**spoiler alert** Reading Jackie took me well beyond the headlines and gave me a respectful portrait of a personable intellectual. A woman more than t...more**spoiler alert** Reading Jackie took me well beyond the headlines and gave me a respectful portrait of a personable intellectual. A woman more than the pillbox hat. I’d never gotten the impression she was a shallow person, so to learn how she cringed when the public only seemed interested in her fashion sense as she forged ahead to educate the world with more important and intelligent matters, I wasn’t surprised. I simply left the book realizing how she is one person I really wish I had the chance to have met in this life. I’m sure I would have felt the same way that Carly Simon did – in awe, in step with a maternal figure who would coax me into being a more revealing and prolific writer. She encouraged her authors to let it out. Even as she worked hard to protect her private life, as a supportive editor she gave authors a platform through fiction and nonfiction to expose themselves through their craft. In this way via the materials she read and encouraged the publishing houses to print and market, she enlightened us about her a bit more as well.
Her vast range was from world history to civil rights to art promotion to fiction and even children’s books. This book almost made me feel as close to her as her colleagues did. In the office, she was “Jackie”, another hard working editor with the love of the written word; on the outside, they respected and even protected her boundaries for her. She seemed to have taken the public tragedies of her life and combined them with her reverence of the aesthetics of life which was representative of her graceful and even nurturing personality.
Many years ago, I had read Sally Hemmings by Barbara Chase-Riboud. It’s one of my favorites; I hadn’t a clue that Jackie was involved in getting it out there. Even later, I read The Wedding by Dorothy West. Understanding why the voice of The Wedding had changed drastically after Jackie’s passing, I understood just why I didn’t like it nearly as much as I had enjoyed reading West’s The Living is Easy several years earlier. Kuhn’s assessment of Jackie’s motivation to having these books published helped develop the ongoing platform of her interests and how her influence shaped the work of others and our libraries.
Kuhn also took the opportunity to use the book as a stage to remind us writers why we write and we bibliophiles well… read: The love of the written word. We learned just how it fueled her existence, too. Jackie was a lady who exercised her choice to share a part of her life with the public in a very unique way – by nurturing others to render themselves through writing. As these subjects reflected her own interests in many ways, Kuhn presented how this uniquely opened her up to us as well. I was most impressed to learn how she grabbed the ropes guiding others, becoming a great literary mentor to the many who looked back fondly at her encouraging influence in their lives.(less)
I really enjoyed this story. This was a poignant tale about a young girl, Grace, who always knew she was different from the rest of her family, but si...moreI really enjoyed this story. This was a poignant tale about a young girl, Grace, who always knew she was different from the rest of her family, but simply couldn't put her finger on why. Her summer trip to her parents' native Trinidad and an old photograph of their friends began to finally spell it out for her. Watching the compelling story unfold around her young eyes was capitivating. It was a wonderful page turner. The tenderness and sensitive nature of the relationship between Grace and her parents is beautifully explored through dialogue and body language. I also really enjoyed learning more about the country from the native words of places and food that Baptiste, a former elementary school teacher, shared throughout her work.
This movie is my favorite modern day film. I read it in one sitting and I know I'll read it again soon. Reading Ephron's intro about how the movie cam...moreThis movie is my favorite modern day film. I read it in one sitting and I know I'll read it again soon. Reading Ephron's intro about how the movie came to be with Rob Reiner was an additional treat. As I dived into the story, it was so much like watching it. Every angle, piece of scenery, and delivery of dialogue was all set in my mind, so much that as one particular small movement wasn't addressed (at The Sharper Image), I was thrown off for a moment before heading on.
