It's a basic book telling you what you already know, but somehow have forgotten along the way. While the videos were cute (I could directly open themIt's a basic book telling you what you already know, but somehow have forgotten along the way. While the videos were cute (I could directly open them on my Kindle) what made them annoying was that Hussey kept saying, "Like this video. Now buy more man getting secrets!" It just had a scam feel to it, which I didn't like.
Basically this book is asking you to be more open, take more chances, and not let men walk all over you. You know this, I know this, but sometimes you need to hear it from someone else as some of the dating advice we hear today is stupid. So it's good to have that reality check and this book does fulfill that role, but again the video links to more promotional products is what takes away from the value of the book.
Sure go to a face to face event for fun, but don't feel obligated to buy the extra stuff. This book should do. Is it the best dating book of all time? I don't know, but the advice resonated with me. The pitch to buy extra stuff turned me off.
The most important thing to note is that this isn't meant to be a novel with a story line. This is a journal, an experience really, of a man encounterThe most important thing to note is that this isn't meant to be a novel with a story line. This is a journal, an experience really, of a man encountering nature and becoming amazed with it on a spiritual level. Muir's beautiful description of the landscape and his detail to specific tree types and animals were enchanting at first. He's fixated by the wild and believes in some ways humans are at odds with nature. Being it was written around 1869, I found his views on Native Americans a bit distasteful, but placed within its historical context, it made sense. Also, as beautiful as the writing was at times I would become bored reading another sentence about a beautiful tree, squirrel, or bird.
This is not a book for everyone. I appreciate the book for what it did in terms of the Naturalism genre, but it's not a particularly riveting read.
If you've ever wanted to read a book labeled "naturalist" or "naturalism" this would be the best place to start.
Life from a Lefty Moment: Reading this book reminded me of a vacation I took about two summers ago to San Francisco. Every time I read a passage I was constantly reminded of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. If you do end up getting your hands on this book, try reading it at a local park or a botanical garden. The sensory experience Muir gives you is much more difficult to comprehend if it's been a while since you've appreciated nature yourself....more
I'm always happy when I find a nonfiction book to share that has a strong voice and powerful narrative. Most of the time when you hear the word "KatriI'm always happy when I find a nonfiction book to share that has a strong voice and powerful narrative. Most of the time when you hear the word "Katrina," you immediately think about New Orleans, but instead Trethewey wants you to know how this affected the lives of those outside of New Orleans in places like Mississippi. She not only talks about the destruction, but what led up to the hurricane, including one in '65 and the aftermath of those economically disadvantaged.
I felt outraged by the price jacking and such sorrow after reading about what Trethewey's brother accomplished right before Hurricane Katrina hit. There are some many historical notes mixed in with stories of amazing family members that were able to build their own little fortunes, which would later end due to a variety of circumstances.
Somehow, Trethewey did not prepare me for the emotional blows faced by the incarceration of her brother. As a reader I was so wrapped up in her family history, what they accomplished, and the economic disadvantages the poor faced before and after the hurricane, that his story shocked me- even though it was stated explicitly in the blurb. You're shown this story of hope, survival, and loss when you learn about what led to her brother's incarceration. It's tempting to wanting to trace the root and cause of the crime to Katrina as his life changed so much after the hurricane. I'm sure others may disagree, but I wonder what his life would have been like had Katrina not occurred.
She's never preachy and doesn't go out of her way to say this book is about racial injustice, as it's more about social justice and what happens when the poor are abandoned and forgotten. It's about how the scope and damage of Hurricane Katrina extended beyond New Orleans, and sadly how the scars of Katrina are still visible.
I would say this book is about moving past or beyond Katrina and trying to make sense out of what happened. The research and history into the Gulf Coast was richly done and the narrative structure along with random poems interspersed within gave this book the feel of a story, than a plain nonfiction book.
