A very candid and gut-wrenching tale of how PPD affected Brooke Shields and her family. I cannot imagine that this novel was easy to write, but kudosA very candid and gut-wrenching tale of how PPD affected Brooke Shields and her family. I cannot imagine that this novel was easy to write, but kudos to Shields for doing so - her words have the power to help many women....more
Every Red Sox fan should read this one. Granted, Damon is no longer with the Sox, but he was when he wrote it - and his true fondness for the Red SoxEvery Red Sox fan should read this one. Granted, Damon is no longer with the Sox, but he was when he wrote it - and his true fondness for the Red Sox is very apparent in this book.
The book goes beyond the Red Sox, though. It delves into Damon's life and what it was like for him to grow up with "baseball dreams" - and what it was like to realize those dreams, one by one. There is also a pretty good selection of photographs.
The book is written from Damon's own voice, and if you've ever watched an interview with him, you'll know what I mean. For me, when I sat down to read Idiot, it was almost as if Damon was there speaking the words to me - it's that realistic.
Many people have made a big deal over the fact that Damon has a few "skeletons" in his closet, especially when it comes to his first wife, but try not to let that be something that you hold against the book. Idiot is humorous, interesting, and quite captivating. Give it a try. :)...more
Such a poorly written piece of material. Whether or not the book is factually correct is neither here nor there, in my opinion. Rather, I take issue wSuch a poorly written piece of material. Whether or not the book is factually correct is neither here nor there, in my opinion. Rather, I take issue with the extremely poor editing of this book. There are multitudes of grammatical and stylistic errors, repeats of whole paragraphs, and some very common names were mixed together to produce wrong names.
If you are in any way a fan of the late Anna Nicole Smith, don't read this book. Frankly, you wouldn't like because it doesn't really offer much information into the life of ANS. Moreover, the information offered to the reader is more about Donna Hogan (the author) and her clear-cut jealousy and need to defame her half-sister....more
This was okay, but as with any book of this type, you have to take it all with a grain of salt. Cosby does seem to nail some things directly on the heThis was okay, but as with any book of this type, you have to take it all with a grain of salt. Cosby does seem to nail some things directly on the head, but then she turns around and reports false information without having actually done the appropriate fact-checking. I will say this, though - it was far better than the other Anna Nicole Smith book that hit the shelves at that time (Train Wreck)....more
For a more in-depth look at exactly who the SPQs are, read my review on the book, The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love.
Yes, these girls definitely doFor a more in-depth look at exactly who the SPQs are, read my review on the book, The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love.
Yes, these girls definitely do need saving, but they are hilarious! With chapters like "My Hors Are Moning," "A Pot to Priss In," and "Sex, Fritos, and the Talking Vagina," you will be laughing over and over again.
The SPQs are larger than life itself. So, sit down with their signature Fat Mama's Knock You Naked Margarita and check them out - they are well worth it. :)...more
If you have never read a Sweet Potato Queens' book, you absolutely must. The tales and wisdom of the Sweet Potato Queens are absolutely hilarious!
FirIf you have never read a Sweet Potato Queens' book, you absolutely must. The tales and wisdom of the Sweet Potato Queens are absolutely hilarious!
First things first, you must know who the Sweet Potato Queens are. They are a group of women (mostly Southern) who rig up in green sequined dresses, red wigs, hot pink majorette boots, and crowns. They "enhance" their "assets" just a bit as part of the costume, and participate in parades and other big events throughout the South.
Connor Browne writes from her own point of view on being a Sweet Potato Queen, what it means, and what it gets you in this world. She dispenses advice on how to keep the "queenly look", produces the magic words you need to know in order to get men to do whatever you want, and even offers advice on what to eat when complete & utter tragedy strikes and even includes recipes.
With chapters titled "The Five Men You Must Have in Your Life at All Times" and "The Best Advice Ever Given in the Entire History of the World," I almost guarantee you will laugh yourself to pieces over the Sweet Potato Queens' antics and adventures.
