The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is the story of Hattie Shepherd, a woman who at the age of fifteen participated in The Great Migration with her mother andThe Twelve Tribes of Hattie is the story of Hattie Shepherd, a woman who at the age of fifteen participated in The Great Migration with her mother and two sisters in 1923. Hattie's father is murdered by a couple of whites in town wanting to take over his blacksmith business. Hattie loses her twins to pneumonia at the age of seventeen which seems to set her down a path of being an Ice Queen.
The sleeve of the book states that after giving "birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind." Each chapter is about one of the children and grandchild from her lineage but what is lacking is "life lessons" that Hattie believed she was instilling in her children. Each child is lost, confused and uncertain about how to love and what love really is because of Hattie's "rage" and indifference towards them.
The chapters held an interest within themselves that left me wanting more. Ayana Mathis tries to cram a personality and past into a chapter that is lacking and then weakly linked with the others. The children grew up in a home but they all seem so separate and disconnected from one another.
I have found myself lost on Hattie's "monumental courage" as she has seemed to float through life living and feeding off of rage, vanity and bitterness that she herself is the harbinger of her own "ruin". She didn't marry for love but seemingly out of spite for her mother. The "love" she every had was destroyed with the death of her first children, the twins, Philadelphia and Jubilee. With their death seems to come a sense of coldness that none can touch or understand - neither Hattie herself.
The time jump between chapters is confusing and there really isn't a building of the characters or that of Hattie, the link that ties all the individuals together. In the confusion, it is uncertain who is the oldest and who is the baby of the family. Hattie's affection seems to end the moment a child is able to walk, from then on they are just another mouth to feed and body to clothe.
The twelve tribes of Hattie's problems range from bi-sexuality, schizophrenia, TB, alcoholism, sexual abuse victim, mental breakdown and a heavenly bed roller. Each of her children seem to resent her in some way and yet have found some way to make peace with their uncaring mother - how it is never truly explained. The only child she has ever seemed supportive of is Franklin, a trumpet playing musician (also, the bi-sexual), who decided to ignore Hattie's advice and follow his dreams. The others either depended upon themselves, much too heavily in the case of Alice, who believes that her life's purpose is to look after her younger brother, Billiups, and continually remind him that he was sexually abused by a trusted tutor; or solely in themselves.
One child is invited to live with Hattie and August but is completely missing in the next chapter would fit in the same timeline.
The stories are written beautifully, individually and would probably do well as a short story within itself but to have them all tied together simply did not work. The connection was lost and there seems to be no redemption for any of the characters, not Hattie who decides in the end to prevent her daughter from a religious experience for no other reason than that she herself was living a farce of a church life. Even in her sixties, Hattie seems just as lost, prideful and vain as when she was first introduced; which for a woman who married a boy she didn't love, had multiple children with him, had an affair with another man and birthed his child, attempted to leave her husband but returned later that night, and felt that she was better than everyone around her, even her own children, seems grossly under prepared to deal with the emotional turmoil of a young girl who has lost her mother to a mental disease. Hattie's own granddaughter had even questioned her own mother if she ever loved Hattie.
Once again, nicely written but as a whole the story is lost, confusing and fails to offer the supposedly promised "uplifting" moment in life....more
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a thrilling psychology story of the unhappy marriage of the Dunnes. Amy Dunne, Nick’s wife of five years and also the inGone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a thrilling psychology story of the unhappy marriage of the Dunnes. Amy Dunne, Nick’s wife of five years and also the inspiration of the once popular Amazing Amy series is missing under suspicious circumstances. The police foul play and as always the main suspect is the significant other. The book alternates between Nick Dunne and Amy Elliott/Dunne; Nick from the day of Amy’s disappearance and Amy’s diary from their first encounter.
The story continues to build as Nick and Amy’s past comes to light involving everything that makes TruTV worth watching of manipulation, betrayal, money, affairs, murder, rape, past loves, past stalkers and a bar that is still in the black. The book kept me riveted and I had to resist the urge to read the last page/paragraph of the book. You learn that Amy’s parents, two child psychologists who have taken their daughter’s life and, in their opinion, poor decisions to make Amazing Amy a better person, borrowed over $700,000 from her trust fund and the insecurities she’s felt with her upbringing.
