Mrs. Kennedy and Me- Book Review

Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate MemoirMrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir by Clint Hill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve always been fascinated by the Secret Service. They are, in some was, the ultimate fly on the wall, experience history from an awesome viewpoint. However, I had never read anything about the Secret Service until this book. I think this book was engaging and approachable. It was not filled with lists of protocol and procedure, but rather a great telling of what it was like to build a relationship with one of the most iconic women of all time.

A quick read, this book captured a moment in time and brought two figures who have become extremely iconic back to the reality of their character, while clearly illustrating why they became the legends we know now. This is not a book full of sordid details, and is completely above the board when it comes to the information Mr. Hill shares about the lives of the Kennedys.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. It was a quick and enjoyable read that took you back to another time and place, while illustrating the fine line a Secret Service agent walks between protector, friend, and employee.

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The Host- Book Review

The Host (The Host, #1)The Host by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book at the BlogHer12 convention. And while it was originally on my books to read, I kind of had gotten over the whole Stephenie Meyer thing, so it was on my list of maybe someday when I’m really bored. Well, I wasn’t really bored, but a free book and time to read it while traveling home, meant that I was going to start this book.

The concept is intriguing- body snatchers take over Earth. Body snatcher get’s a reverse Stockholm Syndrome. And in the end, I felt like I got a bit of Stockholm Syndrome. I ended up liking the body snatcher way more than I liked her human host. And let’s be honest, that’s a lot like reading a Stephanie Meyer book.

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Half the Sky- Book Review

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women WorldwideHalf the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall this book shed more light on issues that I was very aware of happening. As mentioned in other reviews, it would be great to have more how to get involved options. I would have also appreciated information on the issues of women in America too. Not to sound too ethnocentric, but if this world is truly about empowering women across the world,than it needs to be said that there are still women that face oppression in the US, while granted in different forms than those mentioned in the book.

Overall,a very informative book that was nice to read.

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Remembering to Smile

Currently, I’m in the middle of reading Half the Sky- turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide.  Obviously, the book is heavy is so many places.  So much so, that I had to interrupt my reading of Half the Sky with  A Practical Wedding to cheer myself up a bit.  This morning, as I was reading, I was struck just by how amazing the human character was created.  They say that laughter is an amazing medicine, and sometimes, when we are at our darkest moments, we don’t think we’ll laugh again.  But as I looked at a picture of a woman who was diagnosed HIV positive, after her forced prostitution in a brothel  in India.  To most (and I’m sure to her to) we would see this as such a death sentence and have a hard time coping with life.  It’s hard not to feel sad, to feel pity, to feel hopeless for her.  And yet, in this picture, she has one of the most beautiful smiles on her face.  It strikes me as so hopeful.

Some days, you just need to smile, regardless of what life is throwing at you.  And the fact that we can smile, makes everything even that much better. Even in our darkest moments, the gift of being able to smile, laugh, crack a joke, or whatever way we express our joy is such a gift.  I’m thankful this morning for that woman reminding me just how lucky we are.