Boston Girl

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The Boston Girl is narrated by Addie, a grandmother telling her granddaughter about growing up in the 20’s – Establishing herself as a professional, a woman, a human, at a time when the world and women’s place in it was changing drastically.

I loved everything about this book. Partly because I consider myself a feminist. Partly because its a great story. Partly because some of the themes the narrator highlights – growing up and “finding yourself” in your 20’s – are so universal.

Pulling all the quotes I marked out of this book could (and probably will) inspire multiple blog posts. But I think of all the quotes I marked, my favorite quote from the book is this:

“She didn’t apologize for being chosen. I don’t mean that she bragged. She just know who she was, which wasn’t easy back then. I guess it’s still not easy, is it?” (27)

Addie uses this passage to describe one of her friends, a great artist who was given the honor of being allowed to work on complex works as a student. This is the kind of confidence that is rare. And admirable. And makes you want to learn from someone.

It’s so hard to know who you are.

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

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In her book, Is everyone hanging out without me, Mindy Kaling includes a plethora of unsolicited advice. This ranges from the useful to the absurd, and all of it is very entertaining. Perhaps my favorite section is entitled “The Rights and Responsibilities of a Best Friend.” Among these are hilarious, but true statements that pretty accurately sum up what being best friends is all about.

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Sounds Like Me

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So. I love Sara Bareilles. Seriously. She’s kind of awesome.

Her book (well, audio-book) is a collection of 8 essays, each wrapped around one of her amazing songs. Its honest, its candid, its perfect.

The introduction to her book says what I feel about this blog. She says “I wrote this book for you. It sounds like me”. That has been my goal in writing this series of posts, this chronicle of my life. I am doing my best to be authentic, to write my thoughts and feelings. I write for you, it sounds like me.

There was more than one moment while listening to this book that brought me to tears. Embarrassingly all of them in public. (I listen to audio-books on airplanes. Don’t judge me.) But by far my favorite chapter/essay in her book entitled Beautiful Girl. It is centered around her song by the same title.  Continue reading

#GIRLBOSS

GIRLBOSS

I can’t tell if this book is a memoir masquerading as a self-help book or vice versa. It is truly interesting to read about Miss Amoruso’s unconventional path to success, but to me, the book felt over wrought in its attempts to give advice. Miss Amoruso attempts to navigate the fine line between giving advice in a cool, relate-able way and sounding like your annoying know iit all older sister.

The chapters are littered with cliched (but good, nonetheless) quotes and advice, and each one ends with a “witty” observation meant to capture the spirit of the chapter — some are funnier than others. Her overwhelming use of #GIRLBOSS to describe successful women annoyed me in general.

Overall, it was difficult for me to discern who her intended audience is. Frequently throughout the book it seemed as though she was catering toward teenage girls with advice like, “money looks better in the bank than it does on your feet”, basic interviewing advice and “Take pride in what you do. Don’t do sloppy work”.

If #GIRLBOSS does offer one transcending piece of wisdom, it is this:

The Straight and Narrow is not the only path to Success.

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Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter

This book is a modern whodunit with a golden girl gone bad main character. The main character, Jane, has recently been released after 10 years in prison for the murder of her mother. But she’s not sure she’s guilty. The book is effectively Jane’s quest to figure out exactly how her mother died.

Jane is surprisingly endearing. Snarky, sassy, an all around great character. It was odd though that despite her being the main character I was left wanting to know more about her. What happened to Jane that made her forget what happened? Something like a murder should be pretty memorable. What happened to Jane while she was in prison? What about her readjustment to life after prison? Continue reading

An Invisible Thread

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“The true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny”

Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

This book could have been SUPER cheesy. But while I do have a soft spot for that type of story now and then, this story was actually riveting. A few weeks back while in DC I wrote a post about the internal struggle I feel every time I walk by a homeless person. So this is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately.

Ultimately, in the author’s words, this is simply a story of “two people with complicated pasts and fragile dreams” . In one exchange, a split second decision changed both their lives forever. Continue reading