Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) ... is a form of cognitive impairment that involves a a progressive loss of language function ...PPA is caused by dePrimary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) ... is a form of cognitive impairment that involves a a progressive loss of language function ...PPA is caused by degeneration in the parts of the brain that are responsible for speech: slowed speech, decreased use of language, word-finding hesitations, sentences with abnormal word order in speech or emails, substitution of words, using words that are missed pronounced, difficulty understanding a conversation, forgetting names objects, inability to think of names of people, even though the person is recognized, problems with writing, problems with reading, new impairments with spelling, etc.
I listened to the audiobook- which Kimberly Williams -Paisley wrote and narrated.
Kimberly shares a very personal family story. It's a tribute to her mother and their relationship. Michael J. Fox wrote the forward....a reminder to me that living with an incurable disease reaches out to many people --most intimately the caretakers, and family members, but even people in the community... and the fans if the person is famous. Our hearts get touched - our empathy and compassion is felt!
It's a lovely ( gosh it's hard to find the right adjective) audiobook. Kimberly 's voice and demeanor is as real and sweet as you imagine she is. I mean, come-on... we saw, "Father of the Bride". She couldn't be THAT different from the character she played - could she? No... she's really a sweetheart. The story about how she landed the role in "Father-of-The-Bride" is in here too --- very much connected to her mother's love - strength of character --( from when her mother was healthy) . She also shares about her 'own' wedding! I applaud her for the choices she made!
Wonderful 'add-to' to your audio-listening list. It's touching because it's real life. This is a wholesome family - caring - good people- There is happiness in this story-- and there is this very sad disease. Kimberly handles the subject with sensitivity, honesty, and love.
This is a very intimate look at what happens when a woman is completely alone with a baby --a baby she never really wanted to have....living in a largThis is a very intimate look at what happens when a woman is completely alone with a baby --a baby she never really wanted to have....living in a large house which is about to be confiscated. Karin had once been living the 'high-and-mighty' life with John, a 'high-and-mighty'-criminal. An image I had of John, was Leonardo DiCaprio, playing the leading role in the film "The Wolf of Wall Street". Karin was mixed up with a man she loved who threw big parties with drugs as appetizers, had a bottomless pit of money for all the most expensive luxurious homes, cars, clothes, and any number of desired experiences. John was the one who wanted a child....and now he was gone. Karin was left with nothing - no money- no support from extended 'organized-crime' friends....plus the authorities are coming after her. Karin is in a bad position and is going to need to make some tough choices.
This story becomes a taut, suspenseful, psychological journey. How in the world does a depressed woman learn to quickly source her own life and be the mother her child needs and deserves? The baby's name is Dream. Dream whimpers, cries, and screams often....matching the mother's mood. There were times when mother and child were trembling and sniffling together.
The atmosphere is eerie and the storytelling is slow burning. The house itself was surrounded by snow. The driveway was snowed in. Every effort to take the baby outside was a grueling endeavor. My eyes started to water and my hands got ice cold just reading about Karin and Dream alone in the snow. The writing is gorgeous, seductive, mysterious, classy & smart. Really lovely!
Karolina Ramquist is a Swedish journalist and author. This was my first experience with her work. She's quite talented!
Thank You Grove Atlantic, Netgalley, and Karolina Ramqvist
Lotus is a young prostitute, working in China. This is a contemporary story portraying the life of prostitution of China today. Prostitution is illegaLotus is a young prostitute, working in China. This is a contemporary story portraying the life of prostitution of China today. Prostitution is illegal. Pictures of 'Ji' are not seen publicly anywhere. "It was as if the countries estimated 10 million working girls didn't exist".
At the beginning -- the first day of the millennium, Lotus is away from the massage parlor where she works day in and day out, taking in the beauty of city of Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong looking at the skyscrapers. ( an area she has never set foot in the three years of living in the city until tonight), when she gets picked up by a policeman and ordered into a vehicle. She's been arrested and taken to a detention center. She calls a man she respects name Bing--a freelance photographer--to act as her guarantor. Bing was able to drive her back home. Lotus liked Bing but couldn't figure him out and didn't know to trust him. He didn't touch the girls... but he did asked to take photos of them for a documentary on prostitution. Lotus refused to be photographed. However, after the night, that Bing, rescued her from the detention facility, she stepped forward willing to have Bing take pictures of her.
The girls living at the massage parlor were of different ages, shapes and sizes, and levels of experience. My stomach turned a few times at the things these girls laughed at together --their nonchalant "locker room" talk. Lotus was a little different than the other girls. Her chest would would fill with filth with an urge to spit when the other laughed at the men's sex performances...( getting graphic with details). The girls had their daily schedule at the massage parlor. They took turns cooking, and after lunch they would often take a nap in the massage room, keeping their own rooms in the back free for any odd customers who might roll in. The parlor opened at noon. During free time they played mah-jongg or watched soap operas. By 4pm, they were instructed to stand outside on display, dressed up, painted, ready for sale.
