Posts By: Louise

Home Sweet Home … ?

August 29, 2015 Home Sweet Home 0

We bought a house!

It’s been an adventure. We’re first-time homeowners, and this is one of those situations where no matter how much you read on a subject you just can’t be 100% prepared for all the stuff that will or can happen. The whole process has just been a roller coaster ride.

First, it’s a seller’s market out there – most homes won’t stay on the market for more than a few week if the price is fine, and many people are putting offers in on houses without ever even seeing them first. This, of course, drives up home prices… but at least interest rates on mortgage loans aren’t so bad right now. The house we chose did have at least one other offer – but we won!

Then we discovered that all of the accounts from one of our student loan companies were duplicated on our debt/liability report, making it look like we owed almost twice as much as we actually do. What a headache!

Then the appraisal didn’t match up with the price we agreed to on our contract. Turns out the house is about 300 square feet smaller than advertised! So we had to renegotiate the contract after we thought we had all of our ducks in a row.

There were a couple of other little stumbling blocks – paperwork missing dates, the sellers moving out of state earlier than expected, movers being far more expensive than we planned for, that sort of thing.

Everything turned out OK in the end, though.

 

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Sneakers here, enjoying the new living room before the furniture arrived.

 

Our new home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a big living room, and even an office space! It’s a bit bigger than we thought we’d get. And it is right at the top of our price range, but it also came with appliances (which we would have had to buy since we didn’t own the ones in our rental house) and is in spectacular shape — the inspector only found a couple of little things that we’ll have to address after moving in. It’s in just the right location for us, too, and the surrounding neighborhood is decent.

We just closed on the house a couple of days ago. So now begins the moving process! Lots of unpacking and cleaning to do….

Thus begins our latest adventure. More details to come. 🙂


Dog Meets Beach

August 3, 2015 Adventures 0

It’s been a while since I posted anything pet-related here. Most of my animal photos are now posted on either Instagram or Tumblr, so follow me there if you want to. In the meantime….

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My mother came down to see us this weekend and we took Sneakers (our 8 or 9 year old possibly-Chiweenie mutt) to the beach. Even though we’ve lived on the Gulf Coast for over 5 years now, this is the first time he’s ever seen the ocean!

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He licked the sand a couple of times and got a bit of it up his nose, but otherwise he seemed to enjoy himself. He even stepped into some of the shallow waves with me! He’s such a good little beach bum.

 

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The Dinosaur Lords
by Victor Milán

July 19, 2015 Book Reviews, Books 0

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★ ★ ★

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán | July 2015 | Tor Books | Hardcover $26.99

This review is based on an e-ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss. The book is due to be published July 28, 2015.

A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise as do dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, and horses. But dinosaurs predominate: wildlife, monsters, beasts of burden – and of war. Colossal planteaters like Brachiosaurus; terrifying meateaters like Allosaurus and the most feared of all, Tyrannosaurus rex. Giant lizards swim warm seas. Birds (some with teeth) share the sky with flying reptiles that range in size from batsized insectivores to majestic and deadly Dragons. Vast armies of dinosaur-mounted knights engaged in battle. And during the course of one of these epic battles, the enigmatic mercenary Dinosaur Lord Karyl Bogomirsky is defeated through betrayal and left for dead. He wakes, naked, wounded, partially amnesiac – and hunted.

I wish I liked this book more than I did.

Come on, it’s a high fantasy set in a world where people ride DINOSAURS into battle (and keep them as pets and have otherwise domesticated them). Knights in shining armor who ride goddamn dinosaurs… what’s not to love?

Well, several things, TBQH….

Despite my everlasting passion for epic high fantasy stories, I’m not really a big fan of most battle scenes — and this book (especially at the beginning) involves several of them.

Most of the characters seemed flat to me. A couple of them did get to be more compelling as the story went on, but I really couldn’t make myself care about the fate of most of them. Even the main female character, the emperor’s daughter, seemed more like a vehicle for romance and court intrigue than a fully fleshed out character at first, although I do think she improved as the book went on.

(And I’m feeling pretty generous right now, so I won’t go on a rant about my frustration with yet another epic fantasy that features only a single, somewhat boring female POV character. You’re welcome.)

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The world this book is set in is literally called Paradise. There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of disease or natural disasters as far as I can tell, and humans can live to be over 300 years old. The danger is all either human-to-human or supernatural-to-human. I’m not sure why, but this rubbed me the wrong way.

That said, I did like the sort of alternative history — the book is basically set in a Europe where Spain, now called the Empire of Nuevaropa, basically took over everything and other countries are either subject to it or part of its empire. England, now Anglaterra, is called “Pirate Island” in a nod to its past attempts to defeat the Spanish fleet at sea. I liked that characters come from all over this version of Europe, too.

(Again, I’m feeling generous so we can skip over the rant about why we might not need yet another alterna-Europe high fantasy story….)

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Lest ye think I’m complaining to much to justify the 3-star rating, I do want to point out some of the good stuff:

What it lacks in character detail/originality, it makes up for in setting detail/originality. This book includes a fully fleshed out world and I was delighted by all the little tidbits of dino biology and the history of the various nations.

