Deen is a great writer and his story is like none I have ever read. I love a look into another subculWow, a look behind the curtain of ultra-orthodox.
Deen is a great writer and his story is like none I have ever read. I love a look into another subculture and this is one I have never had access to previously living on the West Coast.
Imagine your life being mostly the Torah and traditions based on many generations past, it makes the Amish seem modern. Men are in charge and it certainly would have been interesting to read his wife's book (she had no time to do much but change diapers and feed children it would appear)!
Married very young without access to birth control his family grew in leaps and bounds and he had little way to make a proper living to support the basics. Meet another religious group that relies heavily on government benefits to make ends meet when they cannot properly provide for themselves.
It is very hard to say more without spoiling the book. It is compellingly written. I read it in one day in the shade. Very well done although I would have liked to have more reflection towards the end of the book, it seemed rushed but perhaps it was not totally processed as the rest had been.
Highly recommended if you are interested in lesser-known religious traditions and inner workers as seen from one man's perspective. ...more
Well, this book is definitely written for the Twittisphere. Short sound-bites, lots of bread very little meat.
To say I am turned off with any book thaWell, this book is definitely written for the Twittisphere. Short sound-bites, lots of bread very little meat.
To say I am turned off with any book that uses popular culture references such as TV is an understatement. It is written to a certain audience and not this one. I have known/bought/sold different types of real estate for many decades and hoped for some new insights since this book was well reviewed. I waited months for the wait list at the library. Happy I didn't pop for the $28 but I am sure those who bought aren't bookstore types and likely bought it on Amazon.
I was hoping to learn a little more about Zillow and their insights and it is probably worth a scan but definitely not a read. There is simply not enough there there. It is more like: aren't we swell since we can interpret data.
Very disappointing, but if you learn one thing from a book it might be key to some future negotiation or transaction. I checked it out to read but to consider as gifts but this is a no go sorry to say.
This book is a delightful look at the lives of some of the NW creatives that crossed paths with Wesley Wehr who was younger than most of them and soakThis book is a delightful look at the lives of some of the NW creatives that crossed paths with Wesley Wehr who was younger than most of them and soaked up their company.
I stumbled upon the book looking for some more detailed information about painter Pher Hallsted and learned so much from that chapter I decided to digest the rest. It is a remarkable lesser known but important book.
Primarily focused on the 1950s and 1960s it is a delightfully well-written look into the lives of these NW icons that are well known now but were mostly struggling artists when Wehr knew them. The writing is very inviting and the tales of the artist's haunts and habits made for delightful reading especially for those familiar with these old Seattle hang-outs at a time gone by.
This is a must read for anyone interested in knowing more about Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Helmi Juvonen, Guy Anderson, Elizabeth Bishop, and many others. ...more
Didn't relate to any of the characters, not enough there there.
Hannah and Lovell are married, she is on the cusp of 40 with two kids and is unahppy wiDidn't relate to any of the characters, not enough there there.
Hannah and Lovell are married, she is on the cusp of 40 with two kids and is unahppy with her life that didn't turn out like she had hoped.
Lovell is a scientist, she works in a floral shop. They don't seem that connected to their community or to one another.
Although the writing was good it was for me far from a page-turner, it fell flat and I was suprised as I have been a fan of Algonquin froom way way back in the begnning. A good review led me to the book. Perhaps it just wasn't the book for me the day I read it?
Many times readers bring their own expectations to a book. I had none with this one, I had read a good review a while back ordered the book from the lMany times readers bring their own expectations to a book. I had none with this one, I had read a good review a while back ordered the book from the library and read it in two sittings.
I have visited someone in prison and I could relate to the story of the clothing. I only go once a year since it is many states away but I have a Prison Dress that I know meets all the requirements. I had to look up online to find out what the banned "scooter skirt" was their regulations are odd and many layered, one bad thing and you are out of the game.
Butcher is a good writer. She is writing about her own experience with survivor guilt and the confusion surrounding her interpretation of an incident that struck her to the core. She kept wondering why not me? Why him? As she was entering her adult life and launching into a career and a life away from her formative youth and college years.
I disagree that she overstated her relationship with her friend, it is her story not his. She is very young and readers should keep this in mind. I don't think she is even thirty when she is writing this book for Pete's sake.