Lotus lost her mother to cancer when she was 12. So, we wondered how much that death contributed to the choice Lotus made when she first joined this profession. We are taken into the bedroom with her and clients. We take a journey with her during pleasurable experiences and humiliating ones.
There are several characters....Little Jade, Xia, Mimi, Moon, etc. Lotus herself never really learned how to massage properly, let alone in the Thai style which was advertised in their front window... but few customers ever complained.
Bing is educated - He had won a Kodak award at one point -- but he was looking for meaning with his life. He grew curious about the girls he photographed. How did they end up that way? Did they have any moral qualms about their profession? It was at this point that he decided to undertake a photo documentary on prostitutes, not on high class ones, but those on the lower end of the ranks who made the majority of the working girls.
There is so much in this novel - from pregnancy- abortion- wives - ex-wives- dating and dining- University- and education - 5 star hotels - nightclubs- attire - friendships - etc. Reading about the commercial sex scenes in this novel taps into your thoughts and emotions. How can it not? It brought much more awareness to me at how many girls 'choose' this life. I find it so sad.
Lijja Zhang did an excellent job 'storytelling' a very sensitive topic. The characters are are well developed. I think it might have benefited with a little editing --but it's an engaging read. Disturbing and hopeful.
Thankful to Henry Holt & Company, Netgalley, and Lijja Zhang...more
Sunshine and lollipops -- ......My God... as absolutely beautiful that this novella is, filled with insights and inspiration.... I thought "It's possiSunshine and lollipops -- ......My God... as absolutely beautiful that this novella is, filled with insights and inspiration.... I thought "It's possible, this is going to be the first Backman book where I'm not going to cry". WRONG! Maybe a few readers will have teary-eye. Me... I want to 'gush' at the end. 'Something' hit a nerve.
Fredrik Backman's writing is such a HUGE GIFT to many!!! He is to me. Sometimes, I fall hard - 'feel' deeply. Maybe it's the mood I started with - or maybe feelings came to the surface that have been sitting dormant.....but I still want to cry. I just do - so sue me!
I loved this little literary gem! I'm a HUGE FAN of Fredrik Backman! I'm so happy we have an author like him writing today.
Since the blurb itself says enough to inspire a choice-to-read .... ( but oh, there are gorgeous sentences filled with wisdom one after another).... I've picked an excerpt which I'll end with, that made me smile and smile...
[First, I really do appreciate Fredrik Backman!!!! Thank you to Netgalley and Atria Publishing for the gift of reading this book]
"Tell me about school, Noahnoah," the old man says. He always wants to know everything about school, but not like other adults, who only want to know if Noah is behaving. Grandpa wants to know if school is behaving. It hardly ever is. "Our teacher made us write a story about what we want to be when we are big," Noah tells him. "What did you write?" "I wrote that I wanted to concentrate on being little first". "That's a very good answer". "Isn't it? I would rather be old than a grown-up. All grown-ups are angry, it's just children and old people who laugh". "Did you write that?" "Yes" "What did your teacher say?" "She said I hadn't understood the task". "And what did you say?" "I said she hadn't understood my answer".
Clare Mackintosh wrote a 'timely' psychological grabber and crime chiller. In the near future, most people will live in a total surveillance state --Clare Mackintosh wrote a 'timely' psychological grabber and crime chiller. In the near future, most people will live in a total surveillance state -- which for some people breeds fear of conformity and stifles free self expression.
This story clearly opens our eyes to the fact that we are living in a fishbowl. Governments and large corporations have spread cameras, microphones and other tracking devices all across the globe, and they also have the capacity to store and process oceans of surveillance data in real time. Big brother not only watches our sex life, he analyzes it. Nightmarish! So far, attempts to control surveillance have generally failed. Yes...there 'are' some obvious benefits: reduction of crime and other smaller abuses that go unreported--- but Clare Mackintosh gave us a precautionary story....and it 'is' creepy to think about.
Many readers absolutely loved "I let You Go", ( last years much talked about debut mystery crime thriller). I was on the opposite end of that excitement. However...all my complaints about her first book, are gone in this one. I found this book a little more tangible to connect with and more plausible. Think about all the people being watched-- especially women. Normal every day women going about business as if they are invisible to the greater world at large.
After Zoe Walker sees her photo in the London Gazette, in the classified section, she is determined to get some answers....especially after immediately the next day the advert shows a photo of another woman.
Can you imagine after there have been women murdered since discovering the picture of yourself --- you come to this thought: "What if someone's putting in photo's of women they're going to murder, and I'm next?" Fearful! Would you be able to sleep at night?
There's diversity of personalities in the characters. Kelly is an interesting police officer - with he own set of issues-on the London transport. The female characters stand out stronger than the men.....( but what's surprising about that?) lol.
As for the ending? You wonder about the twists in these type of stories right? What I liked about it is not only 'who' -- but 'why'. So --even if you think you 'might' know the ending - and do not be so sure ( really: don't)...there's an element added which I found interesting 'with' the ending as much as whodunit.
Thank you to Penguin Random House and the Berkley Team for offering me a copy of this book. To be released Feb. 12, 2017.