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In A World...
In A World...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, February 17, 2015
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I wanted to like this movie a lot - it has a good plot idea, is written and directed by a woman...frustratingly, Lake Bell chose to make her character a hapless loser who essentially falls into success instead of creating it herself. Even in the end, her character's triumph is generated as much by the guy who wants to date her as by her own talent. It's disappointing to me that this wasn't a movie about a woman overcoming sexism by dint of her own strength, but rather it's a film about a lame chick who happens to be in the right place at the right time with the right set of pipes. Meh.

I am a Princess (Disney Princess) (Little Golden Book)
I am a Princess (Disney Princess) (Little Golden Book)
by Andrea Posner-Sanchez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $3.59
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sexist and Insulting, December 30, 2013
I Am A Princess isn't really a book - it's more an advertisement for Disney products couched in insultingly sexist illustrations. This catalog of the major Disney "heroines" was created with the stated goal of sharing "what it truly means to be a princess". And what does it mean? Check it, parents: Cinderella likes to wear jewels and be pretty. Ariel likes to obey her father, and also swim forlornly around the statue of the prince she loves in vain. Belle likes to dance and have tea parties! Rapunzel likes to be with her boyfriend (this book, fyi, is intended for girls AGED TWO TO FIVE).

I might give Disney a modicum of credit for consciously adding a bit of color to this embarrassing litany, except here's what it says for Tiana, the black princess, who apparently owns a restaurant: She loves to cook and to take care of people!

Are you for real, Disney?! Look, I'm a little rusty on my princess lore, but Aurora's really good at magic, right? Ariel is a renown singer. Rapunzel is savvy and adventurous. Cinderella's princessy life probably involves riding horses and, I don't know - painting? I don't expect you to go completely off book and have Snow White training to be an astronaut, but the totality of the choices made here is simply offensive. Girls can and should do more than simply be pretty, obedient, lovable, and in love.

The only princess portrayed in a way that is not outrageously insulting is Jasmine, who is shown on a flying carpet and likes to have adventures. Good for her! Of course, she's wearing a Victoria's Secret-style bra top, which is totally an appropriate clothing choice to be modeling for girls AGED TWO TO FIVE.

So heads up, parents. If you're looking to encourage your daughters to dream small, be subservient, prioritize others over herself, and focus on the superficial - this is the book for you!! On the other hand, if you're hoping your daughter will be smart, independent, resourceful, and/or an active participant in her own life, probably don't get this one.

I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays
I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays
by Sloane Crosley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.41
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really boring, and not well written, January 17, 2011
Some writers can pull off self-indulgent storytelling; not this one. I don't understand why this book has gotten so much acclaim - it's not particularly well-written, it doesn't demonstrate an interesting voice, and the stories themselves are not engaging. I don't usually bother to write negative reviews, but to save someone else similar disappointment, I suggest maybe reading the first story - or at least a few pages - to see if you like the writing before you actually buy the book.

A Visit from the Goon Squad
A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
Edition: Hardcover
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69 of 86 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How did this get so many great reviews?, January 4, 2011
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This is a fine novel, but certainly not, to this reader, deserving of all the praise being heaped upon it. The integration of the various storylines is done well, but the character development - especially important when you have this many - is lacking. If you took the names off each chapter, you would not be able to tell who was speaking at any one time, save for maybe one or two of the perhaps two dozen characters in this book. To me, this is the difference between an ordinary book and a great one - being able to write distinctive, memorable characters. The writing is nice, and clearly reaching for insightfulness, but never really manages to get there.
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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
by David Grann
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Non Fiction Adventure, November 5, 2009
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I'm generally more of a fiction fan than non-fiction, but I really enjoyed this book. It's so well written and follows such an exciting story that it almost reads like fiction. I just bought two more copies to give as gifts, which is probably the ultimate compliment you can give to a book.

Tennis Dates
Tennis Dates
by Colette Freedman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.47
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious fun!, December 17, 2008
This review is from: Tennis Dates (Paperback)
Sassy, hilarious and a fun ride - this is a terrific quick read for either a snowy afternoon or a day at the beach. If you've ever tried online dating or have friends who have - you'll get a kick out of the main character's experiences. So true! A delightful novella - am gifting it to all my single friends!

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