Enjoyed the book; If it had less foul language it would make the perfect road trip listen with children. Sad it wasn't cleaned up in editing for thisEnjoyed the book; If it had less foul language it would make the perfect road trip listen with children. Sad it wasn't cleaned up in editing for this reason. It was a wonderful adventure of two brothers traversing the Oregon Trail modern day with a team of mules. Theirs is a colorful story, they come from a colorful family and had time to reflect on many things as they struggle to complete their journey. A great book that was recommend by an old friend and didn't disappoint....more
A gritty memoir, very well-written, and worth reading.
86% of women in prison are victims of child abuse, it can be said it is "the gift that keeps onA gritty memoir, very well-written, and worth reading.
86% of women in prison are victims of child abuse, it can be said it is "the gift that keeps on giving." As this story unfolds you will see that in this man's life it is the gift that keeps on giving too. Some would say that the carnage that transpires in his life may be rooted in abuse. The way he treated others around him way into his adulthood, not to mention his own body and spirit was a result of past abuse.
Shubaly, who evidently is a star author of Kindle singles, found his way out of the down and out through running and he was pretty far down.
His is a well-told memoir of hitting bottom and rising up again and making a difference in his family's life. One can't but wonder what type of hell his Mother went through and what her memoir would read like.
I heard him on the Longform podcast, got his book and read it in days it was so compellingly crafted. I would like to hear his music and hear what how his life unfolds going forward....more
I read a review of the book a while back and it sounded interesting. I read it mostly because a friend's son just took this route after college and II read a review of the book a while back and it sounded interesting. I read it mostly because a friend's son just took this route after college and I hoped to gain further insights.
It was hard to find the center theme in the book but it was amusing none the less. I have known a few of these characters through the years and the inside of their culture, long hours, dog-eat-dog ways rings true.
I felt a little like the second half was of lesser quality than the first part. It must not have been easy to get these types to talk but there was no doubt tons of face to face time involved to get the story. It's a good summer read and no I didn't feel sorry for these young bucks making the big bucks but certainly you can sense of misery endured and long hours required. I think of the many 9-11 widows who were married to these types whose lives revolved around their hours and paychecks must have been a rough ride back to real life after living with a mate whose job was their life and then gone.
Michael Lewis he is not but it still deserves attention for the perspective he brings to post too big to fail Wall Street....more
While Rubin is a little "fussy" to this rebel-questioner's liking but she has many helpful things to say about how habits can change one's life. I havWhile Rubin is a little "fussy" to this rebel-questioner's liking but she has many helpful things to say about how habits can change one's life. I have listened to her podcast and found many helpful things that have changed my life in positive ways, just a "power hour" could rock your world.
Rubin is no slouch, she clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor! Some of what she presents was a turn off to me but overall it is a worthwhile read.
Learning about her four tendencies may positively alter many professional or personal relationships.
Would have given up had it not been for Ayelet Waldman's blurb on the back of the book. The beginning of the book is not its strongest selling point aWould have given up had it not been for Ayelet Waldman's blurb on the back of the book. The beginning of the book is not its strongest selling point and I was tempted to give up before page 40.
This is a good summer read especially if you have had friends in the investment banking business or want to know more about the inside track of this dog-eat-dog financial world.
Sophia's transition, from small town to the city, and college to career, are well laid out here and this book would have a special appeal for the 20-something demographic. It is well-paced and after the 75th page I knew I would just speed through it as I did.
A young woman in a "man's world" is captured well here as is the pull of work/life balance of which Sophia has none. An interesting glimpse behind the curtain at a world I hope to have nothing to do with now or in the future....more
I was thirty pages into this, at the recommendation of Sherman Alexie, when I realized I had read heThis book would make a terrific book club choice.
I was thirty pages into this, at the recommendation of Sherman Alexie, when I realized I had read her novel Caucasia many years ago and loved it. If you want a book that explores identity, family heritage, race, and is done in a refreshing way this is your book.
I have a friend whose daughter was adopted who has failing eye sight, I recommended she ask her adopted daughter to read it aloud to her to bring up some tender topics of family and origin, belonging and displacement.
This book deserves way more attention than it got and perhaps Sherman's list of great books about identity leading off this it will give this a boost.
Although the author bounces around I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Being an only child is rough duty, especially as your parents age. Being an only chAlthough the author bounces around I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Being an only child is rough duty, especially as your parents age. Being an only child, in Missouri, who is gay puts quite a twist on things.
George fled the Midwest and ran to NYC but returns to care for Betty who lives in her own world.
