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8/14/13

Chub Rub Book Club #3


// RECENTLY DEVOURED //
   

The Cookie Dumpster by Shana Hammaker: A short story and memoir about a 17 year old gutterpunk in California. Years after being on the streets, she owes a lot to a cookie store that left edible cookies in the dumpster, providing a source of food and happiness. Drug use with a sweet and hopeful twist! This was a quick read but also raw, honest and held my attention. (***** / liked it)

Lucy Green Eyes: The story of Merlene McDaniel Benjamin by Paulette Benjamin: The book reads like listening to an older relative tell stories, which I like but I can imagine that might annoy people. Take it in and let her paint the picture of her childhood. As Marlene says, it was a different time in the segregated south. I like the way she tells stories in a way I can almost hear her southern drawl and picture all the cute boys that pursued her. I actually didn't mind that she skips around and repeats or re-mentions certain things. Keeps it from getting boring and I am able to follow it just fine. They are all stories and experiences told in the way they relate to each other and not when they happen. (***** / liked it)

It Chooses You by Miranda July: I love how she can write about people and connecting without sounding super cheesy or gross. I love her quirky brain. I have also thought about how I can easily go through my life without meeting very many people between home, car and work. These short encounters with strangers and their photos is strangely intriguing! It is also weird to think that there are computer-less people, sometimes I forget that they are out there. The Pennysaver seemed to be the best way to meet them and she reminds us they still exist. (***** / really liked it)

Inside Linda Lovelace's Deep Throat: Degradation, Porno Chic, and the Rise of Feminism by Darwin Porter: I had a love-hate relationship with this book. Overall, I was disappointed with how it was written. It often portrayed her as a fool and a liar. The size of every john's cock and which actor they resemble is thoroughly covered. It seems like they mixed her earlier books that were allegedly written by her pimp and her later books when she was on an anti-porn kick. I was more interested in her later feminist years and they portray that part of her life poorly. The more redundant this book got the less I believed any of it. It was like they took everything ever said and written about her and filled 640 pages with it. Also, unless you are Elizabeth Taylor herself, I don't think you care about every detail of every star's genitals from the 50's to 70's. Maybe if they could just mention a few? It's like the same story over and over. I started to realize the purpose of all the naming names and tell-all style of the book. While it seems over the top and boring at times, it is telling the story that Linda was kept from telling when she was alive. How the men in her life treated her like an object and that she was indeed forced to perform and raped. At the same time, her story is confusing and we may never know who she really was. It is not personalized at all and rather boring and depressing. From the title I was expecting something different. Every details and abuse is mentioned, even if it is triggering or a disgusting comment from one of her haters. Definitely not written from a feminist point of view. It is just everything we know about her and you're left to decide what to believe. (***** / it was ok)

// NEXT ON MY READING LIST //
   

Cool, Calm & Contentious: Essays by Merril Markoe: "In this hilarious collection of personal essays, New York Times bestselling author Merrill Markoe reveals, among other things, the secret formula for comedy: Start out with a difficult mother, develop some classic teenage insecurities, add a few relationships with narcissistic men..."

Bossypants by Tina Fey: "At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence." I am a little hesitant to read her 'weight issues' but I still adore Tina Fey.

Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse: "Now, in this intimate and tender account, her father and confidant, Mitch, offers an inside view of Amy's life as she lived it, putting to rest once and for all the controversies that have long surrounded her. Sifting fact from fiction, he pre-sents a portrait of Amy unlike any other, detailing the events and the people that shaped her youth--from her mischievous childhood to her grandmother's Jazz Age stories, to her father singing Frank Sinatra around the house."

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn: I am reading this for the Feminist Book Club and I am about half-way through it but my library loan ran out, again. I keep getting distracted by other books that I have on hold and become available. I am going to finish it this time! It isn't an easy read for me for some reason. I think I have to let it slowly soak in or something.

// RESOURCES AND LINKS //
Goodreads - Keep track of your books and see friend's books, reviews and recommendations, as well as other users.
Lendle - Borrow and lend Kindle books for free, for use on all devices. Use referral code EUDN97VA to throw some borrow requests my way! Great way to snag the more popular titles.
fkb.com - Check every day for a list of higher rated kindle books that Amazon is offering for free that day.
Overdrive - Borrow ebooks from the library.
Calibre - Convert ebooks to read on Kindle and other devices.
Feedbooks - Open domain and classic books that you can download for free.

4 ♥ COMMENTS ♥:

Mrs.AshleyL said...

I look forward to reading "The Cookie Dumpster" because I am a recovering drug addict. I look forward to maybe reading "Cool, Calm and Contentious" or "Amy My Daughter" but I'll have to read Rachele's reviews first.

Moonstrobe said...

I am a relative new comer to your blog and I am so glad to see you do a book review! I am a passionate if not very prolific reader. I used to read much more than I do now, but it is still my favorite hobby. I look forward to future book reviews!

GrowingUpMadison said...

I love reading and encourage it tremendously. A few of those books I've never heard of and I'm really interested in getting to read that one on Amy Winehouse. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer @ grimmricksen said...

Yay FBC! I though Half the Sky was a super quick read -- the stories are compelling and it pushes you through straight to the end.

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