Erin Boyle

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Location: Canada
Birthday: March 3


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Visiting Life: Women Doing Time on the Outside by Bridget Kinsella
2.0 out of 5 stars Visiting life, Oct. 21 2007
I thought Barbara Ehrenreich was rather arrogant in her written tone in "Nickel & Dimed", but Kinsella seems to have managed to outdo her in "Visiting Life: Women Doing Time on the Outside".
Kinsella writes (somehow managing to strike that delicate balance between arrogance and paternalistic condescension) minimally of her time spent visiting an inmate, in more detail regarding her feelings and thoughts towards the other women there to visit their own men in prison, and finally (and this is by far the most thorough part of the book) on her own personal musings.
I would only recommend this book to people I don't like very much.
Urban Tribes by Ethan Watters
Urban Tribes by Ethan Watters
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3.0 out of 5 stars Urban Tribes, Oct. 21 2007
I appreciated Watters' candid explanation of how his 'concept' of urban tribes was constantly shifting, evolving, and changing (sometimes even to the point of direct contradiction with his earlier hypotheses) the more he tried to define what an 'urban tribe' was.
The book offers a quick paced and interesting read for those interested in cultural anthropology, or are just curious to discover more about how friends and social networking "tribes" have become the new tribe of young Gen-Xers.
Free Press Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Buying It, Oct. 21 2007
A quick and fun read to answer the question of what life would be like without shopping. The author and her partner decide not to buy anything for one year (of course one whole chapter can be devoted to all the exceptions- does going to see a movie count as shopping? what about a local concert?) and see how their lives will progress. The end result is this book (which reads much like an informal blog at times), which is a quick and entertaining read, even if not addressing the issue of consumerism as indepth as many readers might hope.

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