What was I thinking?
A book about kidnapping that involves a seven foot iguana?
Seriously, I had to know that it was going to get ugly.
Would I recommend this? It did get ugly, in the way that happens when crazy people who own giant iguanas kidnap people but, like I said, I probably should have been prepared for that. I think this was a good book, I just don’t think it was the right book for me.
Anyone else have an opinion on this one?
Since I am one of those with a daughter who inexplicably loves all things princess I couldn’t resist the title of this book. The author covers topics ranging from the Disney princesses, the color pink and child beauty pageants to internet use and violent fairy tales. I didn’t always completely agree with where she was coming from but the book had enough food for thought to make up for it.
Would I recommend it? If you’ve got girls, it’s an interesting, if frightening look at how our current culture affects them. But please see my Screamfree Parenting review for my full reasons on why I will not be recommending any sort of parenting books.
This book just wasn’t quite what I expected.
Which begs the question of just what was I expecting from “an unconventional memoir” of “how two Manhattanites became gentlemen farmers.”
I think the answer to that is that I was expecting more farming and less about the balancing act of relationships and life in general. Then I was disappointed and didn’t feel like being all introspective.
Then I found out that one of the men worked for Martha Stewart, in the words of my friend Katie, “Hilarious.”
Would I recommend it?
Yes. It was funny, and introspective and it’ll do you good to read about gay farmers.
No. It was at times laugh out loud funny but at the end of the day it is a book about gay men (one an ex-drag queen) who start a small farm. I think the nich of people who would enjoy such a book is too small to give it a full recomendation.
Heck, I’ve got no idea if anyone should read this, but I admit, I mostly liked it. If you want a peek at their lives you can check out their website here: http://beekman1802.com maybe it’ll help you decide!
Well Corky since you asked…
I’d say this book has a classic example of why I think the little blurb reviews pasted on the covers of books are not to be trusted. This has one that says:
“The bitter cold can be felt emanating from the pages. – Midwest Book Review”
I’m sorry Midwest Book Review, but it’s not that cold in the book. The weather in upper Minnesota is getting near winter and there are a few nasty characters but, having apparently read much more gruesome books, I wouldn’t describe the baddest guy in here as “bitter cold.”
Would I recommend it? Eh… fifty-fifty…
I liked that it was set in an area I knew, the plot twists surprised me and I liked the main character. But I prefer my gruesome murder mystery’s to occur places that I don’t ever travel therefore reducing my tendency to jump out of my skin for no reason.
While I’m sorry to have been such a spotty poster the last few days I’m going to blame at least half of the lack of posting on this book.
I do most of my writing and posting late at night when sensible people are sleeping, unless I’ve had too many nightmares and woken up screaming too often. Then I try to get more sleep instead of sitting up late at the computer.
Is this book that frighting? Probably not.
Am I that big of a wimp? Sure am.
Would I recommend it? Hmmm… gives me nightmares, a bit cheesy, (writen by Nora Roberts in disguise) yet good characters, and interesting setting…
I think due to my late night screaming and sleeping issues I am unable to give this book a decent recommendation.
Anyone else want to help me out here?
I’ve been thinking about it all day, and I think in the last year I have spent about $150 on clothes, and that is only if you include both a new pair of running shoes and a pair of rubber boots. Therefore I find books like everyone worth knowing completely fascinating, ($20,000 for a bag!?!). I have no desire to join the party world of New York or the fashion world, or really any world that would require me living in New York city. The clothes I wear barely meet rural Wisconsin acceptability, I can’t even fathom what would happen if I were to suddenly move east. My lack of fashion aside I do enjoy reading books like these in a “seriously people do that?” sort of way!
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s a fun, quick and easy read!