The story follows real people through terrible circumstances in 1930's America. Diaries and newspapers shape the story. Before I finished the book, I could imagine being there --but knew that really being there would be much more than I could imagine. Still, this is the best and most interesting rendition of the time that I've read, and I think it helped me to better understand why things have unfolded in our country as they have. Books like these make history so much more appealing than textbooks. If you liked "Isaac's Storm" or "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson, you will like this book by Timothy Egan too.
This collection of stories would be fine for older children to listen to as well. The author explains the values lessons behind each story with anecdotes. He explains what the story meant to him personally or how it is important to the Lakota people. I enjoyed learning about the Lakota philosophy and lifestyle (past and present) through this book. I definitely will look for other books by this author.
....but I have to admit, helpful if you like a cerebral/technical reason for your food habits. For me, intellectual explanations behind why I do things helps me to make changes. The author explains that "conditioned hyper-eating" and "highly palatable foods" are the foundation for our collective current obesity problems, and along about chapter 40, gives suggestions to modify behavior to regain self-control in the face of foods that are designed to be the object of obsession. Worth reading if you struggle to lose weight and are seduced into over-eating certain favorite foods.
I was riveted from the beginning of the book. I think every parent/grandparent should definitely listen/read this book and consider the information in it. Even if you don't have the responsibility of influencing the next generation, it is quite something to consider and contemplate how ideas, actions, culture and opportunities have shaped your own life. After reading this, you may even decide to take a new direction from this moment forward. Certainly it will give you a new view of the world and the people in it.
I loved "Eat, Pray, Love" so of course I had to know what happened after that story. My own story is nothing like Ms. Gilbert's. I have been married happily for 25+ years, but I learned much about the institution I did not know before in this book. As she discovers what marriage is and is not, she shares her insight with the rest of us. For me, it was both surprising and fascinating.
The first time I played this, I did sleep well, but it ended with the standard loud Audible tag at the end ("Audible hopes you enjoyed this program."), which is a bummer at the end of something that is SUPPOSED to help you get to sleep! However, I told my daughter about it anyway since she also suffers insomnia, because despite that little jolt at the end, it did help a lot. My husband was also in the room when I told her about this one drawback, and he told me there is a way to fix the problem!
Once your copy of "Easy Sleep" is in iTunes, right-click on it and select "Get Info". Then pick "Options" along the top bar. In the Options window, you may select a start and stop time for the book! I was able to cut off the loud disturbing Audible tags. Then I reloaded it into my iPod, and it plays and ends quietly now! Once again my hero comes to the rescue!
"Easy Sleep" is a helpful program and definitely worth the price, at least for me. If you are having a hard time sleeping, give it a try.
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