Jun. 13th, 2017

3 Things

Jun. 13th, 2017 08:22 am
1. Four episodes in to the new Season of OITNB and it keeps on knocking my socks off!

2. I get to work from home today

3. And we get our first delivery of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) today

My rating system:

10 – life-changing, an all-time favorite

5 - average for what I read

1 – terrible; why did I finish it?


Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen – I hate to quote from the back cover, but I like its summary. It tells us that 44 writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. My own thoughts: the above is an excellent summary. (Sidebar: why is Word flagging ‘intersectionality’ as a typo?? Get woke, Word!) Sure, the tone of this anthology was rather fun and breezy, but what’s wrong with that? I’m all in favor of the editor and writers bringing feminism to a broader audience. I can’t say I learned a ton of new stuff but I can say I enjoyed the book and found it refreshing. Grade: 7


I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillian – I listened to this book, by the bestselling author of “Waiting to Exhale”, on audio. The protagonist, Georgia, is 50-something and her life is just fine – she has a successful optometry practice, two divorces, two adult daughters who are well, and friends. But she’s bored too and searching for meaning. She gets the idea to reconnect with her ex-husbands and ex-boyfriends, and also to sell her practice, sell her house, and maybe travel by train across the US and Canada. I like the set-up, but plot-wise the book really dragged. Dialog was the biggest problem though because each character sounds the same. Georgia has a mother, 2 BFFs, and 2 daughters – and they all speak in a witty, acerbic-but-caring, “sassy” manner. You could pull dozens of pieces of dialog from this book and have no clue which character spoke which lines. And it actually gets tiresome, like ‘no more sarcastic banter, please!’ Compounding the problem, the exes who Georgia meets up with also all sound the same and like they’ve all somehow recently done an amazing amount of self-reflection. Wanted to love the book but it was dull. Grade: 3


Victoria the Queen by Julia Baird – A very detailed biography of England’s longest-serving monarch. Minus the pages of detailed notes, the book is 500 pages long. It’s pretty good. The author gives us an idea of who Queen Victoria really was, what she was like, and her impact. Baird also never shies away from controversy. The parts I enjoyed the most were Victoria’s private life: her relationship with her husband (it seems they were very much in love), her 9 kids, and her late in life friendship-that-likely-was-more with a Scottish man. Grade: 5


The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman – A series of essays by the trans writer. The essays are fairly insightful, sometimes funny or witty, once or a twice a bit too twee. But overall it’s a strong collection if you want to learn more about life for a trans/queer man. Grade: 6


Turning Japanese by Marinaomi – This is either a graphic novel or graphic memoir (the cover of the book says one thing, the spine another). The protagonist is part Japanese, she lives in San Jose, she and her boyfriend visit Japan and struggle a bit with a culture clash and each other. It was nice as a peek into someone else’s life but I’ll likely forget about it in a few months. Grade: 4



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