বইয়ের জন্য ব্যবহারকারীর তথ্য, পর্যালোচনা এবং সুপারিশ
Perhaps one of my favorite books. I've read it many times and each time, I gleen something new from its pages. Personally, I think it's essential for anyone interested in the world beyond the end of their nose. From how history works, especially in our country, to how politics works, 1984 speaks so much to all of us. Like 2001 and many other books, it can be surface read for the story. Even with surface reading, the reader should be able to pull out life lessons. Subsequent readings will reveal the depth and truth of what Orwell saw as our future. Savvy readers will see how it is our present.
I got to hear Edward Carey speak at Tulane when his wife Elizabeth McCracken was there as a Newcomb Scholar. His talk about how his art-making and writing relate was wonderful! He often models characters and cities that go along with his narratives. I soon discovered that his writing is superb, as well!! I was very blessed to have him come back to the studio and take a glance at my works. I always wish I could bring him back to see what I'm working on these days now that I have gained more confidence. He was very kind.
(technically 3.5 stars, but I like to round up :) I had a fun time reading Ai's poems (bet you're not going to see that comment a lot on the other reviews...) because of her style and choice of subject matter. While her style is light, sometimes rhyming, free style, her subject matter is heavy and matted, and usually told much like a story. I sincerely enjoyed almost every poem and was effected by almost every poem. I am a little confused at the title of this collection of work, and maybe that's why I didn't give it a full 4 stars. A few selections it is easy to see where the title fits, but in others I have to read into, push and pull, to fit it into the title, and in with the other pieces. Also, I was under the impression that one or two pieces still needed some work, or fine-tuning. Not in a snobby way, but in a way that I think Ai is so talented and such a beautiful poet that I know she could've written it a little cleaner. That said, I will definitely be reading more of Ai's other books - maybe I'll try one or two that she's won awards for - with certainty that I will also enjoy them.
I'm a sucker for books about dogs and, even moreso, by dogs. It's a good beach read and the story has great potential, but was never fleshed out. There's no depths to the characters, the story, the ideas unless we're talking about racing. Sadly the book that proposes to show how human dogs are, clearly outlines the difference. Get it from the library.
I'm not sure whether to give this 3 or 4 stars - I'm going with 4 since she gave me real hope that someday I can successfully make frosting, and she could be quite a funny writer at times. Its an interesting topic, but she lacks focus. For all her talk in the beginning about how her book is arranged in layers (like a cake, get it?) the different subjects she tackles - history of cake, her family history and her personal history, both cake related and otherwise, celebrity cake makers, etc, are all mixed up like, well, like a marble cake, with no clear separations. She talks about everything - Marie Antoinette, Martha Stewart, Victorians, colonials, Vikings, Romans, Mid-Atlantic pastry shops, snack cake history, recipes, her grandmother's kitchen, the evil wedding industry, first birthday cakes, and a lot of other things that flitted through her mind while she wrote this book on the sugar high that resulted from all the cake she taste tested while doing "research" for this book. She talks a lot about her family experience of growing up with her grandmother's cooking, and speculates everyone's trying to find a store that sells cakes "like your grandmother's." I find that hilarious since none of my grandmothers or step grandmothers could bake a decent cake if their lives depended on it. Still, I get the idea of trying to recreate childhood memories of the taste of that perfect birthday cake. I remember this one cake my dad made way back when the world was young that was pure Nirvana in cake form.
I heart Barbara Kingsolver. Yet, I found this book to be a little preachy. Yeah, Barbara, I would love to built a brick oven in my backyard, grind my own wheat, and bake fresh bread daily. I'll get to that in between working and keeping my house from collapsing in on itself most weeks! I consider myself very thoughtful about the food my family eats. I made all my kids' baby food, grow herbs and vegatables, and cook using a lot of organic and local produce. However, this book didn't inspire to go a bit further than I already go to be good to the Earth and my family in the kitchen. The one idea I did like from this book was Kingsolver's pledge to buy something from every booth at her local Farmer's Market to keep everyone coming back. I did find myself doing that after reading this book last summer. So, okay, I did go a little further.
Not my favorite Stephanie Plum book. But I did enjoy it. As always I laughed out loud and was torn between who I think Step should be with Ranger or Morelli. I always choose Morelli in the end. In this book Lulu witnesses a murder of a celebrity cheif. Stephanie and Lulu must solve the crime to protect Lulu and to get the reward money. To make life more interesting Stephanie is once again moonlighting at Rangeman Inc. Someone is overriding Rangers security measures and robbing his clients. Is it an inside job or someone out to destroy Ranger's business? The plot about the muder Lulu witness was not all that great but the side story of someone breaking into Ranger's clients was more fun. Janet seems to have reverted to a 13 year old boy with her obession with fart jokes. It was funny once but after I felt like I was hanging out with a bunch of teenage boys.
ব্যবহারকারীরা এই বইগুলোকে ২017-২018 সালের সবচেয়ে আকর্ষণীয় হিসাবে বিবেচনা করেছেন, পোর্টালের সম্পাদকীয় বোর্ড " ট্রেন্ড বই লাইব্রেরি "সমস্ত পাঠক এই সাহিত্য সঙ্গে পরিচিত হন যে সুপারিশ।