Bellevue, WA, United States | Member Since 2007
I have always been a Civil War buff and enjoyed reading a wide variety of materials on the war. However, I found this work disjointed and slow. It is quite possible this book is better read, rather than listened to, but having not picked up a paper version of it, I'm not sure.
I went into this book with trepidation. After all, I didn't want to hear a feminist tell me that either I could, or could not, "have it all." Instead what I experienced was a personal and insightful book about the limitations we as women often put on ourselves, such as the expectations we set for ourselves, our failure to speak-up, and the divisive way we often treat one another.
Sandberg shared her experiences, and those of others she talked to. When offering a generality she even provided her own counterexamples, when such a thing existed. Her writing is not judgmental, but rather enlightening. She opened my eyes to some of my own behaviors and attitudes.
I recommend this book, especially to women in leadership roles.
Conroy shares his experience teaching on an isolated island off the South Carolina coast in the 1960s. Truthfully, I'm not sure if it was the writing on the story that makes me rate this a 3 (it was ok) versus something higher. You can imagine what his teaching experience on an isolated island, largely left alone by modern day, was like: poor families, students who could not read and did not know that the name of their country was the United States of America, an education system controlled on the mainland that treated this remote island and its students as second, or even third, class citizens, and the list can go on. To his credit, Conroy devoted himself to the students and island, realized that they needed additional experiences and opportunities, and took risks to get his students what they needed, which of course gets him fired. It's sad, and even a little embarrassing, to me that we have allowed lesser education for needier students in our country in the past, as detailed in this story. And I'm not naïve, it's probably still happening today. This book came to me highly recommended, and I would simply recommend it. It's not near the top of all the books I've read, but it was a good read.(
Enjoyable story of a young Indian boy who loves to cook and his experiences as a boy, apprentice, and chef. Touching, humorous and delightful are words that come to mind. And hunger. This book made be hungry.
I'm up in the air on this book. On the one hand, I did enjoy the author's search for meaning as she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the stories of the people she met, the struggles she overcame. On the other hand, she ended up on the PCT on a whim decision after using drugs, sleeping around and divorcing her husband. She showed up on the trail ill prepared and benefited from others throughout her experience because she was a pretty female hiking alone. As if they get all things good. So, maybe read it, maybe not. I both liked it and found it frustrating at times. It's a toss up.
What a delightful little surprise this book was. Lighthearted, yet meaningful. Predictable, yet purposeful. As the main character, Billie, struggles with coming to grips with the ghosts who haunt her, she finds escape and purpose through the 70+ year old letters from a girl during WWII, written to the great chef James Beard. Not sure if it's the foodie, NY lover and romantic in me that enjoyed the book best, but it was a great combination for me. Well done, Ruth Reichl!
Amazing, stunning and transformative for me. Love Story reminds me of Max Lucado's early books, which I think were his best. Nordeman examines major Biblical characters, asks questions, and modernizes their experiences to help us better understand them. I listened to the book, and her narration is outstanding and absolutely enhanced the experience. I will definitely need to revisit this book.
This is the second book in 10 years that I've quit part way through. About 70% done and I can't even stand to finish it. The narrator has a beautiful voice, but the story meanders and doesn't pull together for me. I couldn't really even say what the book is about until I re-read the editor's summary. And then I thought, "huh, really?" I wanted to love this book because it came highly recommended and it quite acclaimed, but for me, it was a dud.
Oh I really wanted to like this, to be inspired by it, to find the amazingness of Swift's tale. But I didn't. Ho hum is what I have to say. I feel bad about that. At least David Hyde Pierce's narration was outstanding.
Humorous story of the failing of the main character's marriage, shortly followed by his father's sudden death. Judd returns to his childhood home where he, his siblings and mother sit shiva for a week. The ensuing details are amusing, touching, tragic, and occasionally annoying. Still, an enjoyable summer read.
I found it fascinating to hear the details about Twain's grand Mediterranean cruise that was months long and involved numerous overland adventures. I especially enjoyed hearing about places I had been and comparing my experience with his. Twain's witticism comes through, but in the end, I just wish he'd stop talking. He was soooooo wordy. And then the end of the book came and, oddly enough, he just stopped talking. They spent seven days in Spain doing an overland adventure and all we got out of it was two sentences saying that went there and went to several places, but he didn't have time to write about it. That made me giggle after wishing most of the way through the book that he would be more succinct. That was a bit much.
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