Something about the title, I went into this book not expecting it to be an enjoyable read. I thought it would be more stuffy, less inviting; instead,...moreSomething about the title, I went into this book not expecting it to be an enjoyable read. I thought it would be more stuffy, less inviting; instead, it absolutely makes you yearn to return to Paris if you've been and probably pack your bags if you haven't. There are so many little tips and tidbits that one would never find in any guidebook, yet if you've never been and are looking for a guidebook, this is not the one to find your way to the Metro by - it is, however, one to make you smile at the its current nickname le dodo. Its one of those books to read before you go, and then when packing your sensible guidebooks you think you can't go without it, so you add it and when your luggage is too heavy, you realize its not one of the tossable things. I liked it. Je t'aime Paris! (less)
This is a great book. I checked it out for my kids when they were middle grade readers, but read it myself before they were finished with their own bo...moreThis is a great book. I checked it out for my kids when they were middle grade readers, but read it myself before they were finished with their own books that week. It's great fun. I love satire in kids books and Trenton Lee Stewart pulls it off with an intellectual's cheekiness which is imaginative and memorable.(less)
This book was even better than the much loved movie for authentic imagery about the artist, Frida Kahlo. I enjoyed the photographs - they really helpe...moreThis book was even better than the much loved movie for authentic imagery about the artist, Frida Kahlo. I enjoyed the photographs - they really helped draw the reader into Kahlo's world particularly because the actress in the movie is so larger than life and the photos show Kahlo's frailty that her triumphs seemed even more astounding. The accident is also depicted in more detail and I realized how she really dealt with her injuries and her pain through her artwork. She was an artist who really perfected the process as well as her art. This book helped me appreciate her art even more. Her brand of feminism was interesting to me, having studied Diego Rivera, somewhat, in that she remained quite strong in her determination to not take a back seat in the art world but didn't go about defining her place in it as a feminist would have or even as an insistent wife. She finessed her world and the people in it to accept her as his equal and as a painter - at least that is the impression. A good choice for art lovers.(less)
William Longgood is, in my opinion, the world's best beekeeper. He is also a talented author who can take the subject of bees and discourse relationsh...moreWilliam Longgood is, in my opinion, the world's best beekeeper. He is also a talented author who can take the subject of bees and discourse relationships of all kinds using bees. The reader is taken completely into the world of bees - with very little human intervention at all, save for his presence as our guide - and yet suddenly so many things about life's interactions are revealed. I have read this book three times in my life (although after having amnesia, the second read was as new to me as the first. I recorded it read aloud for myself and my sons as I often reference the bees when giving advice to my sons. I don't have to become a beekeeper, now, to know about bees; but if I were, I am certain that any advice I have given to my sons would have been given out around the hives. I'm sort of an old guy that way, and my mother, Bunny, was sort of an old beekeeper's daughter in that way. She'd watch the bees and listen, intently, to the beekeeper's explanations about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
There is so much wisdom in this book; reading it is like being let in on a secret. I recommend it - even to those who've never owned a hive (and I haven't). Thanks to this book, I have given great advice to my boys like, 'if you do catch up with the Queen, for God's sakes keep going!' William Longgood in any lifetime remains one of my favorite authors. Some people know so much about bees.(less)