I actually loved the Sweet Potato Queens so much that my sister, cousin, and I actually did our rendition of a Sweet Potato Queens float for a local parade a few years ago. We couldn't have been half-bad, we won first prize! :)...more
This was the first Larry McMurtry book I'd ever read (second in a series of three), and I loved it. I found myself chuckling over and over again at thThis was the first Larry McMurtry book I'd ever read (second in a series of three), and I loved it. I found myself chuckling over and over again at the actions of Duane, his family, his buddies, and the others in Thalia, Texas.
I need to get with the program and read the first book in the series, The Last Picture Show. (Why does it seem that I never read a series in order?)...more
This is another book that I never would have given a second thought to if it hadn't been for the fact that it was on the mandatory reading list for aThis is another book that I never would have given a second thought to if it hadn't been for the fact that it was on the mandatory reading list for a class that I was taking. And, once again, I'm glad it was on that list. The book was wonderful and I cannot find enough words to accurately describe it.
Danticat has created a gripping tale of survival and nearly unbearable loss. The setting is the Dominican Republic in the late 1930s, and primarily deals with how the protagonist, Amabelle Desir, deals with the effects of the military-sponsored mass murder of Haitian emigrants. While Amabelle herself is a fictional characters, the major events around which the story is built are not. The primary themes of "exile" and "the need to remember the past" reverbrate through the story.
Danticat tells the story that many authors and teachers usually shy away from...and she does it through remarkable attention to detail, well-developed characters, gripping events, an almost poetic prose, and the use of pure and gutteral emotion. As readers, we share in Amabelle's sorrows and joys, her dreams and her memories, her fears and her struggles. The pages of this book will capture their reader quite quickly, and once a reader steps inside this story, it's hard for them to step back out...until they've reached the end. A page-turner, most definitely.
Not only is there a story to be told surrounding history, but the novel also provides a look into the customs, beliefs, and culture of Haitian people. We learn these through the host of colorful characters, and their memories, that Danticat brings to the table.
Just a few quotes:
"Misery won't touch you gentle. It always leaves its thumbprints on you; sometimes it leaves them for others to see, sometimes for nobody but you to know of."
“Another group of voices argued for the right to speak next, as if their owners had been biting their tongues while this last man was speaking.”
“It is only the nameless and the faceless who vanish like smoke into the early morning air."
"In his sermons to the Haitian congregants of the valley he often reminded everyone of common ties: language, foods, history, carnival, songs, tales, and prayers. His creed was one of memory, how remembering--though sometimes painful--can make you strong."
Pick this one up if you get the chance. I don't think you'll be sorry. ...more
To be perfectly honest, I never would have picked this book up to read if it hadn't been assigned for a class in Women's Studies. However, now that I'To be perfectly honest, I never would have picked this book up to read if it hadn't been assigned for a class in Women's Studies. However, now that I've had the opportunity to read one of Winterson's works, I'm hooked.
This is an autobiographical, coming-of-age story with England as the backdrop. Winterson knows how to blend quirky humor with the deeper human emotions of sadness, grief, and love - and she does it perfectly. The narration is first-person, and the story bounces back and forth between reality and fairy tale. The fairy tales presented coincide with what is happening in the narrator's life, and their purpose seems to be to extend the story. The story is full of struggles - personal & emotional, and where religion & beliefs are concerned. There is so much that can be derived from this book...if you just give it a chance.
A few quotes that stuck with me:
"Perhaps it was the snow, or the food, or the impossibility of my life that made me hope to go to bed and wake up with the past intact. I seemed to have run in a great circle, and met myself again on the starting line."
"Time is a great deadener: people forget, get bored, grow old, go away.
"There are threads that help you find your way back, and there are threads that intend to bring you back. Mind turns to the pull, it's hard to pull away."
"...to change something you do not understand is the true nature of evil."
"She must find a boat and sail in it. No guarantee of shore. Only a conviction that what she wanted could exist, if she dared to find it."
