Part of my “New Year, New Library” campaign is to improve this blog A BUNCH. Here are some ways I would like to do that:
– post more often;
– write about the many successes of the new and improved reading initiative;
– feature student stories and reviews;
– include more pictures (and maybe video! Ooooohhhh!);
– highlight some of the amazing things other folks at LHS are doing.
To start things off, here is a new feature called What We’re Reading. This will be a place for students, teachers, and administrators (and maybe parents! that would be GREAT!) to share some thoughts and suggestions. I will start off the series with the book I’m currently enjoying.
I often have a hard time with memoirs; more and more, I feel like editors or publishers or whoever is in charge of selling books is telling authors, “This is great! Can you make it twice as long,though?”. It’s gotten to where I read half or three quarters of a book and then I just stop, because I know that the last several chapters are redundant. I know that’s probably a gross generalization, but I’ve been burned too many times by too-long books.
I’m only half way through Poehler’s book, but I don’t feel the urge to walk away from it yet. In fact, I’m quite enjoying her book and I might even finish it. She’s got a great voice that is just the right amount of humble and confident. She shares interesting anecdotes about her experiences on television and with other celebrities, but she also writes about motherhood and marriage and how she started doing what she’s doing. Her book is not laugh-out-loud funny, like Tina Fey’s Bossypants (I didn’t walk away from that book either, come to think of it), but it’s still great. It’s an easy read that I’ll likely finish within the next day or so, a perfect follow up to the dark and sad book I just finished about a young Jewish woman who is sent into exile in Siberia (called Your Mouth is Lovely, if you’re interested in reading something dark and sad, but lovely).
Three things I like about Yes Please:
– she shares a long, painful account of a time she performed in a skit that made fun of someone with a serious physical disability. For nearly an entire chapter, she describes what happened and how she went about not making amends and then making amends. It’s honest and painful and very, very real. I like that;
– she calls out a lot of other people by name, not in a braggy, name-dropping way, but in a “I owe so much of my success to the other people” kind of way. She’s humble, and that’s nice. (She does drop some celebrity names, like Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock, but only to say, “I can’t believe I am friends with them!…I can’t lie, it’s so awesome!”);
– she acknowledges her privilege. She names that she is an able-bodied, straight, white woman with a solidly middle class upbringing and a stable and loving family. She names how fortunate she was to have grown up with friends whose chaotic households were not really chaotic at all, compared to so many others: “Even though most of us lived in the same detached homes with wall-to-wall carpet, inside those homes were drunk moms and mean dads.”
I like Amy Poehler, and, thus far, I like her book. I’m excited to hear from others about what they are reading!