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video 2017-08-14 03:48
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches - Tony Kushner
Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika - Tony Kushner
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes - Tony Kushner

Read the book long ago and it is time for re-read.


The trailer for NT live looks amazing. 


Andrew Garfield plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey. 

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review 2017-08-13 01:13
Thomas Jefferson's daughter.
America's First Daughter: A Novel - Stephanie Dray,Laura Croghan Kamoie

Stephanie Dray writes Historical fiction, most recently with Laura Kamoie, but she's also well known as an Historical romance author under the name of Stephanie Draven. Just to confuse matters even more, Laura Kamoie also has an alias as a Romance author, as Laura Kaye. So it's little wonder that this Historical Fiction novel does have a somewhat romantic feel to it. Where it differs considerably is in its length - while both authors write fairly short romance books, America's First Daughter took me by surprise at 580/624 pages (depending on the source). My Kindle percentage seemed to be rising painfully slowly and our book group unanimously decided to delay the discussion for a week.



Stephanie and Laura between them had 17,000 letters written to and from Thomas Jefferson, on which to base their novel, no wonder it took five years to write.

Jefferson lived a double life, advocating freedom for all, while running a farm worked by slaves. He argued that it would be impossible to maintain the farm without slave workers. Meanwhile, on her deathbed, he promised to love none other than his beloved wife, yet formed a life-long liaison with a slave girl in his employ, fathering several children through her.

This book is written from the point of view of his daughter, Martha, known as Patsy. She relinquished many of her personal freedoms in order to stay at her father's side; travelling to Paris with him at a young age and later playing the role of first woman in Washington. She then married Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. and bore twelve children.



Having spent such a long time on this book I was disappointed in the discussion questions provided by the publisher; they tended to run along a similar theme and were somewhat uninspiring. I had to resort to the passages that I had highlighted while reading to keep the discussion motivated.
Although the book was quite hard going, I learned a lot from it and don't regret the time spent.


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text 2017-08-12 22:55
Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 289 pages.
Angels in America - Tony Kushner

Just about to launch into part 2. This is pretty awesome stuff. 


I'm gutted that I missed the NT live broadcast at the cinema, but I managed to get a hold of the HBO mini-series from the library so am switching between reading and watching.  

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review 2017-08-06 22:48
Book wasn't sure what it wanted to do.
We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, ... We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future - Deepa Iyer

This book has popped up recently (it was published in 2015) somewhere and I thought it'd be an interesting read. I had read 'The Making of Asian America' a few years ago and when this book showed up again it seemed like this might fill in some of the gaps that I thought 'Making' didn't quite cover by focusing on South Asian Americans.


Initially the book was, perhaps, a bit too on the nose. I had not realized that it would open with the shooting at a gurdwara (Sikh temple) located in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The anniversary was just yesterday (8/5) and while I certainly do not in any way fault or blame or feel it's a detriment to the book, it just caught me off guard. But it made the reading very poignant and very relevant.


Then...the book just sort ends up being a jumble. Ranging from the surveillance state (especially in the wake of the post 9/11 world) to the racism and prejudice experienced by South Asians in areas like the US Bible Belt and the importance of activism, particularly focusing on the undocumented and in the wake of Black Lives Matter. 


It just felt like (to me) that the author was trying to cram in far too many topics at once without being able to really go into depth. There could VERY easily be tomes on each of the topics including (but not limited to!): the surveillance state, the relationship of South Asians to the United States in a post 9/11 world, experiences of immigration and the threat of deportation, activism with the changes of technology and the rise of movements like BLM, etc. 


This is actually the first book that (I think) didn't quite match the cover (which made me think this book was going to be about how immigrants coming to the US have made their way here), it also didn't quite match the book flap either (which mentions the shooting at Oak Creek and the news flap over the Park51 mosque and activism but doesn't mention the government surveillance). So maybe part of it is that I went into the book expecting something else but overall I felt disappointed.


Still, I wouldn't be surprised if it shows up in a class reading list focusing on Asian-Americans, Asian Muslims, government surveillance, etc. Many other people seemed to find the book helpful and informative. I think there is certainly good information here but I think I'll be looking for other books to supplement this one. Borrow from the library.

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review 2017-07-27 03:07
More like Breast Pride
Paxton Pride (The Paxton Saga Book 1) - Frank Schaefer,Kerry Newcomb

I just want to say, even if I don't end up liking/enjoying the books you all recommend to me, I always get something out of them. I greatly appreciate the time and effort you all take to think of me.

Thank you to Belinda for the recommendation.


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Part 3 was were I kicked my skim reading into gear. I just couldn't, y'all. The almost raped yet once again heroine scene after scene had me exhausted. To say this story is problematic would be sugar coating it. The third part the hero and heroine hardly spend any time together as hero has run away to get over his blaming of the heroine for losing their child. Heroine miraculously sheds her city persona and becomes Annie Oakley and takes to running the ranch. Men love her for it and of course, women are jealous of her. The men loving, women hating is so extreme in this, bleh. 


Heroine ends up getting kidnapped by villain, lives under constant threat of rape from him, another glorious scene where villains sexual aggressiveness starts to turn her on, a very woman's no can easily be turned into a I really want it yes. An almost gang rape scene, heroine gets tossed and stripped in a circle of men before they are interrupted.

I just don't know how I could stand the romance of it all!!!!


These older, longer saga romance reads typically would do a great job with incorporating historical detail and creating a very clear setting, this one is no exception; I enjoyed the western setting. The sexism and racism just ended up ruining it for me. 


She was much woman, this one. There was much spirit in her---a real woman's spirit. Not like the temperamental Marcelina. The little one knew how to please a man, knew instinctively and exquisitely where and how to touch him, how to move. But such a girl was for a moment and no longer. There were many more like her. The woman at the fire was one of strength, of character as strong as the hills and rocks themselves. A man who was blessed with the love of such a senorita would need no other woman except occasionally, for the sake of diversion.



Because of course, the Latina SIXTEEN year old girl is just a natural sexual being, while the white woman only encapsulates the highest virtues. Which, I have to say, home girl only started to lose her spoiled ass attitude only about three chapters back, so singing her virtues seems a bit premature. Also, because I simply can't keep the horror to myself, the sixteen year old and villain end up being brother and sister. Which turns out the villain knew. He knew he was banging his sister. Yep, this was a two for one, dad and brother incest!!!! 

The bonus line of men being blessed with a good woman so they only have to sleep with other women occasionally for sake of diversion, had me feeling spoiled. 


So, I won't be continuing on with the series. 


A huge thank-you to previous generations of women who worked and work to clear this type of grossness from my younger generation eyes. I only hope to do the same for the next. 



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