Author: The Opinionista

No Is Not Enough

I bought Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough, just published in June, on Thursday and read it in two sittings. By Friday night I was done. While Klein is an award-winning journalist, author of various books including This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, I had never before heard of her. I picked up her latest book because: I liked the title. I liked the description on the inside flap which begins “This is a book about how we arrived at this surreal political moment, how to keep it from getting a lot worse, and how, if we keep our heads, we can...

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Kindle vs. Books: My Family’s DeKindlelization

First, it happened with my two teenage boys a couple of years ago. I gave each one my husband’s and my old Kindles after buying new ones for us. They were thrilled. Six months later  I found the Kindles in their night table drawers gathering dust. When I asked them why they weren’t using them, they told me that they preferred to read real books. I didn’t, couldn’t, understand them back then. I’ve been a Kindle customer since the very first one came out. I loved, still love, the idea of being able to buy a book and start...

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It Might Be Writer’s Block Or Plain Desperation

Wow, has it been one month already since I last wrote? I was under the impression that it had been two weeks. I’m having somewhat of a writer’s block. I say “somewhat” because, to me, writer’s block is not being able to write at all. I have been able; I just don’t like anything that I write. I tried writing about “13 Reasons Why” three times and ended up trashing each version. I’ve always been critical about my writing, but never like this. On the one hand, I believe that I have to improve the quality of my writing....

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Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult is the first book I’ve ever read by this author.While I was familiar with the author’s name, the result of one of my favorite pastimes which is to wander through bookstores, I had purposefully avoided buying her books. I thought that they were fodder for Lifetime movies and it’s been years since I’ve been in the mood for Lifetime movies or the books that inspire them. But, I had been reading two books on politics and felt an acute need to escape reality by drowning myself in fiction. I also wanted a page-turner that would grab...

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Big Little Lies

Wow, I’ve just finished watching Big Little Lies and I’m floored. I read the book back in 2015 (although I never wrote a review and can’t remember why I didn’t) and loved it. Seeing that David E. Kelley adapted it for television should have prepared me for its greatness. I’m still floored. But, in praising Kelley’s work I don’t want to forget Liane Moriarty, the book’s author. I discovered her writing with Big Little Lies, which remains my favorite so far, although I haven’t yet read her latest Truly Madly Guilty. I plan to remedy that as soon as I finish...

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