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this book is a great cup of coffee and a cigarette. i don't smoke anymore, but it gives me that nicotine twinge. a lovely little book.
I read this book in support of Dave Pelzer, that his story should be heard. It was hard to read it, and I feel guilty saying that, when he actually had to live it. The abuse he survived at the hands of his mother causes my stomach to turn and there are some images I cant get out of my head. I think of him everytime I clean the shower with bleach and my nose burns. This story infected me. If you judge a book on its ability to make you feel, then this book deserves more stars. I gave it only 3 stars because I wish I had never read it. I dont want to read a book that will make me feel like this. I am much more carefull when choosing books now after reading this.
I have read 2 of Steinbeck's books and I know why he was a depressed alcoholic. Don't get me wrong, I think he is a great writer and creates real characters in real situations that I can relate to even though I live in a different time, but none of the characters in this book have any redeeming qualities and if this is the way Steinbeck saw the world then I feel bad for him. This story takes place in one day as several characters prepare for and take a bus trip. It is a character driven novel without much of a story but I really enjoyed the writing. This is a book I had to be in the mood for as it isn't a page turner but I was and I am glad I read it.
This was one of my favorites of 2004. A beautiful love story, and I thought she incorporated the concept of time wonderfully. I bought it completely. I have recommended this book to complete strangers, as well as my mother and best friend!
I’m not a big reader of collections of stories, I’d just rather dig into a novel and get into the flow of things. I had read one of Bonnie Jo’s novels and I really enjoyed it and this collection sounded like it had some interesting stories in it so I thought I would give it a go. Set in Michigan, these stories cover the lives of a variety of folks with plenty of issues. Some of their stories are short and some of them take a while to read but they were all worth it. A few of my favorites are: In The Yard Man, Jerry is memorized by a snake that has slithered into his yard. Being the caretaker of the property is serious business for Jerry, more so than his marriage to his wife and kids. Life seems to move along slowly but things are happening so quickly. It’s Jerry’s mentality that makes this story so interesting to me. Drugs, they are a problem everywhere and not just in Michigan and in story The Solution to Brian’s Problem, Brian has written out seven solutions to solve his problems at home. His wife Connie is addicted to meth, need I say more. Brian has had enough and has narrowed it down to seven possible solutions to help get himself and their child to safety. As you read through them you find some of solutions that he wants to take are extreme or intense and yet some of them are quite sensible but they all make you think. I even laughed at a few of them, not because they are funny but because how extreme they seemed to be. You can feel the desperation in his writing. So many interesting stories about people and their lives, not fancy folk just plain individuals just down the lane in Michigan. I’ll definitely be reading another Bonnie Jo book soon!