Talk about receiving the right message at the right time. Wow. Big Magic is one of the most honest discussions about the creative process that I’ve ever read. Gilbert strikes a playful and conversational tone, but make no mistake, this is all straight talk. Her no-BS attitude helps do away with the unrealistic expectations and unnecessary melodrama attached to the concept of “creative living” (like how she so expertly pish-poshes the "tormented artist" ideal). And in its place, she asks all.... (More)
Given the success of her earlier works, it's probably no surprise that Gilbert has now entered the self-help book genre. I can easily see how her editors and publishers might have pushed her along this path and into creating this book. It's not without merit but it's one of those things where it might never have seen the light had it NOT been written by a best-selling author who does intersperse her thoughts with her real-life experience with the challenges of the creative process and who.... (More)
I have been involved with low income housing in Milwaukee for over three decades as a landlord and as an attorney for landlords and tenants. I know the neighborhoods and characters in this book all too well. If you want insight into poor people’s lives as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads, you should buy this book. The other reviews are right about how gripping those stories are. But if you are a graduate of Trump University and think you’ll get some insight into how to make.... (More)
The theme and very good overview of how these two arenas interact with each other. Unfortunately, what could be collapsed half the volume of the book, gets carried on too long and becomes tedious. (More)
This is a short, quick book to read, perhaps 30-45 minutes of your time. And at only $2.99 (on Kindle) you can't afford not to buy it. For those who found his list of 20 points elsewhere on the web for free, don't let that suffice. The book adds commentary to his list, and it's worth the small cost.
For those of you not acquainted with Snyder, he's a historian of Eastern Europe and has written extensively on the turmoil--the killing fields--of Eastern Europe in the 20th century. He knows.... (More)
Much hullabaloo has appeared in social media based on the release of the preview for the movie based on this book. The movie will be historical fiction, the book is not. The book is as much about the advances and science done at NACA and NASA as it is about the black women who were an integral part of this piece of history. It is an easy reading book and most readers will find it an interesting read as well.
I was an officer in the Air Force for 20 years, working in the missile and space.... (More)
I read Hidden Figures for a local book club. I was in the minority for having finished the book. Most of the ladies went to see the movie. I gave the book five stars for the importance of the subject, new information shared, and for the author's extensive research. As a reading experience, I rated the book three stars; I did not have an emotional connection that compelled me to read on.
I appreciate the author's bringing these women to public attention. I liked how their story is presented in.... (More)
MUCH ON THE PLUS SIDE. This book more than lives up to its title – “A true story of summits, space, and speed.” The personal and team adventures, inner and outer, of astronaut Scott Parazynski go beyond just space travel. We go to the top of the world twice, for Scott also takes us along on his two Mt. Everest climbs, harrowing and wondrous. He did his successful climb in his older years. How he relates the challenges with his earlier space travel brings out many insights into human.... (More)
This is the best diet book I have ever read, and I lost 44 pounds following it.
This book takes the low carb approach made popular by Dr.Atkins and perfects it. I originally started on Atkins and eventually changed my diet according to what I always thought was common sense - For example - While staying under 30 carbs a day I added 2 servings of fruit, ate lots of fatty fish (only wild caught), eliminated processed meats (e.g.: bacon, cold cuts) and replaced them with GRASS FED, naturally.... (More)
I purchased and read this book, along with Dr Cordain's book, to learn more details about the Paleo approach to eating. I feel Dr Cordain's book is much better written and, oddly, it seems Robb's book copied some of the info from those earlier books literally line-for-line. The main difference is Dr C's book doesn't try to be clever or funny. It presents compelling data in a measured way. Robb, on the other hand, seems to wish for a second career as a comedian. The "ha-ha, yuk-yuk" tone was.... (More)
I wanted to read this book as the Maine woods have been a part of my life and I was unfamiliar with this story until I saw this book. I realized from the start that at the core of this story was an important topic I already have been worrying about that I feel American society either is unaware of or is purposefully ignoring: the neuro-atypical person and the challenge of how they will live (not thriving but suffering) in modern America.
I found the book a page turner from the start. I did.... (More)
I really liked it at first but it moved a little slower as it went along. It's a really quick read because the author only spent several hours with his subject who really didn't want any publicity. It's interesting - I gave it to my friend from Maine when I was done. He said not that unusual for Maine. (More)
Friedman offers a compelling, well-researched paradigm for understanding how the US arrived at its current level of dysfunctional politics. His hypothesis, restated throughout the book is that the US, as well as the rest of the planet, is being subjected to three relentless, ineluctable forces: the exponential development of technology, the forces of globalization and concomitant interdependence, and severe climate change, all of which have altered forever the complacent stability to which.... (More)
I chose to read this book having enjoyed Friedman's previous works 'The World is Flat' and 'Hot, Flat, and Crowded'. I found the exposition on Moore's law and the rapidly accelerating capabilities of technology to be adequately researched, thoughtfully explained, and tied nicely into some thoughts on how the role of education in American lives must evolve. Friedman does not wander overly far in to the topic of climate change and really doesn't offer any new ideas here. The book's greatest.... (More)
I am generally a pretty critical reader, and it's almost embarrassing to write such a glowing review, but I can say without reservation that this book is a treasure. (And no, I am not a friend of the family. I haven't even watched him on The Daily Show, although I'll probably start to watch now.) Trevor Noah is a superb storyteller, and this memoir is his eloquent and touching account of growing up as the mixed race child of a single mother, living in poverty in deeply racist and sexist.... (More)
I enjoy Trevors comedy and the Daily Show. The book was interesting but it jumped around too much. One chapter he was 7', the next he was 17 and the next he was 9. Often due to the jumping around parts of stories had to be retold. Overall the book didn't flow well but it does provide some interesting insight into life in South Africa and also into Trevor himself. (More)
To become a dentist, I had to study for 4 years of college and another 4 years (40 hours/week) of dental school. Since graduation nearly 20 years ago, I have taken at least 1,500 hours of Continuing Education at my own expense. And yet, despite my best efforts to be an extraordinarily good dentist, I am now more aware than ever of how much more there is to learn and master. And that's in my own profession, in which people rely upon me as an expert! Nevertheless, every week I hear or read.... (More)
Murray frames the moral dilemma facing the west through a quote from the prophetic 1973 book The Camp of the Saints. Author Jean Raspail saw ‘A million poor wretches, armed only with their weakness and their numbers, overwhelmed by misery, encumbered with starving brown and black children, ready to disembark on our soil, the vanguard of the multitudes pressing hard against every part of the tired and overfed West. I literally saw them, saw the major problem they presented, a problem.... (More)
Sean Carroll is a successful theoretical physicist, skilled ponderer of philosophical questions and gifted communicator of science. He brings all these qualities to bear in his big-hearted, ambitious latest book “The Big Picture.” The book is part sweeping survey of some of the most thought-provoking ideas in modern science, part sweeping rumination on two of the most fundamental questions that we can ask: How do we gain knowledge of the world? And how do we distill meaning from an.... (More)