Once I accepted the fact that this book wasn't going to be an adventure story but rather an excellent narrative about Peter Hudson's trek through MaurOnce I accepted the fact that this book wasn't going to be an adventure story but rather an excellent narrative about Peter Hudson's trek through Mauritania, I settled in and really liked the book. It contains great snapshots of the people, culture and customs of this African desert country. I love Hudson's attitude - the reader can feel his genuine interest in the people and their lives. I learned about the friction between the Moors and the rest of the country. There were humorous episodes, interesting people and some awful food. :-)
This is a good map for Around the World readers to travel through Mauritania.
Brrr...this was a chilly read and at times a chilling read. One of the last chapters, The Big Blow, had me shivering in my seat. However, the story ofBrrr...this was a chilly read and at times a chilling read. One of the last chapters, The Big Blow, had me shivering in my seat. However, the story of this frozen expedition to the North Pole warmed my interest with its straight-up account of twelve men and two dogs who attempt to reach the Pole in 1967 riding Ski-doo snowmobiles pulling sleds of equipment and food. The account is well-written, no chasing of snow rabbits or other distractions, the reader learns a variety of interesting and pertinent facts about an expedition of this nature survives, makes things work when they shouldn't and gets a lot of luck along the way. This expedition had no serious injuries miraculously.
Well worth the read even though it takes place almost 50 years ago.
What it is: A beautifully written memoir about an 60-ish woman who has lost her husband to an auto accident - not physically, but mentally and emotionWhat it is: A beautifully written memoir about an 60-ish woman who has lost her husband to an auto accident - not physically, but mentally and emotionally. The brain trauma left Rich unable to care for himself and too difficult to be cared for by Abigail.
What it isn't: A place for Abigail to vent, feel sorry for herself and be the hero.
What it is: An account of the healing that takes place in Abigail's life with aid of her three dogs. A straight forward discussion of the reality of her life. Simple writing at its best.
What it isn't: A sensational story. Abigail just tells it what it is, with no frills. There isn't anything exceptional as far as adventure or aha moments.
Sample writing: If you were to look into our apartment in the late morning, or early afternoon, or toward suppertime, you might find us together sleeping. Of course a good rainy day is preferable, but even on sunny summer days, the dogs and I get into bed. Rosie dives under the quilt on my right, Harry on my left, and we jam ourselves together. After a little bit Harry starts to snore, Rosie rests her chin on my ankle, the blanket rises and falls with our breathing, and I feel only gratitude. We are doing something as necessary to our well-being as food or air or water. We are steeping ourselves, reassuring ourselves, renewing ourselves, three creatures of two species, finding comfort in the simple exchange of body warmth....more
This is a heartwarming story of a pit bull that the Levin family adopted. It also nicely weaves in the other story of twins they adopted when past theThis is a heartwarming story of a pit bull that the Levin family adopted. It also nicely weaves in the other story of twins they adopted when past the normal age of being adoptive parents. There are many comparisons between Oogy's adoption and the twins adoption, primarily, adjustment and belonging after what could be considered a rough start coming into the world. This is definitely true in Oogy's case, not so much in the twins.
Although this is a short, easy read (listen in my case, my first on my Christmas Kindle!), the book left me a little disappointed because (view spoiler)[ the climax of the story is how Pit Bull ( a breed with a reputation for violence) could turn out so gentle, loving after being used as a bait dog for other fighter dogs. While, I believe Levin does a nice job of intertwining his family's story and Oogy's, Oogy's surgeries and health problems don't actually carry the book enough to solidly hold the reader's interest after learning about his traumatic introduction into this world. (hide spoiler)]
What a heartwarming and at times funny way to visit the seedier side of London's East End slums post WWII. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiWhat a heartwarming and at times funny way to visit the seedier side of London's East End slums post WWII. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook with narration by Nicola Barber whose cockney accent is good enough to sound cockney, but yet understandable for those of us who can barely understand a true cockney!
I cried for young Mary who was introduced into prostitution at the tender age of 14 years old; I rooted for Conchita who birthed a 28-week old baby, couldn't understand a word of English and whose mothering instincts were so strong that she....well, you will have to read it and find out. I laughed as Sister Evangelina used a very unorthodox means of making a social outcast laugh and therefore trust her in order to nurse her back to health. In fact, I'm still laughing about this one...
This is a book that I would feel comfortable recommending to anyone. I am so happy that it is part of a series because I eagerly look forward to reading the others. (This from a person who almost runs from series.)
***THIS WAS A FREE BOOK OBTAINED FROM NETGALLEY AND ISLAND PRESS***
This little 52-page book takes a jaunt through the mountains of Nepal with biology***THIS WAS A FREE BOOK OBTAINED FROM NETGALLEY AND ISLAND PRESS***
This little 52-page book takes a jaunt through the mountains of Nepal with biology student and Peace Corps volunteer, Eric Dinerstein, in search of tigers (chapter one) and snow leopards (chapter two).
Within its few pages, the reader learns about both cats, the surrounding countryside, culture, wildlife and tiger tracking techniques. If that sounds like it could be boring, it really isn't. Dinerstein finds ways to interject humor by relating close-calls and other anecdotes humorously.
This book is part of Island Press's E-ssential program of short books that "inspire readers to take action to foster a healthy planet."
Ever wonder what it would be like to stand in the shoes of an astronaut's wife? If you grew up in the 60s and 70s, I can almost guarantee that you didEver wonder what it would be like to stand in the shoes of an astronaut's wife? If you grew up in the 60s and 70s, I can almost guarantee that you did! Well, you have your opportunity with The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story.
The book wends its way through the years of lift-offs, landings and explosions with an emphasis on the wives' friendship and support of one another. The book's main focus is the Mercury 7 wives since they began it all. "Mother" Marge Slayton is attributed with beginning the Astronaut Wives Club when her husband, Deke, was grounded for a congenital health ailment and was made head astronaut, a position that included monitoring and keeping the other astronauts organized. Marge saw a similar need with the wives, as well as an opportunity to offer a listening ear to the other women. Being the caring person she was, the chance to mother the other ladies fell naturally to her.
Through the years, cheating husbands, widows, colorful personalities among both the astronauts and their wives, the first divorce, the women's liberation movement and political mayhem, the book offers a window into the lives of people who were more often than not treated like the rock stars of their time.
What I didn't like was that there was no chart of which astronauts belonged to which missions. I also often forgot who was married to whom since only first names were frequently used. I was able to sort out the Mercury 7 wives since most of the book centered on them and there was a nice picture of all of them together that included their names. I wish there were a similar picture for all the other wives. I would also have included pictures of each woman with her husband. The lack of relevant pictures annoyed me as did, the fact that some women had no pictures included at all. Perhaps, this is due to them not wanting their picture in the book, but for the reader, it would certainly have been easier to relate to each wife's story.