I really enjoyed reading this book. At first, I got mad at the ancient order of things where females were worthless and could only hope to marry well.I really enjoyed reading this book. At first, I got mad at the ancient order of things where females were worthless and could only hope to marry well. But keep reading. The main character grows on you. By the end, I was crying for her. I'd say more but--spoilers!
I hope I can read the rest of the series.
The book is about seeing the world through another woman's eyes as she grows through her life. I love reading about other cultures. Though we have many differences, the female experience is what we have in common. Some of that we humans need to work on, but some of it is unique to being a woman.
This version was courtesy of NetGalley. Thank you for letting me read this!...more
Disclaimer: I picked this book up from NetGalley.com free for review.
My husband, my friends, and my adult kids and I are fans of GoT (what nerds callDisclaimer: I picked this book up from NetGalley.com free for review.
My husband, my friends, and my adult kids and I are fans of GoT (what nerds call Game of Thrones). We are so invested that we read every book and listened to the awful Audible narrator, listened to tons of podcasts (Boiled Leather comes to mind) and we talk about the books and the TV series all the time. I love the series so much that I could have it playing all day long. The music is fantastic! So when I saw this calling to me on NetGalley, I couldn't resist. And it was a fun, interesting read.
My favorite parts of the book were the direct quotes either from the books or the TV series. My least favorite was that it ended with last season's stuff. I hope the author comes back to add to it when this season has finished. So many answers have come up, yet more challenges to the authors to bring us something even better! Yes, this challenge is for both George R. R. Martin and the author of this book, Carolyn Larrington.
I loved that she delved deep into history and literary history too so correlations between Westeros and Essos and Europe's and Asia's past And I think she was quite inspiring to the person that likes history or literature with her extensive bibliography attached at the end of the book. I am almost tempted to see about reading a couple of the books she mentioned.
I highly suggest this read to those who are fans of Game of Thrones. ...more
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Are you old enough to remember the cigarette ad featuring a lady smoking withDisclaimer: I was given this book by NetGalley.com for my honest review.
Are you old enough to remember the cigarette ad featuring a lady smoking with the words above/below (in magazines) or narrated (on television) "You've come a long way, baby." As I was reading this book I kept picturing myself yelling at that ad, "YEAH! BACKWARDS!"
Before and during the world wars, women helped create the silent pictures (among other pioneering works around the world. The wars had all the men busy so the women had to step in and do those male jobs. And they did great jobs. When the men came back home they closed that all down and ratcheted back to the little woman, barefoot and pregnant, in the kitchen where men believed women belonged. And if you aren't screaming by the end of this book, you haven't been paying attention.
This is a non-fiction book with footnotes and references galore. If one were reading a traditional paper-paged book, this would be quite handy to follow the strains of facts. But I found that squeezed at the ends of every chapter, they block the flow of the read. Especially, when one reads using Text-to-Speech. It is part of the reason it took me so long to read this gem of a book. I had to stop and fast forward past all the notes to get to the next chapter. I can forgive the few typos as this was an uncorrected proof.
The meat of the book was great! The author, Cheryl Robson, takes us into the lives and careers of many of the silent screen actresses, camera carriers, clip-room slicers, screen writers, and directors at the beginning of the exciting motion picture days. Back then, women were on equal footing. By the last chapter, you are reminded of these last few years of white-male-dominated Academy Awards.
If you follow my reviews, you know that in the last couple of years I have dedicated myself to reading mostly books written by women featuring strong female characters. This has been an awakening challenge for me. This challenge begat the challenge to watch similar types of TV and movies. I learned of the http://bechdeltest.com/ and started seeing how white-male the world of film is. Thank goodness for the ABC Thursday evening goddess: Shonda Rhimes. She gives me hope.
If you need to see how miraculous an evening of Shonda Rhimes is, take these facts directly from this book (Silent Women): "Women make up 51% of our populations. Minority men 18% so why are women only directing 16% of TV...while minority men are directing 18%?" "Minority women make up 19% of the US population yet direct just 2% of TV shows." This isn't just a problem of film. But our young girls aren't seeing themselves in books or movies. I didn't. It took me until I was in my 60s to see what had been missing. I only read guys adventures and sci-fis. There weren't female books beyond the cashmere-sweatered Nancy Drew and other good-little-girls-in-their-places books. Is it any wonder I still can't speak up for myself? Is it any wonder the populations of girls and ladies in this world still can't show the force they own? I have said it before: We hold up more than half the sky worldwide. We need to show the world how that force works.
