I loved this book for its wisdom and the amazing things I learned, even as a parent of teenagers, about how I should have been raising them all along.I loved this book for its wisdom and the amazing things I learned, even as a parent of teenagers, about how I should have been raising them all along. There is such wisdom in this book, such amazing insight into human nature and our roles as parents, that I felt I needed to highlight page after page, afraid I would forget it all. The only thing I really disliked about it is that it's essentially a recap of his show's first season and includes too much information about time in the viewing trailer, the producers, getting an episode together and other details that certainly were important to him as the host of Shalom in the Home, but maybe not to a reader of this fine book several years later. The book should stand on its own regardless of the existence of the show, which I, unfortunately, never saw. ...more
I just adored this book. I didn't really know what I was getting into, like I didn't know that the author is one of the best known women in NYC real eI just adored this book. I didn't really know what I was getting into, like I didn't know that the author is one of the best known women in NYC real estate or that she's on TV's Shark Tank, I just thought I was reading a pithy memoir.
The book alternates between childhood anecdotes ending with a lesson from her mother (sometimes unexpected ones) and chapters showing how she used that wisdom in building a billion dollar real estate firm and weathering downturns and disappointments. It can be a little jarring, being in the middle of one of the parts of the books that talks about her real estate career and then suddenly be back in her poor childhood, but I think, overall, it was handled well.
For people building businesses and for entrepreneurs looking for inspiration laced with integrity and loyalty paired with business smarts, this is required reading....more
Since I'm currently making my way through all the Trollope books, I have a lot to compare the Claverings too and I think it stands up well in the overSince I'm currently making my way through all the Trollope books, I have a lot to compare the Claverings too and I think it stands up well in the overall scheme of Trollopes world.
Trollope writes a masterly book about small plots - this one is about Harry Clavering and his choice between two loves - and then Trollope proceeds to dissect and dissect (or his characters do) the situations and characteristics of the other characters until the reader is sure that no stone has been left unturned. This certainly occurs here.
But I loved this one, mostly because the plot twist I most wanted to occur did occur (which I won't reveal so as not to spoil it), and in that, even though the novel was written so long ago, its depiction of the marriage of Sir Hugh Clavering and Hermione shows some type of abuse in a world where women weren't allowed to do anything without asking their husband for permission. She is one of the saddest characters I've come across in Trollope.
All in all, highly recommended and, for Trollope, I quick read!...more
I'll pretty much read anything Trollope has written but now that I'm back into his books I can see that this is not one of his best books. It seems imI'll pretty much read anything Trollope has written but now that I'm back into his books I can see that this is not one of his best books. It seems impossible but the entire plot revolves one one main issue, will Lady Anna renounce her personal pledge to the tailor's son to marry (made without her mother's consent and before she knew she was a titled jeiress) and marry the Earl or will she not?
It may just be impossible to meet a more obstinate character in all of English literature than Lady Anna. Her mother wages an all out emotional war against her, lawyers visit, suitors visit, neighbors visit, and courts convene, all on the topic of whether she'll marry as she is expected. An army could not sway her, even though Trollope paints a portrait of the tailor's son that is less than complimentary.
One of the things I enjoy the most in Trollope's novels is that things that seemed untenable or inalterable at one point in the books somehow change and become very amenable to those involved. That doesn't happen here. Lady Anna goes through no growth, staying a static version of herself, and her mother, if she grows at all, only becomes more frightening.
So, while I'm happy I journeyed back into the world of Trollope, where he can take a month in a life and make a book out of it, I don't think this is his best book....more
I'm rating this book on the storytelling narrative, not on what happened after the book came out and how the author may have "outed" some of these womI'm rating this book on the storytelling narrative, not on what happened after the book came out and how the author may have "outed" some of these women and apparently put their lives in very real danger for her book. I'm commenting just on the writing and the story.
Although I don't believe Deborah Rodriguez is a writer (she apparently had a co-author) the story is very compelling. Rodriguez, a hairstylist, heads off to Afghanistan, and, developing an affinity for the land and the women, decides to open a beauty school to help, in a small way, the women become independent. The best thing about the book is the Afghanis - the women's stories are heartbreaking. But it's hard to keep the timeline straight, the names, and hard that once a character is gone from the narrative, she is gone from the book in most cases. There's a whole separate book here that is actually the author's book that is never fully realized and just hinted at. Like about her marriages (especially her Afghani one), her faith (she originally went on a church-related mission to the country), and her children (who exactly was raising them while she was in Afghanistan is a bit glossed over in the book.)...more