I like Willie Nelson. I find him to be a talented songwriter and country singer. I seems he's had a long and interesting life. However, this is not thI like Willie Nelson. I find him to be a talented songwriter and country singer. I seems he's had a long and interesting life. However, this is not the best book on his life. This is a rambling saga of thoughts running through Willie Nelson's mind at the time he penned this short book.
I would have liked to hear more about Willie's experiences writing songs, singing, and recording and perhaps more about living on the road. What we get in this books is Willie's thoughts and opinions, with a few stories and jokes thrown in.
Would I recommend this book? Probably not, although there may be some of Willie Nelson's fans who don't want to miss any detail of his life that may find this worth the time and money to buy and read the book. i wouldn't say it was a bad read, just not a lot of new information on the subject or an actual plot to follow....more
This book is a collection of magazine articles written as essays by the author; with observations about life, cities, and her life in the nineteen sixThis book is a collection of magazine articles written as essays by the author; with observations about life, cities, and her life in the nineteen sixties. The chapters read as stream of consciousness, musings of the author from her notebooks of her experiences and those of others as they lived them. She talks about the changes that had occurred since the sixties; how the world had changed. First written in nineteen sixty eight, the irony of it all is how very much the world have now changed since this edition was published in nineteen ninety.
I experienced this book by listening to it as an audiobook performed by Diane Keaton who was an excellent choice for reading this book, I think. As a movie icon of the sixties and seventies she is one who represents the period. She is also very skilled in narrating. I enjoyed her narration very much.
The book? It was interesting to read...once. Parts were interesting. Parts were easy for me to relate to as I was a small child in the sixties, a teen in the seventies. I feel the author would have done better to have not gone off on an aside and tried to define real morality. I understand, I think, why she felt this should be included when talking about the sixties but it added nothing and took up time and space better used by another story of another city, perhaps. Oh well, this is Joan Didion's story, not mine. It is well written, just a bit meandering.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac is a book I attempted to read several times before I was able to make myself finish read it. It was recommended to me an On the Road by Jack Kerouac is a book I attempted to read several times before I was able to make myself finish read it. It was recommended to me and at first attempt I was anxious to read it. I was soon disappointed. The story I found to be self-serving, without any moral value though the writer claimed responsibility in the change of a whole generation. I also did not relate to any of the characters or find sympathy in their plights.
Jack Kerouac was a writer who wrote about the new ideas of 'the beat generation' and traveled across the United States living a 'free' lifestyle and made friends on this trip who were like-minded. Reading his (and his friend's) 'new' ideas and epiphanies was boring; the style of writing was very dry, in my opinion.
Of course, this is only my opinion. Others may not agree but I could not recommend this book....more
I found Brains, Trains, and Video Games by Alicia Hart to be a welcome change from the other books I have read on autism. As a mother and advocate oI found Brains, Trains, and Video Games by Alicia Hart to be a welcome change from the other books I have read on autism. As a mother and advocate of a young son with autism, Ms Hart writes from her heart, using her personal experience to share what she has learned about dealing with family, healthcare practitioners, and her autistic son, Ewan.
I have a four year old grandson with autism. This book helped me to understand what my grandson, my daughter, husband, and their other children face in their everyday life. It gives me hope. I recommend this book for anyone who loves someone with autism....more
This excellent book, What Falls Away written and narrated on audiobook by Mia Farrow. It is a unique memoir of a very private person who has lived aThis excellent book, What Falls Away written and narrated on audiobook by Mia Farrow. It is a unique memoir of a very private person who has lived a very public life. Born into a large, Hollywood family, Mia Farrow has met and often befriended an eclectic group of friends--from Salvador Dali to the Beatles to so many of 'old Hollywood' such as Charles Boyer, Hal Roach, and Elizabeth Taylor and their children.
The three loves of her life, two of which she married--the legend Frank Sinatra, musician Andre Previn, and filmmaker Woody Allen were all very different people and the relationships were all different.
She has given birth to four children and adopted ten others (Some of which were disabled). A great humanitarian, she has worked to raise the public conscience about handicapped, disabled children of third-world countries.
A naturally quiet, shy person, she has withstood great highs and lows in her life, also withstood controversy with determination and courage....more
I enjoyed reading Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. Written in first person, it tells theI enjoyed reading Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. Written in first person, it tells the story of the author's volunteer work with children in the war-torn country of Nepal. His touching memoir informs about child trafficking during the Nepal civil war and the people who risked their lives to reunite families.
Well paced, I found I was so engrossed in the story I read the book through in two sittings. I recommend this book to all who are interested in traveling and current world events; also to all that care about children and their welfare....more
I've just completed Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. I had received this book free on Audiobook.com as a free promotion and had very fewI've just completed Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. I had received this book free on Audiobook.com as a free promotion and had very few positive expectations of the book. I have been aware of Rob Lowe as an actor for some time but have the mistaken idea that he was just another privileged kid who decided to become an actor. I had remembered the tabloids in the 1980's where his picture was prominently displayed on the front cover every time I went to the grocery store.
To my surprise this book is thoughtful, well-written, and tells of a man from a lower middle class Mid-Western broken family who discovered early in life that his burning passion was to be an actor. He worked very hard toward that goal to make his dream a reality.
In this autobiography he has a refreshingly "normal" tone, a humble voice telling of his wins and his losses, mistakes he made and lessons he learned along the way. He does "name names" but only in context and not in a way to discredit anyone else.
I enjoyed this book very much. I am hoping he tries his hand at writing again, I'd like to read more. I recommend this book to teenagers and adults who like autobiographies or pop culture buffs of the 1980's. ...more
I heard Nick Vujicic, the author or Life Without Limits, speak to a large group of people in local church a few years ago. The man was vibrant. He radI heard Nick Vujicic, the author or Life Without Limits, speak to a large group of people in local church a few years ago. The man was vibrant. He radiated happiness and a certain charisma I could never explain.
Born without arms or legs yet full or hope and cheer. I have never heard a speaker like him. I would recommend everyone try to here him tell his life story in person. It is impressive. I hope I am fortunate enough to see a print advertisement that he is in my area again, I will certainly invite friends and family to join me to see him and hear his story....more