A memoir that at times I felt many girls growing up today and years ago could relate. However, it also became redundant with the talk of constant sex,A memoir that at times I felt many girls growing up today and years ago could relate. However, it also became redundant with the talk of constant sex, guilty feelings of "unwant." I did like the beginning and the end of the book and felt they could have left out the middle. Overall it is a good book if you feel you have something in common with the author. The author could have used more description in her feelings instead of glancing over them; perhaps afraid to divulge too much sexual information to the potential younger reader. I would have liked to see more of her relationship, even though awkward at times with her family instead of just including them when she was in trouble - I am sure she had other interactions.
Regardless I did like the book and the topic is one that needs a lot of exploration by today's women either due to their past or their current coming of age and learning that love and sex are not the same. ...more
Loved this "semi-novel" from Jeannette who also wrote The Glass Castle...this is her version of her Grandmother's life story...I would love to write aLoved this "semi-novel" from Jeannette who also wrote The Glass Castle...this is her version of her Grandmother's life story...I would love to write a story about my grandmother like this as she too was such an interesting woman. Having read both books I can see the character traits in each of the women including the author who I have long admired even when she was just a journalist...a nice read for those of you who like interesting characters and history as well as a bit of reality that most fiction pieces never can offer us!...more
Amazing so far!!! And Amazing until the end...one of the best reads I have ever had. One that makes you think and draws you in with great characters aAmazing so far!!! And Amazing until the end...one of the best reads I have ever had. One that makes you think and draws you in with great characters and scenes. Can't tell you much without spilling the whole story but it feels real and I had to remind myself it was fiction the whole time...based in history but still not totally true. Read it if you want something other than fluff!...more
I read the first of these books when I was a child and recently watched "Into the Wild" and was inspired to pick up this classic once again despite itI read the first of these books when I was a child and recently watched "Into the Wild" and was inspired to pick up this classic once again despite it being written for children. Kind of like a reader of harry Potter - you can be any age to enjoy the tales and details of such a well written novel Her later books came out when I was no longer reading and I never knew of them until I was in my late 20's I have yet to read them and will now read all three at once in order to recapture Sam's life with his falcon. A well written and lovely book for any outdoor lover and for those who advocate and love nature and the animals that are dying off because others choose to ignore the life it brings others....more
Just started reading a wonderful new book - The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski - which is an amazing character study and wonderful look aJust started reading a wonderful new book - The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski - which is an amazing character study and wonderful look at writing when looking at characters, dialogue and many other things I can't even begin to explore.
The central character, Edgar, is mute and not deaf...this is what makes the story written so beautifully. It makes the author write every detail so brilliantly and so exact you feel like you are sinking into every page of the massive 566 page read. So far I am only on page 63 but in love with this book. Every page has so much delicate beauty, even in the storms and horrible times, that one can only find themselves drowning in the most gorgeous words fiction has written in a long time. It has been heralded by some critics as the book of the year - minor and a hidden book I found.
Regardless, it is beautiful story and the characters are so rich with detail since the communication of the entire novel is not impeded by the language barrier (Edgar has to use sign language and this is new to the country during the time period of the book) but only encourages us as readers to really look at what is real and what is imagined in our lives.
While I have not reached this point Edgar has to leave his small world where he learned to sign as a baby growing up when his uncle comes and wreaks havoc on the lives of the family. The other central character is a fictional breed of dog that immediately captures your heart in the first handful of pages with her personality and her need to do and be more than just a dog to someone. Their family falls apart and Edgar must join the world that he has only made up in his head based on the American Sign language of today and his loyal companion.
Not only are the characters well drawn out, the landscape is like a water painting and makes me with it existed as a bed and breakfast. The small cross and white wash paint only draw us in instead of being so sorrowful that it turns us to disgust. Rather it makes us fall in love with the streets and people that live on them.
I usually am not a fan of fiction but the author’s debut novel is a smashing success in the first 63 pages and I can’t wait to live the lives with these people in the 503 more. While his wife is a success in her own right she best watch out as her husband is bound to leap into success with his amazing fiction piece that can make a reader of nonfiction feel it so real it is bound to be her favorite as well.
Really made me want to do what I have always wants, to run away and just be free from anything that I didn't want in my life. While I do plan a trip tReally made me want to do what I have always wants, to run away and just be free from anything that I didn't want in my life. While I do plan a trip to Alaska I think I will do it the new way of a cruise or flight...my Aunt now lives near where he went so I hope to make a journey there.
On a serious note I do have to say this is one of the best views of a young man in a really long time. He wasn't a gangster, a rich snob, or anything that he should have been or could have been. he was only himself which is why his story rang so true and was an inspiration for the first lines of my own memoir that is making slow progress. But what do you expect from a girl who reads at least one or two books a week and write three blogs and then writes some more as well as will be taking classes in the next month...can you say drowning in books, what else would expect from the granddaughter of a librarian of more than 50 years?
Very nicely written and I would have loved to meet the young man but for now I will have to fantasize what his trip was like from both a good movie and great book...this is one time I can say they both were need to see and read....more
As a new writer, well picking up the pen for the first time in years, I am reading many memoirs to help me shape my own. I believe I know my voice asAs a new writer, well picking up the pen for the first time in years, I am reading many memoirs to help me shape my own. I believe I know my voice as much of what I write is distinct from that of my professional writing and has sounded the same since I was younger - with the exception of vocabulary, that has to grow with you. I am hoping by reading a variety of memoirs I will find my way of story telling as well as the classics and other literature I love. I do not want to tell another linear storyteller. ...more
What I love about classic writing is the interweaving of stories told. In the popular books of today they story is often straight forward, kind of likWhat I love about classic writing is the interweaving of stories told. In the popular books of today they story is often straight forward, kind of like our movies with little mystery and a variety of well-developed characters. While the beginning is the only part which is "old and classic" the author does a nice job of keeping the complexity of characters and the lives they lead. It reminds me of actual literature I studied in college and throughout my life with a grandmother who was a librarian for more than half a century. I kept reading each chapter wondering what lay in the next and to me that is a sign of and interesting and more complex read, where I cannot guess who is connected where and what will happen. And I love the conclusion that leaves the reader looking for more. I will definitely pick up another piece from this author as well as re-read some of the classics from Bronte....more
Great so far and tells the story of Autobiography of a face and this author through life...great female relationship and reminds you of what a true frGreat so far and tells the story of Autobiography of a face and this author through life...great female relationship and reminds you of what a true friend is...laughing and crying and loving no matter what....more