This book made for light, easy reading. It was so light I think it would have been better off as a series in the paper or a magazine article. The actual premise was interesting but dragged out. I read and enjoyed "The Ghost Map" and some of his other books looked more interesting too.
I was really excited when I got this but it turned out to be a disappointment. This seemed like a good book to give a curious older elementary student but then I found multiple mistakes. It didn't say anything about what I got not being a final proof. The writing wasn't that great anyway.
I thought this book was interesting light reading. It was great for reading at the airport and on the plane. I'm not sure the author's writing style is for me, though. This book discusses the roots of habits in humans and ways to change those habits. I think there's more self-help type material in the appendices, which I did not have.
This book was a lot of fun. I didn't know much about Chinese going into the book. I like that the book teaches about China's culture through its language. I found it good light entertainment, the kind of book to leave in the bathroom. What I got out of this book was that I will never try to learn Chinese if I don't have to!
Interesting and well-written but I think some of the detail of her early career and some of the background information on black performers who preceded her could have been cut. I did learn a lot. It's a fascinating story which says a lot about America and I would recommend it to foreigners trying to understand the US. One problem is I did not get a sense of Marian Anderson as a person, which the author admits as a problem.
I think this is an important book to read for someone in medicine but the writing style drove me up the wall. Too many breaks in the narrative for bits of folk tales or meditations on cultural relativity.
Very interesting and important book, but confusing narrative and focus. This book would have benefited from from some editing, and maybe should even have been multiple books. The focus is mainly on the government's response to the emerging threat of AIDS and on the gay community's response, with a further focus on San Francisco. Enough for two books, with a third on the general epidemic, since AIDS internationally and in other risk groups and locations than the gay communities of San Francisco and New York is mostly ignored.