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Rachel Coker has commented on (69) products.

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Dept. of Speculation

Rachel Coker, December 20, 2014

"Department of Speculation" plays with form in a way that is by turns fascinating and frustrating. The reader is left to fill in a lot of blanks as Jenny Ifill shows tiny shards of a woman's inner dialogue about growing older, married life and parenthood. There's very little in the way of traditional dialogue, character development or plot ... and yet, undeniably, there's a story. Ifill, author of the awesome children's book "Eleven Experiments That Failed," is experimenting here. What she produced isn't a straightforward novel and yet is definitely a success.
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Yes Please CD by Amy Poehler
Yes Please CD

Rachel Coker, December 18, 2014

This was an entertaining and occasionally insightful metaphor, with a somewhat odd mix of levity; musings on divorce, motherhood and feminism; and anecdotes from Poehler's life. The good parts are excellent; the weak parts are really, really weak. Five stars for her take on women in the workplace and the overpowering love moms feel for their kids. One star for the parts where she whines about writing. I highly recommend the audio book version of "Yes Please," which features many cool guest voices (Patrick Stewart! Kathleen Turner!) as well as Poehler herself.
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Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Yes Please

Rachel Coker, December 18, 2014

This was an entertaining and occasionally insightful metaphor, with a somewhat odd mix of levity; musings on divorce, motherhood and feminism; and anecdotes from Poehler's life. The good parts are excellent; the weak parts are really, really weak. Five stars for her take on women in the workplace and the overpowering love moms feel for their kids. One star for the parts where she whines about writing. If you do decide to read it, I highly recommend the audio book version, which features many cool guest voices as well as Poehler herself.
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Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Landline

Rachel Coker, December 14, 2014

Rainbow Rowell's "Landline" was exactly as good as I heard it would be. Quirky, clever, by turns funny and full of heartache. It is not great literature, but it is easy to relate to, especially if you're a married mom of a certain age. It's surprisingly realistic for a novel featuring time travel.
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Olive Kitteridge: Fiction by Elizabeth Strout
Olive Kitteridge: Fiction

Rachel Coker, November 12, 2014

"Olive Kitteridge" isn't a fun, feel-good book. Its heroine, Olive, is a prickly, depressed, brutally honest, introverted woman who also happens to be smart, perceptive and, in her own way, desperate for human connection. The novel moves seamlessly through time and among people in the little community on the coast of Maine where Olive lives. I found the novel similar to Edgar Lee Masters' "Spoon River Anthology" in the way that the reader gets to know characters better by seeing them from multiple perspectives. If you've ever doubted yourself, hesitated on the edge of a party, committed some small act of meanness, wondered if your family is as crazy as it seems or yearned for a deeper love, you may find yourself among the residents of Crosby.
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