I gave this book a shot but I couldn’t take it anymore. Although this man probably has some wonderful ideas about how our parents have screwed us up sI gave this book a shot but I couldn’t take it anymore. Although this man probably has some wonderful ideas about how our parents have screwed us up so bad and therefore we are screwing up our kids, however, I decided I had enough of the preaching. This book seems to be a bunch of random disorganized thoughts. Some of his comments were a little offensive and chauvinistic. I think I gave up after the chapter called “Meddling Mother”. Maybe someone else can get something out of reading this book, it’s just not for me. ...more
This is an interesting book. These two casting directors have casted for some really great movies like Princess Bride, A Beautiful Mind, A Few Good MeThis is an interesting book. These two casting directors have casted for some really great movies like Princess Bride, A Beautiful Mind, A Few Good Men, Home Alone and the Da Vinci Code, to name a few. The writing isn’t anything memorable, but there are some interesting points about how some of the movies were cast and what some of the famous actors and actresses were like on their auditions. I think this is a good book for up and coming actors because Jane and Janet give some good advice on what to do and what not to do. ...more
This book was written by a friend of my sister's. She gave it to me for Christmas this past year.
The one thing that really sticks out to me when I thiThis book was written by a friend of my sister's. She gave it to me for Christmas this past year.
The one thing that really sticks out to me when I think about this book is the fact that I didn't know anything about Azerbaijan or Armenia. I had to look them up in an Atlas.
This is a very touching, emotional story about a young girl who lives thru the conflict that took place in this part of the former Soviet Union back in the late 80's early 90's. The author gave a very telling description about the impact of communism and it's collapse: lack of housing, lack of food, lack of utilities like fuel, electricity and telephone, crowded schools, etc. I realized how little Americans know about this part of the world, especially during this tumultuous time.
Anna grew up near Baku, a city on the coast of Azerbaijan. When Armenia decided to take a piece of land back from Azerbaijan that was once part of Armenia, Armenians were suddenly forced to flee their homes due to the terror and violence of the demonstrations against this take over. Anna and her family decided to go to Armenia. Interestingly enough, even though they were Armenian, they were not welcome in their home country since they were coming from Azerbaijan.
Anna's family goes thru so much suffering and heartbreak it's amazing they were able to survive. I think they are lucky to have made it to America.
After finishing this book, my first thought was, why end here? I am interested to learn how their journey went. How did Americans treat Anna and her family when they arrived? What does Anna think of the US and it's government? I hope the next book is in the works....more
This book was thoroughly enjoyable. I found myself reading parts to my husband. I always admired Andy Rooney because he was one of the only journalistThis book was thoroughly enjoyable. I found myself reading parts to my husband. I always admired Andy Rooney because he was one of the only journalists who was not afraid to NOT be politically correct. We need more people like him. I loved his frank, straightforward, opinionated way even if I didn’t agree with it. I respected it all of it. In this book, he writes about several things, including a small section about chairs. He is probably the only person who could write about chairs and make it sound interesting. There are so many quotes in this book, I would spend all day quoting him but here are some of my favorites…”I believe a lot of things I can’t prove” “If someone chooses to live in the United Sates, they should learn to speak English. I recognize that this is a small, meanspirited, right wing opinion but I hold it.” “People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe”. “ Lawyers are more interested in winning than in justice.” “If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of fun out of owning one.” ...more
remember that fateful day in February of 2001. I watched that race. It was the day of my son’s Christening. Family and friends were at the house cele remember that fateful day in February of 2001. I watched that race. It was the day of my son’s Christening. Family and friends were at the house celebrating and the race was on. It was an exciting race. I remember talking about Dale playing defense for Dale Jr and Michael. It was an incredible sight. I remember seeing the crash. Thinking Dale might be hurt but no one thought he died. The crash was bad but I’ve seen a lot worse. I remember the shock when we heard of his death. I read the part about the crash while I was riding the stationary bike at the Y. I asked the guy next to me if he was a NASCAR fan. I told him what I was reading about, mainly so if he saw me start bawling he knew why. I held it together though. The worst part for me was Michael’s description of the morning of race day and all the excitement. You know what’s coming and it’s so painful to read with anticipation. This book is about Michael Waltrip and that day. It really isn’t about Michael’s life, although it plays a large part. I read reviews where reader’s were expecting more information on Michael’s accident with the SUV, his divorce etc. Not necessary. I believe this book was therapy for Michael. I don’t think people really understood how much Dale Earnhart’s death impacted Michael Waltrip. Well, now we know. I’ve always been a big fan of Michael and this confirms my admiration. He’s a regular guy, with a big heart, who loves racing. Simple as that. ...more
I normally do not read books about politics but this book sounded so interesting. It’s about the Obama, Clinton, Edwards and McCain campaigns and allI normally do not read books about politics but this book sounded so interesting. It’s about the Obama, Clinton, Edwards and McCain campaigns and all that went into them. Supposedly, this book was put together from interviews of many people inside the campaigns. So, I am not naive and think everything in this book is true. As a matter of fact, I hope a lot of it is exaggerated. If it is true then I just learned these candidates played a political game and they said and did whatever it took to get elected. That is very disappointing. There were people mentioned in here who were not what the media portrayed them to be. This book showed how ambitious the media really is, almost to the point of becoming untrustworthy. If you think about the candidates, the media, and all the players in politics, you can see the exaggeration, the politics, the untruths. This book validates it all and that is very sad. ...more
