What a beautiful book! I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get around to reading it. Ms. Leaming made me feel I was walking beside her as she discove...moreWhat a beautiful book! I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get around to reading it. Ms. Leaming made me feel I was walking beside her as she discovered the country and man of her dreams. And yet it wasn't a hopeless romantic book, more that by following her intuition she just happened to be in the right place and time for everything to fall into place, the husband just part of that. I love learning about the philosophies/religion of this country as well as about the geography and language. I really could see the countryside and its people through the author's eyes.
I hope this novel is a best seller but that most people will find the idea of traveling to Bhutan as impossible so as to keep its quiet status. Thank you for this lovely book. I hope to read it again so I can revisit this paradise.(less)
Wow! Just ... Wow! Okay now I need to back off from the exclamation marks. This was an intriguing autobiography. It was lacking in the area of blame....moreWow! Just ... Wow! Okay now I need to back off from the exclamation marks. This was an intriguing autobiography. It was lacking in the area of blame. There was no horrid parenting or series of foster homes. This was a tribute to John Lithgow's father. He blames no one for his failures but shows them as stepping stones in his life. He eloquently tells of how mistakes can lead one to more exciting lives we might not have seen otherwise.
Would I have loved it as much had I not bought the Audible version to listen to as I read the hardback copy from the library? Maybe not. Mr. Lithgow's voice added credence to the written word.
As for the hardback. The font was small but the space between lines was wide enough that my eyes didn't have trouble track with John's voice.
I've had a little experience with small parts in community theater in the past and I felt I could relate, a little to what Lithgow had to say. But my time with Shakespeare is so limited that I couldn't relate on that level much. But I don't think you have to have either element in your life to appreciate the honesty that John Lithgow tells us of his life, and the theater life he lived. I recommend this book, and especially the audio version 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)
Thank you, Pamela Rose Anders, for taking us along on your ride. I enjoyed riding in the jumper seat while trucking across the country. That in itself...moreThank you, Pamela Rose Anders, for taking us along on your ride. I enjoyed riding in the jumper seat while trucking across the country. That in itself would have been a fun read. But you got down and dirty and dealt with the highs and lows of your life as you went from being Phil to Pam.
Though you had to endure hatred, you held no animosity or resentment. Your aim was pure and you held onto your goals. Bravo! I know someone who had made the reverse trip, female-to-male. Either way, it is very difficult. For those of us who knew the person before, the pronouns are the hardest to control. I have met someone finished with the journey, who, like you became female. Since I didn't know her before, the pronouns are easy. As I was telling my husband about your journey I found the pronouns skipping around but by the end of the book they landed pretty firmly in she-land.
I wish everyone would read this book. It deals with the subject matter so personally that I think it would help others to step inside shoes they may not even know exist.
If the subject matter had been my usual fantasy, run-from-reality type read, I would have given it four stars as there are a few editing issues. Such as, in a conversation with TLC the attorney refers to you as Ms. Schneider. The reader knows this is a slip as Schneider is the company, of course. There were a couple of sentences that crammed into each other like we couldn't decide which sentence was better. None of the errors detract from the story at all. Maybe, in fact, the errors point to the fact that this wasn't a story but an imperfect life being lived. And maybe I noticed it more than others as I read while listening to text-to-speech.
All in all a marvelous story. I want to know what happened next. I wish you well in the rest of your life, living it as you feel it.(less)
I finished this a couple days ago but haven't had the time to write the review. Even though I have finished reading two books and a short story since...moreI finished this a couple days ago but haven't had the time to write the review. Even though I have finished reading two books and a short story since then I still feel five stars is appropriate. This flawed depressed person finally decides to go on her sacred walk, a hermitage, or just plain run away to the PCT. There are worse ways to deal with angst, but none seem as healthy as this one. Sure there were dangers, but as she says, most of what we are afraid of are images in our heads. I loved her powerful Amazonian woman mantras.
I loved being with Cheryl on her journey, both the internal and external. The author made it an easy flow between, like most of our minds work during long periods of boredom or as we move through pain.
Though this was a library book I think I may someday buy the paperback. Who knows, it could be the very novel I burn ten or fifteen pages a day! Then again, maybe not. I don't know if I could burn a book. Especially if by re-reading the pages would get me to actually go for this hike!
I do like the author's writing style and think I will look up her other books.(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)
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)
Wow! What a dramatic life Ms. Mann has led. Yet, the story doesn't lead you into deep and tearful drama. With all that happened to and for Margaret Ma...moreWow! What a dramatic life Ms. Mann has led. Yet, the story doesn't lead you into deep and tearful drama. With all that happened to and for Margaret Mann, she maintains a dignity seldom found in autobiographies.
While telling her story, the author gently guides the reader to sources of help should they find themselves in similar situations. Due to her education and personal needs, she has been involved in many support groups. In fact, I feel that was the purpose of writing this book. To help others. It wasn't just about making a buck or glorifying herself. From the viewpoint of her chosen philosophy/religion of Buddhism, she deals with the bigotry directed to the bi-racial, lgbt, homeless and those with disabilities.
This is a book addressing the current state of affairs with the government and those agencies that are supposed to be there to help those less fortunate. If you find yourself dealing with these, such as SSDI, there are words of encouragement and empathy.
I plan to read this again. I have dealt with a bit of what is presented and have seen my friends go through similar situations. There is an addendum at the end of the book with addresses, phone numbers, web pages and e-mails to help others find the support they need.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Kudos, Ms. Karen Tyrrell, for the courage to tell your personal story and your struggles with your bipolar demons. Having second hand dealings with a...moreKudos, Ms. Karen Tyrrell, for the courage to tell your personal story and your struggles with your bipolar demons. Having second hand dealings with a mother who had undiagnosed bipolar, I was glad to see that you were able to get the help and support you needed. It is a most devastating disorder/illness. I am glad to have read this and know more of the process of diagnoses and the various coping mechanisms you learned along the way. Thank you for sharing your story. (less)