This is on my wishlist to own! Thank you, Washoe County Library System for carrying this book!
It is not an easy book to get through. But if you manage...moreThis is on my wishlist to own! Thank you, Washoe County Library System for carrying this book!
It is not an easy book to get through. But if you manage, you find so many diamonds of wisdom to apply to your own life.
Which of us has gotten through childhood unscathed? Which of us, as parents, release healthy, unscathed adults into the world? In Alison Bechdel's first memoir, Fun Home, Alison addressed her life with her father. In this book, Alison tells of her life with her mother. I was amazed at how well she was able to keep the story on her own interpretation of her own life. She brings in her therapists and friends and lovers in how they help her understand why certain things happened and how she can get over it and become whole.
Though this is done in comic book form it is far from funny. Yet, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, she was able to speak volumes using this method of story telling. It brought my own mother issues to mind while reading this.
A spot of vomit on the floor. Running lines with mom for the next play she'll be in. The inability to cry properly. Maybe these things wouldn't cause you cathartic experience, but as you follow Alison's path, which is also her mother's path, it is easy to relate to both women. As Alison calls into play the works of Virginia Wolfe and Freude among others to help her understand how it all fits and how we all fit into our mother's worlds.
This book may have triggers for some people but I think that most people will find if they stick it out there are more answers than questions through Ms. Bechdel's story. I recommend it highly to everyone.(less)
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)
Let me tell you a story. There once was a young woman who was in junior high and high school who LOVED Dr. Kildare. Alas, it was on a school night. He...moreLet me tell you a story. There once was a young woman who was in junior high and high school who LOVED Dr. Kildare. Alas, it was on a school night. Her parents made her go to bed early. But this young lady was so clever that going to bed didn't stop her from watching her favorite show. You see the television was at the far end of the living room and could be seen from the end of the hallway. Well, there was a bookshelf there, and she set up a mirror so as to watch Dr. K from her bed. When he was over she would slip out of bed and remove the mirror so her parents would be none the wiser. Yes, that clever girl was me. And that was only the start of my crush on Richard Chamberlain. For years I kept track of his birthday. I enjoyed all the miniseries that he did.
I think my favorite scene was that of Anjisan attempting to commit harikari. What passion he was able to show! Why didn't he bring that moment into this memoir?
As a memoir this was less than what I wanted. As much as he told us his problem in life had been being aloof, I found that it remained in this book. And pride was still evident. I don't mind that he has come out as gay, he is an actor, and it is none of our business what he needs in his bedroom. I still love his work on the tele or big screen.
Now, had this book been labeled as a metaphysical healing book, I would have enjoyed it better. I was reminded of a path I have left behind and plan to get back into meditation and opening my heart chakras. Then again, the title of the book is Shattered Love--oh yeah and A Memoir. So maybe I was cheated by my own expectations? I had set this to three stars but now that I think on it I think I must give it four. I may just read it again for the spiritual reminders.(less)
First of all, ten stars for Malala! Ten stars for her health, her stamina, her courage, and her brilliance!
But truth be known this was a difficult boo...moreFirst of all, ten stars for Malala! Ten stars for her health, her stamina, her courage, and her brilliance!
But truth be known this was a difficult book to read. I think it needed better editing. I kept getting lost in the timeline. For example, the way I read it, Malala was fourteen when she was shot. I knew that wasn't the case. Also, the first part of the book was so choppy that I almost gave up reading the book. I only continued because I wanted to learn about this fascinating teen.
History has never been my favorite subject. It wasn't until a brilliant teacher in college did I begin paying attention. Let's face it, history is about men and their wars. Women are rarely the stars. So when a book about a female who is making history, gets bogged down in the wars, I started losing interest. When the war affects Malala and her family, then I felt involved again. Then I was glad for the bit of a history lesson that was set up in the book. Wish there had been a smoother way to move from personal story to the region's history.