In addition to reading the book about the First Families, I carried this book around with me while we were in Washington. It put me in an American HisIn addition to reading the book about the First Families, I carried this book around with me while we were in Washington. It put me in an American History state of mind. This book has a chapter about each president. The author highlights the accomplishments and failures of each. Then he tells us some interesting, if not humorous, things about them. Like, did you know that President Ford locked himself out of the White House while walking his dog? Or, did you know that LBJ had a buzzer system installed that rang inside the Oval Office so that the Secret Service could warn him that his wife was coming, so he wasn’t caught with other women? I didn’t. Not that this changed my mind about any of them, but it did make them more real to me. The author was very quick to point out the failures of each president no matter who it was. You could also tell who his favorites were, and who wasn’t. With all of that being said, I still enjoyed the book. If anything, I am starting to be able to place an event with a name, as well as, place them in chronological order without forgetting one...more
I picked this up in the bookstore tucked in a corner right by the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. I loved the bookstore and found wonderful treasI picked this up in the bookstore tucked in a corner right by the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. I loved the bookstore and found wonderful treasures in there. When I visit a place, especially one with so much history, I want to learn more about it. Such the desire to purchase this book. I found this book very interesting. I now know where the name “Camp David” and “Teddy Bear” came from. I learned about earlier first families like the Polks, Hayes and Harrisons. President’s names that are not well known. I had the book Secret Lives of the US Presidents by Cormac O’Brien beside me while reading this one so I could get additional highlights of the presidents as I read about them. I also had a book, almost like cliff notes, that provided additional summaries on the presidents and first ladies. I found First Families interesting, however, some draw backs were; some of the information was repetitive and there lacked organization. I thought the author went off on tangents quite often through out each chapter. This book is not a literary wonder, however, it gives an interesting view of first families from Washington to the second Bush family...more
I love sports. This book sounded really interesting and I was excited to read it. Al Silverman took 10 of the most exciting sports stories and wrote aI love sports. This book sounded really interesting and I was excited to read it. Al Silverman took 10 of the most exciting sports stories and wrote a book about them. He wrote about Boxing, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Golf and Hockey, among others. I had a difficult time following the story in some of them. There are so many names involved in some of the stories like the one about the Reds and the Red Sox. Or the football story about Yale and Harvard. It was hard to follow some of them. If you didn't know about the teams, it was hard to keep track of who was on what team. I thought the stories could be told better. There was so much to tell, I think Silverman tried too hard to get as much out there as he could and as a result he lost something. I can't exactly put my finger on it but I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It took me way too long to read this book because I wasn't excited about it. There is definitely some interesting stuff I learned by reading this book. The guy who invented the Alligator shirts, Lacoste, was actually a famous tennis player. Tommy Lee Jones played football for Harvard and Coach K from Duke is a very classy guy. This kind of stuff peaked my interest and I'm glad a read this book. The disappointment is I wish I liked the book better....more
Another book I could not finish. This was supposed to be an interesting account of Hurricane Katrina. I read a bunch of reviews on Amazon. One said “AAnother book I could not finish. This was supposed to be an interesting account of Hurricane Katrina. I read a bunch of reviews on Amazon. One said “A concise, easy-to-follow insight that is unaffected, balanced and truthful.” So, I thought I was going to read a truthful, unbiased narrative about Hurricane Katrina and the people affected. Instead, I read someone’s opinion with political spin. I kept reading to page 231 hoping there was a shift in style, but there wasn’t. I’m tired of it. There were some interesting accounts of people who were in the middle of the storm. That’s why the rating is a 2 and not a 1. The most disappointing aspect of this book was the fact the author calls himself a journalist. In my book, a journalist reports the facts and lets the reader form their own opinions....more
This is the 3rd Hollywood autobiography I’ve read this past month. It makes me wonder, what childhood actress didn’t do drugs? Didn’t have dysfunctionThis is the 3rd Hollywood autobiography I’ve read this past month. It makes me wonder, what childhood actress didn’t do drugs? Didn’t have dysfunctional childhoods? Didn’t have insecurity? I have yet to read about one. Maybe Tori Spelling had a better childhood. I don't know. I haven’t read her book yet.
Out of the 3 autobiographies, this was the best one. The writing was more intelligent. The organization was better. It was overall more engaging than Valerie’s or MacKenzie’s. Melissa was adopted. Her adoptive parents split up when she was still a young child. She had close relationships with many Hollywood stars including Michael Landon who Melissa says was like a father to her. She dated Rob Lowe off and on for several years. She hob nobbed with many stars. She is currently on her second marriage and has 2 children and 2 step children with her current husband.
As an adult, she seems to have pulled her life back together after dysfunctional relationships, substance abuse and emotional rollercoasters. I really enjoyed this and I commend her for her writing talent. I highly recommend this, especially if you grew up watching her in Little House on the Prairie.
