Focus is really on the aging woman. My favorite story was Teddy, about her sons pet hamster, I couldn't stop laughing and she made you feel like you were actually in the room with them. You're in for a treat. There were moments when I thought Nevins was sharing secrets with me. Others really hit home in their insight. This book is an eclectic mix of short stories and poems.
A famed documentary producer many credit her with creating the modern documentary Nevins has always been behind the scenes. I had not expected to relate to as many as I had, so this struck me as I read and took notes with each work. It had promise but fell so flat. Who knew that Gloria Vanderbilt reads so wonderfully? Finally, anyone who holds a hamster by the tail is a complete jerk. As someone who is nowhere near the age of the author perhaps I cannot properly appreciate the book for what it is. Finally, anyone who holds a hamster by the tail is a complete jerk.
I guess I am relatively young compared to the women who bared their souls for this book. I also know for certain, that when I am in my 60's I will be fine enough with that to not get a face-lift, nor will I try to fool cab drivers into thinking i'm pregnant at that age. Who knew that Gloria Vanderbilt reads so wonderfully? She wishes she could face aging gracefully, but being surrounded by pretty, bright, and slender young women makes her angry. Other pieces focus on family: her demanding, impatient mother, who had a form of Reynaud's disease so severe that her forearm needed to be amputated; and her son, who slowly developed Tourette's syndrome when he was 3. I can't say that you, dear reader, should skip this book because it is likely that some of the essays will resonate with you as well, but don't expect that every oyster will have a pearl.
There is such range to this collection. It makes you want to hug your mom and your dog and laugh silly about your imperfections and unattainable standards. Now, I don't know much about the author, Sheila Nevins. Why, someone might ask, did I even pick up the book if it was this fluffy and Frustrating to read a book in its entirety knowing that the person received a book contract not due to the quality of the writing but rather the notoriety of the author. Readers who want something more like a straightforward memoir or who are hoping to get her thoughts and wisdom on making films might be let down; people who enjoy a good conversation with a deeply curious and sharply observant woman, however, will be delighted. But the rest are kind of a blur. And the cover design's not even good.
There was nothing humorous about this book. I see others have rated and commented as well, so I'm now off to read their reviews. It makes you want to hug your mom and your dog and laugh silly about your imperfections and unattainable standards. This is a collection I will be re-reading anytime I need some validation from a strong woman about aging, the various roles we fill, or life in general. A curtsy for the scythe. A few in particular left me very satisfied, or even breathless or teary in their candor and poignancy. Because you don't get smarter as you get older, you get braver.
All I did was work. But now it s time for her to take center stage. What is it that panics me so? Which is how I came to enjoy corresponding with her over the yea Personal essays and poetry floetry? It was so raw and struck me right in the heart. There are stories of growing up, stories of aging beyond those around you, and stories from the memories of years in between. I read the book and listened to the audio.
The subjects that she does introduce are what one could expect from a woman of her age and with her career. The audio brings the words alive, especially because you'll recognize most of the voices reading. With biting humor, charm, deep insight, wisdom, and surprising poignancy, Nevins has written that rare book that will be shared between mothers and daughters and even granddaughters. After reading it, however, I feel like I have perhaps too much greater insight as to who she is and why she decided to step out from behind the camera and put together this collection. It's beautiful, poetic, strong and will end with a tear in your eye.
Easy to read and engaging, this book caught my imagination because of its relatable characters. This book could have been so much more, in every respect, from the bland cover design to the poetry, and the editing. Each person does their particular chapter's subject, worthy justice. When Meryl Streep says she loves something, I generally take that as a sign that it is almost definitely worth looking into. Instead of being charming and witty, I found most of the essays insipid and grating. I know that she's most well known for her work on documentaries, and that in the documentary field she's regarded as one of the When Meryl Streep says she loves something, I generally take that as a sign that it is almost definitely worth looking into. As it turns out, there were not many stories in the book I could relate to as I haven't lived such an adventurous life.
I listened to the audio of this and I am certain it had to add to the immense enjoyment. I also know for certain, that when I am in my 60's I will be fine enough with that to not get a face-lift, nor will I try to fool cab drivers into thinking i'm pregnant at that age. With biting humor, charm, deep insight, wisdom, and surprising poignancy, Nevins has written that rare book that will be shared between mothers and daughters and even granddaughters. Women need this kind of honest excavation of the process of living. Women need this kind of honest excavation of the process of living. I asked him if I could. Without a doubt, Nevins is brave, funny and unflinching.