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Margi Shindler has commented on (4) products.

The Girl's Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp
The Girl's Guide to Homelessness

Margi Shindler, April 6, 2012

I found this book at a beach town book exchange in Mexico. I had homework reading to do, but found this story to be far more engaging, so much so that I could not stop reading, even though I told myself I wanted to save some of the book for the long plane ride home. I finished the book before I could stop myself. I had to find out how the slowly cresting plot would resolve itself.
Brianna Karp is a courageous and funny young woman. She has written what amounts to a cautionary tale for 20 somethings navigating a formerly affluent country which now has hit the rocks of recession, changing the game for everyone, especially young people trying to get a start in their careers. She worked hard, and against the odds, but mere hard work was not enough. The decisions facing workers are more serious now, as the U.S. economy has indeed become the 'school of hard knocks'.
Ms. Karp is the same age as my own kids, and a role model for the high school age kids I teach. This book is a perfect choice for school reading. It is exciting and personal, and it is true.
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Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott
Imperfect Birds

Margi Shindler, April 18, 2011

This is the first book I've read which uniquely illuminates the difficult and messy juxtaposition of the generations, who are struggling with addictions, affluence and ungrounded spirituality each in their own age perspectives.
I know to trust that Anne Lamott will offer up an unvarnished look into human relationships. The fact that this book's title includes "bird" harkens me back to the first book of hers I read, her seminal book about writing, "Bird by Bird". The connections seems obvious, that each subject, each person has to be taken one at a time. The reader is walking step by step through narratives to arrive at a conclusion.
"Imperfect Birds" is written partly in the voice of an anxious middle aged mother and partly in the voice of the 17 year old, out-of-control daughter. Other voices include the girl's stepfather and other characters in the town.
The story is set in the attractive, educated, affluent region of Marin County. Remember the song school kids recorded, "Marin County, California, that's my home..."? I was a school kid when that song came out, and I was jealous. I wanted to be a California girl and live in a cute picture perfect place.
Fast forward 30 years, to spoiled, drug addicted kids, who think stealing jewelry and underwear is an innocuous pastime, and seeing a concert and taking ecstasy is about like tea and cookies. The overall effect is disconcerting at first. Lamott drives you deeper into the disconnects between the generations, and what brought them to their dysfunctions. I think anyone reading this book might see a little of themselves, their kids, their parents... and the dilemmas of our times.
Lamott is a spiritual person, and so always offers redemption in the long run. I highly recommend this for children and parents who are caught in the web of love, tough love, and the insidious malaise which affluence has made possible.
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Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott
Imperfect Birds

Margi Shindler, April 18, 2011

This is the first book I've read which uniquely illuminates the difficult and messy juxtaposition of the generations, who are struggling with addictions, affluence and ungrounded spirituality each in their own age perspectives.
I know to trust that Anne Lamott will offer up an unvarnished look into human relationships. The fact that this book's title includes "bird" harkens me back to the first book of hers I read, her seminal book about writing, "Bird by Bird". The connections seems obvious, that each subject, each person has to be taken one at a time. The reader is walking step by step through narratives to arrive at a conclusion.
"Imperfect Birds" is written partly in the voice of an anxious middle aged mother and partly in the voice of the 17 year old, out-of-control daughter. Other voices include the girl's stepfather and other characters in the town.
The story is set in the attractive, educated, affluent region of Marin County. Remember the song school kids recorded, "Marin County, California, that's my home..."? I was a school kid when that song came out, and I was jealous. I wanted to be a California girl and live in a cute picture perfect place.
Fast forward 30 years, to spoiled, drug addicted kids, who think stealing jewelry and underwear is an innocuous pastime, and seeing a concert and taking ecstasy is about like tea and cookies. The overall effect is disconcerting at first. Lamott drives you deeper into the disconnects between the generations, and what brought them to their dysfunctions. I think anyone reading this book might see a little of themselves, their kids, their parents... and the dilemmas of our times.
Lamott is a spiritual person, and so always offers redemption in the long run. I highly recommend this for children and parents who are caught in the web of love, tough love, and the insidious malaise which affluence has made possible.
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Thin Is the New Happy by Valerie Frankel
Thin Is the New Happy

Margi Shindler, April 13, 2010

If you have misspent years and efforts at the diet du jour, as well as worrying continuously about your body fat, you need to read this book. Valerie Frankel began the dieting treadmill before she even reached puberty. Her story reminded me that I tried the grapefruit diet when I was 10. That seems crazy now, but in a 1960's world of Twiggy as the icon of feminine beauty, no one thought that was unhealthy.
Valerie gives a new way to think of the body, and all we are within and without. Her revelations are of value to anyone, at any stage of their quest for health, self esteem and contentment.
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