This is arguably the most depressing book I have read in 2017. Possibly ever. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
It made me FURIOUS. Furious on her behalfThis is arguably the most depressing book I have read in 2017. Possibly ever. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
It made me FURIOUS. Furious on her behalf and at anybody who didn't vote for her. Furious at what could have been.
She is SO SMART and SO DRIVEN and SO committed to public service and bettering the lives of all people. And yet people voted for a racist shitbag instead.
If I were her, I would be incandescent with rage and somehow she is still moving forward and continuing to do good in the world and truly, we don't deserve her.
America would have been so much better off with Hillary as our president and this book really cemented that for me, which was why I found it so depressing. And maddening. I don't know if I will ever not be angry about the outcome of the election of 2016.
It was nice to see her let her guard down a bit and get a few punches in - calling Jason Chaffetz a "wannabe Javert" made my night. It's nice hearing her tell HER side of certain stories, and I loved hearing what was important to her personally, both in politics and her personal life.
Reading this made me want to write her a letter. ...more
I'm glad I'd read Relish before reading French Milk, otherwise I think I would have been confused by all the talk of food in this book!
I've read severI'm glad I'd read Relish before reading French Milk, otherwise I think I would have been confused by all the talk of food in this book!
I've read several things by Lucy Knisley and I've liked them all. That said, this one is my least favorite so far. It's a little heavy on the "woe is me, I'm having a TERRIBLE time spending a month in France eating croissants" and a little light on acknowledging the privilege of even BEING in that situation. Having the time and money and means to fly to Paris and spend five weeks there and eat at fancy restaurants and visit famous museums, etc. However... I also know what my online diary looked like at 21 and 22 and I can't say I was particularly woke about my own privilege either so I can't blame her TOO much. But it did kinda rub me the wrong way a little as somebody who could have only dreamt about that kind of trip at 21.
I think as a travel diary it works great (i.e. don't go into it expecting an overall plot or narrative - it's a travelogue), and I feel like she'll like to look back on it as she ages. I like the format and her storytelling and the way she weaves conversations in with photos and drawings of quirky apartment weirdness. I love seeing what she bought at the markets, and I like her artwork.
I liked this book. I just prefer her other books. ...more
Incredibly vulnerable, candid, and compelling. I identified a lot with the dual nature of the "me who wants to please her parents" and the "me who wanIncredibly vulnerable, candid, and compelling. I identified a lot with the dual nature of the "me who wants to please her parents" and the "me who wants to live for herself." The author has such a gift for explaining her feelings - I'd love to read more of her stories.
I've never read a manga before so learning to read the sequences from right to left was interesting but I picked it up quickly.