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Melissa

Barnesville, OH, USA

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  • 18 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • I'm the One That I Want

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Margaret Cho
    • Narrated By Margaret Cho
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    I'm the One That I Want, based on her show of the same name, is filled with dead-on insights about the experience of being a woman with attitude, of flowing with the highs and lows of life, and of creating one's own identity and acceptance. It is every bit as hilarious, shocking, and irreverent as she is.

    Ling says: "Hilarious and deeply engrossing"
    "I really did not like the reader"
    Overall

    I love Margaret Cho's comedy but this book is not funny. It also does not sound like Margaret Cho reading it. I know it SAYS it's Margaret Cho, and the imitations of her mother are definitely Cho, but it doesn't sound like her. Overall, I found it interesting but not worth spending my $$ on. This is one for the library, not your hard-earned dollars.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (147)

    This engrossing piece of undercover reportage has been a fixture on the New York Times best seller list since its publication. With nearly a million copies in print, Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor.

    Melissa says: "of COURSE she has an agenda..."
    "of COURSE she has an agenda..."
    Overall

    The author clearly states in the introduction to the book that she has an agenda, is choosing the locations for that reason, is not actually going to find out what it is really like to be poor, and is privileged. At least she's honest.
    That's why the book works. All of the negative reviews are pointing out exactly what the author is trying to get across. And, from what some reviewers wrote, the need for this book still exists.
    I find this book to be an interesting look into cultural assumptions and understandings about poverty, privilege, and work that is definitely worth a listen or a read.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful

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