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review 2017-05-31 15:27
Eddie Izzard's memoir
Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens - Eddie Izzard

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

                Back when BBC America show actually British shows instead of movies and Star Trek, I saw my first Eddie Izzard show.

 

                He made me laugh so hard.

 

                To call this book a straight forward autobiography or memoir is slightly incorrect.  While the progression in the work is somewhat linear, there are digressions, and in some places, you go two steps back after one step forward.

 

                This doesn’t mean the book is bad.  It isn’t.  In fact, it is like Izzard is there talking just to you.  So, it is really nice.

 

                The other thing is that Izzard is not one of those stars who celebrate or shoves his celebrity in his face.  He does not make himself sound extra special or anything like that.  He is, in fact, every day, everybody.  So, when he discusses his struggles to come to terms with himself, to find himself, to succeed, he is in many ways just like you.  Look, I don’t know what it is like to be transgender or TV as Eddie Izzard calls it.  Yet, for a straight woman who doesn’t like to wear heels, there is much here.  Izzard’s writing lacks that self-inflation that sometimes infuses memoirs.  In part, the book feels like he is still trying to figure himself out, and on another level, it gives me the same feeling that reading Pancakes in Paris did.  Everyone struggles to discover who they are and make peace with it.  Most struggles are different yet similarly.  (Yes, I know it is oxymoron).

 

                There are funny insights here too – for instance “Wasps are actually like The Borg from Star Trek” or how real football is more American than people think it is.  “Stinging nettles are the Nazis of the  weed world”.

 

                And he is so right about warm milk.  Warm milk is just wrong in so many different ways.

 

                And Mr. Izzard, you are not the only vomiter, just saying.

 

                The book isn’t just humor – though Izzard’s humor is on full display, it is full of introspection and touching passages.  When Izzard discusses his relationship to his step-mother, in particular his attending concerts with her, the emotion shines though.   It is a rather intimate and touching story.

 

                Even if you are not an Eddie Izzard fan (and you should be), you will enjoy this touching memoir.

               

               

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review 2017-05-27 00:00
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband - Julia Quinn Not very many authors are capable of blending sensitive romance with courageous adventure. Julia Quinn transitions between the two with a smoothness and clarity that appeals to readers like me who are fans of both. The Girl With the Make - Believe Husband exudes classic romance while squeezing in a few modern day subjects. With a strong sense of female empowerment Cecilia sets out in search of answers and ends up facing more than she could have imagined. Edward holds the key to all she seeks, if he can forgive her in the end.
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review 2017-04-10 16:08
A book about rudeness – interesting but perhaps overlong
I Can't Believe You Just Said That: The truth about why people are SO rude - Danny Wallace

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed Danny Wallace's study into rudeness today which is bang up-to-date and quite interesting. It looks into various aspects of rudeness from Donald Trump to ASBOs and looks into where it comes from in the first place. Although labelled as humorous, I did not find it as funny as other reviewers but there are good moments.

At 340 pages, I felt that it could have been dealt with in a shorter time and therefore fewer pages although I have to add that the author has done his research well and consulted experts, citing many examples. Recommended to fans of Danny Wallace or those wanting ot find out more about my rudeness is becoming more prevalent these days.

 

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review 2017-04-08 05:04
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is a wonderful book about two young children who create a magical land just for the tow of them to escape to. They are picked on in school and aren't exactly the best at fitting in with the other kids but their differences and love of imagination bring them close together. Although the story has a sad ending, I think the message of imagination and life being what you make it is very evident throughout the book. I would use this when  having my students write a text about a magical land they wood escape to if they could. I would have  allaying sheet present for them to plan the characters, setting, plot, etc. Once the planning page is complete, they would transfer it over to writing a text using those details. I would rte this book a three and a half out of five stars and it is listed as an 810L on the Lexile scale.

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review 2017-02-25 19:56
Review: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable, Vol 1
Gwenpool, the Unbelievable Vol. 1: Belie... Gwenpool, the Unbelievable Vol. 1: Believe It - Christopher Hastings,Gurihiru Gurihiru

What an enormous amount of fun. Gwen Poole, real girl, has fallen into comics, a medium she both loves and has myriad issues with. And hopefully myriad issues to explore them in. Join her as she aggressively avoids having an origin story and blows shit up. There's a reason I said "real" and not "normal." This is so much fun! Bullets, explosions, and fourth wall quips.

 

And isn't self awareness and violent women all anyone wants out of fiction?

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