This was a fun book to read. Initially, I was thrown off by the number of characters in the book. I often have trouble keeping people straight so I thought I would be overwhelmed but the author did a wonderful job of keeping the story on track and organized so I didn't get confused.
A group of short stories written in the 1800's by Kate Chopin. The main story is of a woman in the 1800's who is struggling to discover herself outside the constraints of "polite society." Ten short stories follow, all of them about women moving beyond thier "place." Wonderful writing style and a fascinating look at the time and place.
I loved this book from the first page. I loved how the characters change as they mature and age. I thought the author did a great job of showing how our perceptions of individuals change as our understanding of the world at large emerges. The characters are wonderfully flawed but realistically so. If you like character driven stories, this would be an excellent choice.
Wonderfully written book about a man. The fact that he has multiple sclerosis is just a part of his life such as; being a husband, father, television producer. His tenacity is amazing and the questions he grapples with are fascinating to witness. The author is very smart and has a wry sense of humor that helps him and the reader get through his day without pity
This was a fascinating look at the life of an immigrant family in the 1920's living in New York City. Their life was very hard which made the story very bleak and oppressive. This is a wonderful study of the challenge with many immigrants in how do you live in a new country and still keep your culture alive? How do your children assimilate without losing their identity from the old country? As sad as the story was most of the time the main character was engaging enough to keep me turning the pages to see how she lives out her life.
I just read it for the first time and absolutely loved it! I liked that it went beyond cliche characters and developed them into someone quite believable. Their separation made me ache and yet you knew they chose what was right. I would definitely recommend this book.
I cannot say enough about how wonderful I thought this book was. The author swept me up in WWII Leningrad and I could feel, smell and taste along with the characters. After the first few pages I was hooked and immediately ordered the next 2 books in the trilogy.
I totally disagree with the reviewer who felt that the author is trying to sell you on Buddhism. The author's husband is Buddhist, of a sort, and some of their conversations include Buddhist teachings, however she is not Buddhist and never did I feel as if they were pushing that agenda. I have read Riding the Bus With My Sister and loved Rachel's voice and her self-examination in the midst of life's challenges. She does the same here in Building a House With My Husband. I find Rachel and her family dynamics interesting and her willingness to be open and honest truly inspiring. I loved the book and will continue to read her writings.
I found this book to be fascinating. I had no idea this segment of history existed and I was really drawn in to the plight of the Jews during this time. If you are interested in WW II history or the plight of the Jews, this is a must-read.
I thought Diahann was a great story teller without being too prosaic. Sometimes I thought she could have gone into more detail about how a relationship had played out but overall she was very open and honest. Her relationship with Sidney Poitier was a real eye-opener.
Fascinating and riveting. I couldn't put it down, her detail pulls you right in and you can feel the oppression of her situation. I would love to see her write a follow up book about life since she left the FLDS.