For every person who told me this book was a literary trash with inexplicable and bewildering success that proved book sales have very little to do wiFor every person who told me this book was a literary trash with inexplicable and bewildering success that proved book sales have very little to do with good writing, I heard two people tell me they secretly loved it-had bought the book, were eagerly awaiting sequels and tried to convince me of its value at unlocking sexual tension and expanding ones horizons. Some of the women in the latter camp suddenly seemed to have inspirational new and lasting wind under their sex drive, including astonishing interest and success in working out, that finally sparked my curiosity. I listened to the audio book while waiting for my next book to become available. I side with the idea that this book is literary trash.
Things I like about the book: The settings are my familiar stomping ground and it was fun to recognize parts of Portland and Seattle. I laughed in places where I believe the author intended me to laugh. Anna's attempts to refuse his inappropriate gifts, and trying to pay at IHOP; the fact that they went to IHOP. Their immediate lust for each other from the time they met is quite familiar to me. The powerful and irresistible pull, how you feel like you can never get enough of that person no matter how much you try. How much higher that experience is to everything else. I know it's hard to capture that total lust and love dynamic in writing, just as they had trouble understanding it themselves, so I credit the author with conveying that internal conflict fairly well.
True confession: I don't usually read fiction, I have a low threshold for tolerating poor writing and I really don't like the idea of mixing pleasure and pain so I went in already knowing I would hate this book and I did. What I did not expect, was how annoyingly poor the writing is throughout. The limited use of repeated phrases as other reviewers have detailed, many that did not fit the major of study and level of college success of Anna and Kate. There is such limited vocabulary that one single sentence sometimes uses the same word twice. If I'm honest, the author is in serious needs a thesaurus. ;)
I side with those who say skip it. If you have ever been absolutely in love, and fortunate enough to have amazing carefree and interesting sex with someone you truly love and trust, there is nothing to gain in this book for you....more
I read this for valentines day and it was like eating my favorite candy! The Princess Bride is my favorite movie, I don't know how many times I have sI read this for valentines day and it was like eating my favorite candy! The Princess Bride is my favorite movie, I don't know how many times I have seen it. Every time I a blue or sick, I pull it out. I know every line. Even when I doubt it's existence, by the end I believe again in true love.
Cary is just as funny and endeared to me as the movie itself, this book hit exactly the right chord and I am glad he took the time to write it....more
This book was all the rage when I was in second grade, so I finally decided to read it-to my second grader (and my fourth grader). Cute and with someThis book was all the rage when I was in second grade, so I finally decided to read it-to my second grader (and my fourth grader). Cute and with some tense moments, but nothing so scary as to keep them up at night....more
Fascinating and captivating story of my hometown's history. I enjoyed the format, the photos, and the telling of such dark deeds and shady real life cFascinating and captivating story of my hometown's history. I enjoyed the format, the photos, and the telling of such dark deeds and shady real life characters....more
This was recommended to me by the developmental behavioral psychologist who recently diagnosed my 6 year old with anxiety disorder. She read this withThis was recommended to me by the developmental behavioral psychologist who recently diagnosed my 6 year old with anxiety disorder. She read this with me and we had the best conversations we have had in weeks! Usually she doesn't want to read a book with me, but this was a big hit that opened her up and suddenly I was hearing from her feelings and experiences that I had never heard her talk about before! I also found out that my 8 year old with autism, who also exhibits some anxiety, has been using this book in group therapy at school and she was excited to talk to us about it too so we read it again. Highly useful for kids (and their adults) with anxiety....more
This book was recommended to me by the developmental psychologist who recently diagnosed my daughter with anxiety disorder. I had no idea what it was,This book was recommended to me by the developmental psychologist who recently diagnosed my daughter with anxiety disorder. I had no idea what it was, and I was completely clueless about what my daughter had been experiencing or how to help her. I only knew her unusual outward behavior was keeping her from enjoying daily life, and stunting her education. This book has been a huge help and is a fantastic starting ground that lays a lot of foundational understanding I needed, in a quick and organized fashion. I listened to the audio version and used the print book for referencing and reviewing sections of particular interest. Highly recommend to parents without a formal diagnosis who are looking to understand and help with even minor anxiety or fears....more
It's a tough and sad topic, but many people are finding relief in this book from the tension of not being able to talk about it. I read this book in oIt's a tough and sad topic, but many people are finding relief in this book from the tension of not being able to talk about it. I read this book in one day no problem, it isn't too heavy to do in one gulp. I am also really glad my mom read it first and told me about the sad ending.
