As a parent I loved it - thorough, with a sense of humor, filled with common sense, and details that you might not be thinking of as you prepare to leave home. I'd hoped my 16 yr. old would read it - but he had little patience for it as he already knows it all! Perhaps in a year or 2, when his departure is imminent, it will appeal more.
this was an interesting visit to another era. A glimpse of a world as it begins to change. I was saddened that I wasn't able to see the true love blossom, but happy to see characters behaving with consideration of others.
A fun, slightly dated book. The action takes place just before the restoration of the Amber room. Fun to read about what could have happened to the original, and not too hard to believe that it could be true.
A wonderful read detailing one woman's journey through life from pre-communist china through to near present times in CA. Enough detail to make you feel you are there, and to understand somewhat the culture. Also an exploration of the Mother / Daughter dynamic.
This was a challenging read. The way the author has organized the development of the plot left me struggling to keep up, but the feeling is intense and the political message is applicable today. I was often not in sympathy with any of the characters either, which makes it easy to put down, but something about it always made me pick it back up.
This book was written as a companion to the television show - and made me wish I'd seen it. Filled with theories about creativity, and exercises to bring out creativity in the reader, it's an interesting read.
This is a great book for those who just love how silly things can get sometimes. I always enjoyed Dave Barry's newspaper column, and this book is much the same. His alert readers send notice of oddball happenings or newspaper articles that are a bit odd - and off Dave goes! Good for kids 13 to 80 (I don't remember exactly, but there may be a bit off-color humor there)
The whole discworld series is such a fun read. An adventurous romp through an impossible world. It's lighthearted, but engaging enough to keep you reading at night long after you should have turned out the light!
I love Ellen - love her show, and think she'd be a great person to know, but I had trouble with this book. I didn't find it funny at all as I started reading. It's written just as if she were reciting one of her monologues and it wasn't until I heard her voice in my head as I read that I found the funny.
I started this book thinking it was a Sci-fi novel, but it had quite a twist. I don't want to give it away, but although the story was a bit slow paced, and filled with much detail that seemed irrelevant, I couldn't put it down.
While I really enjoyed this book for it's view of the life lived then, I found it hard to understand the choices made by "the girl with a pearl earring" and accordingly wasn't as engaged in the story as I would have liked.
Not much for text in this book at all - and you won't find workable suggestions in here either - what you'll find are clever drawings that will have you looking at things just a bit differently ;-) This is a book I could give my grandmother, and get a few smiles.
This book kept me in thrall for all of it's 897 pages - even when I was through, I wasn't ready to be done. A wonderful story, with characters you care about and could know, characters both brilliant and flawed that draw you into their lives.