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review 2016-10-18 18:49
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir - -Penguin Audio-,Carrie Brownstein,Carrie Brownstein

There are several things I loved about this memoir but nothing quite as much as the way the book opens. She begins with a perfect description of what it's like to be a fan, to be a part of a fandom. As a fan of many things and a bit of a geek in general, I couldn't have worded it better.

I loved the inclusion of the whole section on the ways they were interviewed as they got bigger and how no one could avoid mentioning that they were women and somehow make it about them being women more than being musicians or artists. I enjoyed that she included excerpts, allowing the reader to be annoyed with her but not necessarily admonishing those who had written them either.

I was always a bookish girl and could never relate to music the way that other people did, but I tried. This book made sense of a lot of it. The abandonment to the music and the way the abandonment was desirable, the vulnerability and connection required to create something together. I get the way those things are appealing. I also greatly appreciated the way Brownstein came back around more than once to the fact that so many things about what makes music great are the people that were with you when you experienced it.

I loved the way sexuality was handled in the book, neither glossing over the facts nor dwelling in the details. Sex and sexuality are so personal that I can't imagine laying out these kinds of experiences for the world to hear, and then reading it back to them in your own voice. Still, it's not something to be altogether missed when discussing a life. Relationships were described in their feeling and not as much in actions, which was stunning and beautiful and unusual.

Then there was the music. There was the descriptions of how the music came to be. Each album was different and came from a different place, the songs weren't recited nor were the details laid meticulously out, but we were allowed to get a sense of where they came from. It was like describing the way it feels to be in a birthing room without the gory details of what the mother looks like as she goes through the process.

I listened to the audiobook, which Brownstein read herself in the studio and there was also an interview at the end. As always, I'm appreciative of an author who narrates her own story, particularly in a memoir. I feel like there's more of a connection to be made than when someone else does it. Listening to it, I completely understand how this came to be one of the Our Shared Shelf choices. I missed listening to it with the book club because I had just gotten some books I'd been waiting for and those led right into WIT Month and then September turned into October. I'm just glad for the recommendation. This is not a book I would have thought to read without OSS.

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url 2016-09-20 14:56
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm glad I listened to
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath,Maggie Gyllenhaal,HarperAudio
The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness: A Novel - Shin Kyung-sook,Jung Ha-Yun
Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People - Nadia Bolz-Weber
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Elaine Hedges
Euphoria: A Novel - Inc. Blackstone Audio, Inc.,Lily King,Xe Sands,Simon Vance
Etiquette & Espionage - Gail Carriger
Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter - Carmen Aguirre
Rising Strong - Brené Brown
Girl in Translation - Jean Kwok,Grayce Wey,Penguin Audio
Dangerous Women - George R. R. Martin,Gardner Dozois,Scott Brick,Jonathan Frakes,Janis Ian,Stana Katic,Lee Meriwether,Emily Rankin,Harriet Walter,Jake Weber,Random House Audio

These are the top ten books I'm glad I listened to! I'm sure they would have nice to read too, but the narrators all these all added a little something to them. 


Check out the rest of the Broke and Bookish's TTT Audio Freebie!


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review 2016-01-02 11:00
A Man Passed by Time: The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
The Winter of Our Discontent - John Steinbeck,Susan Shillinglaw

The topic of John Steinbeck's final novel is amazingly acute today although it was first published more than fifty years ago... it's a novel revolving around morals in a money-centred modern world.


The Winter of Our Discontent is the story of a good and honest man who finds his morals corrupted by the requirements and habits of post-war America where virtually everything seems permitted to achieve financial wealth and social status. The protagonist clings to his high moral standards passed on to him by his forefathers, but his family's yearning for wealth and prestige forces him to think over his attitude and thus plunges him into a deep inner conflict.


I invite you to follow the link and read my long review on my main book blog Edith's Miscellany or its duplicate on Read the Nobels!

Source: edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com
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review 2015-08-03 00:26
The Veil by Chloe Neill
The Veil - Chloe Neill

I'm not a huge fan of Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I read books in the genre here and there, so to give it 4 stars, it was one that took me completely by surprise.


Full review on my blog: http://bookmagic-underaspellwitheverypage.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/review-veil-by-chloe-neill.html

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url 2015-03-01 14:37
Mansfield Park with David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

Mansfield Park With David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch. OK. I would have a listen.

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