Review: This begins my journey to go through at least one biography per President. I decided to do this after I realized that there were many good things that I did not know about each president, and it would be time that I learned them as quickly as possible. So we begin, appropriately, with George Washington. This is a man who many people can cite for being a general in the American Revolution, and our first president, but little else. This is a somewhat incomplete picture that gives you an idea of th... Read more
Review: Some of the interviews repeat information (and most of it is very elemental - he started drawing at 1 1/2, his first drawing was of sausage-shaped railroad cars, he taught himself to read at 3 1/2, he attended nearly every performance (evening and matinee) of the New York City Ballet for 10 years...), but you glean at least one nugget of new information from each one. Since I love Gorey, it was fun to read more about his actual life, but after reading this, I'd rather read his actual work.
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Review: If you ever can bear to revisit the pains of late adolescence, Anaïs Nin's second diary can guide you through it in a delightful way.
This volume is written in English. She switches from her native French because she has so fallen in love with the English language. She remains strongly devoted to reading, consuming volumes by Emerson, Bossuet, Poe, Descartes, Darwin, Rostand, Tennyson, Henri Merger, Sinclair Lewis and Stevenson. (She was not a fain of Lewis'. She found his writing too pla... Read more
Review: Much better than the "average" cat story, because the author is a writer for the New York Times--he is smart and funny and so is this book.
Most cat books end with the cat dying...and I end up crying, which I don't like. In this one, yes, the cat dies at the end, but the author tells that part so quickly that I was able to read it without tears. That's a good thing! Read more
Review: It's a fun read about a fascinating topic (who doesn't want to read about life in the CIA?) It's also light: you're going to get amusing spy anecdotes, not confusing details of which terrorist/foreign leader did what.
The first half (about the recruitment and training process) was fantastic. The training section is a riot: the ineptness of some of the trainees (especially Tornado Sally) actually makes me a little worried about our country. Watching them learn about firearms, evasive driv... Read more
Review: It's autobiography, so in a sense you're stuck -- her life was what it was. I would have liked a slightly different emphasis. Most of her attention was given to her time in Peru, in Cartavo and Lima, and then an extended visit to her mother's family in Wyoming. The time after she returned to USA just was given a few pages at the end -- sort of a "oh, I became an American girl, but kept some of the Peruvian stuff too". I was left thinking that somehow it was a little more complicated than that. A... Read more
Review: Our book club was pretty well split between liking and not liking this book. Those who liked it said the good news is, if you are a history buff, you will find lots of little known information about noteworthy American historical events of the mid-180os woven into this incredibly well documented biography. The importance of Henry Ward Beecher's role has not been well known or documented until now, and it makes for interesting reading. Those who didn't like it said the bad news is that the overly... Read more
Review: What I learned from this book... all about the life in the lowest Indian caste. It's a compelling family story about rising from the life society dictates into a life of your own creation. Without education... this family never would have made it out. Read more