Where I Got It: HBO Max
Format: 289 pages, Paperback
Published: June 25, 2019 by Penguin Books
Ok so this book was really weird, and I finished it a way cos I was home.
The narrator of the book has taken a year of rest and relaxation. Her parents are dead, she was in a bad relationship, and now she has found a really bad shrink that gives her every pill imaginable. She mixes them together, she has blackouts for days and she sleeps. She sleeps days away. She watches movies.
A really weird book, because not much happen. She does have one friend that comes by now and then and tries to get her out. She thinks about her ex and calls him.
It was an exploration into misery, and I could not stop reading
From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman’s efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.
Our narrator should be happy, shouldn’t she? She’s young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?
My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.
At the beginning of April, my soon-to-be hubby, some friends, and I went to see the play 'Hamilton' live at Wharton Center! We bought the tickets months ago gambling on how COVID would play out. We got lucky and COVID has been pretty calm around us and Lansing.
It is not the original cast, but I did enjoy this cast. They played their roles well and added their own charm and twists.
I was so happy to see they had the revolving stage! I was nervous because I couldn't tell from my seat, but when the play got running and the stage moved...I was excited. The revolving stage idea is fantastic for musicals that have a large cast and it can be used for so many things. The symbolism is strong!!!!
Watching the play on Disney+ with the original cast will always hold a special place in my heart, but the play at Wharton made me re-love the play all over again. I wish I could go see it again and again and again. Plus...seeing this LIVE was a special experience and I am so glad we could make it.
Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
Release date: 03-29-22
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Fae was, well how to put this...rather nasty, a real piece of work. Foulmouthed, quick to conclusions, aggressive, a raging alcoholic, drug uses. Only thinking of herself. F everyone else. Even after having died for a seco,nd she is her nasty self. But, things change.
Is the lack of drugs and drinks making her see freaky beings? Why are they calling her a witch?! Yes, somehow she turned into a witch, and when she is at her last resort, she accepts help and guidance and begin to calm down and accept her new powers. I even like her at the end.
Also, that one thing in the end, I am really curios. I hope there will be more so I can understand who granted her these powers.
I liked it. It was short, fast paced and kept throwing punches at her.
Good narration. It would not be easy voicing Fae, she is a woman of many faces. And you could really hear the change in Fae as the story progressed
Who knew a person could almost die from drinking? I found out the hard way when I woke up in a hospital and a nurse informed me I was legally dead for a few minutes. Shocking, but not as much as the fact I returned different. I can see things, but it’s what I can do that has people interested in me.
There’s Sonja, a strange woman with powers who appoints herself my teacher. Anakin, the mysterious and super hot dude, who owns a pastry shop of all things catering to weird folk. Leslie, my furry-tailed coworker and only friend.
And then there’s the bad guys determined to get their grubby hands on me.
I’m not special. Just a woman trying to clean up her life and actually plan for a future. Will I have time to atone for my many sins before my luck runs out?
Format: 172 pages, Kindle Edition
Published: June 11, 2019 by Amazon Crossing
I ended up reading this for bookclub. I needed a book set in South America. Though I wish I had found Miracle in the Andes in English instead.
It was a novella. So it was short. And still only half was about the crash. I mean sure maybe I do not want to know how exactly they ate the dead, but still, the whole Andes part is the scary and interesting part. Now I never felt the danger cos it jumped in time and just meh.
And the second half was about him talking about his family, about the girl he found. His being philosophical. Him thinking of numerology, you know, fillers.
It did make me want to read that famous book though
It’s the unfathomable modern legend that has become a testament to the resilience of the human spirit: the 1972 Andes plane crash and the Uruguayan rugby teammates who suffered seventy-two days among the dead and dying. It was a harrowing test of endurance on a snowbound cordillera that ended in a miraculous rescue. Now comes the unflinching and emotional true story by one of the men who found his way home.
Four decades after the tragedy, a climber discovered survivor Eduardo Strauch’s wallet near the memorialized crash site and returned it to him. It was a gesture that compelled Strauch to finally “break the silence of the mountains.”
In this revelatory and rewarding memoir, Strauch withholds nothing as he reveals the truth behind the life-changing events that challenged him physically and tested him spiritually, but would never destroy him. In revisiting the horror story we thought we knew, Strauch shares the lessons gleaned from far outside the realm of rational learning: how surviving on the mountain, in the face of its fierce, unforgiving power and desolate beauty, forever altered his perception of love, friendship, death, fear, loss, and hope.