***Has been republished as a movie tie in named Precious***
Push is a truly disturbing tale of a young girl named Precious Jones, who at the age of 12***Has been republished as a movie tie in named Precious***
Push is a truly disturbing tale of a young girl named Precious Jones, who at the age of 12 gives birth to her first child by her father. At age 16 she finds herself pregnant again, also by her father, kicked out of school and unable to read or write. This is the story of a young girl with a passion for learning, and a dream of finishing her G.A.D and going on to College so she can make something of herself and provide for her children.
Precious had such a horrible childhood from being raped by her father as well as molested by her mother. Being physically abused by her parents as well as falling through the cracks at school. You have to ask yourself, “Why did no one notice, and help this poor girl?” “Why did her father not go to jail, after she gave birth to the first child?” This book was definitely an emotional read. As much as Precious hated her school councillor, she is very lucky the women took the time to redirect her to the alternative learning school, where she was able to meet Ms. Rain who had a passion for teaching.
Not for the overly sensitive reader.
It was a very fast read though that had me hooked from the very first page. I think it took me a total of 5 hours to read. ...more
This has got to be one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. It's a bunch of diary entries from a blogger named Mimi Smartypants. It's a qThis has got to be one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. It's a bunch of diary entries from a blogger named Mimi Smartypants. It's a quick fun read, with really no purpose behind it other then her sharing her views with us. I think I found this book so entertaining because she reminds me so much of my close friends and myself. The things she says and thinks about, and some of the crazy stuff she comes up with. :0) I laughed out loud so many times!!! ...more
This was a wonderful book, it was full of facts and written by a Canadian for Canadians. This was great as the topics of health care and maternity leaThis was a wonderful book, it was full of facts and written by a Canadian for Canadians. This was great as the topics of health care and maternity leave are drastically different between the states and Canada.
One of the things that I really enjoyed was that the author stayed factual and used mothers and pregnant women who had been through various situations to tell you facts as well. Opinions where not shoved at you and various view points where looked at.
This book can be read straight through like I did, or used as a reference guise. It touches on the whole process from trying to conceive to what happens once the baby has finally arrived. The other thing I will hand to the author is the fact that she didn't sugar coat anything, it felt like someone you knew sitting across from you telling you the good things and the bad things you can expect. I find a lot of books tend to gloss right over any negatives.
I would recommend this book to any expectant parent. ...more
This book was lent to me by a friend and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised as I more than likely would have never picked the book up on my own,This book was lent to me by a friend and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised as I more than likely would have never picked the book up on my own, especially after reading the description which explains the characters are based off of the biblical characters of Jacob and his wives.
The main character in the book is Jacob’s only daughter Dinah, and the story basically revolves around what it was like to grow up and live as a woman in Dinah’s time, from entering the Red Tent with her mother’s where you spent three days during the flow of blood under the new moon, to marriage and living as a midwife helping women during the joys and grief of child birth. Anita Diamant definitely managed to capture me as a reader and make me feel proud of being a woman. I will say though that I am happy to be living in today’s age and not back then.
Dinah’s story is told from her birth to her eventual death. We find out how her four mothers managed to cohabit together, and helped raise all the children together. We see Dinah fall in love and eventually marry the man of her dreams to have him torn away from her by the brutal murder committed by her brothers Simon and Levi. This story is a heart wrenching one, but one that I am glad to have taken the time to read.
This book was an interesting read. James J. Boyle takes you inside the twisted thinking of 11 different cult leaders. He gives you the stories behindThis book was an interesting read. James J. Boyle takes you inside the twisted thinking of 11 different cult leaders. He gives you the stories behind the rise and fall of the leaders and their Cults. I only gave it 3 stars as I found some parts of the book repetitive and there where quite a few typos.
