Inventively crafted. A bit of a page turner. I would have rated it higher, but the graphic sex was a bit much. Perhaps it was intentionally done to reInventively crafted. A bit of a page turner. I would have rated it higher, but the graphic sex was a bit much. Perhaps it was intentionally done to repulse, but it got to me. Great character building and a, somewhat, predictable ending. Still satisfying, though. 3.5 stars.
I bought this book ages ago and am doing a good Kindle cleaning before I add more to my library. What's next?...more
Excellent read. I think about 90% of the country would support this amazing man if they would read this book. In his words, instead of what many haveExcellent read. I think about 90% of the country would support this amazing man if they would read this book. In his words, instead of what many have passively taken in and believed without question. Not only does he detail the main issues that challenge our country, he offers common sense solutions. And, more importantly, HE DETAILS HOW TO PAY FOR THEM.
Bernie offered such a simple solution to pay for free public college and universities for all. Worth reading just for that. He reminds us that not only did we bail out Wall Street, but we gave them big tax refunds shortly after and didn't ask them to pay back what we gifted them. He reminds us that health care should be a right for all. Amen. He fairly attacks the SIX, yes SIX, major companies that control 90% of our media. This is why I don't watch or listen to much, if any, news.
This man has spent his entire life working for us. For the poor and least of us. And people get stuck on two words: democratic socialist. They believe the media (controlled by 6 companies) that democratic socialism is bad, when in reality, they participate in it daily.
THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR CURRENT DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST PROGRAMS IN OUR COUNTRY:
I don't know anyone who doesn't benefit from most of these. And they probably are related to or friends with someone who benefits from the rest.
Social security THE MILITARY libraries POLICE roads farm subsidies garbage collection and public landfills Postal service Fire and rescue Student loans War (ew) CIA, FBI The polio vaccine EPA Schools Museums Public jails and prisons Business subsidies Food stamps VA All elected officials The sewer system (see immediately above) Medicare GI bill Parks Free school lunch and breakfast Medicaid The Pentagon FDA Flu vaccines and other vaccines SSDI Unemployment insurance Public transport WIC Public snow removal PBS CDC Private business subsides and welfare (I put these two together for perspective) Public Street Lighting FEMA Public defenders Amtrak NPR Dept of Homeland Security OSHA State and national monuments USDA Gov scholarships Department of Human Services Census Border security Department of Education Department of Justice National Weather Service Government Law Civilization
Book also briefly details his life and the election. Fascinating. He really has a well spent life working for all.
Best book I've read in ages. Took me exactly a month to read it because cancer treatment sometimes keeps me from reading. This is worse than nausea toBest book I've read in ages. Took me exactly a month to read it because cancer treatment sometimes keeps me from reading. This is worse than nausea to this book addict. Anyhoo...
This is a hefty tome that skewers so much of human nature that it's difficult to find any area the author does not touch on. It's been a long time since a book made me laugh out loud, but there were times I did at such a volume, I frightened my dog. On the flip side, there were such poignant moments and achingly beautiful descriptions, I often had to go back and read them again. Such language. Just brilliant.
I love debut novels like this. They skyrocket an author into view. This has awards forthcoming.
"Because if you see people as enemies or obstacles or traps, you will be at constant war with them and with yourself. Whereas if you choose to see people as puzzles, and if you see yourself as a puzzle, then you will be constantly delighted, because eventually, if you dig deep enough into anybody, if you really look under the hood of someone’s life, you will find something familiar. This is more work, of course, than believing they are enemies. Understanding is always harder than plain hatred. But it expands your life. You will feel less alone." from "The Nix: A novel" by Nathan Hill...more
I almost tossed this one, the main character was so repulsive. But, I stuck with it. I'm glad I did. A tightly wound story, the tension increases steaI almost tossed this one, the main character was so repulsive. But, I stuck with it. I'm glad I did. A tightly wound story, the tension increases steadily. I couldn't put it down. And then, it really surprised me. Eileen reminded me of the character, Olive Kitredge, who I also couldn't stand, but was so compelling.
A great debut, I'll look forward to this author's next work. ...more
Fabulously written memoir, I loved every page. I'm a St. Paul girl, yes, we Twin Citians take sides even though this is just one big city. St. Paul isFabulously written memoir, I loved every page. I'm a St. Paul girl, yes, we Twin Citians take sides even though this is just one big city. St. Paul is quirky and the streets wind and wander and the bluffs and the river follow. This author referred to Minneapolis as flat, which made me laugh out loud. Oh, I love Minneapolis too, but she's expensive and a bit full of herself.
My dad was raised in St. Paul, so it has my heart through his eyes and memories and our shared time there. I've lived and gone to school where Marge lived and went to school. I've sat where she's been, beside the Dewdrop; I've walked her neighborhood.
The College of St. Catherine (St. Kate's) was an interesting year for me, so seeing it through a sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet was fascinating. She really didn't fit in there either. I had transferred there to pursue a nursing degree that my liberal, coed college didn't offer. Attending with only women felt like taking two steps backward to me. Some feel an all female school provides a safe space to learn, voice opinions, etc. I felt it was ill preparation for the real world. Safe space was found, for me, in coed discussions and team work under the watchful eye of professors dedicated to my education. I was grateful to not only live off campus, but to only attend one year there.
