Rebecca Skloot wrote a fascinating account of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman who developed cervical cancer and died, but her cells live on to this day contributing to amazine scientific advances that are saving millions of lives! I'd rank this as one of my most interesting "reads."
If the story only dealt with Henrietta's HeLa cells, it would be a compelling scientific tale, but Rebecca didn't stop there. She became acquainted with Henrietta's family and wove them into the story sharing how all this impacted their lives which changed the focus to include racial issues and social-economic factors that came into play.
At the end of the book, she raised the issue of bio-ethics toward the end of the book to encourage readers to think about scientists use of bodily cells and tissues. This book would be an excellent book group read!
dark, twisted, addictive
Really liked the first 2/3rds of this novel. The story of a narcissistic wife married to a sociopathic husband had great twists and turns that kept me trying to outsmart the clues to figure out the truth when the wife goes missing and presumed dead.
I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. The voices added an additional dimension to the characters.
I would have given this book 5 stars, but the last part (I won't provide any more details, but if you read the book, you'll know what I am talking about) dragged on a little too long and would have been more powerful if it had been tighter.
She is fresh, self-deprecating with a great sense of humor. Granted she has led a charmed life, but she is down to earth with strong family values.
I fell in love with Ali Wentworth when Charlie Rose interviewed her to promote this book. She told Charlie that her husband, George takes their children to church every Sunday. Charlie asked if she joins them, she said, "Oh no, that's mommy time!" I instantly fell in love with her! Ali in Wonderland is a continuation of that conversation with a glimpse into her upper middle class up-bringing as the daughter of parents who worked in the center of Washington DCs power elite.
Did you know that Donald Rumsfeld talked baby talk to his dachshund? Her story about attempting to send him a gift is hysterical.
Just go the the Four Seasons!
It's a fast read and I highly recommend the audio book to get Ali's stories in her own voice.
Keith Richards has a remarkable recall of his life considering his drug addictions. What I learned about him was that he was far from the wild man depicted in the press and more of a real "bloke" who loved his mum. He is an accomplished musician who appreciates and loves to learn from other artists of all music genres. His relationship with Mick Jagger added an insight to their characters. Keith discusses his relationship with Mick Jagger that provides an insight into their backgrounds and characters. Keith lived a full "Life" full of sex, drugs and rock & roll, that was grounded in family, friendships and love.
I listened to this book as an audio book and hearing Keith narrate his life made you feel like you were right in the room. Johnny Depp narrated a few segments.
Been there, done that!!!
If you're a Stones fan, this is a must read!
I had high expectations for this book after reading all the rave reviews, but just couldn't relate to the main character, Marina. Her personality did not jibe with her history as a medical student and scientist. Ann paints her as a love sick school girl! Dr. Swenson was another female character that left me cold.
I kept hoping that the author would disclose something that made her a more sympathetic character. I preferred Bel Canto a little more. Maybe the hype set me up for the disappointment.
Amazing true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who survived 47 days adrift on a raft in the Pacific Ocean and spent two years in Japanese POW camps? This book gave me a front row seat to many of the details of WWII that have not been publicized, such as how dangerous the fighter planes were and the horrendous conditions in Japanese POW camps. It gives me a deeper understanding of the anti-Japanese sentiment of many WWII veterans. One who said,
To live up to the book's title, even after he returned to his family, Louis continued to grapple with demons like many of today's combat soldiers do today. The story speaks to the strength of the human spirit to not only rise from the ashes, but also to make the world a better place. Louis is still alive and well and living in LA. Google him to see how he helped the author promote her book. He's a true hero!
Louis is still alive and well and living in LA. Google him to see how he helped the author promote her book. He's a true hero!
The book has changed how I look at things. I am more of an observer which gives you more insight and understanding about what is going on around me.
I have been a fan of Wayne Dyer's for a long time. This book contains 81 verses of an ancient philosophers writings. Wayne quotes each verse and then elaborates on how to apply his teachings to your everyday life. I plan to listen to this book many times to gain deeper understanding.
I had a tough time listening to this audio book. A story of a boy who was born as a conjoined twin and whose Indian nun mother died shortly after and his surgeon father immediately disappeared. It's a story of redemption and the fascinating journey a life can take. This book was highly rated on the Audible site, so I was surprised at my difficulty with connecting with the main character, Marion. I'm thinking this could be due to the monotone voice of the narrator. Using multiple voices might have helped the listener connect with the different characters. Ghosh had a lot of personality, but it fell flat through this rendition. Maybe reading it would have given me a different perspective.
the narration was the best I've ever heard. The speakers brought all the characters of Jackson, Mississippi to life including Miss Skeeter, Abileen, and Minny.
Loved, loved, loved this book! I didn't want it to end. Eugenia comes home after graduating from Ole Miss during the civil rights era. She isn't interested in getting married and settling down like other girls her age, but rather wants to be a writer. Her strong attachment to a former maid, Constantine drives her desire to tell the stories what it was like to be a maid during this turbulent era. This book has wonderful human characters and deep philosophical writing. You will laugh and you will cry, but you won't be disappointed with this book. It's going to be a classic!
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