I think if you've been wanting to read an amazing nonfiction book and were not certain where to start, this book would be it. It's not exactly a topic that would seem to hold anyone's interest as a hurricane in itself is fairly boring, but when blended in with the various stories and lives of those on the Gulf Coast, then Katrina becomes more than a hurricane, but a time where you could clearly delineate the before and after and what it meant to those who experienced it. ...more
My problem with this book is that I kept falling asleep. I think this book has something of value to say and those that were able to read it without pMy problem with this book is that I kept falling asleep. I think this book has something of value to say and those that were able to read it without passing out, mentioned the vocabulary and sentence structure was fascinating.
Others loved the stories.
There were tidbits about his life and the history of the West that engaged me, but I would pass out for 2-3 hours if not more. A colleague mentioned this may be the result of exhaustion on my part than the actual quality of the book.
I intend on tackling this book later down the year, but I had to give up for now as losing major chunks of time due to a power nap I wasn't planning on, made me frustrated as a reader. Especially since I've never fallen asleep reading a book before.
I shall update this review if I am able to read this book to the end. As of now, consider it shelved. ...more
This is a cute fun little book to read when you're in need of brain candy, but there are somethings that will possibly turn you off and that's mostlyThis is a cute fun little book to read when you're in need of brain candy, but there are somethings that will possibly turn you off and that's mostly Sophie's internal dialogue. I know Sophie is meant to be funny, but sometimes I found her private thoughts to be judgmental, which caused me to dislike her. She would say things that could possibly be seen as being not politically correct and offensive. For instance there's a line where Sophie thinks a male character is standing in front of a crowd like a "prissy teacher teaching underprivileged kids in the ghetto." I slightly paraphrased the quote as there's no telling what the final copy will look like, but it was lines like those that made me think, Sophie was a jerk herself.
There's even a line comparing Kate Middleton to other European royalty, calling her true royalty and basically inferring royalty from other European nations such as Spain are trashy. I've never really liked how the Western world is dismissive of Spanish royalty and that of other countries, as if the English monarchy was all that mattered. Granted, royalty poses its own unique problems, but I don't think Sophie needed to be so...mean.
I didn't mind when she was mean towards Eric or even the floozy secretary, but anyone else that received a catty or mean spirited comment from her, caused me to lessen my support for her. If she was so great, she wouldn't be so passive aggressive and rude when revealing her inner most thoughts.
Oddly, all the references to 90s and 80s moments in pop culture didn't work for me. It makes me worry this will cause the book to be dated within a few years. Strangely enough, some of the very pop culture references that I like to giggle about with friends made me blanch when mentioned in this novel. I kept thinking, "Oh my god, this book makes me feel so old!" I just don't think pop cultural references should make you feel old. They're suppose to be a fun trip down memory lane. It could just be me, but sadly references to old rap groups from the 90s didn't fill me with joy the way it normally would.
What did work for me was actually the 12 step program for love dependency. I think even if readers are not a fan of chick lit, but simply want some sort of guide on love addiction and how to acquire a healthy relationship, there are so many examples and rules presented, all of them thoughtful and logical that the book is worth getting for that aspect alone. It's like a self help book in disguise.
It's focus on not falling for every guy, respecting yourself more, learning not to force a relationship are just things I would want all of my girlfriends to be aware of, even if the situations are fictionalized.
The cast of characters who begin to attend love rehab are fun and eccentric to the absolutely absurd. I believe Princess was the only character I was never truly fond of, aside from Sophie's closest friend who annoyed me every now and then. There's one character named Prithi, that I think did an excellent job displaying the complexities of relationships in the US when meshed with cultural norms that don't coincide with today's dating scene.
It's difficult to gauge whether I really liked the ending. On the one hand it gives readers what they want within the romance/chick lit genre, but on the other hand, I sort of wish Piazza had taken a risk. It's a cute ending, as expected, but after all the therapy and self analysis Sophie goes through, you kinda hoped she'd follow a different route, even if it doesn't fit the conventions of this particular genre.
Overall, it's a cute book, but I hate to tell you that Sophie may lose a lot of potential fans along the way, for that reason alone I wouldn't recommend it to YA fans looking to jump into an adult novel. I wouldn't want Sophie to be the reason you swore off all chick lit and romance....more