I listened to Yes Please on audiobook and I think that is the required format for this memoir. She has a bunch of guest voice actors and actresses on with her and the jokes land much better than the book version. I wasn’t all that interested in Amy Poehler, to be honest, I watched Parks and Recreation through the entire 7 seasons, but I wouldn’t call it a favorite show of mine. My main decision to listen to this is to learn more about how a female comedian dealt with a male-dominated industry. I was not disappointed with this book because she does talk about the latent sexism in comedy and Hollywood. What was surprising for me to find out is how much I learned about work ethic. It is the day in and day out grind for comedians and people in Hollywood to get anywhere. She had to do her time, years of living rough, and failures. Those are the types of memoirs I like, people that fail but still become successful because hopefully, that will be me. Anyway, a good listen, nothing amazing, I had a few laughs and became a larger fan.
I listened to this on audiobook with the author as the narrator. Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most influential and successful women in business at the moment. This is her story about overcoming grief when her husband unexpectedly dies. It is all about her finding resilience and moving forward with her life. Adam Grant is the co-author and he is putting a lot of the research and expertise to the book with his experience as a psychologist.
Here is the thing about this book that just did not completely connect with me. These are two incredibly well-off individuals talking about grief. Yes, they let the reader know that they are privileged and that a lot of the hurdles that other people face aren’t really a factor in their lives when a loved one is lost. So, I want to give them credit for approaching the subject of grief and refinding joy from many angles, but I can’t help but think that this book would have impacted me in a much greater way if it was told by a poor woman. I’m a lower-middle-class individual and if one of the foundation blocks of my life was pulled out from under me I would be struggling to know where I was going to live and who to turn to for support. Sandberg is very clear that she has an AMAZING system of support from friends and family. Death is tough on everyone, especially this kind of unexpected death at a young age, but in the end, I just couldn’t love this book as much as I wanted to because of the wealth gap between her and me. It is still a good book to recommend about grief.
Second read: 7/1/18
This is one of those foundational books that I read at a time when I really needed to find myself. Five years later it still offers up some great insight that grounds me. I’ve been feeling detached from myself as a man and needed to read this to realign my thinking properly. The core of this book is about letting go of the desire for people to accept you and to just be you without any strings attached to others. To do things that you want to do and not to do things for the acceptance or attention of others. Great book that I highly recommend to any young man trying to figure out who he is.
First read: 9/5/13
Will be reading this again at some point. A little bit repetitive at times though. Helping me become the man I want to be.
Well, this Sunday was a decent day as I finished a couple books today. Cold Days by Jim Butcher is the 14th book in The Dresden Files series(almost done the released books! woo!) and You Are a Badass is a self-help book all about the law of attraction. As with other Dresden Files books, this book ended so excitingly. Spells flying everywhere, everyone has their own agenda, and Harry bumbling through the situation like always but still out-thinks everyone in the end. The Dresden Files has such great pacing and still, 14 books in, it is very familiar, yet has changed to become even better.
You Are a Badass is all about hyping the reader up into believing they are the next best thing to sliced bread. I don’t know if I really believe in the law of attraction, if you believe it, you will get it, type of stuff, but it is positive to think that way. This is one of those self-help books that feels great while you are reading it but you won’t really remember a whole lot of it. I’m hoping the thing I take away from it the most will be that it is important to love yourself for anything amazing to happen to you.
Overall, I spent a little over 6 hours reading this weekend(Fri, Sat, Sun). I was hoping to hit at least 9 hours but 6 is alright too.
Other than finishing these books it was a pretty relaxing day. I went to church, finished up reading Genesis(I love the story of Joseph), and spent time with the family. It was a good day and I was happy that the new computer at the church for the audio/visual system worked fine this morning after I set it up early in the week. I’m hoping for a great week at the library where a lot of kids should show up to sign up for summer reading.
I am shifting into my Hugo reading preparation in June. I am going to reread Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee and give Raven Stratagem another try. I failed to finish Raven Stratagem last year as I just got super bored reading it. I’m hoping it was just my mood when I first gave it a try. I struggle with Yoon Ha Lee’s writing for the most part but I’m hoping with some quality focus I can figure out his writing style more and love it like everyone else. Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week. Thanks for reading.
A good refresher course on punctuation with a lot of historical facts about when that particular punctuation started to become used.
American Fire by Monica Hesse is the true story of a string of fire in Accomack County, Virginia, in which over 60 fires were set. Accomack County is the small 60 mile stretch of land on the Delmarva peninsula, the tip. Right away Hesse tells us who the perpetrators are of these arsons, so there isn’t much mystery about who did it but the real mystery is why they did it. Our main suspect is Charlie, a man who has struggled with addiction and impulse control his entire life. Charlie was in and out of jail for most of his young life and ended up falling head over heels in love with a woman named Tonya. Tonya was a dancer, bartender, and a caretaker in Accomack County that had a few children. Together, their relationship was en fuego.
What made this story so interesting to me is that I only live maybe 30minutes from Accomack County, so the story being set, the financial issues in the area, and the people, all felt very familiar to me. As much as this story is about arson it is also about the death of rural America and what that means to the people living in those spaces. Hesse writes with a simplistic yet revealing way that is both intimate and real. This writing style can really work for people or it could really bore people too. I was somewhere in the middle, I thought at times the writing style was fantastic given the subjects of investigation, but I also found myself getting bored at times.
This is a rather short read that I liked but wasn’t in love with. I think it is a great book to talk about with other people and how we each view the circumstances differently. It’s one of those books that will make you angry with the people in it. I’d recommend it to anyone that wants to read information about rural America, especially if you don’t have first-hand experience with “country folk,” or I would recommend it to people that do know the setting intimately.