Absolutely. This is some of the most brilliantly cutting fiction that's ever been written.
What I liked about Flannery's stories is exactly what I don't like about them. They're painful. She exposes the arrogance of progressive/liberal thinking and the shallowness of conservative niceness. Wherever you find yourself landing, she's got a scathing revelation awaiting you. But that's exactly why I keep coming back to her stories. She exposes both my arrogance and my shallowness.
These very well chosen narrators bring local color and life to the characters that I simply wouldn't have provided if I were reading the stories silently in my head. The biting tone of some and the simpering of others. So well done.
Absolutely none of them. They are all dreadful!
Tina Fey's autobiography ranks as the funniest of the audiobooks that I've listened to so far. But what's so great about it is that she loses none of her humor with her self-reflection while not losing any of her self-reflection with her humor. It's al there.
I loved her analysis of Alec Baldwin and of her own father and how these strong men shape the world they live in simply by their presence in it.
She is so easy and enjoyable to listen to. I'd sit in the car and continue listening after I'd arrived at my destination.
I loved her lists of the things that she'd learned from this or that person or situation. Her analysis of how SNL works is actually solid leadership material.
As the middle book of the trilogy, it's a journey book. The goal is to go from one place to another while getting to the two separated lovers together. But it wanders too much. A more articulated journey would have helped.
It improves on Matched in its character development but doesn't have the breadth of story that unfolds in Crossed.
Finally, the series becomes more than just a teen romance, as complexities of character and the ambiguities of politics are explored. As the Rising finally rises, we discover that its solution isn't working out so well and that the Society isn't so anti-Rising after all. Of the three books, this is the one to spend more time with.
The rediscovery of art in its various forms, especially the transient forms like song, in the Gallery was a highpoint of the book, even if it wasn't a central theme.
What happens when the solution becomes the scourge?
This is an easy book to listen to in bits and pieces in between other audio books, since it is a collection of letters written from Peterson to a fictitious old friend, Gunnar. Each letter has enough to mull on in its own right, so they make for great listens on short trips around town. And the wisdom of these letters is something to come back to again and again. I've read the book at least four times before I listened to the audio book.
I loved his suggestion that 70-year-old Gunnar have the youth group over to prepare, cook, and eat a meal together, mentoring through casual conversation over kitchen work instead of hyped up games and motivational talks.
He has an earthy voice which lends warmth to the letters.
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