I have to admit that I picked up the hardback copy from the library after watching the series on Netflix. The tree version hurt my eyes to read so I w...moreI have to admit that I picked up the hardback copy from the library after watching the series on Netflix. The tree version hurt my eyes to read so I went ahead and bought my own Kindle version. I'm glad I did. This book was worth every penny! I could listen to text-to-speech while I read. It might have been even better to have the audio-version with human voice but this was just fine.
The beginning was very satisfying as it mirrored the Netflix version. The book proceeded from there a little less raw. It did feel like Ms. Kerman was putting a good spin on her experience in prison. The Netflix version puts in a lot more drama. Which is the real version? I don't know but I feel like it may fall somewhere in between. I think the Netflix may take other stories about prison life and show other things that may go on.
Piper Kerman's writing kept me engaged and wanting to know what was happening next. I was impressed with her zen attitude and reserve while describing some of the horrid things that go on in prison life. Even though I am twice her age I could identify with feelings she eloquently expressed.
Everyone should read this book. Men and women alike, all ages and races. We can all appreciate the message and maybe help create a better world. (less)
Is there anything that befalls womankind that doesn't appear in this series? Whew! Don't get me wrong, as much as is covered in these books, these are...moreIs there anything that befalls womankind that doesn't appear in this series? Whew! Don't get me wrong, as much as is covered in these books, these are not thrillers. Suspense is there, but you have a confidence that it will work out. Love seems to pull the characters and reader through it all.
This second book is even better than the first, if that's possible. The characters are wonderful. I love them all. Well, that is, except the bad ones and even they are believable. This book had more the stresses of life as a rock-star and cop couple who happen to be lesbian. In this book we see the stresses of married life, fertility treatments, adoptions and so much more.
Erotica peppers the two books, but I feel it is fun and a natural part of being a couple. Spice of life, you know?
My favorite parts of the books, aside from the above fun, was the child, Calista. I fell in love with her in the last book, starting with sandcastles and that love continues into this one.
Although I have watched the reality show with Guiliana and Bill and the troubles they had with IVF treatments, I think climbing into the minds of Lynn and Alexis gave me a better appreciation of what women, couples, go through to get and stay pregnant.
That was on top of the bigoted treatment the couple had sustained in their individual lifetimes. When others can't find it in themselves to love you in spite of the fact that you don't fit their idea of what is normal and acceptable, yet all you want is love.
Gosh, I miss Lynn and Alexis! Though the author didn't leave us on a cliffhanger, there were enough threads to let us know we were not finished. I can hardly wait to read book three!(less)
Disclaimer: I was given this story free for an honest review. Thank you, C.A. Clemmings.
First what I loved: I loved feeling I was on the beach in the...moreDisclaimer: I was given this story free for an honest review. Thank you, C.A. Clemmings.
First what I loved: I loved feeling I was on the beach in the Caribbean. I felt I was on a grand vacation. I loved the main character and the people she meets.
Okay, second, what I didn't like. That it is a short story. Ergh! Next to cliffhangers in my list of dislikes (hates?). I barely get to know the characters and have hints as to what makes them tick and the story is over. What happens next? Will this relationship end? will another begin? Can we live in Placencia, please, please, please? And make sure you have your white bathing suit!
Allison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-plo...moreAllison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-plots, and writing. Her vocabulary wasn't at third grade level, nor were the internal lessons of differing sexuality too much info-dumping. AND Allison Moon has ME reading a book about werewolves, and loving it!
I would have loved to be able to read a book like this as a teen. Back then this information was hushed. Nowadays teens might feel they already know this stuff about sexual identity. But even if you know this, the story holds its own.
One of the things I found most surprising was that I wished I could experience this level of being a were/shapeshifter. I felt like running through the forest and living in a tree-house, Ms. Moon made it all come alive. Characters breathed, puked, had periods, bathroom scenes. Real life! It is about time!
Thank you, Allison, for letting me read your books at a discount. Though the ending was satisfying, I hope there is a book three. I love the series! (less)
My husband just finished reading this and suggested that I would like it. Rather than pick up another in my 'currently reading' list I started this on...moreMy husband just finished reading this and suggested that I would like it. Rather than pick up another in my 'currently reading' list I started this one. He was right. It was a very good book. I loved the characters and the adventure they went on.
I loved that the author introduced Wiccan beliefs and gave light to the chance that other belief systems may have credence. I thought it was realistic how the friend responds to her BFF's growth to another way of thinking.
This book is full of ideas to think about. I wanted to say more but prefer not to include spoilers. I have probably already given too much away. But, bravo, Jen McConnel!(less)
Inspiring! Every woman should read this. Susan Fleet not only gives a biography of each of the women, but places each one in the historical time line...moreInspiring! Every woman should read this. Susan Fleet not only gives a biography of each of the women, but places each one in the historical time line so that you could see what the country and world were going through.
I didn't understand why Annie Oakley was in this book about musicians. Even though I was a fan of Annie Oakley (or what 1950s TV showed me) still it was interesting.
The other biographies were of women whose names I didn't recognize but was glad for the introduction.
As a person who listens to books on Text-to-Speech I found the reference numbers, websites and bibliographies that seem to pop out of no where, quite distracting. I just wonder if those all couldn't go to the end of the book so the stories didn't have to get interrupted.
Oh, and I liked the way the author blended these biographies across time. It helped me to place the people and what they were going through in the proper dress and social eras. Now I have more research to do.(less)
Well, darn! I'm finished reading it! I wish there was so much more! Thank you, Ms. Donna Morang for letting us ride along with you on your ESL adventu...moreWell, darn! I'm finished reading it! I wish there was so much more! Thank you, Ms. Donna Morang for letting us ride along with you on your ESL adventures! I had such a marvelous time that I am going to look into this. I am 62 and not getting any younger, but this sounds like such fun that I need to find a way to do it. I highly recommend this book to everyone! What a cool lady!(less)