When I first picked this book up in 2008, I put it down again within a few pages. I was upset.
I too had lost a baby, three, in fact, and when McCrackeWhen I first picked this book up in 2008, I put it down again within a few pages. I was upset.
I too had lost a baby, three, in fact, and when McCracken called my wish for pictures a "fetish" and seemed to suggest I was wrong or strange for wanting footprints and memory boxes and any sort of artifact, I just couldn't read on.
But here, three years later, a new friend suggested I try it again. I'm glad I did, as once I was past that hurt, I could see McCracken had written a clear-eyed memoir, used her beautiful talent with words to paint a picture of her loss on her terms. And along the way, she taught others who have never lost a baby how to handle us.
There are so many ways to upset us, our difficult sorority of mothers-in-grief. Most books do. Mine probably will as well. Another amazing beautiful book of stories is "About What Was Lost," which is well crafted but often harshly criticized for having mingled stories of abortion in with miscarriage. Perhaps there is no way to truly win us over; maybe we are too close to our losses and our own difficult tales. But McCracken has done the job about as well as it can be done....more
I've been listening to audio versions of motivational books lately since I often spend two hours driving a day. I picked up One Minute Entrepreneur anI've been listening to audio versions of motivational books lately since I often spend two hours driving a day. I picked up One Minute Entrepreneur and for the first third of it, I did feel pretty charged--things I knew but had forgotten about time management, customer service, surrounding yourself with people who inspire you, etc.
I did like the aspect of the book of summarizing other gurus, because this gave me ideas about who to read next.
The simplistic story the insights hang on isn't very realistic, and I was more fired up after the first third than I was at the end, so I recommend picking it up but not necessarily finishing to get that motivational surge you were looking for....more
This book is dated (probably ALL books on DSLR video get dated before they hit the shelves) but nonetheless gives simple practical advice using most tThis book is dated (probably ALL books on DSLR video get dated before they hit the shelves) but nonetheless gives simple practical advice using most types of video cameras.
The overviews are pretty basic, though, and this book assumes you are using very consumer-oriented automated cameras. But if you don't know anything about capturing clean audio, or color correcting and framing raw footage, then take a look....more
I am a huge fan of Chevalier, and was surprised when the topics of my books and hers suddenly collided with an unexpected miscarriage in this story.
II am a huge fan of Chevalier, and was surprised when the topics of my books and hers suddenly collided with an unexpected miscarriage in this story.
I confess, though, that I found that part of the story, as well as many other supernatural and coincidental elements of the old story/new story to stretch my credulity a bit too hard. I love the well-researched historical nature of Chevalier's books, and this one left the tried and true and branched out in ways I found unconvincing and predictable.
This book would be more for the hard-core fan. If you've read Girl with a Pearl Earring and want more like it, try the Lady and the Unicorn....more