I felt the book was well written and brings to light how many people are in the prison system who should be treated for their mental illnesses and could potentially be fully functioning citizens instead of costing upwards of 50K a year to be house inappropriately in a crude non-therapeutic setting.
It is a well-paced book, certainly with a few missteps but it was a compelling read. Again I had no expectations coming to the book I didn't even read the book jacket before I started on page one having forgotten how I was led to put it on my hold list at the local library.
Her story reminded me some of the survivor guilt I have read about people who survived the camps in WWII trying their whole lives to figure out why they were spared. I applaud her book and wonder why others were so disappointed, was it their expectatons of what her book should be?...more
This is a compelling read, a quick read, and I am certain helpful to those navigating the waters of cancer and their families.
After hearing Bryan onThis is a compelling read, a quick read, and I am certain helpful to those navigating the waters of cancer and their families.
After hearing Bryan on the Film Vault podcast I was curious about his cancer journey. His wife is obviously a gem and his story is a rare brain cancer victory so I was inspired to get on the long request list at the library. Essentially what I heard was that he was writing based on his wife's real-time blog because he was so fuzzy on the details due to the treatment. The book begins a little rocky for me, I am not sure if I got used to his writing style or if the rest was better edited.
I found the footnotes to be very distracting, a little like sound bytes dropped in, and could have been handled so many other way but alas it was published by a small house who didn't catch quite a few things they should have.
He does give concrete advice about being your own best advocate when dealing with the medicos and how it can cause emotional rifts within families. It is a brutally honest read and does explain how they were able to carry on amid all the unemployment and medical costs. He is a walking miracle and no doubt his positive attitude and love of life has helped him on his journey.
A better publisher would have had a better editor but it was a worthwhile read perhaps not worth all the praise for his stunning writing style (but he lives in LA phony city USA) but it was a major undertaking for someone whose mind was so fuzzy amid it all. Obviously he had to rely on other's people's recollections to make it all happen.
Many would have not revealed as much about the bumps and grinds but it is admirable that he did. His wife deserves a medal and I am happy for them both that things have gone as well as they have.
I enjoy him on the Film Vault and learning he is willing to admit his regrets including not completing his schooling, thankfully there is still time!...more
Gene Simmons story is an interesting one. He has an ego about a mile wide but also has some brief humility in places in this tome.
If you have never reGene Simmons story is an interesting one. He has an ego about a mile wide but also has some brief humility in places in this tome.
If you have never read a book of this sort, an inspirational book about success, this may seem new to you. If you are older and have read a few there's not much new here nor does it start a fire. He needed a better editor and tends to repeat himself and his stories over and over again. The books format is so Bible like in the physical sense you can tell he thinks he is handing down to readers important knowledge, complete with a ribbon to keep your place.
He preaches to not marry too early, to stick your nose to the grindstone, to notput all your eggs in one basket, to believe in yourself, and to live way below your earnings always. Don't be in a hurry to buy a house or to have kids, if you must have one. He does brag about his many successes including living with Cher and Diana Ross, but he also details quite a few of his failures. He came to this country from Israel as a youth, the son of a holocaust survivor, fatherless, and he worked hard at various jobs with little sleep and continues to work hard. There is no doubt he is driven by his early life experiences where he was hungry and surviving by his wits/grit. His is indeed an interesting story even for someone who can barely name any of his hit songs and has little idea what KISS is except a long-standing metal band. He is a brilliant pitch man and has marketed just about anything possible. His fascination with comic book heroes looms large and may explain his make up and costuming. If you haven't heard his interview with Terry Gross do listen as a refresher in the ultimate discomfort on radio.
He admits that he was a jerk to his long-time life-partner, now wife Shannon who he met at the Playboy Mansion decades ago, and that his reality show took the varnish off their relationship and made him examine his flaw and disrespect of her in a new light.
The first part of the book is about him and the second part is about YOU the reader. His point in the book is to share with others the things he wished he had learn in school and certainly for some, perhaps in the KISS Army, this will be a news bulletin, but not for those who are reasonably well-read who could easily get the message in other places with more effective presentation.
