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Donna Tartt is very good at setting scenes, and sentence construction. She does have a way of keeping the story moving. We all enjoyed the book,but we did feel it was too long. The time in the book set in Las Vegas could have definitely been shorter. Enjoyed discussing the comparisons of the life of Theo and the painting of the chained Goldfinch.
Incredible book! The author was able to weave a powerful story of lives intertwined. It pictured humanity in war torn times: Survival, heart ache, struggle, care and love thru impossible circumstances
This awarding winning book and author have some good aspects, but it was written it a style that was difficult to get used to. It moved very slowly for most of us. Are we glad we read it...yes. Will we read the author's sequels to Gilead....probably not right away.
I enjoyed listening to the author read this book. Mindy Kaling is a very talented person and has made her way in a profession that is so hard for females and women of color to break into. She has some very insightful thoughts coupled with her unique since of humor.
This telling of one's life made me laugh and cry. Martin Short's account of his career was in depth. I never realized that he has accomplished so much. His love for his wife and his account of her battle with cancer was a wonderful tribute to their relationship. Listening to this via Scribed Audiobook in the author's own voice made the impact of this book so much larger.
Alice Hoffman weaves a very interesting story from the perspective of the 2 main characters. The plot unfolds with tragedy, crime, mystery, social justice and romance at it's heart. Worth the read!
My Journey through War and Peace is a memoir of Melissa Burch. She relates her adventures while a film maker/ journalist in Afghanistan and the Soviet Union when it was very rare for women to venture into those areas to report. She is very honest and vulnerable in sharing her life journey. This memoir could have easily been twice as long. I would love to hear more about her travels and insights personally as a filmmaker overseas. She is very descriptive, documenting the look of the scene in the various events of her life that she speaks to in this memoir; what I would expect from a film maker. I feel this memoir just barely touched the surface of a very complex women. Many passages left me wanting to know more about what was going on internally with her during the events in her life that were turning points
Food, love, tragedy combined with magical realism. Very enjoyable read
Loved this book! Franks was able to weave a powerful story out of Appalachian folk lore, religious fanaticism, social & agricultural changes all set in the Western North Carolina mountains in 1939. The strong characters of Irenie and Brodis lead the reader on a journey thru discontent, discord, & misunderstanding. I love books that I can visually "see" as I read. This story did not disappoint! I highly recommend this book!
So smartly written. This is a powerful book about the choices we make- about the questions those choices leave us with. A truly amazing debut novel. "She had grown up and found God, people thought, but she hadn't found anything. She was searching for her mother."p.234
Such a wonderful story! I'm simply going to share some of my favorite quotes.
"You know; when you're feeling very sad, sunsets are wonderful..."p.19
"It's harder to judge yourself than to judge others."p.32
"One sees clearly with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes."p.63
This has been a very tough, but very timely book to read. It has challenged me to look deep within myself and the assumptions regarding racism & white privileges I may hold. It has helped me to renew my commitment to welcoming & understanding the stranger and to opening my heart, mind and soul to all who are in my world, my community, and my place of worship.
3.75 stars. A very heart tugging read filled with unexpected twists and turns. This story comes full circle with grief, loss, healing and hope. The interconnectedness of the women in this story was a wonderful addition.
Mary Oliver has a wonderful way with words and blends the spirit and nature into so much of her writing. The part that was the slowest for me was the section where she wrote about various other poets. I liked this enough to be interested in reading more of her work.
Carol Goodman is an amazing writer. She has a flair for the eerie, suspenseful story. The only negative I had was I really didn't like the main character, Nan, and how she handled her grief. But I guess that's the point; grief is messy and nobody handles and processes it the same. P. 273, "...You hear the story you want to hear. And maybe the one you need to hear,..."
I've tried to make an effort to read more diverse books this year & when this one showed up in a donation to my Little Free Library I knew it was time to read it. Toni Morrison is an incredible writer who pulls no punches. She gets to the heart & soul of the subject matter. Thru the child characters, Pecola, Claudia & Frieda, my insight into the effects of race, culture, and racism was expanded. Seeing these constructs thru the eyes of children was poignant.
Such a sweet book!
