The New Better Off

“The New Better Off” is a book that will capture the reader from the first sentence. Courtney E. Martin has a way of capturing the reader’s attention and really getting them to think about how things are today, compared to how things used to be for previous generation. One can notice how some things have changed for the better with time, while other things are left to the reader to decide based on the information given.

One of the striking things about the book is the style of Courtney E. Martin’s writing. She has a way of relating with the reader on a personal level. When she shares experiences and views, it adds to the quality of the book making for a more remarkable experience.  What Courtney E. Martin created was a mixture of research to show what she found, mixed with personal experiences.

“The New Better Off” presents a wide range of topics for the reader. Depending on one’s background some of the topics may bring about new ideas, some topics may hit home, and other topics may just be relatable. The main ideas behind the book are that times are changing, success is defined differently and the younger generation has different desires for life. This is a good read for anybody looking for insight, or just a thought-provoking read.

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Bad Feminist 

I chose this book to go with my month theme of reading books written by woman. This has allowed me to expand my reading outside of my comfort zone, while discovering some talented authors.

“Bad Feminist” is the first book I have read that was a collection of essays, allowing me to step outside of my reading comfort zone. From this I learned this style of writing is not for me. However, I did still find bits of it entertaining.

When I first started this book, I was excited to see what was in store for me as a reader. There were some topics I felt like I identified with Roxanne Gay, others where she opened up my eyes to new ideas, and I even learned a few new things. However, as I continued to read the essays I began to lose interest. I just didn’t feel captured as a reader throughout the entire book.

I think the biggest drawback for me was that I felt like I could put this book down, read another one, and then pick it up like I didn’t miss anything in the mean time. I felt like there was a lot of jumping from one essay to the next with no rhyme or reason to it besides it being what the author wanted.

Love Warrior

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Recently, I decided to start checking out some of the books that Oprah recommends and “Love Warrior” was the first one. In my time spent on the internet, I’ve come across a mention of her book club and reading lists, so I thought I would start mixing them in.

If I had to describe this book in one word it would have to be real. I was struck by the beauty of the writing and how easily the story seemed to just flow.

“Love Warrior” is a story of beauty. Glennon Doyle Melton brought to life, in her view, the struggles of being a girl, or just sometimes the struggles of life. I enjoyed reading about how she found herself along the way and she didn’t quit. The fact that she never gave up is inspiration alone.

Yes, this is another short review, but I am having difficulties trying to find a way to write about this book any more than I have. This is a book that just needs to be read.

The Devil in the White City

On the cover img_20170216_085743_083it says, “MURDER, MAGIC, AND MADNESS AT THE FAIR THAT CHANGED AMERICA”, which is what drew me into reading this book. However, to me it contained more magic and madness than murder. Sure, part of the story involves a serial killer who hid his tracks well, but I feel as though it wasn’t the main focus until the end. Even during that part it wasn’t as thrilling as I had hoped for.

All the talk about the World Fair had me in awe and wonder. The event that was created impacted life farther out in the future than I think the creators imagined. It seemed as though the main focus was to out do Paris, and to bring pride to Chicago. The end result brought so much more to the table. In the process of building the fair they offered benefits to employees that had never been done before, breaking the barrier in employee relations. They also created jobs during a time period where unemployment rates were sky high. It was the most attended peaceful event in history at the time. Some of the display exhibits included items we use in our everyday lives. The World Fair also presented us with the Ferris Wheel.

The magic of the World Fair and its creation is inspiring. Throughout reading the story it left me to wonder what an event like this would bring us in the modern age. Would flying cars become a reality?

The murder side of “The Devil in the White City” did give me the shivers. This man preyed on woman who were especially easy targets (no fault to them given the time period). He would bring on the charm and promise them extravagant things they may not get or do on their own. On top of that he didn’t pay any debts accrued with his businesses and even when dealing with other men he came out winning. His way of claiming not to be the bad guy is sickening. The detectives had their work cut out for them to ensure he got the punishment that he deserved for his cruel actions.

Despite the bit of disappointment I had judging the book from the cover I would still recommend this book. There is so much more to the story that readers can benefit from. If you read this book I hope it leaves with the same feeling of awe and imagination it left me with.