I had so much fun reading it. It's a special movie to me and I'm glad to have the ebook to dive into for a moment when I want to get away and I don't have another book on hand (which is quite rare by the way).(less)
I read this book not long after it came out; I was a senior in high school. It was that fun, forbidden element that made it a nice diversion from my u...moreI read this book not long after it came out; I was a senior in high school. It was that fun, forbidden element that made it a nice diversion from my usual reading. Gino was hot and Lucky added some zest to my own imagination. Even today, reading Lucky's adventures is a guilty pleasure for me.(less)
This was the textbook for the Hitchcock film class I took in college and I loved it. I wish I knew where my original copy was, but I bought another co...moreThis was the textbook for the Hitchcock film class I took in college and I loved it. I wish I knew where my original copy was, but I bought another copy for my library not too long ago. Because of that class and this book, my passion for Hitchcock films remains strong and I've passed it down to my kids.(less)
Mon Dieu! What a divine book! So luscious in verse, descriptions. Engaging and inspirational with regards to affairs of the heart. Still savoring this...moreMon Dieu! What a divine book! So luscious in verse, descriptions. Engaging and inspirational with regards to affairs of the heart. Still savoring this...
Okay... I've bookmarked my copy with tiny sticky notes all over; so many phrases from Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy, the poor long-suffering Mr. Bennet, of course the narrator and even the biting candor of Lady Dr Bourgh need to be revisited for wisdom, redirectional thinking and humor.
With Austen's tale offering the sheer power of love turning one from stone, it was the intellectual discussion and discoveries of the matter that heightened this piece. She deciphered romance within one's mind in a way I've longed to read. In fact, the minds of both. No scientific glossover needed. She was the go-to philosopher of the sort back then and worthy of such consideration now.
I must also note that she had the best way of sharing the characterization of smarminess and overall sleeze through that damned Mr. Collins. Oh how I hated when he slithered onto the pages. Yet her words on his subject caused me good laughter. Thankfully, it made him more tolerable.
After all this time, I finally got to one of Faulkner’s books. I thrive returning to the classics which seem to be wordy to many, but find that they g...moreAfter all this time, I finally got to one of Faulkner’s books. I thrive returning to the classics which seem to be wordy to many, but find that they grasp the beauty and elegance of the language, which renews my own love and appreciation for our literature. It inspires me to become a better writer. This story is one of the most lyrical pieces of prose.
I'm still so captivated by his introduction of Benjy by way of Benjy himself to the way we finally get to see him for ourselves later. Blew me away... and it was all through the power of words.
It took several (almost the first 60 for me) pages to get through Faulkner’s renowned symbolism and stream of consciousness to finally understand all that was happening. This piece had all of the unmentionable drama one could have only imagined back then to see in print – at least all in one place, save for it all to happen with one family. (less)
What happens when one mother decides to take off? Drawing Free explores that question with full force. An incredibly talented woman placed her creativ...moreWhat happens when one mother decides to take off? Drawing Free explores that question with full force. An incredibly talented woman placed her creative gifts at the bottom of the pile for everyone else, inevitably risking her own sanity. She discovers the need to take a break, not just for herself, as she initially believes necessary, but for the sake of her family.
There are varying voices within the mommy spectrum and some readers may cringe at a mother's decision to take time to herself, especially in Becca's fashion. However, there are many in need to be heard. She had to protect herself first, her family second. Given the choices that Becca made, she realized how fortunate she really was. Had she not left, she wouldn't have discovered the saving grace as her answer and that same grace wouldn't have been the voice her husband needed to hear. Drawing Free gave us the chance to hear Becca's story and those who came to understand.(less)
This was one of the most moving books I've read in a long time. So much, I wept at the end. It all began with a query from a writer in New York to a L...moreThis was one of the most moving books I've read in a long time. So much, I wept at the end. It all began with a query from a writer in New York to a London bookseller's advertisement which blossomed into a lovely transcontinental written relationship between them and their families and acquaintances. There was a great amount of love and respect that transpired in only their letters, it was pure joy to read. We bibliophiles are indeed an interesting lot! It was simply a beautiful book.(less)
It took me a while longer to read Wolf Hall than I expected, even though I got the large print, but that certainly didn't take away any of my apprecia...moreIt took me a while longer to read Wolf Hall than I expected, even though I got the large print, but that certainly didn't take away any of my appreciation for this book. I had sat it down for a while at times - got a wee bit bored with Henry's rogue desires and antics all in the name of marrying Anne Boleyn (not like it's never been heard before) - Mantel's personification of Thomas Cromwell continued to pull me back and I'm so glad she did. She made that man a part of my life for better of a few weeks.