Themes of family disjunction, secrets & hoarding prevail in this book. The author told the story in a creative way by using the Mother's emails to a stranger interwoven in the narrative. It ends with redemption & healing.
P. 384 " I know as well as you do that only the individual had the key to change themselves."
Very light Christmas reading. This collection of 2 novellas combined feel good Christmas emotions with mystery, intrigue and romance
This is my first time reading Murakami. His books at first look, intimidate me, but this book of short stories listened to thru Scribd was a great way to get my feet wet. I found the stories very well written and enjoyable to read. Plan to pick up another Murakami book soon.
Love Woodson's writing. It's pure, vulnerable and speaks truth.
p. 23 "For God so loved the world their father would say, he gave his only begotten son. But what about his daughters, I wondered. What did God do with his daughters?"
p. 66 "How do we dream ourselves out of this?"
Best short story collection I have read this year. Each story centered around a woman- a strong, independent and flawed woman. Absolutely loved this book!
Quotes from the story "Mothers, Tell Your Daughters."
P.89 "You can always find pain and suffering in this life, but why go looking for it."
P.103 "Everyone of you children was born at a crossroads because every woman giving birth becomes a crossroad."
Loved this collection of holiday stories. Each story warmed the heart and allowed hope to shine thru. These stories can give your day a much needed break. This book is staying with my Holiday book collection.
P. 214 "Rules make people feel safe. But they can turn into judgements. Condemnation is easy, Vaughn. The harder choice is love." Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire
A dark, disturbing tale of the mind in 188 pages.
P.187" ...but surely the dream wasn't all there is? We have to wake up at some point don't we?"
Margaret Atwood is an amazing author. This was published in 1986 but it alludes to the disturbing tragedy of losing individual rights. Scary and worrisome how women lost their rights and the society came under the authority of a patriarchal, strict fundamental religious based government. But YAY! for Quakers being around and still working for justice and running the Underground Femaleroad!
Experienced this book as an audiobook. Interesting. She was so young, impressionable and lacked self esteem when she was thrown into stardom. The part of her diary read by her daughter Billie was my favorite part.
This story is about love, about knowing ones' self; it's about discovery, deep emotion; it's about perseverance; it's about the untapped strength of women. Beautifully written.
P.233 "In practice, it's difficult to resist the impulse to fill the silence, to let the person you love off the hook, to let them be."
Powerful, meaningful account of the injustice that is prevalent in our criminal justice system. Bryan Stevenson has shared his heart, his soul and his life's work. It has truly opened my eyes and caused me to grieve injustice. P.294 "The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the undeserving. It's when mercy is least expected that it's most potent- strong enough to break the cycle of victimization and victimhood, retribution and suffering." There's not enough space to share how this book has impacted me. #stonecatcher #justice #mercy #hope
Amazing storytelling. Loved the structure of the writing. Contains powerful themes of race, justice, culture, family and resilience. P. 207 "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."
This is a story of 2 strong young women. It's a story of their friendship. It's about the atrocities of war. It's a story of truth and strength.
"Careless talk costs lives"
"Fly the plane, Maddie"
"Kiss me, Hardy! Kiss me, Quick!"
"Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning "
P.201 "Patriotism is not enough- I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone."
Amy Schumer jumps in with both feet in this vulnerable look at her life. Strong themes prevail: family, feminism, loving the body you have, things not to do in your young adult years, & advocating for decrease gun violence. Trigger warning: If you would rather not hear/read coarse language or hear/read about the intimate details of a persons sex life, this book may not be for you. Amy holds nothing back.
Easy, enjoyable read. Loved that it had a Little Free Library as part of this mystery. 3.25??
This poetry collection from Rupi Kaur is incredibly powerful and moving. Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry about love, loss, trauma, abuse, healing and femininity. I wish I could quote every single line here. I read this as an ebook on Scribd but will be getting a hard copy to keep on my shelf. So emotionally moving.
Enjoyable- however I had difficulty at times following all the characters in addition to the main characters of Madeleine, Sarina and Lorca. This may be due to experiencing it as an audiobook. The book was paced well and it was an intriguing way to tell a story over a 24 hour period.
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