Readers are left to wonder if there was a copy editor nevermind an overall book editor. There are grammatical errors and for someone who stresses the importance of learning the English language it seems embarrassing.
I finished the book, and am not sorry I read it but it is not a book I would recommend to others except perhaps a fan of his music who might not otherwise be a reader. It's a quick read and learning a little about his humble beginnings was of interest and likely would be to many baby-boomers....more
It took me a long time to finish this book which isn't a good sign. Although I felt I gained some insights into what it is to be an agent working in tIt took me a long time to finish this book which isn't a good sign. Although I felt I gained some insights into what it is to be an agent working in the Secret Service I kept thinking that something was going to pull it all together and for me it just never did.
I found myself distracted and I'd put the book down and do something else.
Perhaps the reading suffered from so many interruptions but I was on an airplane for a longer flight and I still didn't finish it. Not a good sign.
I couldn't relate or empathize with any of the characters and wasn't frankly that interested. I should have put it down but was convinced it would come together by the end. It did not. Perhaps I was looking for something I shouldn't have but I would not recommend it OR pass it onto a friend and that is a bad sign. Alas, I have a few days left to read a better book to close out 2014....more
I came to this book with few expectations, a friend had recommended it and since I had read two of her other books I gave it a go.
Many people have a fI came to this book with few expectations, a friend had recommended it and since I had read two of her other books I gave it a go.
Many people have a fear or marriage and more a fear of divorce particularly those who have been through both. Gilbert takes readers inside her doubts and the research she did before tying the knot again with her lover you might remember from Eat Pray Love.
My husband asked me what the book is about and I said it was Professor Stephanie Coontz for the more general audience, a look at marriage seen through the lens of a divorced woman marrying a man 17 years her senior with no desire to have kids.
Her look at marriage and commitment has a certain bend to it and my reaction to the book compared to my 40 something single never-been-married-friend was quite different. I didn't read the book looking for big answers to major life questions it was an amusing read with some interesting facts tossed in. She thought it was a book about all the things women give up to be married, I thought it was one person's view of marriage as researched before a second wedding. I have been together with my husband for over 25 years and we have managed to make a nontraditional marriage work well for us, sans children.
I read her other two books WAY before all the hubbub about EPL so I missed all the expectations others who have reviewed the book here seem to be complaining about. I like her writing style and her descriptions of things I would not otherwise have thought about like the young man who is raising frogs for food to support his budding family in Laos.
I don't think this is earth shattering writing but it is certainly a fast read and would make for a great book club discussion book. I sent it to my prison pen pal to see what she thought of it.
I bought it used and it was worth way more than I paid for it, I will pass it along to a friend. Any book written after the international splash of Eat Pray Love was going to be hard for her readers to accept, daunting task for any author. I felt the book was candid and certainly uncovered honestly many of her warts. I wouldn't want to be married to either one of them but their story makes for thought provoking reading....more
I wondered what a read who had not first read her newer book "Gone Feral" would think of this book compared to a reader who had read it first?
I enjoyeI wondered what a read who had not first read her newer book "Gone Feral" would think of this book compared to a reader who had read it first?
I enjoyed this thoroughly. Indeed Ms. Carpenter is a zealot, but since I came from a background where wasting food was the worst sin Dumpster diving didn't phase me in the least.
I am a vegetarian and I am a gardener.
I enjoyed the book, likely more than I might have enjoyed being her neighbor in the city, with all the sounds and smells her barnyard might have brought drifting over the fence 24/7. I don't think I'd like to be in her house or eat food prepared in her kitchen given the type of housekeeper she freely admits being however and I can't imagine even as a hitch hiker being in her farm mobile.
She is in the right place the Bay Area for her quirky resolves and I actually appreciated her talk of slaughtering the animals. If you are going to eat meat why not talk about how they are raised and killed?
She is a crafty sort, a great writer, and I loved her sense of humor. I agree living next door might not be a picnic but it seems she has found a place and a man who loves her and a community of other quirky people who will accept her trials and errors.
I left the book curious if she was able to keep her patch going but I guess I'll have to log onto her blog to get updates.
Yes, she is righteous and a bit preachy at turns, but I liked her determination. I think he boyfriend must be a saint to accompany her nightly every night to get enough slop out of Dumpsters to feed her pigs. Her descriptions of curing pork and the man who allowed her in on his carefully honed restaurant secrets was especially interesting.
