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The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman
The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I couldn't understand the hype over this book. This was one of those books that gets good press and lands on a couple lists of best book of the year but for me, I thought it was rather simple. I think my biggest disconnect was my lack of knowledge of the Jewish culture. I honestly feel that if I was more aware of some of the family and cultural quirks, I would have enjoyed it much more.
Tracks by Louise Erdrich
Tracks by Louise Erdrich
I have to start by saying that I'm a big fan of Louise Erdrich, especially after reading The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, which I highly recommend. I should also say that until I picked up Tracks did I know that her characters reappear throughout her novels , which I thought was a wonderful surprise.
With that said, I wasn't as taken by Tracks as my expectations had forewarned. Her writing was of course, wonderful but I didn't find the story to be as original or captivating. It was definitely an easier read yet still stands alone on it's own as an interesting story.
Overall, if you haven't read anything by Erdrich I recommend you start with one of her earlier… Read more
The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid
The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings.., Feb. 17 2003
My feelings are very mixed about this book. There is no doubt that Kincaid has the ability to weave together beautiful and thoughtful moments. However, I had a difficult time staying interested in the book.
I understand the book to be written in the style of the characters history, experiences and misfortunes . A child raised without love, who grows into a woman without the ability to love. Life without love becomes a life filled with philosophical insight on human behavior, love and death.
Overall, the main character's inability to rise above an emotional flat line kept me disconnected, which prevents me from recommending this book with too much enthusiasm. I didn't feel… Read more