I really enjoyed this small book of science essays. From fashion on south pacific islands, to what Adam's navel may or may not say about the origins of the earth, to the vestigil sources of the clitoris, this is a great read and packs a lot of information into a small space.
I'm not a huge fan of required reading, but this was one of my favorites. The original women's fiction it looks at one woman's life and how she feels trapped in her times, and the dark way that she deals with it.
Roseanne Cash is usually known as a songwriter, and of course and Jonny Cash's daughter, but here she puts her ability with words into written form. Stories about women, and a believe at least one seemed very much about her.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I think it needed the advice of Dorothy Allison in that most authors should chop off the last fifty to hundred pages they actually write. The end was completely unrealistic and got quite tedious to read. The first half of the book was very enjoyable for me, crude language and all.
I love both of these authors. This book is highly unusual for both of them, a kind of mystery as opposed to the native American narratives they are known for (although that thread is not altogether missing.) It was a great story and well-written, although not altogether plausable.
I just loved this book. I took a long time reading it, picking it up when I really felt in the mood of the scener;, urban, young, and undecided. My favorite character, and the most hateable was Duncan, the pinnacle of self-indulgent English major males who sees himself as a ghost and thinks wisping through life and making selfish observations will somehow turn into a career.
I felt both empathy and resentment for Marian, the lost woman who could have been strong in another time, but was trapped in the 60s with no other options but boring jobs and getting married to the first person who proclaimed some kind of semblance of love.
Travel narrative of a young guy who takes off around the world. He goes to a huge number of places in Europe, Asia, and South America. Writing style is a little repetitive, and he falls in love with every other woman he meets, but it's a fun read.
I love this book. This is the book I used to finally get my brother hooked on reading. It is the book that I most often reference in crazy political conversations with friends. I love it so much that I wrote a song about it (selfless promotion: you can hear it at www.soundclick.com "Shanna and the Hawk").
I enjoyed this book as a travel experience, but would not have if I had been looking for spiritual guidance. Although I practice Buddhism, the Zen style is not for me. It is a little too masculine and focuses on punishment and regiment a lot more than my ideas of what the spirit are. This book is an example of that kind of thinking, but is also an entertaining and good read.
Jim Wallis takes a look at walking the middle path of politics and religion, neither a fundamentalist, or a toe-the-line democrat, he argues that if American politics is to clean up and straighten out, then religious values are a necessary perspective to take. He argues against both fundamentalist Christians and pure secular society. I found this book really interesting and even inspiring - to see that religion in politics can have an impact without being dogmatic.