This is one of my favorite zombie books, and I enjoyed it just as much when I read it for the second time. I think my favorite thing about it is the vThis is one of my favorite zombie books, and I enjoyed it just as much when I read it for the second time. I think my favorite thing about it is the variety of perspectives. It imagines what a zombie apocalypse would be like for different people in different situations all over the world, which is fascinating. It seems like Brooks did his homework because it really reads like a collection of interviews from a variety of sources. Definitely a must-read for fans of zombie lit and horror in general. ...more
Loved it! I laughed out loud several times. The illustrations and the detailed history of zombie attacks (going back to 60,000 BC) were my favorites pLoved it! I laughed out loud several times. The illustrations and the detailed history of zombie attacks (going back to 60,000 BC) were my favorites parts. I think it's hilarious that this book is shelved in nonfiction....more
This is a really fascinating story. Before I started reading it, I expected to learn all kinds of things about the historical events that happened durThis is a really fascinating story. Before I started reading it, I expected to learn all kinds of things about the historical events that happened during Miss Jane's life. That's not really the case, but in a way it's a better story for that. When I thought about it, I realized that real autobiographies don't usually focus on what's happening in the world--they focus on what's happening in that person's life. Of course, the big events affect people's lives, but by getting the personal experiences instead of news updates, we learn more about what it was like to live throughout the different time periods. Although Miss Jane shares her stories, she doesn't often reveal her feelings about the things that happen to her. Although this seems to fit with her practical personality, I wish we readers got to hear more of her personal opinions. Still, this is a super-interesting story about one incredible woman's journey through several pivotal points in American history....more
I thought this book was really cute and funny, and I think that Portman does a terrific job of portraying a nerdy teenage boy (maybe he was one?. HoweI thought this book was really cute and funny, and I think that Portman does a terrific job of portraying a nerdy teenage boy (maybe he was one?. However, I had trouble following the "conspiracy" about Tom's father and I didn't like the ending much. ...more
Yes, Donald Miller is trendy. But he totally makes sense to me, and I often find that he puts into words ideas that I've had but couldn't articulate.Yes, Donald Miller is trendy. But he totally makes sense to me, and I often find that he puts into words ideas that I've had but couldn't articulate. I feel like so much of what he talks about in "Blue Like Jazz" has been taken from my own head: his desperate loneliness; his disgust for much of what Christian religion has become in the world; and the tendency to drive himself crazy because he wants to do what is right but messes up over and over. I've read this book multiple times (and I rarely do that) because it makes me feel like I'm not alone in this. ...more
In 1950s, Mooreland, Indiana, had a population of 300. In the 1960s, it was 300. In the 1970s, 300. You get the picture. It was a small town, and thinIn 1950s, Mooreland, Indiana, had a population of 300. In the 1960s, it was 300. In the 1970s, 300. You get the picture. It was a small town, and things didn't change much. But for Haven "Zippy" Kimmel, it's a special place. It's where she raised her cats, PeeDink and Smokey, as well as Skippy the Hamster. It's where she sat in church pews with her mother every single Sunday and "went to church" in the woods with her father. It's where her family bickered with the next door neighbor, who wanted to poison their rowdy dogs. It's where she grew up. In this memoir, Zippy shares all the ups and downs of growing up in small-town America.
You know how the most random things stick out in your memories? This is basically Zippy's recollection of some of those moments from her early years. Nowadays there are so many depressing memoirs out there, so it's super refreshing to read one that's about a childhood that was actually pretty happy. There are some downers--the legitimately creepy teacher and Zippy's dad's drinking problem, to name a few--but they make the story feel real. If everything was too perfect, it would seem like Zippy was leaving things out. And, for the most part, the tone is optimistic and upbeat. Even though her family didn't have a lot of money, they all had a good time. There are plenty of funny and heartwarming moments. My one complaint is that it's quite unorganized. The stories are all over the place and not necessarily in chronological order, so I often found myself confused about what happened when. I don't mind the randomness of the stories--as I mentioned earlier, our memories often work that way. I just would have liked to see those random things organized in some sort of order, either chronological or by topic. Still, it's an enjoyable read that made me think fondly of my own childhood. ...more
Elderly London schoolteacher Barbara Covett leaves a solitary life. She goes to work, goes home to her cat, and that's about it. That all changes whenElderly London schoolteacher Barbara Covett leaves a solitary life. She goes to work, goes home to her cat, and that's about it. That all changes when Sheba Hart takes a job at Barbara's school. She's different from Barbara in nearly every way: she's married with two children, she's only thirty-five, and she's outgoing. Despite all this, Barbara and Sheba become close friends. Eventually, Sheba shares her biggest secret: she's having an affair with a fifteen-year-old student named Stephen. Barbara decides to keep the news to herself, despite her legal and moral obligation to turn Sheba in. But then, when Sheba's actions finally do come to light, some of Barbara's do as well.
This is certainly a disturbing but interesting story. I picked it up because I have heard of the teachers who've had affairs with students, and I couldn't imagine what was going on in their heads when they did so. I knew this was fiction, but I thought it would be interesting nonetheless. It turns out that, in many ways, this is more Barbara's story. Her bizarre obsession with Sheba and her reaction to Sheba's confessions say as much about Barbara as they do about Sheba. I don't think the book ever really answers the question from the title--What was she thinking?--and it's very predictable, but I enjoyed it for the most part. There's a lot more humor than I expected from such troublesome subject matter, too. ...more