This memoir begins with the author's childhood in Transylvania and describes the discrimination that Jews had to live with in their ordinary lives and takes you through her survival during the holocaust and then into her life afterward. It's a great story that is very well read. I was sorry to see it end.
This book is one that I would categorize as a beach read. Light, entertaining, and not too taxing on your brain. I enjoyed the narration, except when she attempted a Boston accent. Being from Boston, the accent sounded VERY odd, definitely not a Boston accent.
The story is of a woman who grew up in a wealthy family in Texas but escapes for a career as a divorce lawyer in Boston. She is sucked back home to represent her mother in her divorce proceedings, and is later given the task of running the annual debutante ball. She takes a leave of absense from her job and fiance to complete these tasks.
In the end, the story is about facing your past, especially the past that you ran away from.
I'm not sure the time interval of the entire book - was it a couple of months? 6 months? a year? It was a little difficult to keep track of time.
In the end, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to anyone looking for something that does not involve a lot of thinking.
I would recommend this book to a friend. Historic fiction gives us different views of how life existed. How life today is different and yet so similar.
This book is very similar to Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Winds in that it looks at slavery as viewed from two sisters. However, in this book, the father is the plantation master and he has two daughters. His wife gives birth to a daughter and then one of his slaves gives birth to his other daughter, a slave. The slave daughter becomes the lady's maid to her sister. I appreciated this view because it made me think more about what it would be like to be born a slave and as the daughter of the plantation owner. It is sad to think that someone would have two children and think of each so differently, because of their skin color.
This book was a book club read in which most of the members liked the book.
I found it a good in describing a period of time in the US in which poor, immigrant children were sent from NYC to the midwest. Many people are not aware that this happened. For the most part, I enjoyed that part of the story.
The melding with the modern day, I found a little far-fetched.
I also felt that the story was too Disney-esque in that most of the women in the story was portrayed negatively.
The reading of the book, for the most part, was good. However, some of the accents were annoying.
Finally, if you are considering this book for a young adult, you might want to read it first. There are a few scenes in the book that you might want to check out before you child reads it.
Loved this book.
My daughter and I are die hard Lauren Graham fans. We love her in every tv show, movie, or guest appearances. When I saw that she both wrote and read this book, I had to give it a try. It's a great story and the performance was awesome. I hated to see the book end.
This book was a fun read or the genre that I would call a beach book!
Not terribly taxing mentally but something that you don't want to end.
Briefly, the book is about a young woman, Lacey, whose husband, Mike, cheats on her with his bimbo secretary. Lacey ends up telling everyone on the company email list both what he did and that she is leaving him in an emailed newsletter that she wrote. After Lacey leaves, Mike moves his secretary into the family home.
The only issue I had in the story is the blame that Lacey and everyone seems to put on her, rather than on the cheating scumbag. Seems like the entire town thinks that she should forgive him and stay married.
I find that the reader can make or break a book, and Amanda Ronconi made the book. In fact, I will look for other books read by her.
This was a book club choice. I listened for a couple of hours and found that I really did not care about the characters or the story as a whole.
Reading this book was a requirement for a graduate course that I am taking. I read this book and then listened to it to reinforce what I had read.
Thomas Kuhn has changed the way that scientists, historians of science, and philosophers of science look at the development of science. The traditional view of the progress of science has been as development-by-accumulation in which achievements, theories, facts, and methods are accumulated as scientific knowledge. This is the way that science is often explained in science textbooks.
Kuhn believes this is not correct. Rather, that our society’s scientific knowledge has been built through a series of scientific revolutions. Beginning with theories that create paradigms that define the science and in which scientists work in "normal science" until an anomaly is found which causes a crisis and extraordinary scientists then create new theories which create new paradigms.
It is difficult to listen to a book like this in audio.
In this instance, the reader has a nice voice but can't possibly have any clue about what he was reading. This was a negative about listening to the book. Pauses, lilting of the voice, etc. in places that they should not be. I found myself thinking - how would I have read that sentence?
Whenever possible, a book like this should be read by the author OR a someone who is very knowledgeable about the works of the author.
For me this book was just OK. I found much of the story not very believable.
I don't believe that someone would go through the detail to fake their own murder.
I don't believe that anyone would remain in a relationship with someone who tried to have them convicted of murder.
I would be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn. I think the writing was well, I just didn't find the story believable.
Makes you wonder!
My favorite character was Alice. I loved the person that she was with the forgotten memory. I think that she had become somebody that was so different and someone that her younger self did not like. However, things happen, life changes, we have new experiences and with that, I think that we all change.
Tamara Lovatt-Smith read this book perfectly. I will definitely check out some of her performances.
Imagine waking up and not remembering anything that had happened over the last 10 years.
I liked the way the author did not reveal many of the life defining experiences that had happened to Alice allowing the reader to experience the confusion that Alice also felt.
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