FABULOUS biography of Thomas Jefferson the political figure as well as Jefferson the man. It reads much like a novel and was a very engaging read. I highly recommend this to anyone seeking a biography.
This was a beautiful story about overcoming loss. Kate Morrison and her three siblings are dealt a difficult fate... the fate forces each of them to make decisions and sacrifices, often a great personal loss.
The story deals with how the other family members view these sacrifices, and how these choices do not measure up to certain expectations.
After reading this book, I'm suddenly very homesick (despite never having lived on a farm) as it made me long for childhood and the way things "used to be."
I don't think anyone picks up a book like this expecting a ground breaking work of fiction. No one hopes to have his or her life changed by the moral of a book like "The Devil Wears Prada," and I am not an exception. I expected a book that would entertain me, keep me interested, and would make life a little less dull. These goals were all achieved.
Looking back over the opening scene of the novel, though, I am confused. It seems to start in the present, then explain how the lead character, Andrea Sachs, got to such a miserable predicament. Yet, this scene is never revisited. This certainly isn't important, but it might have helped the flow of the novel if it were.
No, I was not moved by this book. It will have no lasting affect on me (although I DID fall asleep last night wondering how on earth my wide feet would ever be forced into Jimmys or Manolos, but that's a different issue), but it helped me to fall asleep at night, closing my day in a relaxed way.
After finishing this book, I went into such a funk. Had I seen a Hallmark commercial of any kind, I probably would have started bawling.
However, this is not to say that this book isn't fantastic. It absolutely is. This book made me think and it touched me in an obvious way. This is a quite a different reaction from many of the other books I have read, which are often meaningless ways to pass some time.
This is a story about an incredibly deep romance between two people. The two participants are so different, but yet they bring out the best in each other. We find out about this romance after tragedy has struck.
As you are reading a review of the book, you know that the story occurs after the death of Paul's wife Lexy and that he is seeking meaning to her death. So, the book is also largely about grief and recovering from it.
I didn't want this book to end, and I read it in an afternoon. It was fantastic, hope you enjoy it too!!
Weiner's typical formula of overweight woman unhappy with some part of her life has worked for three books. In _Goodnight Nobody_, she sticks with this formula, but also tries something new. It is a mystery of sorts.
The perfect mother is found dead. Her death was not a natural one. So, the community of Upchurch, CT (a whole community of perfect mothers) seeks to protect their families while honoring the deceased.
Kate Klein is not a perfect mother. As the discoverer of the dead body, she feels a connection with the woman who has died and seeks to discover who was responsible for the death.
If this is your first Jennifer Weiner book, you will love it. If you have read several of her books, you will enjoy it, but realize it is not her best book. It's enjoyable for sure, but she has written better stories!
As I was sitting on the couch reading this book, my boyfriend was watching tv. Up popped an ad for the film version of this book, starring Cameron Diaz as Maggie and Toni Collette as Rose. Somehow I fear they will fail to capture the sentiment and wonderfulness of this book.
Jennifer Weiner presents the story of two sisters who are polar opposites: Rose was a nerd growing up, is heavier (and happy about it--she never complains about or seems to struggle with her weight), and has always been driven toward success. Her sister Maggie has dyslexia, is thin and stunning, and seeks fame and fortune. Through the novel they fight, as surely all sisters who are close do. But their friendship and love for each other is forged through common bonds: they rely on each other for one thing or another, lived through the death of their mother, and have been criticized by their stepmother Sydelle.
The story is an enjoyable one, and can be read quickly. I kept wanting to go back to it.
Wow. This book was simply beautiful. I must say, I put it off since it was so incredibly popular in 2005, but it had all the elements of a beautiful story--suspense, guilt, jealousy, violence. I'm so glad I read it.
It's difficult to classify The Lovely Bones as a mystery. On the first page, the reader discovers that the narrator is dead, has been murdered, and by whom. I suppose the mystery is in watching the family of Susie, the victim, find out what we the reader already know.
Rather, this is a human interest story. Sebold delves into the ways that a family and community deals with tragedy. Some never move on, some forget easily. Some see the dead in the living. Some go on a quest to solve the mysteries of other dead young women. Some families break under the strain.
Certainly the story is a tragic one; in an age of Amber alerts and where images of missing young women flood our news shows, The Lovely Bones is a timely story. These true life stories parallel this fictional one in many ways; the communities have pulled together, people with no connection to the deceased feel one after her death, etc.
A touching novel, The Lovely Bones will make you feel for the characters. You will celebrate in their triumphs and recoil in their miseries.