I’ve been meaning to read another of Anita Diamant’s books for ages. I love The Red Tent. It’s one of my top ten favorite books of all time. I’ve read it probably half a dozen times. The book is good. The audiobook is good. Sometimes I stop listening to one book in the middle because I feel the need to listen to The Red Tent again. I would absolutely take that book to a desert island, and if my house was burning down and I could only rescue a handful of books, The Red Tent would be one of them. That said, The Boston Girl is […]
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This story comes off as a low-rent version of A Christmas Carol. The themes of a man’s impact on the world continue through, as well as the corruption of wealth. Both stories take place at the holidays, although The Chimes takes places on New Years Eve instead of Christmas Eve. Both feature an old mean being taken on a journey by a ghost to see the way things might have been. The narrator did an excellent job personifying each character as an individual, and particularly excelled at the snobby, wealthy patrons of the city. Not only does he alter his voice, […]
I’m very picky about my non-fiction. I know that as a history nut, I should gobble up whatever I can get, but it nonetheless remains true that written accounts of history can be very boring. I don’t know what it is about many historians, but it’s almost as though if it’s interesting, they’re not doing it right. That is not the case with that book. When Holland took on the House of Caesar, he took on a very broad subject, with much presumption and conjecture. He took on a family of cruel secrets. In the course of a single book, […]
The last time I read this book was in high school, sophomore year, as part of the English curriculum. I didn’t remember not liking it so I thought, shoot, I’ll read it again. And what fun it is! I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (though I know enough about it; Mark Twain is so ingrained in our culture), though I certainly will.
The fact that this story is told from Mary’s point-of-view, and not from Anne’s, makes all the difference in the world. In the tellings of the Tudorian Court, it is easy to fall into the tangle of sex, intrigue, and sin. Mary is an outlier to that world, and when she is pushed into it, she remains uncorrupted by their games.
The thing about memoirs is that they are either really inspiring, or else they are just sort of meh. Even in her prologue, Poehler makes it clear she was totally not into this whole “writing a book” thing. And that’s great. The honesty is great. In fact, I thought the book started off really well. I was chuckling at parts and found it fascinating to hear about her starts in improv, and overall her brutal honest about things. However, I didn’t like the disjointed style where it went from this short story to a poem to four long chapters about Parks […]