As I started listening to this, I thought the actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) was reading it until I looked more closely on this Playaway aAs I started listening to this, I thought the actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) was reading it until I looked more closely on this Playaway and saw that it was, in fact, the author! If you ever have a chance to hear him speak, go, because Tim Federle is a hoot and he brings that humor to this excellent young adult novel which adults can relate to, too. There is a dark undertone to this story because we are dealing with death, divorce, sex and friendship here. But, in Federle's hands, it's all good! ...more
My fellow crafter and colleague had this put aside for me at work to get inspiration for future adult craft sessions. I found a variation on the bookMy fellow crafter and colleague had this put aside for me at work to get inspiration for future adult craft sessions. I found a variation on the book page wreath that I featured in our August session with a variation for Christmas. And I found the instructions for those very fun star/snowflakes I learned to make about 10 years ago after I saw them hanging from the ceiling in the x-ray area at University Orthopedics! Great book. ...more
Okay, another Oprah book, but this time it's one that I've never heard of nor had I heard of the author despite her previously published book. At firsOkay, another Oprah book, but this time it's one that I've never heard of nor had I heard of the author despite her previously published book. At first I didn't like this book because I was very frustrated by this woman's behavior. I'm not sure why I had no patience for her addictions (alcohol, cocaine) because I've struggled with my food addiction for years.
This book finally clicked for me toward the end when she comes to the conclusion that despite loving parents who raised them, both she and her husband were creations of a societal expectations. I can relate to those expectations. I'm oversimplifying this but she developed bulimia at a young age because she felt like she didn't fit in and it wasn't her parents telling her this, it was what she observed happening around her. She internalized it and didn't ask her very loving parents whether she should strive to be thin and pretty. My guess is that if she had opened up to them, they would have reassured her that being thin and popular are not the way to true happiness.
My 2 stars are because at the end of the book, I wanted more from her about how her family moved forward from this crisis. She gave us some of the story about how she and her husband rebuilt their marriage but it was still lacking for me. The ending felt rushed. I listened to the author read her own painful story of redemption and finding God. If I had the print version I would re-read that last section and I may go back to it someday....more
Before Oprah decided she liked this book so much that she got the publisher to bring it out a month early (clearly she's got pull in the book businessBefore Oprah decided she liked this book so much that she got the publisher to bring it out a month early (clearly she's got pull in the book business) I knew who Colson Whitehead was because I read Sag Harbor I didn't jump on and put in my hold for the book when it was first announced and subsequently it came into my hands last week. Usually I'll read a book at home and another at work but this time I brought it with me to read during lunch at work so I could return it as soon as possible knowing that there were about 235 people waiting for it statewide in Rhode Island.
What drew me into "Sag Harbor" was the title because it's about Sag Harbor, NY, a place where I've been. It's a village on Long Island and we went there on my stepdad's boat years ago. What I loved about that book is that I got the point of view of an African American guy who was in high school during the same time I was in college so I could relate to the movies and music he referenced. That book stayed with me and was a title I would go to for reader recommendations.
This book is quite different of course because it's historical fiction with some magical realism thrown in for good measure. This book will stay with me for a long time. It's powerful. Thanks for this one, Oprah....more
This is my second pick for the Cookbook Book Club. We'll be making recipes from this book for our meeting on Monday, November 7th. This is another titThis is my second pick for the Cookbook Book Club. We'll be making recipes from this book for our meeting on Monday, November 7th. This is another title suggested by my fellow librarians here in Rhode Island who presented a talk about their Cookbook Book Clubs at their libraries at the Rhode Island Library Association Conference in May. Our first meeting earlier this month was a lot of fun. I really love sitting down with a cookbook and really reading it, which of course means that there needs to be more to the book than just recipes. This book has a lot of writing in it and it's very much a memoir of how the author and her husband got into making a real meal and eating it together as a family. This is a title I would consider buying for my collection which is saying a lot because nowadays I'm trying to downsize my personal library and NOT add to it!...more
Knowing that Walter Mosley will be at Book Riot 2016 in November, I was curious to read, or in this case, listen to the first book in the Easy RawlinsKnowing that Walter Mosley will be at Book Riot 2016 in November, I was curious to read, or in this case, listen to the first book in the Easy Rawlins series. This is an excellent audiobook and through the author's writing I was transported to Los Angeles 1948 and plunged into Easy's world. What a story, with so many twists and turns that it kept me guessing. Of course the sad part is knowing the way African American men are treated in this country has not improved much in all that time makes it a bit sad....more