If you are an Italian-American of a certain age, this story resonates with bits and pieces of history and culture you've heard your whole life. A premiere storyteller, who brings every character to life with a vibrant honesty and recognition of the human condition. I was a little disappointed with the narrator's "Italian" accent; I think this would have been improved by authenticity in that department.
This books stands for itself decades after its publication. The only thing that bothered me was the narrator's pronunciation of some Welsh names, i.e., the name Angharad has a silent "g"
Perhaps this book represents as much credible proof of the reality of NDE as anyone could expect
No words can express the power of this story, especially for people from the West Indies
If you like Bill Bryson (does anyone not?) you'll enjoy this collection completely. I particularly enjoy "I'm a Stranger Here Myself," as he describes returning to the US after a 20 year absence.
Hearing Martha discussing the details of her meteoric success, in her own voice, in a very down to earth and instructional way, was really quite delightful. A great read--and excellent practical advice for anyone starting their own business.
Loved it all--particularly moving to hear the end of the Alaska story
The author does a wonderful job of honestly telling the stories of regular people doing extraordinary job
life is complicated
Another masterwork from Barbara Kingsolver. If you enjoyed Poisonwood Bible, I think you will enjoy this, albeit considerably shorter, work.
gave up before I got to the end
I tried several times to pick it up again, but just couldn't get that interested. I think you have to particularly like this type of detective novel.
the details of her life growing up
Dr. Angelou's voice telling her own story cannot be surpassed. However, it felt like she may have recorded the narrative more recently, as her narrative sometimes fumbles, almost as if she's not reading her own words. But wouldn't trade her voice for anyone else.
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