Reviews by katiewhitney
I didn't feel like I really needed the DVD for this workout. It was a bit of deep breathing and some very simple stretching. Felt like the 2nd-tri workout was over before I even felt warmed up.
This is a series of 5 10-minute workouts that can be done in any order (or just 1 or 2 at a time--which was perfect for me in 2nd trimester). It definitely got my heart rate up, but I didn't feel like any of it was too hard. You have to have small hand weights (1-3 lbs) for several of the workouts.
I put off reading this book for ages because I thought I knew what it was about: a southern lawyer defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. But that really only represents a small part of the plot. Would you believe the trial doesn't even begin for a hundred pages? This is a poignant, hilarious (what a surprise!), magnificently written coming of age story that really captures the beautiful (and sometimes cruel) absurdities of living in the south. Words like habiliments and scuppernongs will be with me forever.
Using only black and white (no gray scale) and childlike depictions, Satrapi crafts a memoir that, on a number of levels, reflects Iranian culture in the 70s and 80s. She tackles touchy subjects like martyrdom with the candor of a child and the humor of a writer who remains unjaded by her experiences living in a repressive society. Poignant and heartfelt, it's an excellent introduction to graphic novels.
Instead of ridiculing or exiling Lars for his delusions, his neighbors, coworkers, and family believe in his fiction. They accept the girlfriend he's chosen (plastic as she is) as part of their world, befriending her, and in the process, helping Lars heal some old wounds. I can't imagine a better representation of what it means to be in a community.