Reviews by katiewhitney
Couldn't Put It Down
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What a whirlwind of a book! I feel like there are no wasted words. It immediately plunges you into a foreign world--1930s anthropology in New Guinea--but anchors you in such human concerns that you can't feel completely disoriented. And there's nothing labored about it. There's an interesting narrative structure that I haven't encountered exactly in this way before: the story begins in limited 3rd person, then a 1st-person narrator arrives out of nowhere, then there's another 1st-person narrative in diary form. What usually happens in a book with more than one perspective is that the transitions feel false, labored, or abusive to the reader at some point. But Euphoria is so fast-paced, condensed really, that I never had that feeling that I'd have to slog through the next bit to get back to the narration I want. I never felt abandoned. And the historical element is just effortless. I never felt at any moment, gosh a lot of research went into this! And yet, a lot of research did. I think it's difficult for a writer who's done so much research not to show off, not to "share" it all in long descriptive passages or get so lost in the verisimilitude of the historical era that they abandon the verisimilitude of a human psyche. When I first read about this book, I worried it would be a lot of yearning and unrequited love with some sexy stuff thrown in. Frankly it sounded kind of trashy, high-brow trashy. But I was so pleasantly surprised. I cared quickly and deeply for these characters, and it's not a typical fictional love triangle where everyone's chasing someone they can't have. Really, triangle is just a facile descriptor, the usual back-cover violence. This is just a really darn good novel. Enjoy!
Very short & too easy
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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.
Easy & Energizing
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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.
Good Beyond Its Reputation
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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.
Complex Simplicity
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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.