The ending left me with mixed emotions because it wasn’t the ending I had wanted once things came to light but it was realistic when one considers everything that happened. Not wanting to spoil the ending for anyone I cannot say anything more than I would love to see a continuation of the story because a small part of me still wants good to prevail over evil. Want those involved to get what is coming to them.
Having read the book I can see why it was an easy decision to make it into a movie and would rate the book 4 out of 5, simply because the ending wasn’t how I envisioned but the build up to it was phenomenal, the dark humor made me chuckle and it kept me guessing what would happen next. ...more
Another great book by A.J. Jacobs. He mad me laugh, chuckle, nod my head in agreement and even go "hmmm" over some of things he learned. Maybe it's thAnother great book by A.J. Jacobs. He mad me laugh, chuckle, nod my head in agreement and even go "hmmm" over some of things he learned. Maybe it's the fact that I read this while participating in a fast that allowed me to be more sympathetic to his ups and downs and ...balancing act of not losing weight. Or it could just be I was glad to read about someone suffering with me. Some of the things he learned I will try to incorporate in my own life. Less meat, more vegetables. Switching up my workout routine and exercising the undermined aspects of my body...guess who's going back to Big Brain Academy. A book I l would recommend to anyone who is curious about health without all of the reading an enjoys humor and heart. ...more
Another self help book that I would probably enjoy more if I was actively seeking such help. There wasn't anything new in this book that hadn't been cAnother self help book that I would probably enjoy more if I was actively seeking such help. There wasn't anything new in this book that hadn't been covered by Steve Harvey's "Act Like a Woman, Think Like a Man." The same advice is being resounded over an over again and the issue isn't a lack of knowledge but just women not caring or thinking about the big picture. We live in a society where females feel as if they need a man and to avoid loneliness are desperate to cling to any man. ...more
**spoiler alert** This was one of those stories where I found myself sighing, groaning and hissing throughout the story. The book is the story of a jo**spoiler alert** This was one of those stories where I found myself sighing, groaning and hissing throughout the story. The book is the story of a journalist, Jase Deering, who decides to write a story on a kidnapping mystery of two-year old twin brothers, Shane and Liam. The story progresses into the occult.
Jase becomes obsessed with the story and the twins, although I question the real reason behind his obsession. Is it really because of the innocence lost or because his girlfriend and partner, Robyn Matchfrost, go missing?
Maybe it's having grown up with movies of the occult, demons and Satan worshipers that have me predisposed to recognize that this is nothing to be trifled with - at least not alone. NEVER ALONE!
The story was lacking for me in the introduction of Father Byron, the drunken excommunicated priest. The reasons for his excommunication are never covered and find the research done on his character to be very half-assed.
The writing style left me wanting more...but more what? I'm not really sure if Jase would even ever be able to describe it. Jase seemed to believe himself to be 'above it all' because of his broken childhood and his knack for 'observations'.
The ending jumps around leaving me confused about what exactly transpired. It's not that dislike the ending as it is nothing more than reality playing it's hand. Good not vanquishing evil but...was there every really Good in this story?...more
What can I say besides another bad book. The book was filled with so many misspellings that I have no faith in 'The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing HoWhat can I say besides another bad book. The book was filled with so many misspellings that I have no faith in 'The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House'. I thought the job of the publisher was to check the author's work for errors, make recommendations and have them correct it. Neither party did either. It was hard to enjoy the book as my mental dictionary continued to ping whenever I came across the error meaning that I had to backtrack and correct the error with a red marker. If they didn't care about the quality of the work then why should I? Glad I didn't pay for this book - although this is time I will never have back.
The characters were very one-dimensional and I did not feel any connection with the characters at all whatsoever. Ana annoyed me the most with her suddenly emboldened eye rolls, her continual need to mouth off and even worst the continual use of 'oh my'. Only George Takei can say it and I find it amusing.
