So the Book Maven's a little late to the party when it comes to this little rabble-rouser (rabblerabblerabble!) of a book, in which a nonfiction journSo the Book Maven's a little late to the party when it comes to this little rabble-rouser (rabblerabblerabble!) of a book, in which a nonfiction journalist and an economist team up to explain a number of seemingly unrelated phenomena--such as the relation between the legalization of abortion and lowered crime rates. Or, perhaps slightly less controversially (although not by much), how KKK members are similar to real estate agents. (I won't be floating that one past my real estate agent, and I strongly encourage you to follow my lead.)
If you think that this book would be either bizarre, or confusing, or boring, you would be mistaken; it is none of these things. Author Dubner takes Author Levitt's facts and explanations and anecdotes and weaves them into entertaining and understandable stories, and more importantly, weaves them together into a book that is both coherent and well-ordered. The book is packed with facts, of course, and all sorts of interpretations of data, and if you are anything like me, soon enough these facts will be gone from our brain. But the "moral of the story" (or, as the authors put it, the "unifying theme") will, or at least should remain with us for a good long time: dig a little deeper. Don't be so ready to accept "conventional wisdom" at face value. Question everything.
And if you already DO question everything, well, yay! you. Go and get a cookie. And read this book anyway....more
Quite simply, I rated this book so highly not only based on its plot and storyline and action, but because it is AWESOME to encounter a mystery novelQuite simply, I rated this book so highly not only based on its plot and storyline and action, but because it is AWESOME to encounter a mystery novel in which the woman is the beat-em-up, shoot-to-kill tough woman.
We need more books like that, that aren't aimply thinly-veiled tawdry romances.
Only other thing I have to say is this: the majority of the novel was set in my hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida, and I can promise you, Sharp did her research. She knows her craft. ...more
Holy crap, thus far I am completely unimpressed with this book. My first and actually, only beef with it is that it is historically inaccurate. It porHoly crap, thus far I am completely unimpressed with this book. My first and actually, only beef with it is that it is historically inaccurate. It portrays Catharine as a teenage girl who marries a young man after she begs the king to intercede and prevent her family from marrying her to the young man's grandfather. Um, that is TOTAL POPPYCOCK. In real life, Parr's first husband was, in fact, a very elderly man, the grandfather that she does not marry in the book. Why would the author deviate so blatantly? Yeah, she was 17 and had to marry a grandpa. That's how it worked! What the heck?!? Why make something SO inaccurate?!?...more
Meh. Honestly, I didn't see what the hype was about.
Alright, the gist of the story: man and woman acquire dog--a cute, endearing yellow lab. HoneymooMeh. Honestly, I didn't see what the hype was about.
Alright, the gist of the story: man and woman acquire dog--a cute, endearing yellow lab. Honeymoon is soon over as the puppy grows into a neurotic, destructive, but ultimately lovable dog. Lovable, neurotic dog keeps life entertaining and eventually croaks.
Lots of details about domestic life in this book; I enjoyed that. I think it would be a good primary historical document with evidence of how late-20th century families lived and thrived. But that's beside the point.
If you like this book, and like all animals, try The Cat That Went to Paris series, by Peter Gethers. Funnier, more descriptive, and goes on for three books....more