Rupi Kaur's poetry is unlike traditional poetry. For one thing - this small book feels like a graphic poetry novel. MBreathtaking - Brutal - Beautiful
Rupi Kaur's poetry is unlike traditional poetry. For one thing - this small book feels like a graphic poetry novel. Many of the pages had a familiar 'looking-style' which short poems have....but with the delicate, simple, drawings, I forgot I was reading poetry. The drawings tell a story --we feel the emotions from the them before we even read the words. In essence, capturing bruises women have experienced.
The book is divided into four sections: hurting, loving, breaking, healing. This book honors women.....addressing chaos with compassion....love, loss, trauma, abuse, healing, and femininity.
It's real. It's raw. It's relatable.
I say again.... 'beautiful'
"If you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise".
Sweet..... Conner Franta is a typical kid ...who is not typical. More than 4 million people follow him on the Internet. Mainstream media refers to him aSweet..... Conner Franta is a typical kid ...who is not typical. More than 4 million people follow him on the Internet. Mainstream media refers to him as a "YouTuber".
"A Work in Progress" .....is Conner's first book. It's a lot about 'Conner', his family, his growing years, his creative expressions, his photography, thoughts, feelings, values, charity, education, and what makes him happy.
A little sample of Conner's voice:
"I was at a family's party recently and decided to spend the evening talking with the host's grandmother. Well dress, with white hair, she has a Spitfire personality, and as we sat in the corner, we discussed her life: where she's lived, what memories she treasures, what she's learned. We even talked about how she cooked a delicious casserole – – and who I should kill in order to get the recipe! Throughout the entire conversation, I was fascinated by her story of a life well lived". "This is something you need to know about me: 11 times out of 10, I would rather talk to an 87-year-old and an 18-year-old. I gravitate toward wisdom. And the elderly are just so freaking cute. I can't resist! People of age have been through it all and have a rich collection of stories to share. And if we take the time, pull up a chair, let them talk, and really listen, we can learn a thing or two. Respect those who have been here before us. They've walked the path. They know the way.
"I love my family. Matthew and the kids are my everything. But they are sucking the living juice out of me as surely as I am emptying this tall, waxed"I love my family. Matthew and the kids are my everything. But they are sucking the living juice out of me as surely as I am emptying this tall, waxed cup of strawberry smoothie at an alarming rate. When I said I do, little did I realize I was assenting to a life from which I would escape to a place where no-one would call me Mom". "The elderly busy-bodies eye me, and I mutter in my head--yeah, that's right. That's what I'm doing here, you old geezers. And I have every right to be cranky. Did 'you' sleep with a four-year-old foot in your mouth last night? Then shut up and leave me alone!"
Mom - mom- mom......poor Mary Jane Elizabeth. She actually had a life before peanut butter smeared hands. She won the Maths award in *10th* grade! She likes to write stories, enjoys George Bernard Shaw plays, and she wants to take a trip to Thailand. On top of everything else, Mary Jane Elizabeth feels like a terrible mother. When her little munchkin gives her a giant sleepy early morning smile....rather than melt with the 'love-moment'....she feels bad for having 'anti-rebel-mom' thoughts... .....but then something happens ....an ordinary moment.... Mary Jane looks at her children >>> really looks!!! They are the air she breathes. The kids take a breather with mom..... "We're breathing with Mommy my youngest is pleased to report".
Mary Jane Elizabeth says... "I made a choice long ago, but now I'm the chosen one. I choose them like I choose to breathe. Then Matthew's eyes twinkle and he begins to very quietly sing to us, "I'm going to love you forever and ever, forever, and ever, ...amen" Soooooooooooo Sweet!!!!!!
This is the first time I've read anything by Canadian author, Anne P. Collini ..... I focused my 'above' review from one of the thirteen stories in this collection. "Mom Takes A Breather". The entire collection are interesting and varied.... ( I picked out a warm- hearted story to share about because I felt many of us could relate to loving our children like the air we breathe - no matter how drained - worried - angry -or burned out we've felt at one time or another). But every story is very different. There is a story about a slave girl which lingered with me long after I read it. A story about a man whose wife has died...a story about an artist, a scientist, ( Anne P. Collini has a science background), a story about young love--or rather missed love...(school friends reuniting through the years)... The stories are original , ( intended for us to think)....and the prose is often playful.
Anne P. Collini has a novel coming out this year. Annabel Cameron, the leading female, is only 12 years old at the 'start' in 1765. She "ran like a boy, shameless and unafraid"........she's headstrong. She "chases fate, fortune, and misfortune on her freedom-seeking journey through the American wilderness".
"The Human Ambit: Love, ambition, revenge, and other good human stuff told in short tales" is a Kindle bargin-gem at 99 cents.
"It was like I had to pretend that I wasn't sick to make them feel okay".
"Sometimes we have to wait, especially when things are difficult and a lot is"It was like I had to pretend that I wasn't sick to make them feel okay".
"Sometimes we have to wait, especially when things are difficult and a lot is happening at once". This is why I needed time to tell you about......"
