I think it is safe to say I completely fell off the CBR wagon but as the year draws to a close, and my office currently has a total of five people in, I wanted to try and get caught up on reviews. This seemed like a perfectly reasonable task until I wrote out every book title I still needed to review and realized I was nineteen books behind while still actively reading two other books. So in lieu of complete, well thought out reviews here are some plot summary blurbs and foggy recollections on my feelings towards the below Non Fictions books:
“Destroying a culture’s books is sentencing it to something worse than death: It is sentencing it to seem as if it never lived.”
“Destroying a library is a kind of terrorism. People think of libraries as the safest and most open places in society. Setting them on fire is like announcing that nothing, and nowhere, is safe.”
“America, you only get ten vacation days a year, but you also have a far healthier pancake culture inside of you, and I’m still weighing up whether that means you come out ahead or behind”
“The families of the missing are doubly burdened: first by the pain of their ordeal, and then by our expectations of them, expectations of a standard of behavior higher than we require of ourselves. As humans, we seek naturally to help fellow creatures in distress. But most of us, whether we are conscious of it or not, expect something back—the flattery of helplessness and of need.”
“I think you’re going to do really well in college,” he said, and then he paused again, as if considering whether to say the next part out loud or keep it to himself. “You know, when you started high school, I never told you this, but I was worried you’d be too nice and people would take advantage of you. I’m really glad that didn’t happen.”If I am being honest, I have to admit that I gave him good reason to fear for my safety and social well-being as I entered ninth grade. I’d always had a wet paint personality, bright and shiny and vulnerable to the elements. I was proud that he trusted me to go off into the world, or at least as far as Brandeis University.
“The opposite of trauma is not the absence of trauma. The opposite of trauma is order, proportion. It is everything in its place. It is one long green couch in a sunlit corner, looking like it was built for the space and waiting for you. It is an act of wilful seeing, a conscious choice about perspective.”
“In years to come, Jim Jones would frequently be compared to murderous demagogues such as Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson. These comparisons completely misinterpret, and historically misrepresent, the initial appeal of Jim Jones to members of Peoples Temple. Jones attracted followers by appealing to their better instincts. The purpose of Peoples Temple was to offer such a compelling example of living in racial and economic equality that everyone else would be won over and want to live the same way.”