Monday, March 30, 2015
I liked this sea change memoir as it wasn't all sunshine and roses on her move, there was a lot of uncertainty and doubt. However finding new friends, helps her to enjoy her time and make her feel at home. A nice read, it made me want to pack up and move to a Mexican town. 4/5
Saturday, March 28, 2015
It starts with a rumpled Alan Rickman in the bed, so we knew we would would like it. What is not to like? Kate Winslet, corsets and beautiful scenery. Just what us middle aged ladies like. Personally we think Alan Rickman should be king - minus the knickerbockers, crazy shoes, big ugly wig, coloured tights and over powdered face.
So in truth this is the story of an independent woman, who gains her place designing and overseeing a garden to be built at Versailles. A pleasure to look at and soak in, it just could have done with a bit more of a tighter story line. I must say it was a pleasure to watch a movie where 95% of the actors were over 30 years old and not a botoxed forehead to be seen. 4/5
Friday, March 27, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The rest of the book, is then told from several perspectives, the mother, the father, the get away driver, the journalist covering the murders - how they remembered and were haunted by the deaths over the years. I found I was feeling a bit jilted by reading the rest of the book, the changing time periods and narratives were all a bit confusing, and I had wanted more about the girls, how this happened to them, and who did it and why. 2/5
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
With their two young children, fitting into the local community is a bit of a challenge, especially as their eldest Silas has special needs. It sounds like they found the perfect spot though with a school that is able to adapt easily to his needs.
I loved this honest and highly amusing story of novice farmers. I guess a lot of us have dreams of a small farm, but after reading so many stories about animal poop you might want to change your mind. I don't have too many illusions about it being easy, but this makes me think I would be mad to create that much work for myself. 5/5
Monday, March 23, 2015
I had seen Tanya Byron on the tele, on some of her shows where she helps parents with children with behavioural issues, and so was interested in this book about her placements during psychology training. She gives us a glimpse of what it is like dealing with a variety of patients, the long term mentally ill, disturbed children, addicts,eating disorders, hospice care, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her training seemed somewhat brutal and I am sure confronting for many, as they are forced to deal with many difficult situations, sometimes with patients who are threatening and violent with minimal assistance or supervision.
Although a memoir, the stories of patients is a mixture of patients who she met, and real names and particulars are not told in order to protect confidentiality, so this makes it somewhat confusing as these stories often came across as a bit of a novel. I guess, like many who write similar books, the real stories are often more dramatic and bazaar than anything made up. Still it was an interesting read, and I read through it quite quickly. 4/5
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
When approached by Jon Krakauer for his book, his younger sister shared many of the family secrets but asked that they not be published. Twenty years after this story, she now shares these and tells her own story. Growing up with difficult parents both children were scared by their experiences and tried to distance themselves from their mom and dad.
Somehow I expected learn more about Chris and his story, but instead I felt trapped in the bitterness that the author feels towards her parents. It felt ugly and raw, and just made me feel sad and then annoyed that I wasted so much time reading this book. 2/5
Monday, March 09, 2015
Sunday, March 08, 2015
I have seen you interviewed in real life, and I found you to be charming and intelligent . I am glad that you have a voice, that girls get to see a normal type girl on the screen rather than these 6 ft tall supermodels that seem to be in every tv show, and that you voice the average girl experience. The one who struggles to get a job, to understand men and to fit in. You have girlfriends with real life problems, I like that part about your life and on the show.
Parts of this book were amusing, she does have some talent, I just found the majority of the book to be irritating and shallow. 2/5
Saturday, March 07, 2015
So after a little brekkie on the couch, I did a brisk walk to the local independent cinema which is about 15 minutes from my house. I had a voucher to use, so it was a free treat which was nice and me and one other early bird adult enjoyed the 10:50 viewing of Still Alice in a cinema fit for forty elderly bottoms.
I love Lisa Genovas book, and was intrigued to find that it had been adapted for the movies. Still Alice tells the story of Alice, a just turned 50 year old New York linguistics professor who suddenly finds herself with some memory loss. Diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers we get to follow her journey. Such a hard thing to adapt a book which covers a long time period, but I thought it was handled well, with sensitivity, but also avoiding the usual Hollywood gloss. As the movie and disease progressed, Alice looses her glossy look with fancy clothes and hairdos replaced with fleecy shirts and unbrushed hair and Julianne Moore does a great job of portraying the loss. For me having her and Alec Baldwin were gold, but Kristen Stewart was a bit of a distraction.
Feeling picky, I also felt they just got the house they lived in a bit wrong, it was a bit woodsy/arts and crafty, and they felt a bit more white wools and funky rugs sort of middle aged couple. It just looked like they were boarding in someone elses aunties house. Even the beach house was a bit wrong for them, I felt like both houses looked like somebody in their seventies lived in them.
Still it was a moving watch, and I applaud the team who bring such great womens stories to the screen - Bravo!!!
Friday, March 06, 2015
At the end of the book was my favourite part. Where she describes a few of the items that have meant a lot to her over the years, and the stories of how they came to be with her. So sweet and it makes you want to discover your own treasures and to be surrounded by beautiful things. 4/5
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
In this book, Lisa talks about some of her more interesting cases and the whole role and importance of the diagnostic examination. The doctor asking questions, physically examining the patient rather than relying on blood tests and diagnostic studies alone. That was interesting stuff, but somehow I didn't really feel the stories themselves were compelling. 2/5
Monday, March 02, 2015
I really wanted to love this book, and get surprised by the big old twist at the end, but I just didn't buy it. Maybe it will be a better movie than a book? 2/5