**spoiler alert** The most difficult thing for me to stomach about ATTTiM was the first person perspective. Initially, I could not tell if the protago**spoiler alert** The most difficult thing for me to stomach about ATTTiM was the first person perspective. Initially, I could not tell if the protagonist was obsessing over someone, legitimately mentally ill, or just a teenage girl mooning over a boy. Once the I learned the circumstances which required the first person perspective of Judith, the story telling became far easier to digest. This lead to it quickly gaining momentum. Unlike other stories where pages upon pages of detail, settling, and dialogue are presented, Berry presents her story in succinct flashes of plot as if one is reading Judith's diary. There are flashes to the past which her paint the cloudy picture of her captivity, but the omission of detail pushes the reader forward like one of the nosey village locals trying to piece together all the gossip. A very easy read with a very nicely tied up finish. Great for a rainy-weekend in on the couch.
**spoiler alert** The Circle was truly an engrossing read, and made my sit back and ponder how much I trust the internet with my personal information,**spoiler alert** The Circle was truly an engrossing read, and made my sit back and ponder how much I trust the internet with my personal information, especially in relation to social media. While some may roll their eyes at the instant gratification-based, free flow of information, I personally could see Eggers' proposed "future" as disturbingly possible in the not-too-far future. For those who dabble in social media or those who dive headlong into the digital world, this is a must read. While there is some name dropping, I found myself wondering if the practices of The Circle could eventually become a reality. When is enough, truly enough? If anyone wants to borrow my copy, I am more than willing to send it on an old-school snail mail adventure!...more
In high school, the fragile relations between frontier settlers and the Native Americans is heavily glossed over, with pivotal battles being merely hiIn high school, the fragile relations between frontier settlers and the Native Americans is heavily glossed over, with pivotal battles being merely highlighted. Until I read EotSM, I had not realized how little I truly knew about our native people, but I left with a greater understanding as to why high school American history is so heavily abbreviated in regard to discussion about the warring period for the Plains Indians. The delicate subjects of raping, murder, and plains warfare, while essential to a deeper understanding of life on the American frontier, are quite difficult to accurately and safely educate young students about. Gwynne painstakingly stitches together a brand new quilt of Americana, which opens with the Comanche raid of The Parker Compound in which a young nine-year-old girl, a single moment that would later unravel the empire of the Plains Indians.
Gwynne covers over forty years of American history in two key stages: the abduction and integration of Cynthia Ann Parker into the Comanche lifestyle, and the incredible account of her son, Quanah, who later rises to power after she is forced back into "civilized society." It is by no means an easy read and requires steeled nerves and an iron stomach as some of the graphic details can make the more delicate reader shudder. The rise and fall of the Comanches is documented in parallel to the haunting familiar historical battles that made up the threadbare blanket of Native American history that we covered up with in high school. The vivid color and detail is almost blinding, but a worthwhile read nevertheless.
I have read criticisms of this work, discrediting the author's account on the basis of utilizing "white sources", "Euro-centric accounts," and "derogatory namings," but what readers should consider is the availability of materials on the subject either in English or in translation. Additionally, the language used in the books is most likely presented to stir emotions, but also raise an awareness as to the various nomenclatures used by the individuals of that era. While I grit my teeth through several sections, it was mainly due to the underhanded methods employed by the government in their treatment and manipulation of the Plains Indians. The writing style could be viewed as sensationalist, but it was a riveting read. I would love to read a companion piece from the perspective of a Comanche author. The extensive list of resources shows that the book is well-researched, and I found it quite informative....more
When I poured through my massive American History text in high school, there was a mere glossing over on the role of whiskey in the Whiskey RebellionWhen I poured through my massive American History text in high school, there was a mere glossing over on the role of whiskey in the Whiskey Rebellion as well as the correlating taxes that would help shape the financial infrastructure of our fledgling country. Mentions of whiskey were peppered throughout the pages, but I now know that I could not have possibly begin to comprehend or appreciate the scope of the impact of bourbon without having actually tasted and savored it.
Huckelbridge's tone throughout the book is informative, eloquent, and at times casual, making it accessible to folks from many walks of life. He depicts the evolution of our great nation through key stages of our political, economic, and social growth, but stitched the quilt together with a piece of Americana that only the grown ups could play with. Big names throughout history are dropped in every chapter, answering many of the questions I couldn't ask as a high schooler. I have finally gained clarity as to "what's the big deal about the Whiskey Tax?" question I posed to my very exasperated AP History teacher in eleventh grade.
Huckelbridge digs down to the deep set roots of bourbon, exposing the family tress of key individuals whose contributions and methods have paved the way for the pillars of modern bourbon making today. Additionally, the creation process of bourbon is explained with layman's terms for those unfamiliar with the distilling process. The footnotes are quite entertaining, giving the reader the impression that Huckelbridge is leaning in to give you some of the best dirt you'll take to the grave. Admittedly, I had to hit up a dictionary for a handful of word choices, but it merely accentuated my interest in the topic.
Though I read Huckelbridge's work from cover to cover without a single drop, I now have a new found appreciation and desire to learn more. As a girl raised in The South, I now feel a deeper connection and responsibility to further my knowledge about bourbon, or at least sweep the category entire should it pop up on Jeopardy....more
I gave up on this work by JK. I couldn't stomach the swearing and hot topics she tried tackling. With three teenagers (two boys & a girl), all I cI gave up on this work by JK. I couldn't stomach the swearing and hot topics she tried tackling. With three teenagers (two boys & a girl), all I could think about were Harry, Ron & Hermione gone terribly wrong....more
Those in possession of the Twilight series, pitch those doorstoppers in the fire and pick up a refreshing steampunk series! I plowed through SOULLESSThose in possession of the Twilight series, pitch those doorstoppers in the fire and pick up a refreshing steampunk series! I plowed through SOULLESS cover to cover in one relaxing afternoon, but I'm already priming my imagination for the next book in the series. I enjoyed building my vocabulary with the eloquent vocabulary and period diction provided by Ms. Carriger's novel. A healthy mingling of supernatural, preternatural, and historical fiction, SOULLESS does not fail to disappoint. For those wanting less high school drama, and more bodice-ripping, Victorian era grandeur, this in the launch pad with zeppelin awaiting to wisk you away. ...more