She is scraping by and taking a different path and her determination is to be admired, after all she is a squatter at best on this vacant land and can feel the condos closing in out their ghetto 'hood.
I enjoyed the book, I can see why others might not but I have plenty of gardening pals who would enjoy her tale of trying to paddle her own boat upstream. Read Gone Feral first and this book will be that much more of a delight....more
A decent escapist read, well paced and certainly gives the casual swimmer things to think about the competitive world of school-aged swimmers. ThoughtA decent escapist read, well paced and certainly gives the casual swimmer things to think about the competitive world of school-aged swimmers. Thought that last third of the book was a rush job and a little hard to swallow.
A great beach read expected a bit more based on who recommended it to me.
Quick read, nice distraction, nothing that will rock your world....more
Let me begin by saying I have always enjoyed "oral history" and I accepted quite a bit about this being a self-published endeavor before beginning toLet me begin by saying I have always enjoyed "oral history" and I accepted quite a bit about this being a self-published endeavor before beginning to read this in one afternoon.
I have read a few books about Madoff and the author of Wizard of Lies recommended this as a first-person narrative written by those touched by this terribly tragedy. Whereas most of us assumed his victim were all people who could have afforded to lose what they'd invested this book illustrates in his victims own words the sacrifices many made throughout their working lives to save and many lost it all. Families often pooled money to be able to invest with this golden boy of Wall Street so entire family's savings were wiped out in addition to college funds grandparents had set up and charitable trusts.
The viewpoint of the many failures of the government was interesting but as interesting to me was the fact that everyone seemed to count the amount they lost not as what they invested but the fiction dished out by this swindler. It was all a lie the earnings, the totals, the amounts they paid state and Federal taxes on all these years. Many did due diligence and investigated this fellow as best they could, they had leads to him from trusted friends and family members. Many were in Florida and were living lives they'd dreamed of all their working lives and had to sell everything and try to rebuild by living with relatives in cooler climes and making major lifestyle adjustments. Many were retired and had to try to rebuild their resumes to get jobs way under their skill sets just to put food on the table. Many more are living on social security alone, no small feat for anyone.
The message as loud and clear, diversify, don't put all your eggs in one basket, lawyers get paid no matter what, and you never know until it happens what changes await your life once you have gone from a comfortable life with ample savings to losing everything.
I forgave alot of editing errors and typos to hear in their own words what they hoped to tell others. A great companion book to other books on Madoff. Not a one-off read however. You'd have to be fairly interested in the topic to pick this up to supplement your reading on the subject but it is like little else I have read and certainly proves how on-line communities in the face of tragedies such as these can be quite healing....more
I enjoyed this book as a distraction from my every day life. It was nothing that you'd laud as work of a literary lion but it was a fun read of two meI enjoyed this book as a distraction from my every day life. It was nothing that you'd laud as work of a literary lion but it was a fun read of two men together on an adventure having not spent time together in twenty years. I supposed had I read it in one sitting or brought expectations to the book I would have had another opinion, but a retired friend recommended it and I found it a fun read.
The premise is these two college friends get into a simple cheap canoe having not paddled that much and rely on the kindness of strangers to put them up. If you have interest in conservation and the mission or Nature Conservancy this will be of particular interest.
It's a fun escape read and if you take it as that you will enjoy it. I have recommended it to a few friends and will pass the copy I bought onto a friend that's a decent testimonial.
Regarding other readers comments I accepted the book for what it was and didn't dwell on what it wasn't. Perhaps more a man's book than a woman's book hard to say....more
Had no idea this was a YA book, I must have read a good review of it.
I was reading at a time I had lots going on and it was a great two night escapeHad no idea this was a YA book, I must have read a good review of it.
I was reading at a time I had lots going on and it was a great two night escape read before sleep. Well-crafted and haunting in places. A glimpse into the greed of trustafarians and a Patriarch's power beginning to fade, there was a taste of subtle Lord of the Flies to boot or maybe King Lear? Captivating. I wonder what age it was geared toward I found it more of an adult book save for the dozens of short chapters. Back to the library for another patron to enjoy....more