I found Notaro hilarious in *Autobiography of a Fat Bride*. However, at times, I felt that Notaro was overly hilaAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I found Notaro hilarious in *Autobiography of a Fat Bride*. However, at times, I felt that Notaro was overly hilarious as if she had to be funny in every sentence.
Nonetheless, I laughed while she recalled her younger days in regards to dating and men before finding the "one". And married life was not at all what she expected. Along with married life comes with duties, pets, home, housekeeping and a whole lot more. Notaro addresses just about every single thing. Notaro has a whacked sense of humor.
I'd definitely pick up another book by Notaro. ...more
This is my first book that I've read of Patterson's. I saw his list of books and found it interesting that he co-As posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
This is my first book that I've read of Patterson's. I saw his list of books and found it interesting that he co-writes with other authors. However, it doesn't seem to be a bad idea. With *The Beach House*, I found it to be interesting how fast you can read through a book with small chapters. It turned out not to be such a bad idea.
Peter Mullen is found dead at the beach in the Hamptons. The officials in the town are calling it a suicide. However, Jack, the older brother who is studying law, believes it was murder. One, Peter was an expert swimmer and knew the "laws" of the ocean. Two, when Jack saw Peter's body, he was covered in bruises. Three, a competent coroner who did the autopsy confirmed that Peter did not drown.
However, none of the officials agree with Jack and still claim that Peter had committed suicide. Meanwhile, Jack gradually builds up a team of people who agree with the fact that Peter was murdered. Of course, the tide turns and everyone starts to say that Peter suicided. Just who or what has made these people changed their minds?
Jack and a few people (his grandfather, his new girlfriend...) seem to be losing the battle. All seems lost when the court rules Peter's death as suicide. That is when Jack and his people become desperate. They hold their own televised court when they come across some incriminating evidence.
Do the rich really buy their way out of crime? Can they buy "facts" or have them altered and get away with it? Do the rich really control the courts? Jack and his people are rich but they aren't poor. Can they be bought out?
The question is which ruling will the general public and the courts uphold? The original court's ruling or the "kangaroo" court's ruling?
*The Beach House* is an interesting story about how the court and the rich cornering a man when he'll have no choice but to fight back like a feral animal. And when he does, all hell breaks loose....more
*Double Dealer: CSI* was a fast-paced mystery that left you guessing who did these crimes. *Double Dealer* is anAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com].
*Double Dealer: CSI* was a fast-paced mystery that left you guessing who did these crimes. *Double Dealer* is an easy read that doesn't dwell forever on the technical aspects or jargon of forensic investigation.
A mummified body has been found at an abandoned building that used to be a casino. There are 2 bullet entries at the back of his head. Fingers are missing. This body had disappeared 15 years ago.
Another body has been found at a casino. 2 bullet entries are found at the back of his head.
Are the CSI dealing with a serial killer? The team seems to think so. However, Grissom, with his Vulcan-like mind and approach, tells the team to follow the evidence and leave out their feelings. The CSI finds more DNA than suspects. So, just how many people are involved?!?!
Meanwhile, the FBI are sniffing around for information. Just what exactly are their involvement with the case(s)?
Like I said, it's an easy read that will grip your attention to the end. ...more
Firoozeh Dumas is hilarious in her memoir about her Iranian family growing up in America. She has an interestingAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Firoozeh Dumas is hilarious in her memoir about her Iranian family growing up in America. She has an interesting way with words as well as an active imagination. In her book, she shares her memories about first coming to America, going to school, "Americanizing" her name, learning how to swim, Christmas holidays, camping, babysitting and other odd jobs, etc. Throughout the book, you can tell that her father is an important figure in her life. Her father is just simply hilarious.
At the same time, Firoozeh brings up serious issues. She addresses language barriers, culture clashes, stereotypes, ignorance, beauty, family values and the like. Firoozeh doesn't rub these issues in your face. Instead, she is able to point them out while telling her stories. You just simply cannot miss what she is telling you.
Overall, Firoozeh does a wonderful job retelling her childhood memories. You cannot help but fall in love with her ways with words.
Did I mention that she was recently at Gallaudet University for a lecture, which she later signed my copy of her book? I definitely cannot wait for her new book to come out, "Laughing Without an Accent" in Spring of 2008....more
All gay men should know who Tom of Finland is. You're bound to see a picture or two in gay bookstores, bars and gAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
All gay men should know who Tom of Finland is. You're bound to see a picture or two in gay bookstores, bars and galleries. If you're not familiar with Tom, then you need to get out more often!
I found *Dirty Pictures* not just fascinating with these wonderful and eye-catching pictures but educational with Tom of Finland's background and his intentions/purposes behind each pictures.
It's amazing how having a network with friends can lead one to be legendary, if you could call it that. Prior to meeting Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorne, Tom of Finland's works were just considered pornographic. Over time, that gradually changed.
I wished this book contained all of Tom's pictures, along with a background for each of them. However, with what knowledge that I've learned here, I cannot wait to see the other works of Tom's and do my own analyses. That's the fun part....more
Wow! I'm not sure if I'm supposed to like the book because of the style of writing and the bold approach of a topAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Wow! I'm not sure if I'm supposed to like the book because of the style of writing and the bold approach of a topic or if I'm supposed to hate it because of a sensitive topic. I can say one thing...that Erian didn't hold back her creative juices. It's so good I thought that it was actually a memoir.
Feeling threatened by her daughter, especially when her boyfriend spills a revelation, thirteen-year-old Jasira is sent to live with her Lebanese father in Houston. Prior to this, Jasira's relationship with her father was practically non-existent. Both father and daughter try to make the best of the new living situation.
*Towelhead* is a book of contraditions, especially Jasira. Jasira, as a young girl, is naive to the things of the world and the desires of men. At the same time, Jasira knows what she wants, which is love and acceptance and she'll get it from anyone, whether it be from her father, her hunky married neighbor, her boyfriend or her other neighbor who is pregnant.
Confused yet eager, she choses to seek the company and attention of her hunky neighbor. This is where readers may be turned off and stop reading or cautiously continue. I can say that this is not easy reading not only because of the sexual nature but because of the eventual eruption of emotions and reactions to this incident.
You'll not only read their emotions but you'll feel emotional. You'll be angry at Jasira's mom for her ultimatums and blind devotion to her boyfriends. You'll react in shock to her father's discpline. You'll bite your nails while Jasira's boyfriend pressures her to do things. You'll want to slap the neighbor's kid and his "get-away-with-murder" antics.