A book I read over the summer -- did not make notes. Worth the read, things you probably already know that you need to be reminded of. Nice quick readA book I read over the summer -- did not make notes. Worth the read, things you probably already know that you need to be reminded of. Nice quick read....more
09/20/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE by Diane Ackerman RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: NonFiction/2007/323 Pgs TIME/PLACE: 1930's/Poland FIR09/20/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE by Diane Ackerman RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: NonFiction/2007/323 Pgs TIME/PLACE: 1930's/Poland FIRST LINES: At dawn in an outlying district of Warsaw, sunlight swarmed around the trunks of blooming linden trees & crept up the white walls of a 1930s stucco & glass villa where the zoo director & his wife slept in a bed crafted from white birch, a pale wood used in canoes, tongue depressors, & Windsor chairs.
COMMENTS: 08/11/08 rec via bookcrossing ring/ray. I thought this was an interesting perspective -- seeing the German/Nazi occupation of Poland in the late 30's-early 40's through the viewpoint of the Zookeepers. It was especially interesting how they used the animal habitat camouflage to hide the Jews out of sight from the German soliders and the code names were the that of animals . It was also interesting (but awful!) to hear about the Nazi fascination w/ purity in animal breeds. Obviously the author put together a well researched book. It dragged for me some w/ maybe too much detail at points but overall a very satisfying & worthwhile read! This would also make a good movie....more
08/14/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: THE WOMAN'S GUIDE TO SECOND ADULTHOOD: INVENTING THE REST OF OUR LIVES RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Non-Fiction/2005/208/14/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: THE WOMAN'S GUIDE TO SECOND ADULTHOOD: INVENTING THE REST OF OUR LIVES RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Non-Fiction/2005/242 pgs
FIRST LINES: My 1st step into Second Adulthood was backward off a ninety foot cliff.
COMMENTS:06/25/08 rec via bookcrossing ring/ray. Very worthwhile reading about transitions in the lives of women 50 yrs old. Some of these changes may happen earlier or later but in general around that age point. Found the book validating a lot of feelings and reassuring. Did give you a positive outlook. The main thing I take away from this book is "you are not the same you just older". You still have choices and new adventures ahead of you....more
06/07/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: THREE CUPS OF TEA by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: NonFiction, Memoir-Bio, Curre06/07/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: THREE CUPS OF TEA by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: NonFiction, Memoir-Bio, Current Events/2006/338 pgs TIME/PLACE: 1990's/Pakiston
FIRST LINES: In Pakistan's Karakoram, bristling across an area barely one hundred miles wide, more than 60 of the world's tallest mountains lord their severe alpine beauty over a witnessless high-altitude wilderness.
COMMENTS: 04/29/08 rec via bookrossing ring/ray. Due to moving, settling in my full focus was probably not w/ this book -- did enjoy it, just had a hard time giving it my attention. Greg Mortenson grew up w/ missionary parents and spent his childhood out of the US in less developed countries. He became a nurse to support his passion for mountain climbing. While in Pakistan to climb K2 he saw the need for schools and made this his vocation. He returned to the states to earn and raise money for education to some of the remote areas in Pakistan. He went on to build over 50 schools, many of them dedicated to girls. He discovered that educating the girls was more helpful to the villages -- they tended to stay or return home in their new professions, whereas the boys left for newer places w/ the focus on higher salaries. The girls had goals of giving back to their communities. Very heartwarming book....more