I just could not get into this book even though it was highly recommended by a family friend who usually recommends books I love. I'm sending it off to someone else who will hopefully like it having not finished it myself.
While difficult to get into, this book was a really interesting look into the life of Nick Flynn. It talked less about the shelter than I expected and more about his life events. The writing is a bit scattered and difficult to follow but once you get started it becomes charming and unique.
A very neat book, reviewers who said that this book was like a 20-something's version of "The Lord of the Flies" were right on and it had a "Heart of Darkness" feel to it as well. At first it seemed like I was so close to the end but none of the action had happened yet but it turned out to be a swift ending that worked!
This book was amazing, especially since it is real. I study sociology but Black Like Me should be required reading for everyone. It would be even more amazing if someone were to do a follow-up to see what things are like now but John Howard Griffin's work is just as powerful today as it was when his pen first hit the page.
I really enjoy books that are written from the perspective of people with autism and this book was no exception. It's just really interesting to get a peak at how their minds work. Choppy getting started but easy to get into, this book was no exception. Daniel is an amazing person, anyone who works with people with disabilities should read this book.
This book confuses me. It's written like it is for children, the story is about a boy and the writing is simple and to the point. But the subject matter clearly isn't for children. I'm not really sure who the target audience is supposed to be. I read it to finish it but I didn't really enjoy it.
I read this book on one day, half on the treadmill at the gym and half at home that evening. It is a quick and easy read. The writing style didn't strike me as particularly interesting but simply raw and real. I've been told that it is a must read for child care workers and it was pretty much exactly what I had expected.
When I tried to read Sex, Drugs, and Coco-Puffs I didn't make it through 10 pages before I decided I hated the book. So when my book club chose Downtown Owl I was nervous. It turned out that I had nothing to worry about because Downtown Owl is the most fun book that I've read in a while. Quirky and fast but somehow still deep. I loved the way Klosterman had the omnipotent narrator but jumped around to different characters. I'm going to have to give Coco Puffs another try.
Wow. I started to read Barrel Fever and was totally turned off to David Sedaris but I already had this book on the way. Thank goodness I gave him another chance, it was a fantastic, quick, and silly read! I'm going to have to give Barrel Fever another shot as well!
This was my first encounter with Burroughs. I had the book on CD and listened to it during part of my 16hr round trip drive to Baltimore from Boston. It was utterly entertaining and the time flew, I can't wait to read more of his work! Very fun but also very real. A great read/listen!
I've been meaning to read Temple Grandin because I loved Born on a Blue Day and A Curious Incident With the Dog in the Nightime. Emergence was a quick read, but it felt almost like a chore. While the voices in Blue Day and Dog in Nightime were quirky and creative, Temple Grandin is a recovered autistic so that quirkyness that engaged me in the other books wasn't there. It was amazing to read about her life and what helped her along the way but it wasn't as entertaining as I hoped.
While I did not like "Tuesdays With Morrie" I loved "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." My problem with Tuesdays was that there wasn't much to the story other than the people talking, I like action. Five brought together the philosophy aspect with a storyline. A wonderful read.