This book is riveting and heartbreaking and I could not put it down. I read it cover to cover in 24 hours. It's a tragic, beautifully written memoir that is almost unbelievable. Having lost my own mother at age five, I cried along with Jennifer at every loss and cruel twist. I highly recommend this book...now I am ordering the sequel.
Some books you keep, others you pass on when you finish. I would love to share this book, but can't bear to part with it. One of my ALL TIME FAVORITES. The story is one I will never forget. I also do not know why it was classified as a children's book, but know why children should read it. Definitely read it if you can get someone to share it....
I typically read nonfiction, history or historical fiction...but I was going thru some heavy stuff in my life and needed something lighter to get my mind somewhere else. A friend had given me this book and it was just sitting there so I picked it up and got hooked immediately. Even though it's about a sad subject it was fiction and I thought it was light and easy summertime reading. I surprised myself as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend it.
I read this book many years ago after a suicide attempt and two back-to-back hospitalizations for a seriously debilitating depression which I suffered with for years. Reading it was, at least for me, like walking hand in hand with a kindred soul who, unlike myself, was able to accurately describe the deep dark abyss of major depression. It was comforting like a warm blanket on a cold night. I highly recommend this book for anyone suffering from depression...but I espcially recommend it for anyone who has a loved one they suspect may be seriously depressed. Although there have been great strides in the treatment of depression since I went through it, depression is depression is depression and the person suffering from it is living in a hell all their own. Although dated, I firmly believe this book can provide understanding and can give hope to those who feel hopeless. Thank you Mr. Styron for one of the best books I ever read.
This is an engrossing story of the first year in a young couple's marriage. They go through terrible hardship - I think this takes place just before the turn of the century and is very believable. It's an Oprah Book Club selection.
This was an interesting book about a young girl growing up in 1950's rural Kentucky with a disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and cursing. Tourette's syndrome. Funny, sad and troubling...but engrossing.
Fascinating book about the life of Carmen Bin Laden, who was married to one of Osama Bin Laden's 56 brothers and lived in Saudi Arabia until her daughters started school and she realized what kind of life they would have as women and decided to get out. Details what life is like for women living in Saudi Arabia in our day and age. Truly shocking and frightening. Totally mesmerizing, for women and for men.
Truly the most hilarious book I've ever read...laugh out loud funny, even in public you can't stop laughing. This book came along just when my life was way too serious. It is definitely going on my keeper bookshelf. Do yourself a favor and lighten up your world by reading this fabulous book. Jenny Lawson is fabulous...now I am also addicted to her blog. Warning: She is irreverent and has a potty mouth - in all the appropriate ways.