| 5 stars
True memoir penned by Harriet Jacobs and the inhumanity of life as a slave. This was written in 1861 and was very controversial at the time of it’s release, as many debunked the truth of Jacobs because slaves were not allowed to learn how to write or read. (Ms. Jacobs was a house servant who’s mistress ~ ie owner ~ allowed her to take books to her grandmother’s and also helped her to read and write; her mistress was 7 years old.)
The cruelty which we inflict on other human beings never ceases to curdle my soul.
Everyone should read this. You can get your copy free at Internet Archive
| 4 stars.
A very good mystery about a marriage gone bad and you just know it’s not going to end well. This is mystery marriage disintegrating story that is subtle and a deliciously “I don’t like these people” with lots of evil read. A chilling “these could be your neighbors/boss/therapist” read.
I really enjoyed this read. The wife is a psychologist and in Her sections much of her thoughts are ramblings on Adler and his theories and how her views of her life stack up according to these theories. I’m probably a bit biased here because that is my working background, so the observations kept my interest very well.
The husband is a man that can’t keep his dick in his pants. Didn’t like anything much about him. He was selfish and couldn’t see any part that his behavior had in totally mind f**king everyone else in his life.
She (the wife) couldn’t deal with confrontation and upset and so resorted to getting even. She is also a non-communicator and non-committer, so when long time partner of 20 years cheats, as he so often does, she doesn’t talk about it or confront him, but rather just gets even that are sneaky and downright creepy when you look back on them. I was rooting for her deviousness all the way but watching her unravel was disturbing.
This book has been compared to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl . The only thing similar is a marriage gone wrong and the fact the people are twisted. Is this really what marriage does for people??? (No, but it does make for some great reading.)
I picked up this book because it is being touted as this year’s best mystery/thriller and all the reviews in pre-release were saying you have to read this. It’s true; you do. Excellent read.
The author, A.S.A. Harrison’s story is as tragic as the characters in this book. This is her first fiction novel and she died in April of 2013, just before it went to publication. It’s a shame because I really would like to have read more stories from her. She is a gifted writer.
Penquin also decided to release this book in paperback, skipping the hardcover release phase nearly all new works go through first in order to increase additional sales with the paperback release later on. This marketing ploy worked, because the sales have gone through the roof; it’s a very affordable new best seller release and nobody has to wait until it comes out in paperback.
Read this book people and then go treat your spice (spouse) like you use to before it all got mundane
What would you do if your dead friend/loved one all of a sudden showed up at your doorstep, many years later, maybe decades later?
I read this early on this year. This was a very good read. Not sure why I didn’t give it 5 stars, but something, very small, was lacking, although I can’t put my finger on what. Maybe I’ll need to rethink my rating, because I’m not sure what more I could have wanted. It was an easy read and kept me interested from the beginning. It also is a book that the more you think about it, the more you realize just how deep it goes, without you knowing that it has left many questions, many wonderings.
In the Author’s Note section of the book, jason mott writes:
“TWELVE years after my mother passed away, I can hardly remember the sound of her voice…In July 2010, a couple of weeks after the anniversary of my mother’s death, I dreamed of her. The dream was a simple one: I came home from work and she was there, at the dinner table, waiting for me. For the course of the entire dream, we simply talked. I told her about grad school and life in general since her death. She asked me why I still hadn’t settled down and started a family…
Not long after that, I cornered a friend over lunch and told him about my emotional unease…Sometime later in our lunch, as conversation was running low, my friend asked: ‘Can you imagine if she actually did come back, just for one night? And what if it wasn’t just her? What if it happened to other people, too?’
The Returned was born that day.”
Back to my first question: What would you do if your dead friend/loved one all of a sudden showed up at your doorstep?
No, seriously, think about that for longer than a second. What would you do? How would you welcome them back…or would you?
The dead do not age; you do. Time does not move on for them; it does for you. How and would they fit back into your life?
What if only some of the dead returned? What if your loved ones didn’t come back?
How would you feel as one of “The Returned”? Would the joy of being reconnected with the person/family you love, outweigh the disappointment of not being accepted back fully, of being viewed as “different”, “weird”, “strange”, “not one of us”?
I loved one passage in particular in this book; it has stayed with me for months:
” She thought then of what her mother had told her once about death. ‘Death is only the beginning of the reunion you did not know you wanted’.” (pg. 139-140)
The more I think about it, the deeper this book gets.
I’ve been meaning to annouce SYNC’s free YA audiobook downloads here since they began to offer them in July,
but I keep getting sidetracked. Oops. The good news is that there is still the rest of August to enjoy this great offer. SYNC offers 2 YA (Young Adult) downloads every week; one a contemporary novel and the other a classic read. This offer is available to U.S. and Canadian residents and did I mention it’s FREE!
Check out their website: http://www.audiobooksync.com/
This week they are offering 2 Sherlock Holmes based books.