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.
A sweet and funny coming-of-age story about 13 year old Mike O'Malley's summer on Puget Sound. Mike sneaks out of his home one night to explore the marine life when the tide is out and discovers a giant squid.That's just the beginning of a special summer for a kid that knows all about the tides and what they bring to his town.
Slavery, bondage, human trafficking are names used to describe what happened to this eight year old Egyptian girl, sold by her parents. That she can write and lecture about her young life, when she wasn't allowed to go to school and worked 18 to 20 hour days, is significant. Originally written for the Young Adult audience but has expanded to adult readers. YA language is used and it is somewhat repetitive. Don't expect beautiful prose, but it is a story that needs to be told.
The narrator, Ari Fliakos, was fantastic. I loved his voice and his enthusiasm as he narrated this fun fantasy about the goings on in a mysterious little bookshop in San Francisco. It a combination of nerdiness and gothic mystery with a sweetness that I found delightful.
Although this book was well written and very descriptive, it made me feel sad as I read it. Helicopter parents in the 1970's dealing with racial issues and sexism, for themselves and their teen children.
My decision to read this novel was based on a review that said it was derived, in part, from information about Margaret Mead's anthropology. While there was a background of some details about the indigenous people of New Guinea, the story was mostly about the lives and interactions of three anthropologists. The love triangle was somewhat predictable, until the last chapter. A quick read.
Chaper 3, an hour and half into this audio book was as far as I could stand it. Too many musical references and other intellectual points of reference that I barely understood. Guess I'm just too unsophisticated for this one. Not worth my time. So many other books out there that I want to check out.
The horrible days of slavery in the US is juxtaposed with a modern-day lawyer searching for decendents of a slave named Josephine. Lots of twists and turns in the life of both the slave girl and the lawyer as each tries to find her own kind of freedom. Interesting but not enthralling.
I had trouble tearing myself away from this book to do anything else. It held my interest so completely and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. I loved each the characters and the way the author made them so “everyday normal,” with their good and bad sides. The little bit of sarcasm throughout lightened somewhat the heavy nature of some events. I really enjoyed the Australian accent of the narrator.
Only those people that have experienced the death of their child can truly understand the pain that Joan Didion tried to express in this story.
A 50s mystery about the troubles of a college guy and the women he becomes involved with. Held my interest in the beginning, but became predictible towards the end. Writing style and prose seemed "dated."
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