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Alexie immediately grabs you with this story of Spokane tribal member and high school student Arnold Spirit, aka, Junior. Written in the first person, it is believable from the beginning and you think that Alexie is telling his own story.
Taking place mostly over Junior's freshman year, this book is a coming of age story as Junior learns more about himself and the world around him. There are thought provoking subtexts of the nature of friendships, redemption, and choice.
Some may be put off to the multiple references to masturbation, but this is a story about a 14 year old boy. With that warning, I think this book could, and maybe even should, be read by all 13+ year olds.
First comment on the audio: of course they are poor quality. They were recorded with old equipment in the 60s. I get that. I just mention the poor quality because it does make it hard to listen to when there are other noises--like road noise when driving, or environment noise when out for a walk.
Two things make this worth the listen: hearing MLK's voice and message and the introductions for each sermon, each intro by a different person. I so appreciated understanding the context of the sermon or the person MLK prior to hearing his message, and does he give a good message! I also appreciate that MLK's message was consistent. This has been worth my time and reflection.
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.
What a way to start a book. Lydia is a teenager, the middle of three children in a mixed-race family (Asian and Caucasian)of the 60s and 70s. The book is an exploration of why and how Lydia is dead. This isn't a murder mystery or suspense novel, it is a delicate emotional and social investigation of the family, so carefully done that you feel you are a secret member of the family, watching it all unfold, sometimes knowing, and other times not, what is about to happen and what the untold things are. It is definitely worth your time.
If you love The Princess Bride you will love this book. Hearing Cary Elwes tell his stories and share the recollections of his castmates was completely enjoyable. His writing is poor and he jumps all over the place, but I still enjoyed it.
A stunning and fascinating exploration of military plane crashes in Greenland during WWII and the men who lived, died, and survived. I had a hard time putting the book down and did a little additional research to answer some questions I had. I recommend this book.
I think I got this book as a daily deal, and I hope so, because it's not worth much money or a credit. The story is about a man whose dreams come true, and not in the "oh look, a puppy!" kind of a way. Rather, the bizarre thoughts that ramble in his unconsciousness kind of a way. There was a brief moment where I thought the book would be quality, but it passed quickly and in the end, ho hum.
Note on narration: why do narrators not confirm the pronunciations of locations? In this one, Willamette is mispronounced throughout the book and all I could think of was the refrain “it’s the Wi-LAM-it, damn it.” Get it right, folks.
Yes, go ahead and run right and get this beautifully told book of a mysterious diamond and its caretakers during WWII. No more should be said than to read it. Now.
This story is touching and enjoyable, and challenges one's assumptions about relationships, care-taking, roles in society and the pre-Civil War south. This certainly isn't a ground-breaking book, but it is a sweet and thoughtful story.
I am not an athlete nor a huge sports fan, but I do read a wide variety of genres and have enjoyed some athletic nonfiction previously. This book came to me highly recommended, but in the end fell a bit short for me. I was curious about why I didn't find this book as good as others had said and spent a fair amount of time reflecting on that. In the end, I think it is because I struggled with the story itself, and not with the telling of it. I did learn some new things about Bobby Knight, about his compassion, his kindness, and his commitment to education (not just athletics), that impressed me. However, his story and the anger and frustration he showed others, how he treated others, etc.; the good in my mind just could not outweigh the bad. Bobby Knight's story made me sick. Not theoretically or figuratively; actually. I was so torn by how he treated others, by his swings in moods, by the duplicity of his actions, that it made me sick. I wish he was more of all those good things and that those good things were his legacy. Sadly, they won't be. If you love basketball, if you are so curious about Bobby Knight that you have to read this, then do. Otherwise, skip it and find some other nonfiction to enjoy.
There is a lot of story here. A lot. There is the time of the novel (late 1990s/early 2000s), a little while ago (1950s) and longer while ago (early 1900s) and lots of wayback (mid 1800s). Sure, it does all come together at some point, but I also felt the story wandering in a way that I wasn't sure if it would ever come back and if it did, would I even remember the tidbit of new info we learned in that ancient journal history and how it impacted the current day. There is also quite a bit of emotion in the book, too, and readers will be impacted differently based on their own life experiences.
Think of this more as a collection of short stories along a central theme and don't fall into the trap of trying to make sense of it as a novel. Because it isn't. The first short story enthralled me, and from there things spiraled downhill. Maybe it's because I wanted the characters in that first story to be more developed. Generally, I would say disappointing.
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