Well-researched, incredibly detailed, and well written. A bit long in parts and not too many note worthy moments. All in all, I enjoyed getting to knoWell-researched, incredibly detailed, and well written. A bit long in parts and not too many note worthy moments. All in all, I enjoyed getting to know John Adams on a personal level, but I wouldn't recommend this biography to anyone unless they specifically wanted to know more about this important figure. ...more
I wasn't going to review this book, but it's been months later and I still think about it, so I thought I'd write a few thoughts down in case anyone eI wasn't going to review this book, but it's been months later and I still think about it, so I thought I'd write a few thoughts down in case anyone else is curious about it.
If you are reading this and are not sure if you should read 12 Years a Slave, I encourage you to give it a chance. I promise you it will leave an impression, and isn't that one of the best things about reading great books?
This book was powerful, not only because of the plot and the events that take place, but because it is written by Solomon Northup, in his own (wonderful) voice.
His voice is what sticks out to me the most. His story is full of despair, heartbreak, pain, loss, and a sliver of hope. The way he recounts these events, his eloquence, how he paints the dialogue, how paragraphs drip with emotion, his thoughts throughout it all--it affected me deeply.
Don't be fooled. Even though Solomon was freed in the end, and was able to return to his family and his home, this story has no happy ending.
Solomon survived, yes, and that is wonderful that he received a second chance, but the rest of the characters he writes about stayed. The rest lived out the remainder of their days in bondage. And that is something I will ever forget.
I will never forget those characters and their stories, knowing that they were real, that this was their life for so many years, that they died there, that they were so unjustly treated. That these plantations, this way of life was normal, and accepted, and expected. That this was someone's life, every day, until they died.
It will weigh on you. It will have you question everything you believe about the human experience, the cruelty of people's actions, the incredulity of it all. You will not only read about how they suffered, but will be forced to read about how they felt, how Solomon viewed their plight, how he pictured his oppressors. You will be forced to look within and it will change you....more
Mock doesn't hold back as she describes her childhood in Hawaii, her turbulent relationship with her pRaw, unapologetic, heartwarming, and inspiring.
Mock doesn't hold back as she describes her childhood in Hawaii, her turbulent relationship with her parents, and her difficult experiences while growing up.
It's safe to say she has left nothing out in this memoir. She describes in detail really tough situations she faced as a child and as a young adult. Some of those choices she is very self critical about, but at the same time she's also unapologetic about them, knowing that they shaped who she is today.
Very in-depth look into the many reasons for why evolution is true and the various pieces of crucial evidence that have been found over the past centuVery in-depth look into the many reasons for why evolution is true and the various pieces of crucial evidence that have been found over the past centuries supporting it. Coyne does a great job using analogies to really illustrate the different ideas supporting evolution. The drawings and figures in the book also help paint a picture of evolutionary concepts.
The author does make a point to bring up the criticisms of evolution by creationists and it's a bit distracting at times, but given how he wrote this book specifically because of the huge issue of scientific illiteracy in this country and especially in our schools, it's no surprise to me that he went to such lengths to disprove some of their points so I let it slide.
I recommend this book to anyone who has had difficulty explaining evolution to those who know nothing about it, or are interested in evolutionary evidence found in the past leading up to now. ...more