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Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
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Oct 08, 10

Read from October 07 to 08, 2010

I really wanted to like this book. Why? I agree to the core of my being with the idea behind it... celebration of the beauty of every day. The places and even many of the people in its pages are familiar to me. Some of the writing is truly beautiful. The author doesn't - as so many others do - leave readers at an arm's length. The basic point of each mini-essay is valid, sometimes even profound. However, I really, really didn't like it. The constant references to the author's unhappiness with her weight and preoccupation with physical beauty were really uncomfortable. I appreciate the honesty, but two full essays devoted to body image and some offhanded reference to it on nearly every page were just too much. Beyond that, I felt like once the point of each essay was made, the author couldn't seem to "wrap it up," so that even the most profound thoughts came across, at best, unraveled.
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