His descriptions, of her decline, and the bridges he built to care for his mother, were remarkable. If you have cared for a loved on you will relate to some of his descriptions,of being with a family member, and responsible for them, in the last chapter of his or her life. His humor shines through. He has had many struggles but his love of his mother is strong.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to balance the life they lead with the life they left, especially if they are brave enough to leave things behind to care for one's aging parent. Indeed, it is not for the faint of heart....more
There needed to be a little better editing, many lines are repeated over and over again but it is an interesting look at one man's career as a cop inThere needed to be a little better editing, many lines are repeated over and over again but it is an interesting look at one man's career as a cop in NYC. You can hear him tell it like it is and he no doubt has many more tales to tell. I heard him first on the MOTH podcast, then interviewed on another show.
The strongest chapter is the one that captures the reality of being a tough cop on 9-11 and all that entailed. He tells readers what it is to never know what you are getting yourself into and how good cops comfort event those who don't seem to deserve it.
Osborne tells what most cops don't things that you don't share with family--essentially that you live a double life and being married to a cop is never easy.
This is a great look at life on the street beyond what most people see on TV although he is now a consultant to the media ironically!
A great summer read. He has been on the MOTH and Fresh Air. ...more
Somewhere Nathan McCall is puzzled as to why this book has had so much attention and his is rarely read any longer. I found both books had many parallSomewhere Nathan McCall is puzzled as to why this book has had so much attention and his is rarely read any longer. I found both books had many parallels but perhaps America is ready to face the need for prison reform as it wasn't back with McCall's book, Makes Me Wanna Holler, was published in 1994.
Senghor's book is well written and a compelling read. When I heard someone say they had read it in one sitting I thought "that's MY kind of book." I read it in a day but certainly not one sitting. I thought hard about where I was reading it as he describes his 4.5 years in the hole, such a contrast.
I have been involved with social justice issues, around prisons, for decades, so the facts as they were revealed here didn't surprise me that much. McCall too wound up in gangs and served his sentence and then was lucky enough to be hired on by the Washington Post. Both found they were talented writers after reading like fiends in prison. Both had similar revelations in prison and somewhat similar reading materials made him rise up after educating himself.
(If you feel so inclined I would encourage you to send in a donation to Books for Prisoners or some other local group in your area that provides reading material for prisoners. I have been sending one book a week to a prisoner for years and it has totally changed her life)
I heard this weekend Writing my Wrongs hit the NYT bestseller's list, no doubt in part because of Oprah's promotion on her Sunday TV show. I am happy it has all this attention and perhaps if enough politically active people who bought the book actually read it changes will happen. 97% of people in prison today will be released at some point it is time to change our system so there is less profiteering happening in our criminal justice system and more education. I have no doubts this book will raise people's awareness and be a positive force for our country whose system is very broken. ...more
I read this book in one sitting, the highest compliment or perhaps a commentary on the book's length.
I have been an admirer of Ms Rehm's for many yeaI read this book in one sitting, the highest compliment or perhaps a commentary on the book's length.
I have been an admirer of Ms Rehm's for many years and her outspoken support of DWD made me love her that much more.
She perfectly captures the way she has had to deal with the loss of her husband, first his vitality, then his life entirely after a struggle with Parkinson's. He chose to voluntarily stop eating and drinking after begging his personal physician to help him to die. It was not easy to watch this man, she had loved for over fifty years, in the last days of his life, but it has given her the resolve to fight to make death with dignity an option nationwide.
It was for me saddening to hear that she is giving up her microphone at the end of 2016 but she will be 80 years old and as much as I will miss her on the radio she deserves to be granted parole at that point!
This would be a great book to give a friend who has suffered a deep loss in that she is very candid about the pain her grief has brought and also the way memories of the bad times together fade.
I enjoyed this book, it's a fast read and quite well done overall.
I read this not long after visiting and reading Ravensbruck by Sarah Helms. This made this novel that much more interesting. I seem to vaguely recallI read this not long after visiting and reading Ravensbruck by Sarah Helms. This made this novel that much more interesting. I seem to vaguely recall seeing the movie and having the book recommended years ago but I had too much to read at that point to read it. An Oprah book club book is often a turn off to me, call me a snob it seems a tad too mass market.
I read the book at a fast clip, it's a page turner and one that requires some thinking and reflection.
How do we rewrite our history and deal with the past in our own ways? How does one forgive or not forgive oneself for the evils that lurk in human nature?
This is a quick read that will raise questions of morality and how early life experiences can so alter one's outlook on life and what the promise of a new day can bring to some and not others.
I bought this at a friends of the library sale, for fifty cents, and it was a great read although quite short. I will now pass it onto someone else to enjoy!...more