My daughter and I have read and re-read this wonderful book about a young girl whose love for her dog takes her on an incredible journey. Her young and honest view of the world shapes some brave and remarkable solutions to problems that would stop many adults dead in their tracks. Inspiring for its youthful bravery and ingenuity; appreciated for its well-crafted storyline; and now sweetly narrated by Eve Bianco, this Newbery Award-winning book is highly recommended.
A poignant story of a young girl who finds herself born into a violent, abusive, rascist environment and has the strength, ingenuity and open-mindedness to fashion a beautiful new life for herself encouraged by the secret lives of the bees and their most excellent keepers. The effort was appreciated also as a cultural commentary, lest those of us living in this arguably post-racial society might not remember the hurt, pain and misunderstandings wrought by racism.
The story is well-constructed; the characters are well-developed -- I want to meet August Boatright -- and masterfully narrated. A very enjoyable listen.
As an artist and museum volunteer acquainted with the New York based art world, I had fun listening to this book. Steve Martin clearly knows art and has been a good sport on the round of interviews introducing his book. I loved that he made mention of the legendary art book dealer and expert, Peter Krauss, a really cool guy. It's just delightful to follow the creative exploits of this author, already high on my list for his comedic, movie and banjo! accomplishments.
Really enjoyed the story of President Charlotte Kramer, her Chief of Staff Melanie Kingston and television journalist Dale Smith. The story of their intertwined lives was not only enjoyable fiction; it was thought-provoking sociology. Looking forward to the sequel!
A sweet and intimate account, beautifully presented by the author herself, personalizing Laura and George Bush in a very appealing way. Thoughtfully and kindly shared, the story presents an inside view of a rarified environment to which few have access.
A disappointing account which, although well-written and well-narrated, seemed entirely governed by an unspoken theme of presenting anything that could possibly be deemed unflattering or deprecatory, even stooping to criticize Clinton's grooming as a young woman and mentioning that the word "communist" appeared in a research paper authored by her. Even-handed it certainly was not.
An engaging story, beautifully narrated. Set at a surgery theatre in an Ethiopian mission and then at a New York hospital, it follows the lives of twins, and one in particular, from his difficult birth forward. I had been intrigued after hearing the author on Terry Gross' Fresh Air. It's so nicely done, I'll sometimes choose it over music on my iPod. This would be my pick for novel of the year. If he writes a sequel, I'm very interested.
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