I thought I had already reviewed this book! This was an incredible story. Martin had an unexplained illness as a child (age 11-12) which left him muteI thought I had already reviewed this book! This was an incredible story. Martin had an unexplained illness as a child (age 11-12) which left him mute and unable to walk, feed himself, or perform other basic daily tasks. To the outside world, it seemed that he was lost, unable to communicate, but Martin was in there and he desperately needed a way to show people. A wonderful nurse saw something in Martin and suggested an evaluation to see if there might be a way for him to communicate. Martin's world opened up after years of being unable to communicate with anyone. His story of the struggles he faced during those years, the way people treated him (some kindly, but many not) and how he fought his way back and created a life that surpassed anyone's imagination was truly inspiring. Definitely recommend this book. ...more
This was a difficult book for me to rate. Saroo Brierley is not an author and perhaps the actual writing of the book would have been enhanced by someThis was a difficult book for me to rate. Saroo Brierley is not an author and perhaps the actual writing of the book would have been enhanced by some better editing of certain parts and perhaps someone to help him add more emotion and color in the way he told the story. It felt like I was reading a very long newspaper account of his experience. That said, I'm definitely glad I read it. What Saroo survived as a five-year-old boy in India and how he ended up adopted in Australia is an amazing story of both survival and luck. The first part where he talks about his family in India and then his experiences when he became lost and separated from them is especially riveting. The part after he comes to Australia and his efforts to find his family in India again felt more repetitive and too long and lacked emotion.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because of the incredible story itself. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie now. ...more
This book might not appeal to everyone, but it definitely kept my interest. I was a waitress for three summers in college and I could definitely relatThis book might not appeal to everyone, but it definitely kept my interest. I was a waitress for three summers in college and I could definitely relate to several parts of it. I would've given it 3.5 stars if I could. It was not quite to the level of some of the books that I've rated 4 stars, but I definitely liked it and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in what happens behind the scenes of a fine dining restaurant. ...more
I loved this memoir. Kelly Corrigan's writing style is approachable and almost conversational in nature. It felt like sitting down for a good talk witI loved this memoir. Kelly Corrigan's writing style is approachable and almost conversational in nature. It felt like sitting down for a good talk with a friend. I related so well to her subject matter, as a daughter remembering the influence my mother had on my life (and crying when Kelly's mom had a health scare and I reflected on the loss of my own mother 9 years ago), as a mother of two teenage daughters and really looking at that relationship from their perspective and also relating to the common experiences of so many mothers, putting our families first and often with little feedback and appreciation for it in the moment. Some days, it can certainly feel a bit lonely and frustrating but Kelly's book reminds us that we are not alone. It's part of the human condition, the commonality in almost every mother-daughter relationship, and if we can hang in there, we will be rewarded in the end. If you are a daughter or a mother or both, I highly recommend this book. There were funny moments, touching moments and very relatable moments. Will be reading other books by this author. ...more