Bellevue, WA, United States | Member Since 2007
It's a guilty pleasure: I enjoy Bourdain's story telling. The inside, and sometimes terrifying, stories of the restaurant world simultaneously intrigue me and gross me out. I appreciate Bourdain’s look at the world. While different than mine, he is unapologetic about who he is—his past, present and future. What I don’t like, though, is his language. This book would probably be 1/3 shorter if the f-word were eliminated. And, based on my own admission above, Bourdain just doesn’t care what I think about his language. So, I ignore it, but do wish he would use some better adjectives.
Let's begin with the narration: Edward Hermann is one of the best narrators around, and I often choose books because he is the narrator. He once again delivers a fabulous reading that enhances the story being told.
Parkland is the detailed look of the four days in November 1962 when the Parkland Hospital became a central part of the story of the JFK, and then Lee Harvey Oswald, murders. The story is greater than that of the hospital, and the details and what seems objective retrospective look at what happened were fascinating. JFK's assassination seems to be one of the most dissected moments of US history, with many assumptions and inaccuracies perpetuated through the years. Bugliosi addresses some of these, and offers reasonable explanations as to why some of the decisions were made the way they were, even though 50+ years later we still debate the decisions. I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys history.
Interesting memoir of a man and his bar. Moehringer shares his upbringing and the influence of the local bar on his life, the examples (both positive and negative) that were offered there, the encouragement and discouragement he received, and his longing for belonging. It certainly offered an interesting social commentary about the sense of belonging in our society and it encourages me to think about where we might find that outside of a bar.
Quite enjoyable and I understand why this story captivated Walt Disney and countless little children. As with any book-to-movie, there is more in the book...who knew Jane and Michael and twin siblings? Travers' imagination was strong and the story of Mary Poppins, and her impact on the Banks family is still valuable today.
I listened to the book, and it is an outstanding listen, with two different narrators voicing Sarah and Handful. I continue to enjoy Kidd's books, her attention to detail and her ability to weave a great story. As Sarah and Handful grow up, each exploring their own limitations, hopes and moments of courage, I was caught up in their story and wondered how I might have responded to their challenges, whether I be Sarah or Handful. This book is well worth the read/listen.
This was an interesting book and challenged assumptions I had about our prison system and they type of people I'm them, some assumptions I wasn't consciously aware I had until reading this book. Kerman's story is told in an authentic manner, and while she addresses some of her biases, it does not come across in a preach-y manner. I think it's rare to get the insight she offers in a mostly objective manner that is as popularly read as this book is. I don't think I'll bother with the tv show; I don't want to suffer the perversion of the book into something more flashy for tv. I don't think this book is for everyone, but if you're up for a nonfiction tale of our modern day prison system, then by all means, grab this book.
I listened to this book, narrated by Lowe, and I would let him read the fine print on my prescriptions to me. Dreamy. Content-wise, this is not as strong of a read as his previous book, however there were stories and insights to enjoy. I am particularly appreciative of how he talks about his wife of 22+ years with love and reverence. It's refreshing when so many celebrities go through wives like the go through toothbrushes. Bravo, Rob. If you put out another book I'll probably listen to that one, too.
This book looks at three branches of the same Jewish family from pre-WWII Europe and the three routes they take--emigrating to America, Palestine, and staying in Europe. Each branch had a different outcome. The book is the result of the author's research into his own family. I liked, but didn't love, the book. I had a hard time tracking some of the family members and their stories, and I felt the writing was, at times, cumbersome.
Generally, I enjoyed Anthony's story of how he integrated an angry elephant herd into his refuge in Africa. Sometimes it came across as overly self-indulgent, but for the most part, it was an encouraging and interesting read.
Amelia plummets to the ground from the roof of her school. Was it suicide? Homicide? That's what you explore in Reconstructing Amelia as Amelia's mom, Kate, searches through emails, texts and social media to learn more about her daughter's life and how she may have ended up splayed on the ground next to her school.
The storytelling mechanism is interesting, and certainly timely for the technology age we are in. It made working your way through the book interesting and a bit more "real" for how our teens today live.
What I struggled with was where I felt the story wanted to place blame. I am a high school educator and, admittedly, am sensitive to the unreasonable expectations families, media and society in general put on schools for what we "should" control, monitor and provide consequences for, many (most?), of which are unreasonable and undoable.
This was just the book I needed right now: an encouraging look at how God loves us and how we can show His love to others. Some of the chapters resonated more with me than others, but I think that is part of what makes the book good: it speaks to you where you are at. It's an easy read or listen and well worth the time.
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