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Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Inspiring
Highly recommend

The title says it all. With beautiful, honest prose Dr. Angelou distills her life of ups and downs so that others facing similar quandaries and choices may learn and hopefully avoid her pitfalls.She is a keen observer and noticed that many adults are unwilling to share their imperfections with the younger generation, so she is offering up hers. She is humble and grateful for those that were there for her and shares her hard-earned wisdom generously.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting

 
Informative, Inspiring, Slow
Amazing Women, Unamazing Writing

Enlightening glimpse in the world of the 1940-50's when computers were actually human and black american women were quietly and competently using their education and skills in non-traditional female fields. They were also raising families and facing racism, sexism and Jim Crow segregationist policies in the southern U.S. This important story is unfortunately at times repetitive and reads more like a recounting of history than bringing these amazing women to life.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

 
Informative, Slow, Unconvincing

 
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful

I found this book to be life-changing. Whenever I find myself stressing about unfair or unpleasant situations, I think of what this brilliant lady endured and give my emotions a reality check.

It is unfathomable that this situation was perpetuated for so long, and in my lifetime. Ms Cheung offers clear warnings of the terror and destruction that can arise when there is not an independent free press, unchecked political power and an educated populace. These warnings are as relevant today as ever.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Pointless, Optimistic
Nora speaks my mind

Nora's keen observations coupled with her succinct wit make this a great read. There is much to identify with for those of us who lived through the 1960's and beyond. Loved it and highly recommend as antidote to facing life's ups and downs and taking comfort in that you are not alone.

Stolen Beauty: A Novel by Laurie Lico Albanese
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Informative
Inspiration for art and life

The story of these 2 strong women born in Austria a generation apart was not only fascinating, but inspirational. The struggles that they each faced as they strove to make a difference in the world and honor their commitments were well-presented and believable even as the author admittedly needed to take creative license in writing the story of the art and family connection that bound these two women together. This true story is a bright light for justice against the horror of World War II as well as the prejudice and unfairness that exist today.

 
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous

This book is a complete waste of time told in a juvenile tone uttering insulting stereotypes. I can't think of one redeeming take-away from this book.

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