The whole story was completely predictable and this is coming from someone who has read the Twilight series. I have grown weary of Edward and Bella, the sighing, the long stares and this book only brought that back to mind. I could only bare Anastasia's low self-esteem so much, her need to compare herself to everyone, her unrealistic ideal that her true love would be a literary hero. What originally upset me the most about the story was that given she is a twenty-one year old virgin (that is okay) who has never masturbated or even felt the need to (o_o - really? This is what I'm supposed to believe? - okay, fine) BUT that she can suddenly give the best head ever?! No, no, nonononoonono. I called Shenanigans then and I am still calling it now. Impossible unless she's missing her uvula which gives all of us a gag reflex. So Ana isn't as innocent as she claims and plays off.
Without giving too much more away I found the story lacking in any sort of plot and the BDSM failed to live up my expectations. I have no interest in reading the rest of the series as I'm sure the second one will be about Jose fixing her, Ana hitting a low point where she will contemplate suicide or go thrill seeking that will somehow bring her stalking billionaire back into her life.
This was truly a story of a ho lacking the heart of gold but holding onto the delusional ideal that men can change - that she can somehow make him change. Men, same as women, only change when they want to and there isn't enough crying and pitying in the world that can change that.
In my opinion don't fall into the hype of this story as I'm sure there is far better erotica out there. Stories with a plot or no plot to tickle your fancy or short attention span. And also stories that have been given the time and effort to come across as a presentable piece of work. If you insist on reading it...it's your funeral but PM me and I'll send it to you. Sharing is caring....more
This was a really good read and I believe that Tim Farnsworth is a modern day tragic character. I went through a roller coaster of emotions in readingThis was a really good read and I believe that Tim Farnsworth is a modern day tragic character. I went through a roller coaster of emotions in reading about his life and troubles: anger, frustration, worry, sadness and finally acceptance. I don't want to give anything away but I would definitely read this again just to try and figure out - what was the problem....more
Room is the story of a five year old boy named Jack whose has been confined entire life in a 11x11 room in the backyard of a man simply known as 'OldRoom is the story of a five year old boy named Jack whose has been confined entire life in a 11x11 room in the backyard of a man simply known as 'Old Nick'. It's a brief progression of his life from his fifth birthday to his Great Escape and his introduction to the world outside of Room.
The story was hard for me to get into simply because of the point of view of Jack who is a five year trying and sometimes NOT trying to make sense of the world around him. His grasp of the English is astounding at times and confusing because he reverts back to a child who does not seemed as of he's had a mature conversation with any adults.
I expected more along the lines of the troubles with this new world but it was lacking in the confusion on Jack's point of view. Things just were and his development was never addressed outside of Dr. Clay's diagnose as he is talking to Ma. So the malnutrition and the poor motor skills isn't an issue for Jack just that he doesn't like shoes.
