Featuring original music by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon! It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.
I read a stellar review upon this book's publication, which convinced me to buy it. The author read this uninteresting book in a bored, boring drone. I really don't understand the positive response to this book.
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When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
I didn't find this story of an abusive husband suspenseful at all. The women were doormats for him because he was sometimes charming with Tiffany gift boxes. Did the 'twist' at the end send me reeling? Nope, it was contrived and deflated.
That this became a NYT bestseller is the really scary thing.
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Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
This book reminds me of nothing so much as my son recounting, in excruciating detail, one of his long long long dreams. Nuff said.
Also, the reader here is just awful, as other reviewers have noted.
A novel about family, open-minded spirituality, and the American road, Lunch with Buddha accompanies the characters from Breakfast with Buddha as they move further along the path toward lasting peace of mind. Facing one of life's greatest emotional challenges, Otto Ringling takes comfort in a loving family and offbeat lessons from eccentric spiritual teacher Volya Rinpoche.
I SO loved 'Breakfast With Buddha', a funny, wonderful book from many perspectives. And this one is such a big disappointment. I feel like I've been running around in a whiny, arrogant Rich White Guy's head. Yuck.
For Charlotte Crawford, the worst part about being dumped after 20 years of marriage is that her husband, Jack, doesn't want another woman; he just doesn't want her. Forty-two and clueless, Charlotte is a fish out of water in a dating pool teeming with losers. Just when she thinks she's finally put her failed marriage behind her, it comes back to bite her in the ass...hard. Without warning, Charlotte finds herself staring down the barrel of a future she wouldn't (she would totally) wish on her worst enemy.
Requisite mentions of 'gender equality' aside, this meshuga book is a throwback to the days of 'Never tell a man the truth, if you want to keep him!'
In 2016? Shameful. Outdated. Disgusting.
Until recently, historians believed America gave asylum only to key Nazi scientists after World War II, along with some less famous perpetrators who managed to sneak in and who eventually were exposed by Nazi hunters. But the truth is much worse, and has been covered up for decades: the CIA and FBI brought thousands of perpetrators to America as possible assets against their new Cold War enemies.
This book reveals how thousands of Nazis were welcomed into this country after (and during) WWII, being put to work in our own scientific endeavors or as spies for the CIA. "Nobody hated Russians like the Nazis", the thinking went. Members of death squads, doctors who performed experiments on Jewish prisoners, camp directors, SS officers, Hitler advisors; all welcomed and protected by agencies of our government, even as Nazi hunters found and attempted to prosecute some of them for their war crimes. Nazi hatred was replaced by the Red Menace, and many human monsters lived long, comfortable lives in America because of that. Disheartening and reprehensible behavior reported here.
Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women", Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits Shrill, her highly anticipated literary debut.
This book is written for the obese, and by that I mean fat enough to break a chair when you sit on it, as the author did. It is intended as a middle finger to the non-fat world, and a rallying cry to obese people to stand tall in obese-ness.
I don't think fat people are disgusting abominations. I do deplore 'fat acceptance' arguments. No, obesity isn't normal, and nothing will make me believe that obese people are just fine and happy about it. If they're like Lindy West, they are bitter and shrill.
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The police in Jersey County, Illinois, accepted Paula Sims' story of a masked kidnapper who snatched her baby girl, Lorelei, from her bassinet. Three years later, her second newborn daughter suffered an identical fate - and this time the police were unable to stop searching until they had discovered the whole horrifying truth. This is the full terrifying story of twisted sexuality and hate seething below the surface of a seemingly normal family and of the massive investigation and nerve-shattering trial that made the unthinkable a reality.
Interesting story about two weirdos and their two dead babies, and how close they come to actually outwitting the cops and getting away with murder. It should be about 10 hours long, but Don Weber the author devotes about five hours to braggadocio and self-congratulations for his work as Don Weber, the prosecuting attorney in this story. That gets old pretty fast, but these characters were interesting enough to keep me listening.
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Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brief but serious illness at the age of ninety-one, they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a yearlong conversation unlike any they have ever had before. The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives, the things that matter to them, and what they still want to learn about each other.
Gloria Vanderbilt, a high-school dropout, is, nevertheless, enchantingly voluble and erudite,
introspective, thoughtful, vulnerable, incredibly loving and alive at 92 (at the time of this publication). What an interesting life she has had! Prompted by her son's questions, she recalls it here in detail and with much emotion. I was utterly fascinated from beginning to end.
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College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.
The reader was perfect for this story. The story itself started out interesting, with engaging character development and relationships, and I did not suspect that it was going to devolve into a very predictable whodunit. I would not have bought the book if I did, as I prefer to be surprised by where the author is going. But still, the excellent narration kept me listening to the end.
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