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.
The first issue of Uncanny Magazine in 2019 was a bit of a disappointment. When reviewing short fiction I am only going to mention the things I enjoyed, as I don’t think a critical review of a short story is doing anyone any favors, and short fiction is extremely subjective. Nothing was bad, just some things didn’t excite me.
“The Willows” by Delilah S. Dawson – This gothic southern horror story had a fantastic atmosphere that just sucked me right in. A musician couple goes to a southern farm to get away and write their music for their upcoming album. The only problem is that the longer they stay there, the more they are becoming like the deceased owners from 60 years ago.
“Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Fear” by Senna Ahmad – Two Indian Muslim sisters move to the coast near Amelia Earhart’s old home. One of the sisters is very tech savy and is creating her own mysterious device. Their mother is having a hard time being away from India because her own sister is dying. This is a story about belief and family bonds.
“The Duke of Riverside” by Ellen Kushner – Reprint – This reprint of Kushner’s story of how Richard and Alec meet was my favorite story in this issue and also my first run in with Kushner. I definitely want to read more of her work now.
The nonfiction was really good. I especially liked Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s experience being a deafblind woman, how people treat her, and how she deals with it.
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Basically, I read 131 books. I counted anything that took me over an hour to read. I also read 34 graphic novel trades and 71 single issue comics. I still have a large stack of comics left over from 2018 =/
Absolutely loved this kid’s book. This is the type of story my mother would have told me as a child. They were those moments when she just started saying a random story that went into the most imaginative of places. Of course, Gaiman’s imagination is a little better than my mom’s or mine, so this book was just a trip to read. The premise that a dad goes on this huge adventure while out getting milk for his children is just so cheeky and fun. The story is witty and clever. I laughed out loud a few times and the art by Chris Riddle was AMAZING. If you are going to read this book, please grab the copy with the Chris Riddle art in it.
Coraline is a great children’s book. The main theme that being brave is when you are scared but still do it is a fantastic message to kids. I would have loved to have read this when I was like 11-12 years old and right before my first day of middle school. I can see why this is a favorite of so many readers. I’ll have to rewatch the movie sometime.
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.