay. I'm probably biased because I'm South Asian and can recognize classical stories or parables or whatever that she lifted some of the plots f...moreIt's okay. I'm probably biased because I'm South Asian and can recognize classical stories or parables or whatever that she lifted some of the plots from. (less)