In November 2014, 13 members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past 40 years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before.
I thought the book would have been more about his son’s ordeal with cancer. It was there, but, the book is mostly about things Joe did as Vice President and why he didn’t run for President. You got to love Joe though. He seems like a real salt of the earth guy.
In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined", Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care.
I am a morbidly obese woman. I could relate to all of what she describes about her own body and the prejudices faced. Was the book written for people like me or for people who need to understand how people like us can exist? The whole book felt incredibly sad to me. I cannot recommend this book to anyone. I also plan on asking my friend who recommended it to me, why she did?
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.
I loved this book. I am old enough to remember the Franken Davis team on Saturday Night Live, so I enjoyed his reminiscing about that time in his life and the rest of his comedy career, but, most importantly, he gives great insight into what the election process looks like for Senators and how things really get done in Washington. He also gives up ideas and hope at the end for how we can make a difference!
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Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
I had been recommended this book many times. I was given the impression that it helped explain the Trump phenomenon. It doesn't. I was raised in Nebraska under similar circumstances to this author. So the book was good in that I was able to relate to much of what he said. I guess this book comes so highly recommended because the liberal "bubble" as they call it has kept out these experiences? I don't know. Unlike the author, I am a liberal even though I come from the same hillbilly background. I don't know why.
Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.
I loved the narrator. Cassandra Campbell is so good. The story was so incredibly weak! I don't know why I finished it. I was expecting it to be more of the Chinese American story and although that was touched on, it doesn't stand up to nearly every other book I have read with this theme. It was a Audible staff recommendation...hard to believe!
A War Zone of the Soul: Dr. W. Lee Warren's life as a neurosurgeon in a trauma center began to unravel long before he shipped off to serve the Air Force in Iraq in 2004. When he traded a comfortable if demanding practice in San Antonio, Texas, for a ride on a C-130 into the combat zone, he was already reeling from months of personal struggle. At the 332nd Air Force Theater Hospital at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Warren realized his experience with trauma was just beginning.
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I love that this formerly privileged American neurosurgeon was able to look so honestly at the contrasts between performing surgeries in America as opposed to the horrors of doing surgery in a tent hospital in the middle of war torn Iraq. The only criticism I have of this book is the author's undying faith in God, how he can still believe, is way beyond my comprehension!!
The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
This is a waste of 9 minutes. I guess the only redeeming thing is that the profits are donated to vets.
In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today he is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands.
This book is compelling. I have spent a lot of time thinking about America's "underclass", I am using the terminology as the media does to describe the disaffected black youth in our modern ghettos who end up being "warehoused" in our Nation's ever commercialized prison system. This book is well written as it tells one "enlightened" man's personal story.
A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.
I thought I would give this a chance since it was a gift from Audible. The story is a warmed over version of Dickens Christmas Carol. Don't waste your time!! Ver disappointed!
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From the author of the blockbuster best seller The Game: a shockingly personal, surprisingly relatable, brutally honest memoir in which the celebrated dating expert confronts the greatest challenge he has ever faced: monogamy and fidelity.
This was a very compelling, but, at the same time difficult book for me. I really have to strongly recommend this to anyone who read "The Game" or is a "love addict" or "love avoidant" or has struggled with the whole question of monogamy. It is painfully honest!!
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