Can I tell you what my mom thought? I picked up this book because I am facing my parents steeply declining health and taking care of them for months without knowing how long it will last or how bad it will get. A perfect time to read this book. My mom, however sick she has been these last years, bed bound and now in a care center, she actually related this book to HER mother's death and connected through Roz's perspective. Her mother refused to talk about it, and 15 years after grandma passed, my mother still feels such pain over not being able to talk to her mom about the many important things one craves to resolve before it is too late. My point in sharing that, is that this book is easy to connect to through Roz and it may appeal to a wide range of people....more
The show took some fantastic liberties in re-writing and creating storyline and characters, developing this real, but drab experience into an almost The show took some fantastic liberties in re-writing and creating storyline and characters, developing this real, but drab experience into an almost completely fictionalized dramatization.
The real Piper is certainly unique and has some interesting insights into her experience. Her narration seems honest and while sometimes annoying is overall reader friendly, with no grammatical complaints. I appreciated her explaining why vets sometimes choose to become COs and how her pretty blond, blue eyes acted as an advantage in her circumstance. I like that she was social and developed relationships, learned the chicken shit rules of Danberry and how her job on this inside led to some surprising moments. I think her critiques of the overall system, its management and education offerings are important and hopefully have put more attention on those matters. Her personal dedication to running, reading and yoga pretty much summarize how I'd spend my time in those circumstances so I did identify with her in that way. I still didn't find this book a must read, and I say skip it unless you have a particular need to learn about prison.
It isn't that I dislike Piper herself, or that I didn't learn anything, it is that there are thousands of women who have interesting and worthy stories to tell about their experiences in women's prison(s) who aren't in the advantageous position of being engaged/married to a published writer. When do we get to read their stories? Who will help them get published?
My best hope is that her unwarranted success will encourage women with really deep and exciting stories from prison to write their own books. I'd even read a book of prison recipes and crafts you can make with available items, a what to know and do before you go to prison guide that is actually useful? Not that I plan to go to prison, but I think it would be more interesting....more
This book passed through my hands unread hundreds of times, catching my attention because I am interested in hiking the PCT and the other two border This book passed through my hands unread hundreds of times, catching my attention because I am interested in hiking the PCT and the other two border to border trails, but I would release it unread again and again. Profoundly and endlessly called to nature, I have been dreaming about such a trek ever since I read about the one in "Fire Season", but as a mother of two young children it will have to wait. I will keep learning about it, planning, preparing, dreaming and practicing skills I will need until my own opportunity opens before me.
Why did I keep letting it go? I was split. I really wasn't interested in what I had heard from others about Cheryl. I was told over and over again by dozens of people that it is a fantastic story, all I had to do was to get through the beginning section before she gets on the trail. That I would want to quit, that I would be upset and frustrated with Cheryl. She has since made Portland her home, where I live, and she describes places I have been and want to go. I finally took the chance, and listened to it on audiobook. It was a quick and easy read. I was surprised to find there is no point where I personally liked Cheryl even though I enjoyed hiking with her. I agree with the aforementioned cautions about getting through the first section, but I also don't think it will appeal to everyone.
The great redeemer of this book is her detailed and honest writing style. In the details about the actual hike, it was as if I was right there along with her. When I take the plunge and do this trail myself, I will remember these details well and not make the same trail mistakes. If you are curious about the hike itself, or lost and wild-this book is right up your alley.
Other reviewers compare this to Eat, Pray, Love, but I beg to differ. Elizabeth Gilbert is extremely accessible and lovable. Her honest feelings about healing after an ugly divorce make you want to be her best friend. She has inspired people to move out of bad relationships and reclaim themselves in the devastation of their former lives. Cheryl is not so easy to gravitate toward, her story not as easy to relate to and her journey not as universally appealing as traditional tourist travel....more
The reader for the audiobook is totally engrossing and really makes this book a really fun adult adventure! The beginning grabs you, Cormeran Strike iThe reader for the audiobook is totally engrossing and really makes this book a really fun adult adventure! The beginning grabs you, Cormeran Strike is a compelling character and you are taken along for a ride. There are sentences so well written that I am jealous of the author's effortless way with words. Each character is distinct and the reader's artistic choices on the voices and intonation are a powerful combination. There is a lot of swearing. (The Russian translation even uses Russian swear words not easily translated back into English.) There are some parts that feel over explained and others that kept me from solving the mystery myself. I was actually unhappy with the turn of events toward the end and I would have liked a more creative solution to the mystery. I am not outright recommending this since I am not as familiar with the genre, but I do plan to read the sequel....more
Exciting, interesting, sometimes gross, but for the topic it has been tastefully presented. I enjoyed the people, the look into this period and the chExciting, interesting, sometimes gross, but for the topic it has been tastefully presented. I enjoyed the people, the look into this period and the chronological development of events as the science grew out of brilliant minds dealing with a pressing mystery. I especially enjoyed learning about the darkside of prohibition from New York's Chief Examiners perspective!...more