The words of the protagonist, "I am a collection of oddities..." for me sum up this book. Peppered with wacky characters and unlikely events, MosquitoThe words of the protagonist, "I am a collection of oddities..." for me sum up this book. Peppered with wacky characters and unlikely events, Mosquitoland has almost too much going on. I've really struggled with what to write for this review because there was a lot I liked in the book. Arnold has created a character with a very unique voice and there are many quotable passages throughout but something just didn't click for me. There were too many deep themes that I feel were only addressed on a surface level as well as plot points that were hard to believe or were introduced without follow-through. However, I think many readers will connect with the unusual heroine.
I received a free copy for review through the First Reads giveaways....more
A great overview of innovative projects that demonstrate museums' relevance to individual and community health and well-being. The authors also descriA great overview of innovative projects that demonstrate museums' relevance to individual and community health and well-being. The authors also describe a framework for researching and talking about such projects. ...more
Tara Mohr leads readers through a summary of the main lessons in her Playing Big program. She describes situations which led to her realizing that herTara Mohr leads readers through a summary of the main lessons in her Playing Big program. She describes situations which led to her realizing that her calling is to help women "play big" in their lives and to make women's voices heard. This is my first leadership-type book, so I cannot speak to how much of what Mohr writes is unique or new. However, her writing is accessible- it reads like a letter of advice from a close friend. Mohr sounds supportive and uses her experience in her training program to anticipate and counter hesitations or arguments the readers will make against her suggestions. Several of her lessons resonated with me; as if it was something I knew subconsciously but hadn't been aware of. For instance, she discusses how the skills girls learn and are rewarded for in school often work against us in the workplace and that we use the excuse that we need more education, more training, before "playing big".
On the other hand, some readers will feel this book isn't for them. Mohr introduces the book saying that women, regardless of their profession or stage of career can use the book in both their work and home lives. However, most of her examples are of women who are either at a management level (corporate or non-profit), want to start their own business or sell their art, or want to write books or lead talks about their experiences and wisdom. I did not read examples of "Playing Big" for women in service or healthcare jobs, or mothers who do not want to blog about their parenting tips. While many of Mohr's suggestions can be applied to their lives, not seeing themselves reflected in Mohr's examples may mean that they reject the advice as not relevant. For Mohr to reach her goal of all women's voices being heard, for a more healthy world, she should incorporate some illustrations of the her steps at being applied outside of managment and entrepreneurship.
Every time I read something new by Rachel Joyce, I like it more than the last. I liked reading Queenie's perspective of Harold's pilgrimage and her reEvery time I read something new by Rachel Joyce, I like it more than the last. I liked reading Queenie's perspective of Harold's pilgrimage and her reflections on how she came to be at that place in her life. Joyce has a wonderful way of writing perfectly imperfect characters.I grew attached to Queenie's peers at the hospice and celebrated and mourned with them. In fact, I think the strength of the book rested with these characters and their inward journey, rather than Queenie's retelling of her relationship to Harold. ...more