There could've been so much to the story but I do feel unsatisfied in this narrative. ...more
I saw the movie when it came out almost two years ago and loved the psychological thriller that it was. I found the character development and the intrI saw the movie when it came out almost two years ago and loved the psychological thriller that it was. I found the character development and the intricate details that were shared in the book which pleased me to recall that the movie very much stayed true. Aside the mystery that was woven into the story I can't help but think about how the book mildly touches base with the pharmaceutical companies and how the government ties into what psych wards were doing at the time. The mention of LSD in the early 50s (and it is probably because of my own drug-knowledge-naviete)into a drug that is fairly new when put into the context of cocaine. The fact that the drug was used in psych wards and has now become a simple club drug or, possibly, even part of a Beatles Song. But the idea that the whole story was woven for the sake of finding an alternative to deal with patients' refusing to accept reality as it were and the solution being to pump them full of drugs. The idea that thanks to the age of progress and the Allies victory in WWII that immediate satisfaction and gratification are all that we care about - that, a 'quick fix' is the only result acceptable based upon our standards. It also says a lot about how we, as citizens, are quick to turn a blind eye to a problem, hoping that it will go away and putting psychology in a negative light. That the actions of one reflects so heavily upon us as a whole that it is better to ignore the problem, to not discuss it rather than face it and work out a resolution. I could go on and on about the way the story speaks about the consumer/materialistic society that has been built up around us but then I think it'd make me sound self-righteous and too judgmental. =) But this is a great book and cannot wait to discuss this with my book club....more
Is the story of the Bergamot family whose life is turned upside down when their sixteen year old son receives a sex video from a fourteen year old girIs the story of the Bergamot family whose life is turned upside down when their sixteen year old son receives a sex video from a fourteen year old girl and forwards it on. It is awkward and I found it hard to stay in tuned with the players. Their 'beautiful life' was far from it and was already established based upon an unstable foundation with a wife/mother resentful of her husband's job and success while still wanting to don the full-time mother hat. The approach is a side of selfishness for all parties involved even to the point of an unhealthy obsession by Jake, Richard and Lizzie towards the video vixen, Daisy. Despite the attempts to handle the situation as adults they do everything but leaving no room for closure whatsoever for Jake or Daisy. The story was drawn out and left me feeling no sympathy for the family and their blight as there was no real emotional interaction outside of the poorly climatic fight between Lizzie and Richard that leads to their separation and the further deterioration of their family and lives. Instead of truly coming together to resolve or absolve the situation blame is thrown everywhere with no one truly taking responsibility for the matter until little Coco is caught doing her impersonation of 'Daisy Up At Bat' in the girls bathroom. In the end, this story was humdrum and lacked any characters that would inspire me or invoke any sort of emotional attachment for whether it was reading about Jake whacking off go his Chinois love thinking that a dry rub will make everything okay, Richard's desire to find success through professional accomplishments and seeing his son's actions as a hinderance to his job or Lizzie getting high before her daughter's kindergarten graduation along with her newfound love for all things pornographic and cyber stalking and ex-fling. ...more
I thought this was a really good read and the building drama of what was fiction and non-fiction is what kept me reading the story. I cannot say too mI thought this was a really good read and the building drama of what was fiction and non-fiction is what kept me reading the story. I cannot say too much without spoiling the book but I am still undecided if I saw the twist at the end or not. My indecision is because at one point I stopped trying to predict the end and just went along for the ride which is something I rarely feel so engrossed into a story to avoid.
I read this book as part of a book club and there was a serious discussion over the ending. Really interested in anyone else's take on it. ^-^...more
This book cracked me up when hearing about her interactions with the black kids of her neighborhood and her father playing dominoes with his friends.This book cracked me up when hearing about her interactions with the black kids of her neighborhood and her father playing dominoes with his friends. I did find the book shifting from more of a racial tone to a socio-economic view when Mishna is placed into a private school where now she has to deal with the woes of the rich, white kids. I think the story has a very open-ended ending which I was torn over whether or not to like it. I do think it'd be too much to have the story carry on throughout the years but it does end with some sort of realization on Mishna's part involving her father and sister, the two members of her family that she is unable to relate to because of their afrocentric personalities (despite both being completely white). It is a good read and something I will pick up again just for a good chuckle - even anything to see her daddy in those short-shorts from the 80s....more
This book was a CONPLETE disappointment. The only reason it hasn't received a one is that it's fairly well written in comparisons to Fifty Shades of GThis book was a CONPLETE disappointment. The only reason it hasn't received a one is that it's fairly well written in comparisons to Fifty Shades of Grey and lacks the pretentiousness of A Million Little Pieces. The characters are still as one-dimensional as in the original or it could be their total lack of growth making them so. The book frustrated me because as OLD as these women are they STILL have not got their lives in order. They make decisions as of they are still in their twenties and at some point they should've just sucked it up and soldiered on. Not to ruin anything but the men seem to go out the same way as their real-life acting counterparts. I believe boredom or a slow in funding prompted this book which should not be made into a movie. I would really hate to disappoint my mom and tell her I refuse to see this movie. ...more