A STRONG 5 STARS!!!! The entire novel is great.... .....complex surprising 'substantial' storyline. It's not a story with an explosive beginning...yet the our minds start spinning and forming opinions right away about the characters. As soon as you think you know the basic 'theme' of this novel...the rug is pulled out from under you.
This is a bold, enigmatic, thought-provoking novel. It's brilliantly crafted ...designed to make you think. My husband happened to have some of my favorite schmaltzy easy rock top 100 hits - music playing in the background while I was deep into this novel...( wild horses wouldn't pull me away)... but between the music and a couple of sections I was reading....my face was sopping wet from tears. I was trying 'not' to cry ... 'not' to feel....It kinda hurt. However, that's me...I'm guessing most people won't cry at all. I was extremely sensitive about a couple scenes -- which I rather not say in a public review. other than truthfully ... with all my heart... I'm glad I read this book!!! Nobody can take a readers deep personal intimate experience away. This book touched me on many levels.
I mostly recommend this to my close female friends: adults and mature teens....( a few men too)...In fact...I'm very impressed of the type of male characters in this book.... especially with Caleb, a young adult male teen.
Thank You. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, and Calla Devlin ( terrific debut)
The streets are charming..."four-hundred-year-old houses and palazzos with galleries, granite columns and wrought iron balconies covered with flowers"The streets are charming..."four-hundred-year-old houses and palazzos with galleries, granite columns and wrought iron balconies covered with flowers". Narrow ancient cobbled streets...It's easy to imagine the beauty of Italy.
When the author, T.V. LoCicero was describing anything about the small town in Piazza Motta, or exploring Como or Orta, where Hotel Rocco is located, or sharing about the locals enjoying "the evening breeze off the lake", or painting us a picture about cafes, or architecture, the novel came a little more 'alive' for me. Personally, I was interested in the surrounding green mountains and calm waters. The island San Giulio in northwestern Italy -the location in this story where an academic conference is scheduled... I was thinking....hm??? This might be a nice place to visit for a 40th anniversary.
In the meantime.....this is a mystery story! In the very first chapter a man name Hal dies... I'm not saying how, why, and/or by whom....or giving any spoilers away.
Here are a few things to know. Lina Lentini, is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Bologona. I looked up information about this university. The date of its founding is uncertain, but is believed by most accounts to have been 1088..... Which would make this university the oldest operating university in the world. ( so sue me, I enjoy looking at these details)
Back to our story: Lina -is not only an intelligent, educated, and well traveled woman, delivering lectures about Ian McEwan and Philip Roth novels ...but she is also gorgeous. "Stan wonders if any man in the garden is hearing a word she is saying, or simply feasting on her looks? Maybe her beauty is gluing them to every syllable, every nuance of every phrase loaded with acute eyesight and a special sense for the moral issues with which we wrestle".
Lina is strong - powerful female character...much will be circling around her - This novel is 'packed' with everything from international news, other scholastic institutions in the world in connection with Bologa University, mystery twists, love and complication, death, a stalker, and my favorite...visuals and enjoyment reading about places in Italy. As for the ending.. nope.... I didn't figure it out!
"One Nation, Under the Assassins, Indivisible, with Revenge and Punishment for All."
Students and a couple of teachers are part of a group lead by 'The"One Nation, Under the Assassins, Indivisible, with Revenge and Punishment for All."
Students and a couple of teachers are part of a group lead by 'The Mastermind' .... They are a group of assassins. The plan is to enter their schools and go on a shooting rampage. They meet online to plot a series of shootings. With several different narrators, we step into each of their minds....with a focus on their reactions when they discover that people are not always what they demonstrate on the surface. Underneath their high grades, white teeth smiles, leadership confidence, are the hidden fears, guilt, shame, pain, anger, tragedies. Some of the kids are directly involved with the plotters...others have dropped out... So we get to see what these kids go through if they stay 'in' to carry out violence and why.... and also see what kids go through when they drop out.
The set up was engaging from the very start. April is the first person we are introduced to. It was fascinating reading about the events that happened in the month of April throughout history on the day April was born. Having a photographic memory - such as April - makes for some interesting reading itself . April is a very unique character: born the day of the Oklahoma City bombing. She remembers so much about many significant dates in history - ( that each took place in the month of April), that it's almost 'freaky'. Her birthday is coming up again -in April- which means more tragedy.
So....basically this book looks at school shootings....the people behind them and an inside look into their minds. Other main characters: Lincoln, Gavin, Sandra Heslip, Phoebe, Pallav, The Mastermind, ( we learn his name at the end of the story),
Much of the writing feels like a stream of consciousness --- A terrifying topic to begin with....not easy to explore on any level....but the author did an excellent job opening up a locked door...letting us try to wrap our brains around the the unthinkable.
A book for 'very' mature teens -and adults who have ever tried to understand what the hell is going on in our world today when it comes to violence at this level. Where is so much pain coming from for many young people, that an author even 'needs' to write this book? No easy answers here!
Thank You Candlewick Press, Netgalley, and Sarah Combs, (kudos to you!!) ...more