At the end in the Acknowledgement section, Melissa has a list of potential titles of the book. Here are some I thought were pretty funny
Nellie's not a bitch, Mary Is The Highs and the Lowes Half Pint Fully Loaded Half Pint a day Melissa Gilbert from Pigtails to Politics...more
So far I am LOVING this book. It's fascinating. I think everyone should read this. It is eye opening... Think about this...when you are out in a croud onSo far I am LOVING this book. It's fascinating. I think everyone should read this. It is eye opening... Think about this...when you are out in a croud one day..take a look around you. Count how many people look fat, chunky or obese. I bet it's quite a few. The US currently has an epidemic...that is diabetes. The major reason for this is the way and what we eat. Processed foods, fast foods even the food we buy from the grocery stores are causing this. Not only the food, but the culture of food in the US. If you compare the way we eat to the way some Europeans eat, it's a lot different. A lot of Americans tend to eat on the go. Fast food or quick processed meals are the norm for a lot of people. In Europe, dinner is social. Several people at a table talking and socializing. Several courses to the meal. French people eat french food. Italians eat Italian food...and Americans. We really don't have "American food" unless you want to associate fast food and processed food to our culture. To me, that's insulting. Since I've starting reading this book, I've considered visiting local farms to see about getting my meat and eggs from. My fruit and vegetables will now come from my own yard or a farmers market. The fruit and vegetables in a grocery store are genetically created so that species of vegetable can travel well. Which means, by the time it has arrived at the store from whatever far away place it came from, it hasn't passed it's ripen state. It looks like it was just picked off the vine. The price we pay for that is, no flavor, no taste. I'm not going to settle for that anymore. Another thing I've learned. Do you realize the milk we drink is pumped full of hormones? Which has been proven to cause early puberty in our children. It's Organic for me baby!
One more thing...If you are ever in the Vermont area, check out the Farmers Diner. A Diner who gets it's food no more than 70 miles away. I think we need more places like this one.
Once I finish, I'll wrap it up. I couldn't hold back on my thoughts any longer. This book is an eye opener. I hope MORE people read it and recognize the need for change in the way we eat food.
I finished this tonight. It took a while and it DID read like a textbook. However, it was truly eye opening. I learned a lot and I’m already making changes to what I buy and where I buy it. I really enjoyed the part about the turkey mating. That was probably the best part of the book! I would not recommend this book to everyone. I tried to see past some of the political comments about global warming and fuel consumption. But if you enjoy gardening and you are curious about feeding your family the healthiest way possible, this is definitely worth the read....more
I didn’t realize how local Inman is. He has written for the Charlotte Observer and he lives in the NC mountains. He mentions Charlotte and describes iI didn’t realize how local Inman is. He has written for the Charlotte Observer and he lives in the NC mountains. He mentions Charlotte and describes it as a place where no one who lives here is from. So true. This book is really a bunch of short essays. Some are truly insightful. Some I didn’t quite get the purpose or the meaning of. Others, were humorous. Especially the short little diatribes about Delbert Earle. I especially like the one about heavy sleepers and light sleepers in a marriage. It is very true. One thing I admire about this author is he has a gift with words. It’s almost like he plugs into his brain and the words just fall out on the page. I recall thinking, as I read some of this, wow, he is saying exactly what I think. Not many authors can do that. I have ordered one of Inman’s novels off bookmooch. I have read Mr. Saturday and want to try something else. I am even considering getting a copy of this. It has a lot of great things to say...more
Maybe I’m just not a short story person. There were some interesting stories in here. Especially the ones about mountain rescue. However, I started toMaybe I’m just not a short story person. There were some interesting stories in here. Especially the ones about mountain rescue. However, I started to lose interest when I got to the water rescue session. Some of the stories just did not keep my interest and I found myself skimming. I thought some of the stories lacked something in the writing style. Maybe because I was expecting more development. I keep having to remind myself these are short stories which might explain it. The most memorable story for me was the 1962 Grand Tenton rescue, written by Hamish MacInnes. I thought this was a well written account of the rescue. There are also some good accounts of 9/11 rescue. One that was published in a German Magazine and one that was published in The Daily News. I guess I have just had enough of this topic for now. Maybe I’ll pick it up again and finish another time. But at this point, I need to move on. ...more
-I stayed up last night until I finished this book. Not really because it was so good, I couldn’t put it down, I just wanted to get it done. The whole-I stayed up last night until I finished this book. Not really because it was so good, I couldn’t put it down, I just wanted to get it done. The whole book is about MacKenzie’s drug addition. There almost isn’t a page that goes by that doesn’t have something to do with drugs on it. The book reminds me of Tatum O’Neils’ Paper Life. Both are very sad accounts of actresses whose childhoods are so full of chaos and abuse. They were both, as young kids, often left on their own, unsupervised by their celebrity parents. For all the glamour Hollywood stands for, it really is a breeding ground for rich dysfunctional families. Very sad. I don’t think High on Arrival is a great work of literature. However, it is a very honest and true account of someone whose life was put on a dangerous path from the get go and how they attempted to cope with it....more