hug your kids
Look me in the Eye by John Elder Robinson -- two books by people living fates most people cringe to even hear about, and they both do so telling all of us that their lives are worth hearing, worth living, and important to the human story.
The scene where Rob was bragging about how well he cared for his daughter was a raw punch in the stomach. I can only imagine the book that is inside the mind of the daughter, and I sincerely hope she writes that book.
I had intended to listen a few hours a day. I ended up listening until almost dawn; I had to find out how the story turned out. Then, next day, I read it again. It's that kind of book.
This book is a spiral, the narrative begins and ends in the same moment in the author's time. However, by the time we return to the same scene the meaning of the same events is different, we have gone through a journey of understanding together.
This is a book best listened to in a group of people and then hearing the book as heard by all the people.
The book most like this is one I found in my grandmother's collection, the Art of Writing by Dorothea Brande because of the courage of their voices. That book is now on Audible; check it out.
When her husband proposed -- over and over again.
Now I know someone famous does stuff I've done all along.
Like Dorothea, Amanda is way ahead of her time. I plan on living in a world with many of her kind if I live long enough -- and humanity will be better for it.
I loved the book that was not written, Without going out and saying so explicitly every time Carl Hart made a choice that changed the direction of his life at least one other "how this could have gone down" was clearly available. It was like an origami book, folding in on itself every which way.
I don't know if this counts as a book but my first reaction to finishing it was to go to people I had not talked to in years, make re connections, and collect their stories while they still could. This book reminds me of the best of what autobiographies can do and made me wish to collect my own.
I wish that this book could be read by everyone, especially people who are at the social far ends.
I'm going to be listening to the back half of this book over and over again. The ongoing research and instructions for lucid dreaming will take time to learn but puts into words something that I have done myself since my teen years.
The idea that your dream life can be a video game of your waking life allowing you to create new paths to go on, to practice and rehearse, and to explore so that you have the opportunity to experience in your waking time a far richer and more confident "time when it counts".
How to succeed in Dreamland without really trying
The beginning of the book covers the history of sleep research, which I think everyone knows. I enjoyed his retelling of Thomas Edison's flexibility with the truth as far as how much he in fact slept. Taking another look at The Wizard of Menlo Park's life as opposed to his legends is pretty common lately but both Peter Noble and author Richard Wiseman gave an especially funny "behind the curtain" look at a not so well known figure in history.
I've listened to it more than once and will be listening again.
The rich, personal and true to the moment exchanges between the people who created history. It's possible to have a dialog with a book and this is one of the best examples I've ever read on how someone can have as a mentor someone hundreds of years in the past.
The most gut wrenching moment for me was the author's candid, frank and short explanation of why this period produced no women who were great lights. This came early in the book and in it explained how so much learning never passed out of the courts and to the common people.
I hope to find more of the source material and read it, then return and read this book again.
I Loved the contradictions and internal disconnect -- I've rarely seen the concept of a person without empathy more clearly acted out. For someone to express that they are broken, abused and stunted while at the same time crowing that they are the apex and possibly an improved part of the human condition -- yes, that's these people at their most two dimensional. What I liked least was the lingering feeling of pity. The mood brought on by reading hung on after like a bad smell.
The concepts were overexplained and the book could have gotten in and out in a much shorter time.
I enjoyed the varieties of experience, many points of view within the nonbelieving community.
If you are looking for a book putting forward the virtues of the Freethinking experience, this is more of the reverse -- some of the strongest negative language is reserved for descriptions of groups of freethinkers. Interesting . . . .
I'll be listening to this book again, at least once. I will be putting time into some changes based on the compassion fatigue concept and the lek concept -- really new ideas for me.
The idea that people don't burn out due to overwork but instead underwin -- I'm going to be putting that into action right away.
There's all kinds of myth about the founding of Tae Kwon Do and the effect that ITF and WTF have now. If you want the underbelly, with lots of documentation, this is your book. You'll be going to resources again and again to supply some historical background for the events described, and you will read it again and again.
This was a book to work with in sections, and best with community, and the author provides a community online. Very well done.
Any book by Eleanor Cameron, or Sylvia Waugh. There's a just next to of this reality, fully realized alternate reality to play in. People who love the Mennyms will enjoy this book.
The ending was a choker, but in a good way.
I will be looking for more books by this author.
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