After finally getting my parents to move out of their tri-level home full of 'collections' and into a senior condominium community, I am still wrestling with how to get my mother to let go of her stuff. Though I did not go through the unsanitary conditions as the author endured, I could certainly relate to the struggle of trying to understand a parent who cannot get rid of anything because it may be valuable later and brings comfort to them. The author describes many encounters with throwing away her fathers papers, I wish it was as easy as she made it sound. After donating some useless cat figurines to the local Goodwill, my mother proceeded to tell everyone she met that I was robbing her.... My next step will be to read/listen to a non-fiction book on hoarding to see what I can actually do besides love my parents and all their faults. BTW I married a neat freak, possibly to make sure I didn't follow the same path as my parents. Good book to let you know you are not alone and you are NOT your parents.
This book made me giggle out loud and then do further research on impressionist painters. Who couldn't use a good laugh while learning something?
When musing over a painting, a woman remarks that she thinks the model is smiling because she 'bonked' the two men in the bushes. Scandalous!
Great comic timing & voice control- perfect
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec-he was the naughtiest of the painters and loved the ladies and booze
Crossed is one of the better audiobooks I have listened to. The beginning of this second book starts out a bit slow, but don't worry-you will be left with questions and a desire to see what the third book holds.
The first in this series, Matched, was completely voiced by Kate Simses and she does a wonderful job of getting the character's emotions across. (She should have read for Katniss in the Hunger Games.)
This series is particularly good for middle-school aged girls. The romance is age-appropriate.
This book is great for teaching kids that the civil rights movement is more than just Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. The Liberation of Gabriel King uses a light touch to introduce kids to the Black Panthers, the KKK, and the peanut farmer who won the presidency after America lost faith in the office. The real message of the book, however, about overcoming your fears to stand up to bullies and the power of friendship.
What would your list of fears include? Spiders? Jumping off the high branch into the creek far below? Or perhaps the Klu Klux Klan on your door step? Are you ready to face your fears with two Georgia kids in the hot summer of 1970?
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