No. I like my novels to feel real. This one did not.
The ending was predictable.
Narrator's voice was not consistently at the same level of volume, especially in the beginning.
No follow-up book would improve this story line.
After reading Lisa Genova's previous 2 books and liking them very much, this book seemed very juvenile for her writing abilities. I was very disappointed.
My grandmother enjoyed watching Liberace on TV and I have vague memories of watching him with her. This book certainly changed the perception I had of that man.
Although any story that describes the atrocities of slavery is difficult to read, this is an interesting account of the lives and interactions of a Southern white girl, a slave girl and their families. Sue Monk Kidd's descriptions are vivid and heart-rending. It is as good as "The Secret Life of Bees," and reminds me of "The Kitchen House."
Anita Shreve has written several books that I really enjoyed, but this was not one of her better stories. None of the characters had much depth and I felt like the story was rushed. Maybe an okay beach read or to get through an airplane ride, but not enthralling.
I will need to listen to this book a second time to more completely understand it. While I thought the characters were described beautifully and easy to visualize, I questioned multiple times which person I was learning about at a particular time and place. I understand that was part of the mystery of the book, but I did have trouble following the back and forth in time and place. I loved this descriptive sentence: "The soft down of your white hair lightly playing about your scalp like a half-blown dandelion."
A quick read with interesting people and events, covering about the first 40 years of a woman's life. This straight-forward memoir held my interest and was not overly drawn out.
The audible edition of this book was narrated by a very whiney-voiced man that made me want to quit reading it, but that is not easy for me to do. So I struggled through with the aggravating voice and frequent unnecessary descriptions to reach the somewhat vague conclusion to a book that I am thankful was not too long.
Wonderful descriptions that make one see the person, place or thing very clearly, but it was too much description and too much detail for me. Every thing and every person was described in such detail, and with accompanying history. I just wanted to get on with the plot. It was a good storyline, but I felt bogged down with the minutia and wanted it to be over.
The best yet of all the Kingsolver books I have read. Her words are poetic and musical. Her sense of humor is delightful. I listened to the audio book, but also bought the hardcover and at night I would go back over what I had listened to during the day and read paragraphs and sentences over several times to see, hear and feel the depth and meaning of her words. Her writing captivates me. Her descriptions are vivd. Listening to her read the words she wrote, putting the inflections where she meant them to be, was a treat.
Reading about art is almost as enjoyable for me as looking at art. The word "provenance" means a record of ownership of a work of art or an antique. This paperwork is used as a guide to authenticity. This book is a meticulously researched and fascinating recording of one of the greatest cons in the history of art forgery. It took place in the 1980&90's. A huge number of paintings were forged, purchased, auctioned and circulated throughout the world. It is a mystery of sorts, but more of a documentary of events and evidence.
When I saw that the author of "On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" had a new book out, I grabbed it right away. Set in Seattle, Washington in the 1920's and 30's, it is the story of an orphaned Chinese boy and the first 12 years of his life. The descriptions of both his and his mother's emotions made me feel as if I were with them. Having read many stores about China and its people, the personalities and beliefs of these Chinese-American people were very authentic.
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