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I read it in waves. A bunch here; a little there.
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And I will be re-reading it. I wonder what I'd have said in my 20s. I wonder if it would have been as profound as some of those contained here. If you're I feel like I rushed through this book, yet it took a few months to read. If you're looking for a book that will be easy to read except maybe one essay that had me really scratching my head and pulling out the dictionary , this is a good choice. You can read it in spurts like I did since it's a collection of short essays on various topics. You won't get bored reading it since the topic is always changing!
Jan 30, Robin rated it it was ok.
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I've been on an essay kick lately so picked this up at the library. There were a few engaging essays and a lot of chaff. Though I will say that even the uninteresting ones were well written. It seems this was a contest of some sort and the introduction gives you the idea that this collection contains essays written by people of all occupations and world views.
Browsing the author notes in the back though I see most of them are actually people already in the writing field or having studied it in I've been on an essay kick lately so picked this up at the library. Browsing the author notes in the back though I see most of them are actually people already in the writing field or having studied it in school.
That let me down a little in believing that it was a cross section of what people in their twenties think and deal with.
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All in all, it was okay. Something to pick up and read here and there but not a must have. Very cool idea, Random House. These stories really resonated with me. Duh, I'm a something and I wanna be a teacher. Where the somethins at!?
This made me feel less alone in the strange, unanticipated place I've found myself in - Very cool idea, Random House. This made me feel less alone in the strange, unanticipated place I've found myself in - livin at home at It was interesting to see the change between the early 20s crises haha, silly young somethings and the later 20s' often baby-related musings.
May 12, Sarah rated it really liked it Recommends it for: People between the age of 20 and 30 who don't know what to do with themselves. As an aspiring writer, and someone who went through a rather unexpected and completely unpleasant "quarter-life crisis," I loved a lot of the stories in this collection. It was my bedtim book, and I think my boyfriend got tired of my surreptitious giggles and my attempts to make him listen to me read passages to him. I often worry that my life has been too bourgeois, boring, and happy to be interesting, but these stories show that you can make art and humor out of the small and large things that As an aspiring writer, and someone who went through a rather unexpected and completely unpleasant "quarter-life crisis," I loved a lot of the stories in this collection.
I often worry that my life has been too bourgeois, boring, and happy to be interesting, but these stories show that you can make art and humor out of the small and large things that are happening all the time. Apr 11, Jenna rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I started this book liking it, until I realized how horrible people my age are. Maybe it was just the phase of life I was in when I decided not to finish this book, but suddenly every essay struck me as whiny, self-centered and dripping with a sense of unearned entitlement.
There were only two essays I really liked: However, reading this did make me feel okay about not being an I started this book liking it, until I realized how horrible people my age are. However, reading this did make me feel okay about not being an amazing writer yet I can just blame that on my age and lack of wisdom.
Jul 13, Tortla rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I don't think I'd re-read any of these essays, and I'm kind of baffled by the choice of "winner" for the essay-contest facet of the compilation. BUT the voices were very much those of twenty-somethings, occasionally insightful and always self-consciously critical of the modern world. Plenty of religion and technology and alienation and searching for meaning and all that quarter-life-crisis post-post-modern nonsense.
In a kind of reassuringly familiar way. Jul 28, Elisheva rated it it was ok. There are a few really fantastic essays in this book. But there are also a whole bunch of essays that are really, really awful. Most of the essays suffer from blatantly answering the question of what is a twentysomething today in a predictable way.
The few good ones are good because they tell a narrative that by definition tells the reader something new about that specific twentysomething without forcing it down the reader's throat. Jan 13, Renata rated it really liked it Shelves: I picked this up because it matched my catalog search for Eula Biss.
It turns out that I had already read her essay included in this "Goodbye to all that" but I like personal essays so I checked it out. It's a pretty strong collection. I was excited about the essay written by the guy who did volunteer work in the Dominican Republic, and there were a lot of interesting perspectives in here. Jul 03, Brittany rated it liked it.
This book honestly helped put my life in perspective. Giovanni also began to articulate a global sense of solidarity amonst oppressed peoples of the world; as she traveled to other regions, including the Caribbean, her work evolved to consider issues of diaspora. In addition to writing for adults in Gemini and other works during the early s, Giovanni began to compose verse for children. She also continued to travel, making trips to Europe and Africa, and her increasingly sophisticated and nuanced world view is reflected in her work from the period, including My House , Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day , and Those Who Ride the Night Winds , a book that echoes the political activism of her early work as she dedicates various pieces to Phillis Wheatley , Martin Luther King, Jr.
As Giovanni moved through her middle years, her work continued to reflect her changing concerns and perspectives. The book is a rich source of impressions of other black intellectuals, including writer and activist W. In addition to publishing original writings, Giovanni has edited poetry collections like the highly praised Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate , a compilation of works composed by African American writers during the Harlem Renaissance.
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Blues: For All the Changes was published after a battle with lung cancer. In , Giovanni published The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, an audio compilation spanning her poetry from to the present. The audio compilation coincided with The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni which includes poetry from each of her eleven volumes of poetry and features a chronology and extensive notes for each selection. Giovanni taught at Virginia Tech during the tragic shooting in and composed a chant-poem which she read at the memorial service the day after.
This was not Virginia Tech. What else do writers write from? A poem has to say something. It has to make some sort of sense; be lyrical; to the point; and still able to be read by whatever reader is kind enough to pick up the book. Feast on this smorgasbord of poems about eating and cooking, exploring our relationships with food. Contributor to numerous anthologies. Contributor of columns to newspapers. Editorial consultant, Encore American and Worldwide News. Prose Home Harriet Blog.
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