Catlett, VA, United States
This was my first "read" of Ms. Albright and though concerned I'd be bored to tears with useless fact and monotone drone, I was happy that my fear was unwarranted. Her voice, description, and timber drew me in to the book and I felt like I was right there experiencing both her life growing up during WWII but I also learned so much more about the Country and Land of my ancestry.
I'm tempted to compare this to a book by President Clinton but I fear that would be cliche. I would definately compare this to "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" by Erik Larson who captured a turbulent time so vivedly and movingly.
She she spoke of and read from her fathers notes and unfinished manuscript for a book of fiction about the war.
I enjoyed Penny's sense of humor, which compliments her humility. She speaks candidately and matter-of-factly and to listen to her read felt made it calm and invigorating at the same time. She tells her experiences of a health scare that would have struck unspeakable fear and misery in anyone flicking it off like a ladybug had landed on her shoulder.
I couldn't even begin to compare this to any memoir I've read. Not even to Joan Rivers.
She brings her humor, and her honesty and fierce calm in the face of raging fire.
My mother may have been nuts, but I'm insane.
Face it. You're a guy and you want to know what these books are all about but you don't really want to get caught reading the Original. Henceforth, this amusing and charming parody written by Fanny Merkin and wonderfully read/performed by Allyson Ryan. Ryan captures the outrageousness of the story and makes you giggle and the expanded themes ...and sometimes overexpanded themes (I hope) which are in the original "Fifty Shades of Grey".
I found it funny, the storyline a bit thin, but good for a laugh and roll of the eyes.
Duty, Motherhood, and Love of Country
Elizabeth the Queen of course!
She brought compassion, reality and an incredible sense of personal knowlwedge and intimacy of a woman who will be remembered for generations.
The description of Elizabeth's relationship with her Father and losing him so young and being thrust into a role she may not have been quite ready for.
I would definately and likely be reading this again.
We don't understand or know what dogs think of us. However, I like to think that this book is the Epiphany man has been looking for. How beautiful, touching and wonderful to peer through the eyes and thoughts of our friend. This book helped me grieve the passing of several of my best friends who have since journeyed on to the Rainbow Bridge. I now have a better understanding, a finer appreciation and not only some peace in my heart but a bit of Wisdom which will take me through my own full race here.
This was a delightful addition to the recently read (and loved) book "The Help". Kathryn Stockett is kind enough to sit with us a while and discuss her writing and even her current project. It was delightful bliss.
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