All that said, that year taught me a lot about the good, bad, and awful of the Catholic Church. (And all religions.) I adored visiting elderly sisters. I loved the strong women I met. I admired the dedication to tradition. The guilt, blinders to the church's problems, and requirements of Catholicism astounded me. So much was overlooked, ignored, and swept under rugs, but at the same time such hearts of charity. Such strong, smart women. Such tradition and ritual and history. It's a jumble of contradictions.
I've always had trouble with hypocrisy and church as an institution. Church, to me is people doing God's work as taught by His son. So, a rich church gives me pause. I skewer my own Lutheran church with just as sharp a point. I have trouble relaxing into worship surrounded by people living lives where the cost of their clothes, cars, and homes would do the very work worship is reminding us to do. So, I don't attend. Not now, anyway. My ideal church would use the pews as beds at night, the floors would be worn from use. It would have a shelter, a kitchen, a clinic, a food pantry, mental health care, support groups... And we'd all worship together while doing the work.
But if we are the body Why aren't His arms reaching? Why aren't His hands healing? Why aren't His words teaching? And if we are the body Why aren't His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way? There is a way, there is a way ...We are His hands, we are His feet --Casting Crowns
While at St. Kate's a very good friend was the victim of one of the worst cases of anti-semitism that I've ever seen. Her dorm room covered in swastikas and trashed. She showed me her room and then she disappeared. I never saw her again and no one at the college would tell me what had happened. My requests for campus-wide discussions about religious tolerance went unheard. I was rendered speechless, but also powerless. She no longer existed according to the college. She was swept under a rug that bulged with similar situations. At the time, I worked with many Jewish people at a nursing home and was frequently at the Jewish Community Center nearby. These families sustained me during this very upsetting time in my life. My favorite patient, Morris, who also implored me to buy a good Buick, walked me through bearing this hurt. This was not quite the education I had signed up for, but it has lived every year with me.
The balance of being a Catholic and all the good of it tipped in favor of wanting none of it for this author. She took it all in, becoming a nun, and now, is a None. Born into this religion and then awakening, the author winds us through her life. I had some unanswered questions and there were some rather jarring transitions, but all in all, I loved this book.
I loved this quote from the book and I adore where the Catholic Church is heading. Pope Francis is leading us all into a better place. And the nuns are there.
"and thought our sisters had been true feminists long before their time. They had earned PhDs and worked before it was acceptable for women to hold jobs. Early CEOs, they had owned and administered hospitals, schools, and universities. Working with men, they had raised funds, asking for money from male business owners and philanthropists. Being nuns had allowed them to act in ways highly unusual for women of their times. Serving as alternative role models and inspiring examples of what women could be and do, we enthusiastically followed their leadership."...more
A reread. First read it as a kid. Loved it even more this time around. I had no intentions of reading it, but it caught my eye. I took it off the shelA reread. First read it as a kid. Loved it even more this time around. I had no intentions of reading it, but it caught my eye. I took it off the shelf and, once again, Maria was a loving friend from the first page.
Books like this are so important. It tells a story, but more importantly, it shares a feeling. Love is the reason and the answer for life. The Trapp story is a lovely reminder of this.
This was a reread for me. I plucked the book off my shelf looking for a particular passage and began to read again. Such an excellent read for anyone.This was a reread for me. I plucked the book off my shelf looking for a particular passage and began to read again. Such an excellent read for anyone. Really.
Taylor has such comforting insights, it's hard to pick one. That we can all access Nirvana any time we wish to, is my favorite. It really is true. Anyone who prays (or meditates, if that makes it easier for you) or anyone who has been working hard to quiet the "chatter" of their left brain can attest to this.
She gives scientifically backed reasons for why worry and negative thinking are time wasters. And goes on to teach you how to silence those thoughts. This is brilliant and undeniably required work for all humans.
Being a registered nurse and having tested many times about 60/40 right/left brained, I love both the way she talks about the anatomy and how it works, but also digs deep into the beauty of who we are in the universe. I believe that God is the collective power of our souls and she talks about this power in a way that had me saying, "Right on, sister." We are all one and we can tap into that if we want to.
What a wonderful world, if we, indeed, did just that.
As someone with a chronic illness, I was first attracted to her because of her thoughts on pain. And those thoughts have been oh so helpful. But, what got me, what really got me, was her advocacy for those who can't speak for themselves or for those who, despite all their best efforts, just simply aren't heard by those that love them or even just the general public. "Be responsible for the energy that you bring," to an ill person is ever so important. I can't tell you how many times people have drained me or blamed me or added rather than subtracted from my symptoms. I always knew this, about the energy you bring, but I didn't have words for it. I knew for sure it wasn't me, but now to have the words, I'm just so grateful.
Her list of assessment questions and the 40 things she needed the most, I plan (and highly recommend everyone) to copy and place in a very important place for my husband and son. These questions and assessments are so respectful and important. I wish they were in every hospital, clinic, or nursing home break room. Loved also that she reminds everyone that people who are unresponsive are still in there---and they can perceive you completely and accurately. "I am wounded. Please respect me."
"Your body is the life force power of some fifty-trillion molecular geniuses. You and you alone choose moment by moment who and how you want to be in the world. I encourage you to pay attention to what is going on in your brain. Own your power and show up for your life. Beam bright!" ...more