Just finished this book and really enjoyed it. I am often reluctant to buy a book read by the author, but Jeanette Walls did not try to put too much of herself into this. Great, strong character development without over dramatizing her. Nice.
I am a marketing professional who has written everything you can imagine, trying to become a creative non-fiction writer for my second act. What I couldn't imagine is how Annie Dillard wrote this book. It is jam-packed with observations, metaphor, connections to other great literature. The author's note at the end actually explains how she did it. Brilliant. If you have any inclination about writing non-fiction read, or listen to, this book.
I have read several of Courtenay's books and always pushed my inner literary critic aside because I love that he has worked so hard to pull kids into reading. It's a nobel passion and I fully support it. I was so excited to learn that there was a trilogy from the Potato Factory that I immediately downloaded Tommo and Hawk. Good read until the totally lame and counter-to-the-smart-women he professed to develop ending. I won't be downloading part three.
I loved this book. I walk in the mountains while I listen to audio books and I have to admit that there were times I felt I was in this book. The narrator was great but unobtrusive.
What a great book. I can't believe this was going on in my lifetime. Although I'm not from Mississippi, so much rang true. Great writing, great readers.. Not a "performance" book so don't let the multiple narrators put you off. Listen to this and think about what it means to be brave in our day and age.
This book made me wish Audible.com had a "do over" button and that I had not wasted a book credit on it. The characters are pathetic and the narrator grating. I tried to get past my initial response and find something redeming, but just couldn't.
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