I loved this book. It's a collection of essays about a woman's relation with the world and colors. I picked it up worried it might be more than a littI loved this book. It's a collection of essays about a woman's relation with the world and colors. I picked it up worried it might be more than a little pretentious, but quickly got over that fear. Meloy has a fantastic sense of humor. In fact, she's just a lot of fun to hang around with. In some cases, reading her essays was a little scary in that they so closely mirrored my own thoughts. More often, though, it was just exhilarating. These are delicious essays, meant to be read, savored, quoted and reread. I read it after leaving a beautiful barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico and being exiled to New York City. This book smoothed the transition. My favorites were "Azul Maya" and "A Field Guide to Brazen Harlotry."...more
Amusing, and also true, but not nearly as slap-your-leg and run-your-mascara funny as I had been led to believe. It was a fun read, and had some veryAmusing, and also true, but not nearly as slap-your-leg and run-your-mascara funny as I had been led to believe. It was a fun read, and had some very true observations. However, I had to deal with the revelation that the music I'd been planning to have at my (highly hypothetical) wedding is on the "Recommended" list of wedding music. Which makes me think it's not quite the earth-shatteringly original idea I'd thought....more
This was a wonderful book, full of short, sweet essays about the lives of bibliophiles. I loved reading about someone who worries about the same thingThis was a wonderful book, full of short, sweet essays about the lives of bibliophiles. I loved reading about someone who worries about the same things I do (What if I get married and, when the time comes to merge libraries, my husband and I don't see eye to eye on how to shelve the nonfiction? And how to group the astronaut biographies?)
There were a couple of essays I didn't finish because I didn't empathize as much with them, but the lovely thing about essays is they're set up for precisely this kind of grazing. You know exactly where to start reading on a new topic (Menu-editing, for example. Or the two schools of bibliophilia: I'm apparently a carnal lover.) Cozy, lovely, and something every bookworm should have, if only so they can point their friends to it: "See? There are others who worry about this, too!"...more
This was an enlightening look into the world of rose growers, a world I hadn't even bothered to imagine exist. It's a fascinating topic, and could beThis was an enlightening look into the world of rose growers, a world I hadn't even bothered to imagine exist. It's a fascinating topic, and could be made into an intriguing, colorful book. Unfortunately, this one isn't it. It's competently written, but doesn't delve into the characters as I would have liked to do. Also I got really tired of all the descriptions of everyone's clothes. Unless it's something remarkable, I don't need to be told what color cardigan everyone was wearing. But the book did hold my interest and it was a fast read. It taught me about the history of roses, rose grooming and rose competitions, and offered a peek into the culture of rose growers. And it had the added benefit of making me feel better about loving such a generic flower as the rose. At least I have the sense to prefer yellow ones: Pink or red would be intolerably unoriginal. Yellow's just borderline....more
I took a break last night from reading about conservation, zoos, and How to Save the Wild to read this delightful collection of essays by Nora EphronI took a break last night from reading about conservation, zoos, and How to Save the Wild to read this delightful collection of essays by Nora Ephron (whom you may recognize as the woman who co-wrote When Harry Met Sally). She writes about the agony of aging, especially the terrible things that happen to your neck, but also shares the fruits of aging, in her pearls of wisdom and wonderful, witty stories from her life. She writes about falling into (and then slowly out of) love with her apartment, her culinary capriciousness, her daily beauty regimens, and (in my very favorite essay) her purse.
In fact, the purse essay was the best part of the whole book for me. It made me feel better about my own personal purse, which is frequently mistaken for a utilitarian bag containing either a camera or a GPS. Thanks to this essay, I think I'm going to embrace my purse. Perhaps people will think I'm a (rather incompetent) spy!
But, regardless of whether you personally have purse issues, this is a fun, light read with a streak of the melancholy. Perfect for a cozy evening in, and a break from (perhaps too many) Deep Thoughts....more
Stewart takes a fascinating in-depth look at the structure and politics of the Walt Disney Company, focusing on the years Michael Eisner was in power.Stewart takes a fascinating in-depth look at the structure and politics of the Walt Disney Company, focusing on the years Michael Eisner was in power. Reporting in a straight "these-are-the-facts" manner, you still get a breathtakingly dramatic portrait of Eisner: His creative, younger years of success, partnered with talented people, and his gradual loss of his sense of reality as he begins to see himself as the omnipotent king of the Disney empire, and the natural heir of Walt Disney himself.
People who have grown up seeing Disney movies, going to the theme parks and, for the last 15 years at least, hearing a parent blame Eisner for all that is wrong with Disney, this offers a more nuanced (but in the end, not much less incriminating) picture. (I'm not sure how many people did grow up like that, but that's what made the book cool for me.)
For Disney fans who have just been dismayed at the declining quality and loss of creativity and attention to detail in Disney products, this is still a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the politicking behind Disney movies, Broadway productions, television moves, and theme parks.
And for those not particularly interested in Disney at all, it still reads almost as a fast-packed corporate thriller through the attempted takeover by Comcast, the near collapse of the Disney/Pixar partnership, Roy Disney and Stanley Gold's resignation and "Save Disney" campaign, and Eiser's eventual overthrow. Stewart's comparison of Eisner to the doomed, egomaniac kings (which comes only at the very end) is brilliant....more
I have to admit that I didn't finish this entire book. I was entranced by the story of his youth and growing up, but I started to get less interestedI have to admit that I didn't finish this entire book. I was entranced by the story of his youth and growing up, but I started to get less interested as he became an adult and the story turned more into a day-to-day recounting of his life.
However, it is well-written and offers a very interesting window into the mind of a synthesthetic autistic savant....more
This was a fascinating peek into what it's like to be a food critic for the New York Times. It involves exotic costumes and exotic foods and seems exaThis was a fascinating peek into what it's like to be a food critic for the New York Times. It involves exotic costumes and exotic foods and seems exactly as glamorous as you'd imagine. It was also, for me, extremely interesting to be inside the head of an adventurous eater. It didn't make me want to try any of the fussy things Ruth was eating, but it did make me see why she liked them.
And this isn't really related, but I got a kick out of the fact that while I was reading this, I watched an old Gilmore Girls episode where Sukey says Ruth Reichl said you hadn't lived until you've eaten Sukey's cooking. ...more