Thank you for letting me read this very important book. It should be required reading for everyone....more
This book made me miss my grandmothers, so much! They were born a little while after the turn of the century (1900) so they shared many memories similThis book made me miss my grandmothers, so much! They were born a little while after the turn of the century (1900) so they shared many memories similar to Maude's. I remember those lucky times when we grandkids got to spend the night or weekend with our grandparent's sans parents or other grandkids. Those are such grand memories! And yes, we slept in the same bed as grandma. At least the girl cousins did. I don't know where the boy cousins slept. I don't remember too many stories shared after bedtime. I remember one grandmother's bed was feather soft and you felt like you were sleeping in a cloud. Most of the stories seemed to come out during the days while grandma cooked, cleaned, or did the laundry. My younger cousins possibly don't remember the wringer washing machine. But I always felt quite privileged to be able to help with that. The constant warning of keeping hands free of the wringer... that thing scared me! Helping hang clothes to dry, or folding clothes. Even drying dishes with grandmas became such an honor!
The stories of the depression and how it affected both maternal and paternal families. How it brought those families to California. How spunk and hard work kept the families alive and sometimes thriving. In Maude's story, the depression is only a part of it. My grandmothers didn't share sexual or birthing stories with me. I bet they were very similar to Maude's. Going from the words of wisdom handed to her when she married at 15 to do whatever her husband asked of her, to stories of giving birth at home and then the more dangerous, giving birth in the hospital. Since that generation didn't talk about sexual matters much, it led to many misunderstandings, often dangerously so. Grandmothers and other women of age have told me that they didn't know what the bleeding meant that happened around the time they turned 12 or 13, not to mention the things their husbands expected from them. And certainly, women were meant to be seen, servicing the male, and not be heard. A woman's needs were seldom known much less met. Especially the good Christian women. But because Maude shared this with her granddaughter, Donna Mabry, and Donna shared it with the rest of us, maybe our younger 'sisters' will see how far we've come and possibly see how much further our march for equality needs to go.
Granted, there is a lot of talk about church, God, and prayer, but it isn't there to be preachy or to proselytize, merely, it is a part of Maude's reality. I felt it kept the story real. I wasn't offended as it felt very much like being with my own Grandmothers.
I started to feel like the story lasted too long. Silly, huh? But I think that happened because, in so many ways, her life, especially towards the end, was miserable. She was left with so much responsibility because very few stepped up to do their part of the work. The older she got the more depressed it made me. Of course, this is in no part due to the writing. This was a fact of Maude's life. Hopefully, by sharing this book and reading it, you can help change the lives of women from now on. Maude finally found her voice, but too late, I fear. Maybe the rest of us can learn from her. Thank you, Donna Mabry, for sharing your grandmother with us!...more
I wish I had the hardbound book. I am glad that I was able to get the Kindle Unlimited version.
This is a fun little story based on true events betweeI wish I had the hardbound book. I am glad that I was able to get the Kindle Unlimited version.
This is a fun little story based on true events between the gold rush and civil war. Camels were brought to America to aid in travel in the western deserts. This is from a fictional camel's point of view. Being from the land of the pyramids, Ali prays to Allah as is the custom from where he comes from.
Author, Kathleen Karr, wrote lovable characters. At times, there is a stretch of unbelievability, such as how the camels can understand both the language of their birth and then the English here in America. But if one takes a moment to think of how our pets seem to understand us and seem to know, regardless of language, what we want from them. Whether they mind us or not shows they have free-will like we humans do. So when the camels decide not to do what they are told it is because they don't want to. I found that humorous.
This is a great book to use as teachable moments. From our own history, and the real camel importing, Comanches, geography from Egypt across the sea to Texas and on to California. Comparative religions and the similarities between peoples. And, of course, spend time learning about CAMELS. I have read a few books about camels lately and I am falling in love with them!
This is a great book for children of any age, even 65-year-olds! ;-)...more
Whew! Now there is something I never thought I would be able to say. "I have read the Bible cover to cover." Scratch that off of lists of buckets to dWhew! Now there is something I never thought I would be able to say. "I have read the Bible cover to cover." Scratch that off of lists of buckets to dump!
