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Shana M. P. Mccauley

Concord, CA | Member Since 2011

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  • How to Be an American Housewife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Margaret Dilloway
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington, Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    How to Be an American Housewife is a novel about mothers and daughters and the pull of tradition. It tells the story of Shoko, a Japanese woman who married an American GI, and her grown daughter, Sue, a divorced mother whose life as an American housewife hasn't been what she'd expected. When illness prevents Shoko from traveling to Japan, she asks Sue to go in her place. The trip reveals family secrets that change their lives in dramatic and unforeseen ways.

    CAREY says: "Well told tale!"
    "Excellent - Good prose, great story!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up How to Be an American Housewife in three words, what would they be?

    Good generational read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The elder mother - I really like her perspective


    What about Laural Merlington and Emily Durante ’s performance did you like?

    Laural did a fabulous job of negotiating the non-native English that the mom speaks, and the internal dialogue that she thinks. Emily did a nice job of conveying the younger woman's ernestness


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Then Came You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba, Aya Cash, Jenni Barber, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (418)

    Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she's ashamed to invite to Parents' Weekend. With the income she'll receive from donating her "pedigree" eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.

    Ella says: "Good in between book"
    "End redeems it"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I probably wouldn't - I love several Jennifer Weiner books, but in this one, I struggled with not relating to any of the characters. I seldom put down books, and this one that I did. Eventually I picked it back up and was glad I did, but still.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked the ending. It was realistic and resolved well.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The four different voices were nice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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