This is a substantial post 9-11 tale. Told from the perspective of a 20 year old college student. It deftly illustrates those life changing moments that occur in everyone's life. A girl goes from a farm girl who knows her world to a woman who realizes just how little she knows. I thought it was brilliantly done. I am a fan of words as is Lorrie Moore, she uses them as one would use different flavors to create a gourmet dish. This book is carmelized sage.
I was/am a struggling entrepreneur and I didn't have any notion of what I should do to better my business. This book through it's thoughtful and thorough examination of three HBS graduates made me understand what is necessary to achieve the kind of success I desire. I like the narration (using two different voices) and I love the content. No, it isn't like a recipe from a cookbook but it does give you very detailed ideas of what you should be doing for your business. I realized after getting half-way through the book that I was think much too small and that I needed more study in the business. As it stands, my business, in my estimation will do much much better due, in part, to this book.
this guy is just an unfunny jerk. I tried to make it all the way through but he's just self important and smug. I wish I could get my money and time back.
I was expecting a little light reading with this one but what I got was a book that challenged my notions of what slavery actually was. I didn't want to like this book, I wasn't sure how I felt about the story of an African American slave being told by a white woman. Kudos to Jennifer Chiaverini on this accomplishment. I think this book changes her status from genre fiction to literature. Of course, it isn't perfect, it can be a little flat in the modern sections but the story of Joanna is entralling and emotional and gritty. This book actually changed how I felt about my own slave ancestors. I went from a place of shame to a place of extreme pride and love for a people who were tortured and suffered and yet still managed to survive and maintain their humanity. If you think "The Help" is good, you might want to give this book a try as well.
I love David Sedaris, I have several of his books and I love his wry, dry sense of humor. I always enjoy hearing him read and I think, in this case, he seemed to be enjoying himself. I thought it was too short and not really price appropriate. But I laughed and enjoyed what was there.
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