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leahiniowa has commented on (2) products.

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
Agent to the Stars

leahiniowa, October 22, 2012

I don't know how he does it, but Scalzi manages to mix incredibly complex suspense plots with the most outrageous humor. And when I say suspense plots, I'm not talking about the garden variety "who planted the anti-matter in the Emperor's starship." Scalzi begins with a fascinating premise and takes you for a ride that leaves you dizzy and begging for more. WARNING: While the first few pages are important to the book, a reader might be put off. It begins describing a boring weekday in the life of an advertising man. Be patient. The roller coaster is just about to begin.
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help

leahiniowa, January 26, 2012

I am an Eisenhower baby born and bred in East Texas. I had heard so many wonderful things about this book that I held off reading it for several months - it's so disappointing when book doesn't live up to expectations. When I finally did, I discovered that this book hit me personally on many very deep levels. This book not only "rang true," it continued to "echo" for months in my thoughts. I can vouch for the authenticity of this novel's plot, characters, background, atmosphere and dialect.

Many people are unaware that there are many different variations of the Southern drawl, 'black and white' - 'upper class and trash.' Unfortunately, we seem to be losing this variety due to the constant media barrage. I was very gratified to see that Stockett managed to present her characters' spoken words accurately - no mean feat considering the variety of characters she portrayed.

Although Skeeter and her friends are from an earlier generation than I. One of the most famous Texans of her generation was Janis Joplin, who once said that the most beautiful sight she'd ever seen was Texas in the rear view mirror of her car. But change comes slowly in the South.

This was shockingly brought home to me when one of the scenes of Skeeter sending off resumes and manuscripts hit me with the buried memory of myself doing exactly the same thing fifteen years later.

I now live in Northeast Iowa,and almost everyone I know has either read this book and/or seen the movie. Clearly you don't have to come from that place or time for this amazing book to have a major impact. I just wanted to share with the Powell's community that this book is a rock-solid portrayal of this time and place.
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