I hope, hope, hope that Malala writes more books. I hope she finds friends. I hope her mother can get on with her own education and can stand and give a few speeches of her own. I hope the family becomes more feminist so that mother can have her own life. I wish the family all the goodness life can give.(less)
Ever since my husband and I took a small cruise from Juneau to Glacier Bay back pre 9-11 in June 2001 (TMI?) I have had a love-hate relationship with...moreEver since my husband and I took a small cruise from Juneau to Glacier Bay back pre 9-11 in June 2001 (TMI?) I have had a love-hate relationship with Alaska. The cruise was marvelous. I loved every minute of it. I just knew could I never live there. I would never be able to handle the cold winters and long winter nights. When we were on the cruise having only a couple hours of night was perfect for me. Kayaking next to icebergs was so exciting!
But this is supposed to be about the book. I highly admire Donna Morang and her spirit of adventure so it was a given that I would love the book. And I did! Even though I am a gluten-free vegan, I understand the fishing and hunting thrill. I, also, appreciate the survival need for these activities. I suppose if I needed to I might push myself to partake. Since the Kilcher Alaskan Show (name slips my mind right now) I feel there are ways for me to survive there diet wise. But this old body would cease to exist in the cold.
Why am I making this about me? Well, the above thoughts would be prominent as I read Ms. Morang's story. Okay, maybe I would have made it in the sixties. also. I think I am about Donna's age. In fact, I was a cosmetologist in the late sixties and early seventies. But I was in Southern California at the time.
What an adventure! Bear attacks, nearly drowning in the rapids, raising a baby so far from town. Flying above the Alaskan scenery! It was so fun to live, vicariously, through Donna's eyes. Such a different kind of life from mine.
There were grammatical errors, but not enough to ruined it for me. I think I wanted more emotion? Deeper connections between Donna and her husband? I can't put my finger on it. Maybe because she is drawing on journal entries and memories, and who remembers accurately that far back? I barely can remember yesterday. Maybe I needed more of my senses involved?
I did love the pictures. I wanted more of them. The scariest picture was of the baby and the wolf. I felt all the emotions Donna must have felt at that moment.
I give it 5 stars. I will remember this book for a long time, and I may want to re-read it someday just to bring back the Alaska feelings. I already miss it.(less)
This is a beautiful picture-book about Holly Hobbie as a young girl. The illustrations were charming and the story reflect the hopes of all young girl...moreThis is a beautiful picture-book about Holly Hobbie as a young girl. The illustrations were charming and the story reflect the hopes of all young girls. It felt familiar. I couldn't decide if it was the style of Holly Hobbie or that it was possible I read it to my daughter when she was young. Either way, I was charmed.(less)
Ms. Howard's writing was an adventure to read. There were times when I had to re-read a phrase out loud to share with my husband her witty style. I ha...moreMs. Howard's writing was an adventure to read. There were times when I had to re-read a phrase out loud to share with my husband her witty style. I have to admit to having similar social anxieties and other fears that the author owns up to in this book. I think we only differ in that I love swimming. If I had been dragged to the top of a volcano I think I would have been very reluctant.
Not only is the writing style and personality of Ms. Catherine Ryan Howard believable and enjoyable, she made her adventure feel as if I were part of it. I highly recommend this book to everyone who has ever dreamed of taking a backpacking trip!(less)
Don't read this if you are feeling depressed. But read it if you want to ride along with someone who is living and struggling with depression. Prudenc...moreDon't read this if you are feeling depressed. But read it if you want to ride along with someone who is living and struggling with depression. Prudence Hayes takes you into her dark thoughts and gives insight for those who may have never entered those dark places. It was brave for her to share with us. I felt akin in many ways as she delves deep into her own well of experiences, including emotional abuse she received and watching her beloved grandparent leave this Earth. Thank you for sharing.(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)
This is a quick read taking you on the journey that Ms. Kimberly Irish-Tarbox went through when she started having headaches and subsequently diagnose...moreThis is a quick read taking you on the journey that Ms. Kimberly Irish-Tarbox went through when she started having headaches and subsequently diagnosed with brain tumors. I hope down the line she will add to this story so we can learn in more depth about her life and what she went through and is currently living with. This book mostly tells about the medical nightmares and then gives many references so that if you are going through something similar, either yourself or loved one, you will have resources. With that you will be able to be your own advocate.(less)