I never would have been able to do it without David Heath narrating the Audible version as I read the free Kindle version. Okay, since this version did have text-to-speech, I might have been able to read it that way. But Mr. Heath was able to put enthusiasm or other emotions where needed to help get through what can sometimes be a slog.
Sometimes? I actually felt sorry for David Heath as he read the English Standard Version of the 'begets'. Or the books and books of anger and judgments pour out onto the 'chosen ones' wiping them out again and again. As literary consumption, this book is full of repetition. Now you would think that having been raised in Sunday School and Church 6 or 7 days a week for most of my youth, I would be used to the repeats. But I have to say that most of my Biblical teachers spared me most of that. In fact, most of them steered the young biblical scholar away from books of prophesy and condemnation. As I wrote that last sentence I nearly choked! What? I certainly memorized a brainful of prophesy and condemnation. But I learned them one by one and rarely read them all in order. Oh, I read around the preacher or teacher's key scripture of the lesson, making sure I read the chapter before and the chapter following, checking concordances along the way. But rarely the whole book. By the way, while still on the narrator, I still set the speed at triple the normal as it was the only way to ensure I would accomplish this feat.
I tried to read the Bible straight through when my children were young, using it for devotions but somewhere around Leviticus through the Chronicles I found so much inconsistency in the teaching and what I felt was right, I could no longer tolerate the writing or the incoherent rules. So I quit but with so many questions that the church couldn't tolerate this woman. Maybe that was for the best as I feel I have a much greater grasp on LOVE than I did way back then.
Now in my usual reviews I speak about the author, but, in this case, there are so many. And I speak about how my goal for reading as mainly for strong fem leads, written by strong fem authors. Obviously, in this patriarchal book. men who are afraid of womyn as they can't control their own bodies and must blame their very unholy existence on 'the other' in this case the bodies of those who did, indeed, bear them, you find no strong fem. Written out of the histories are fem. So much of what I read disgusted me.
Still. I think there is one message that either gender can learn: LOVE. Not repeated as often as anger and judgment, Love does seem to be the one piece of advice we all can take from this huge and often misquote book. 'And the greatest of these is LOVE' Best scripture. Had to wait a long time, histories and histories for that. Still, and maybe because of the wait, that cream rises to the top. ...more
What a beautiful book! I loved the story. It grabbed me from the very beginning as I remembered having a toy printing press as a child. Wish I could hWhat a beautiful book! I loved the story. It grabbed me from the very beginning as I remembered having a toy printing press as a child. Wish I could have been as prolific with mine as Walt Whitman was with his. Oh, but his was part of the real thing!
I loved how the author presented this biography. I felt closer to the reality of this great poet. The illustrations were amazing!
The reason I didn't give this five stars was one of my biggest gripes of books like this. If the information on the last few pages was important it would have larger font so that parents, grandparents, and children could read it together. I managed to read the first two pages but got a headache trying for more....more
Whew! I am finally finished reading this book. You wouldn't think I would have such a bad reaction to a book about strong womyn. And honestly, the knoWhew! I am finally finished reading this book. You wouldn't think I would have such a bad reaction to a book about strong womyn. And honestly, the knowledge contained within this book is amazing. I did learn a lot about many ladies. I learned a lot about that era of history, also. If it hadn't taken me SO long to read it, I would have given it lots of stars for the educational feature alone.
So why the low rating? The font was impossible for me to read. It is dark black font against a bright white background and the lines are spaced too close together. So I could only handle one or two pages at a time. Luckily, each bio is a page and a half so even though it hurt my eyes I could read at least that much in a day. And that might have been enough unto itself, but the author's writing style was SO annoying. Alliterations and other pitiful poetic word choices built into very long complicated sentences, like this one, made me have to go back and reread whole paragraphs. When you already have tracking problems, this cutesy writing becomes very annoying. Often the choice of words makes for a very confusing read.
If you have great eyes this may be a fun read for you. If so, enjoy! My eyes need a vacation. Back to Kindles for me!
By the way, this copy is a BookCrossing book. BCID 142-11420919 Check out where it's heading and where it's been on BookCrossing.com...more