A man's man, he was. A loving and influential father and paternal figure, a grieving widower, a sharp, intelligent self-made man. A brute with a heart at times. Reading Wolf Hall was also like developing some sort of crush on the man for me; certainly given the circumstances of his true character and various outcome of those left in his wake, I don't think that was to be the case. But - she fleshed this man out so damned well.
It didn't take me long to understand the methodology of the pronoun "he", for this was under no uncertain terms his story. Mantel kept me grounded with him, in his footsteps, standing next to him, within him.
She has a glorious way with words, turning them, flipping them, shaping them, molding them. Life wasn't just described, it was felt, smelled, tasted. Sure writing is supposed to convey action this way, but it was just Mantel's beautiful use of language and dialogue. It was a joy to experience.
She managed to expound upon one of history's most odd moments, which was probably best done through the eyes of one, Cromwell, and make it as plausible as possible.
NOW, I can read the sequel, Bring Up the Bodies(less)
I absolutely loved this book. So poignant, retrospective and at times quite engaging (I usually talk to the books, so not much surprise there...). The...moreI absolutely loved this book. So poignant, retrospective and at times quite engaging (I usually talk to the books, so not much surprise there...). The way Joyce peeled the layers off of Harold and Maureen's lives was extremely captivating. It was a beautiful, moving story about a man, who'd pretty much done the banal and ordinary through life, who decides to visit an ill friend instead of mailing a get well or thinking of you card - via walking from his home to her hospice over 600 miles away! He sets out on impulse with only his outfit of that afternoon and his yachting shoes and the most frightening things of all - his repressed memories.
His trek was also collection of unforgettable personal encounters with strangers. Some helped maintain his mindset, others challenged him to the extreme - especially one about a third of the way in... and there we all begin to experience a shift; just as one would in real life, after such a conversation. Do read to see what I'm talking about!
All of these moments are the story more than that walk itself. So much impact in this little book.(less)
Glad I read this! After taking a break from the industry, Jennifer has reminded me there's no need for me to follow those God-forsaken sales tactics t...moreGlad I read this! After taking a break from the industry, Jennifer has reminded me there's no need for me to follow those God-forsaken sales tactics that are so against my personality. As I read it, I kept thinking: "I knew it! I knew it!". I'm now really looking forward to working as a agent again.(less)
For me, this is the first story that I can ever remember reading that shared my voice as a child growing up in a major Southern city. It took place at...moreFor me, this is the first story that I can ever remember reading that shared my voice as a child growing up in a major Southern city. It took place at a time when, first of all, it's tough growing up and being eleven years old and then to deal with a real-live nationally-known bogeyman lurking around the city (the Atlanta Child Murders case). My own memories of that time are vivid; when they found another child, we were in fear several hundred miles away. Leaving Atlanta gave life to the black children of the 1970s that was far beyond the televised segments of What's Happening and Good Times. The vernacular, the lifestyle joys of playing in a neighborhood - outside (gasp... these days), skating rinks - all rang so familiar to me that I simply loved it as I was placed back in that time. Tayari shares it so beautifully anyone would be sent back. This story is not about race, it's about children, period. Trying to figure out their place in this world, trying to make sure they don't do anything to jeopardize their parent's love (they wouldn't but, of course they don't know otherwise), trying to be liked by their peers and just trying to like themselves. A Judy Blume book is a fixture in the hands of many youngsters today just as they were then, Tayari shared that point and I loved that, too. Authentic element. She also added one interesting classmate that won my heart - a fine technique. I'm not one to provide spoilers; I highly recommend this story of a such a vastly different time, free from the influx of technology, giving kids the chance to be kids. (less)
A truly contemplative book on so many levels! It opened my eyes in a way I wasn't expecting and I'm grateful. This book is one of the reasons I love t...moreA truly contemplative book on so many levels! It opened my eyes in a way I wasn't expecting and I'm grateful. This book is one of the reasons I love to read! Although I was saddened at the end, I was just as uplifted as Louisa in those last pages. Will Traynor is one who will be with me for a long time.
"I'm giving you this because there is not much that makes me happy anymore, but you do." - Will
"Push yourself. Don't settle. Just live well. Just live." - Will(less)