"Round and round he walked, and so learned a very valuable thing: that no emotion is the final one."...more
This book is absolutely moving. This was Arundhati Roy's first novel, and she set the bar quite high for herself with it.
The God of Small Things is seThis book is absolutely moving. This was Arundhati Roy's first novel, and she set the bar quite high for herself with it.
The God of Small Things is set in India and is a story about a pair of fraternal twins and their experiences being victims of circumstance. The setting/time shifts back and forth between 1969 and 1993. Rahel and Estha are seven in 1969, and they are thirty-one in 1993. Their lives were changed so drastically by one event, and they must figure out how to deal with what has happened and make some sense of it.
The book is a true testament to how even the smallest things or events can change a person's course and shape the rest of their life. Roy repetively uses the phrase, "Things can change in a day," and that phrase holds the key to understanding the novel. Once you've read this book, you will have no choice but to be changed a bit.
Roy's use of symbolism is perhaps one of the finer aspects of this novel. Some might say that she went overboard where symbolism is concerned, but I don't happen to think that she did. It all adds up, in the end. Roy also provides rich descriptions of scenes and setting, descriptions that are so rich you can actually feel the heat and stickiness of an Ayemenem day. Her characterization is superb, which only lends further to the telling of this tale. The plot is masterfully executed, right down to the tiniest of details.
I'm a fan of Jillian Michaels and her training style, so I'm very excited about this book. :)
This book isn't for everyone. If you are trying toI'm a fan of Jillian Michaels and her training style, so I'm very excited about this book. :)
This book isn't for everyone. If you are trying to drop those last stubborn 20 or less pounds, then this is your book. I just finished reading it and it's a 30-day program in which you must be determined with a strong commitment. It is written in true Jillian Michaels fashion (if you've watched The Biggest Loser, then you know what I'm talking about), and she's tough on you even through the pages of the book. There are a series of things you must complete before beginning the program (tests of strength & endurance, measurements in weight & body fat, and tests to determine what type of oxidizer you are). There is also a strict food plan for each oxidizer type to which she says absolutely no cheating for the duration of the program, and also exercises tailored for you (you just have to figure it all out and it's pretty easy to do so because she walks you through it all). There are motivational blocks of words and messages every couple of pages, and she gives you all the techniques you need to know to succeed.
I have not started this yet because I need to make sure I'm mentally prepared to do this. I am making a start date of January 13th for myself for this 30-day program - by then, I should be through all the holiday stuff and ready to roll with Jillian's program. However, the plan is sound and I think this is going to be great!
I just started this one last night, and I didn't want to put it down. I can't wait to finish it. :)
Finished it, and I loved it. I've never readI just started this one last night, and I didn't want to put it down. I can't wait to finish it. :)
Finished it, and I loved it. I've never read anything by Lisa See before, but I plan on reading more of her works.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is such a remarkable tale about frienship and love. It's set in nineteenth-century China, and offers quite a few historical and cultural lessons as well. Readers get to follow Lily and her laotong, Snow Flower, through childhood, their teen years, and through much of their adulthood. A very in-depth look at the relationship between these two girls is provided, and lessons in true friendship will leave their imprints upon any reader.
A running theme throughout the story is the treatment, and classification, of women in China. See provides a very eye-opening peek into the lives, thoughts, and feelings of women during that time frame. Even the relationships between mothers & daughters is given a very thorough examination. The hardest thing for this reader to digest was the footbinding that takes place and the mother's seeminly mean treatment of her daughter during it - I had a tissue in hand, I'll admit it.
Try to pick up a copy of the book that contains the "Reader's Guide" in the back, because it has wonderful notes from the auther about her writing process, research, and what she learned while creating this novel (discovery). At the very end of her note, she conveys a thought that rings so true: "On the surface, we as American women are independant, free, and mobile, but at our cores we still long for love, friendship, happiness, tranquility, and to be heard." If you long for any of these, please...read this book with an open and caring heart....more