Great, interesting, and shockingly accurate chronicle of grief. Maybe I will enjoy this book more in times of personal grief, to feel understood or th...moreGreat, interesting, and shockingly accurate chronicle of grief. Maybe I will enjoy this book more in times of personal grief, to feel understood or that I'm not alone. However, as a book it is incredibly and irritatingly repetitive. There are two events-- the cardiac arrest of her husband, and the illness of her daughter. She looks at them from literally every angle. It is an interesting study of grief, but as a book... a bit boring.(less)
This book sure does make my life seem boring. It may sound a little weird, but this was definitely at its best when Nic was discussing the periods of...moreThis book sure does make my life seem boring. It may sound a little weird, but this was definitely at its best when Nic was discussing the periods of his intense drug use. The rest-- the parts when he is in rehab or trying to straighten himself out-- drag on a little bit and are certainly not as interesting. It's pretty well-written, but it's really nothing extraordinary; that comes with the story. Quite a good read for anyone interested in addiction or for someone who shares my morbid curiosity.
Addiction really is a disease beyond much control. This book highlights that aspect pretty well.
Also interesting is that it never really has a "DRUGS ARE BAD" message, which is so frequent in books like this. It's unique in this way. It's kind of refreshing (if not a little troubling). Of course the author recognizes that drugs were ruining certain aspects of his life. But, it's mostly a memoir about his experiences. He's getting things off his chest more than he is sending a message out to teens and young adults that Drugs Are Bad. I'm not even sure if he's wholly convinced that Drugs are all that Bad.
This was in the Young Adult section of Barnes & Noble. What? Though it could have been a helluva lot more graphic, I suppose, even the most superficial descriptions of the stuff he did were, in my opinion, inappropriate for most young adults.(less)
Plain and simple: I love Carrie Fisher. She applies wit, irony, and humor to tough situations. Greatest of all, is that she makes no excuses for herse...morePlain and simple: I love Carrie Fisher. She applies wit, irony, and humor to tough situations. Greatest of all, is that she makes no excuses for herself. She's brutally honest. It's a surprisingly great introspection into mental illness.
This book is filled with really great one-liners, and great insight. Also a plus-- you get to hear her view on some Star Wars-related events.
I'd really recommend listening to it on audiobook if you can, because Carrie Fisher reads it herself, and I think hearing her speak her own words was half the fun of it.(less)
I just finished The Journal of Helene Berr, and I have to say that everyone should read it. Like The Diary of Anne Frank, it is an unbelievably moving...moreI just finished The Journal of Helene Berr, and I have to say that everyone should read it. Like The Diary of Anne Frank, it is an unbelievably moving first-hand account of a Jewish girl's perspective on the war, occupation, and genocide.
I cannot even begin to express how this book has made me feel. Also like Anne, Helene died only days before her camp was liberated by the British, which is just such a cruel, heartbreaking thing. She was arrested on the one night her family decided to sleep in their own home. She was found beat to death after her typhus prevented her from rising from her bunk that day.
The kind of courage that this girl expressed in her journal is just about the most inspiring thing I have ever read. The things she went through... She risked her life to save orphaned Jewish children from deportation. She is also my age exactly, so I understand so much of her feelings and the way she thinks. I feel such a strong kinship with Helene, and it absolutely breaks my heart that her life was ended so early, and in such a horrific manner. I feel like I've lost a friend.
Having a personal portrait of the tragedies of the Holocaust, being able to pick out a single face in the devastatingly large crowd, has taught me more about what it was like than anything else ever has. First Anne, now Helene. In her diary she explicitly states that she writes not for pity, but to impart understanding to those that read it.
If only everyone in the world could reach such an understanding of the horrors of inhumanity and injustice, and on the specific effects it has on a person. This terror has not been wiped out from the heart of men. How could anyone ever do this to another human being?(less)