As a fan, I couldn't wait to read Felicia Day's memoir, but I wasn't expecting such an emotional response.I laughed, I cried, I shuddered in horror.
As a fan, I couldn't wait to read Felicia Day's memoir, but I wasn't expecting such an emotional response. I loved every minute of it! The childhood stories, photos, and pithy quotes are quite entertaining, but none of that compares to the raw emotional vulnerability of sharing the not-so-glamorous part. Yet, that's what makes this memoir real - readers can identify with depression, money issues, stress, fear of failure, OCD tendencies.
It's one thing to appreciate someone's work, but I have a newfound respect for the artist given the back story. I adored Felicia Day before, but now I admire her strength and courage and determination....more
The best part of this book is the cover (which ironically supports the whole "judging a book by its cover" adage). Fisher comes across as a whiney, spThe best part of this book is the cover (which ironically supports the whole "judging a book by its cover" adage). Fisher comes across as a whiney, spoiled Hollywood brat whose self-deprecating humor comes across as a series of bad one-liners. She bashes her family, friends, Republicans with every foul four-letter word she can muster. It seems as though she wants to reveal the pain and hardship of addiction and mental illness, but I couldn't get past the crass sarcasm and constant criticism....more
I believe reading the actual Encyclopedia Britannica would've been far more interesting. Besides, I don't need to read Jacobs' opinion about each artiI believe reading the actual Encyclopedia Britannica would've been far more interesting. Besides, I don't need to read Jacobs' opinion about each article anymore than I need to read Cliff's Notes for The Hunger Games (Actually, CN are simply literary analyses written by college professors, many of whom teach at the University of Nebraska). Not to mention, I gathered from a few comments in the book that Jacobs doesn't think too highly of the South.
I read a few reviews about how hysterically funny this guy is as a writer - nope, didn't see it. Throughout the book, Jacobs' humor felt forced as though he wrote the summary of an encyclopedia entry and then interjected a story or two about his family - disclosing his and his wife's issues with conceiving a child, playing Simon Says with his nieces and nephews, aspiring to impress his dad (an accomplished writer), and the obvious jealousy towards his brother-in-law, who is evidently the real<\i> know-it-all and the one who probably should've written this book. ...more
An adult bedtime story with an important message: you are not alone.
Hilarity ensues from the first page as Mansbach relates the all-too-familiar parenAn adult bedtime story with an important message: you are not alone.
Hilarity ensues from the first page as Mansbach relates the all-too-familiar parental woes of attempting to put a child to sleep. This irreverent look at one of parenthood's most challenging tasks will have even the most frustrated parents laughing with delight.
And what could make this story even funnier, you ask? Samuel L. Jackson narrating the book. NOTE: Be sure to pee first, unless you're wearing an adult diaper.
Although Safire was a well-know columnist and language connoisseur, I was not exactly impressed with this book as a true guide to grammar and usage. WAlthough Safire was a well-know columnist and language connoisseur, I was not exactly impressed with this book as a true guide to grammar and usage. While parts were amusing and even interesting, I was not thoroughly 'guided.' In fact, some sections were rather confusing to me - a former English teacher and grammar-Nazi - and I know the rules.
I'm not exactly sure who Safire's intended audience is, but I suspect it's mostly for his fans and followers. Students in grades 7-12 who are still learning the rules of good writing (grammar, usage, syntax, and word choice) would certainly benefit from such a text but would hardly get past the introduction. The average adult hoping to quickly learn the rules of writing would be hard-pressed to explain, much less demonstrate the 50 rules outlined in Safire's book because he doesn't clearly outline the each rule and its correction.
For those searching for a concise, easy-to-read grammar guide, I recommend Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. Packed inside the 105-page book, Strunk provides examples of what not to do; but, more importantly, he explains the why and furnishes solutions to correct each writing error....more
As an avid reader and great fan of Mark Twain, I initially chose to read Eve's Diary expecting the traditional satirical wit. My interest was furtherAs an avid reader and great fan of Mark Twain, I initially chose to read Eve's Diary expecting the traditional satirical wit. My interest was further piqued when I discovered the book had been banned in 1906. It wasn't until after I finished reading that I discovered the primary reason for its ban was the nude illustrations of Eve, not the content. Although I can imagine many were outraged at Eve's often flippant persona, I found it to be quite amusing at the beginning. After the first few pages, however, the tone shifts from lighthearted to more contemplative and melancholic as Eve reflects on her surroundings, the animals, and especially, Adam. Having known that Twain had already lost his wife when this book was written helps in understanding the last few lines:
"But if one of us must go first, it is my prayer that it shall be I; for he is strong, I am weak, I am not so necessary to him as he is to me - life without him would not be life; how could I endure it?"
This book is not so much a satire on the first woman, but a tribute to his wife. ...more