1. Charles Manson and the Manson "Family" 2. Jim Jones and the "People's Temple" in Jonestown 3. Gordon Kahl and the "Posse Comitatus" 4. Keith Ham aka Kirtanananda Swami Bhaktipada and the "Hare Krishna" 5. Vincent Leaphart aka John Africa and the "MOVE" organization 6. Jeffrey Don Lundgren and the "Lundgren Cult" 7. Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo aka El Padrino 8. Hulon Mitchell, Jr aka Yahweh Ben Yahweh and the "Yahwehs" 9. Roch Theriault aka King of the Israelites and the "Ant Hill Kids" 10. Vernon Wayne Howell and the "Davidians" 11. Luc Jouret and the "Solar Temple"
A friend of mine loves this series, and recommended it to me. I have to say honestly, I was a little bit sceptical at first with a title like "The GunA friend of mine loves this series, and recommended it to me. I have to say honestly, I was a little bit sceptical at first with a title like "The Gunslinger" just really did not seem like the type of book that was going to give me a thrilling read. Not really into westerns and all. Well this is one of those times where you "Can't judge a book by it's cover". What I got instead was more of a sci-fi fantasy with a bit of mystery woven though. A very interesting lead character that your left wondering about, but bit's of new information keep coming up at the right times. The other characters the Gunslinger comes across are also very interesting, and you just had to love Jake, the little boy who travels with him. It was a very fast read. I only gave the book 4 stars because It took me a while to get into the story. I found the beginning a little slow and confusing because I didn't really know what I was getting into....more
This was a truly thought provoking book, which I think everyone should read. I especially think some of the members of our Government should read it oThis was a truly thought provoking book, which I think everyone should read. I especially think some of the members of our Government should read it or re-read it because I think there are some very important messages in this book that are being forgotten. Decisions being made under the context of them being for the greater good when really you should let people think for themselves so they can learn from their mistakes. We don't need big brother looking over our shoulder telling us it's safer to wear our seat belts or to ride with a bike helmet. When decisions are taken away from people they forget how to make good choices because they will start expecting people to make them for them. This story left me with some very deep thoughts.
I really enjoyed this book, and I find Randy's outlook on things so inspiring. This book really does show you that you can't control the cards that yoI really enjoyed this book, and I find Randy's outlook on things so inspiring. This book really does show you that you can't control the cards that you are dealt, but you can always make the best of a bad situation. It's all in your attitude and outlook on life. ...more
This book was not at all what I was expecting from Stephen King. It is written like a fairy tale story. It took me a while to get into it, but once IThis book was not at all what I was expecting from Stephen King. It is written like a fairy tale story. It took me a while to get into it, but once I got used to the writing style it was not bad. The characters where well written, and the story moves at a good pace. I found I did not get hooked on the story completely until about half way through, and then I could not put it down. It helped me to put things in perspective when a friend told me that Stephen King wrote this book for his kid. A fairy tale of Princes, and dragons, and dark wizards, death and friendship. A story written by King that his child could actually be allowed to read :0) ...more
This story was truly heart wrenching! I think it is such a brave thing for Dave Pelzer to be able to come forward and leave his past behind him in ordThis story was truly heart wrenching! I think it is such a brave thing for Dave Pelzer to be able to come forward and leave his past behind him in order to share his story with the public in order to bring awareness and educate on abuse. I'm amazed that he was able to rise above what happened to him to go on and become a functioning member of society.
Granted we usually only hear of the severe Abuse cases that happen through the media, and David's case was that. What he had to endure as a child at the hands of his own Mother is truly horrific. I am absolutely lost on how a mother could single one of her children out to torture in such horrible ways. The games she would play with him made me sick to my stomach.
The most frustrating thing of all for me in this story is how long the abuse went on for. As someone who has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over ten years now, to have read that people knew things where off, but did not take the time to look into it breaks my heart. It is the responsibility of any member of society whether they be teacher, neighbour, grocery store clerk to report any suspicions of abuse to the right authorities. "Seeing" and not "Acting" is just as bad as being the abuser yourself. The fact that David's family did not step in to stop the abuse shakes me to my core.
I will definitely have to look into the other two books of this trilogy to see if my questions get answered. I have so many regarding what drove his mother to behave this way? Mental health I'm sure but what triggered it? and why did she only single out one of her five children? I would also like to know from a legal standpoint what happened to his parents as well as, what happened to his brothers?
I really enjoyed this book, it was quite humorous. Even though I found a lot of the topics in this book where "common sense", I enjoyed hearing aboutI really enjoyed this book, it was quite humorous. Even though I found a lot of the topics in this book where "common sense", I enjoyed hearing about them from a male perspective. On the flip side of that, I can also see how a book like this can be very useful as a wake up call to some women who feel stuck in a rut. Sometimes you just have to hear, or read the things your already thinking to make you snap out of it.
What I like most of all though is the message for women to have "Confidence in them selves and to have standards. Don't settle for less than what you feel you deserve". It was great hearing a man say this. :0)
I would recommend this book to anyone, it's a fast, light read.