Briana LeClaire

"Wife, mom, free-thinker"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (3 of 4)
Location: Boise, ID United States
Birthday: Feb. 26


Top Reviewer Ranking: 636,642 - Total Helpful Votes: 3 of 4
Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to &hellip by P.  J. O'Rourke
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Peej's best., Jan. 31 2004
I first read this book as a wet-behind-the-ears DC intern in 1992, and nothing's been the same since. P.J. (it feels wrong to call him "Mr. O'Rourke") nailed the true, power-grabbing nature of government, especially in the last chapter's last sentence. Now don't go pull a Harry "When Harry Met Sally" Burns on me and read the last page of the book first; if you do, you'll miss a wild ride. Emphasis on "wild": there are lots of non-gratuitous naughty words in this book. But if you're the type who can't think about government without cussing anyway, then get this book for you or someone you know who deserves the truth.
Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First W&hellip by Stephanie Nolen
Full disclosure: I am the daughter of Gene Nora Stumbough Jessen who was one of the FLATs (Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees) and so I am more than casually interested in this story. Plus I've met the author, so I'm going to be even less professional, and call her Stephanie!
Every student of the US-Soviet Space Race should have this book. The FLATs have had their story of thirteen women who passed the 1960's astronaut tests (famously described and pictured in "The Right Stuff") told in several media, but Stephanie's is the most thorough job. Her book is liberally sprinkled through with transcripts, letters, interviews, and other primary sources. She presents all sides of… Read more
Going West by Laura I Wilder
Going West by Laura I Wilder
This beautifully illustrated book nicely sums up "Little House in the Big Woods." The drawings are faithful in spirit to Garth Williams' originals, as the text is to Wilder's writing. For example, one page reads something like, one winter's night Pa told Ma he was taking the family out west. Definitely not PC for a husband to tell a wife what to do, but that's what Wilder wrote and that's what the author summarizes.
My daughter is two and I thought I would have to wait many years to share the Little House series with her. I'm glad to have this book to help us bide our time! She loves it, and this is one book I will happily read over and over to her.