The pacing is nearly perfect, too. Even though this book is well over 400 pages, not a single bit of it drags and I never felt like I might get too bored to finish. So despite my complaints above, I read the whole thing and mostly enjoyed it!

I also really liked the artwork by Richard Anderson. Each chapter is preceded by a lovely illustration as well as a short definition of  particular dinosaur species.

Dinosaur Lords is the first in a series. Will I read the following books? I don’t know yet. I won’t say no, but I’m not just bouncing off the walls in anticipation, either.


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Publication information: Milán, Victor. The Dinosaur Lords. New York: Tor Books, 2015. EPUB.
Source: Electronic format review copy provided by publisher via Edelweiss.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated, monetarily or otherwise, for reviews of books or other products.


All We Have is Now
by Lisa Schroeder

July 12, 2015 Book Reviews, Books 0

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★ ★ ★

All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder | July 2015 | Point, an imprint of Scholastic | Hardcover $17.99

Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people’s wishes — and gives them his wallet full of money.

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day — maybe even their own.

This review is based on an ARC provided and signed by the author. (I won a very generous giveaway!) The official release date is July 28, which is less than 3 weeks away!

Keywords for this book? Sweet, well-paced, and thoughtful… but also not really my personal thing.

The entirety of the plot takes place in the final day leading up to an asteroid impact that is expected to cause an apocalypse-level disaster. The main characters are two homeless teens who don’t expect to survive, so they have to figure out how to fill their last living hours. The whole asteroid thing takes a backseat to the main plot, basically serving as just a whip to crack to get things moving…

… which is probably fine if you’re just looking for a nice little contemporary teen romance/social issues novel, but the SFF nerd in me was super annoyed and distracted by the lack of details and the obvious “twist” ending. I also started to feel really impatient with one of the main characters and I found myself rolling my eyes at her every few pages.

I’m going to set that aside for a minute, because it’s really a me problem, not an actual problem with the story itself. Here are some other things I liked about this book:

1. There are several rather lovely free verse poems scattered throughout, which serve as flashbacks and atmosphere-building devices.

2. Even though the kids are homeless and have obvious issues, their lives aren’t all about drugs or violence or prostitution (I find it refreshing when homelessness is not used as shorthand for “drug-addled holes for hire”).

3. The adults in this book are not perfect, but they’re not the enemies either — every character is treated like a real person, with flaws and positives in a flavorful blend.

In the end, would I recommend this book? Well, yeah. See above re: sweet, well-paced, and thoughtful — I really do think that folks who enjoy stories about troubled teens facing their problems (and maybe finding a little romance along the way) will enjoy this book.


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Publication information: Schroeder, Lisa. All We Have is Now. New York: Scholastic, 2015. Print.
Source: ARC provided via giveaway.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated, monetarily or otherwise, for reviews of books or other products.


Founding Brothers
by Joseph J. Ellis

July 4, 2015 Book Reviews, Books 0

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★ ★ ★

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis | January 2000 | Knopf Doubleday | Paperback $15.95

In retrospect, it seems as if the American Revolution was inevitable. But was it? In Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis reveals that many of those truths we hold to be self-evident were actually fiercely contested in the early days of the republic.

Happy Independence Day!

It’s July 4, the day that we celebrate our country’s Declaration of Independence (cue majestic bald eagles soaring through the sweet air of freedom from taxation without representation) so what better day than to check this book off my TBR Pile Challenge list?

Unfortunately, I don’t have much to say about it. This book was just, y’know, fine. I kind of expected to be blown away, given its Pulitzer Prize win? Oh, well.

Ellis really delves deep into the personalities, motivations, and actions of several of America’s “founding fathers” during the years following the Revolutionary War. The country was still considered a doomed experiment by most of the rest of the world and they faced unbelievable challenges. I think the author did an admirable job of trying to explain why they said and did certain things within the context of their time.

For example, this book includes a seriously thorough, nuanced discussion of the slavery problem. The union of the colonies as one nation would collapse if the newborn federal government tried to force the southern states to give up their slave-supported economic foundation, but the continued subjugation of hundreds of thousands of people was ethically incompatible with the very principles on which the Revolution was based.

That said, even at only 248 pages (not including notes and the index), this book is dense. I often had to read paragraphs two or even three times to decipher what the author was getting at. And right now I’m really trying to read for pleasure and relaxation because my work and personal life is a little hectic, so perhaps I ought to have waited a while to try this book. Oh, well. It is obviously well-researched and insightful, so my complaint in this case is not about the quality of the content — it’s the overly academic quality of the presentation.


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Publication information: Ellis, Joseph. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. New York: Vintage Books, 2002. Print.
Source: Purchased from a library’s used bookshop.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated, monetarily or otherwise, for reviews of books or other products.


The Astronaut Wives Club
by Lily Koppel

June 22, 2015 Book Reviews, Books 0

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★ ★ ★

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel | January 2013 | Grand Central Publishing | Hardcover $28.00

As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.

As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragedy began to touch their lives-the wives continued to rally together, forming bonds that would withstand the test of time, and they have stayed friends for over half a century. The Astronaut Wives Club tells the story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

This book was simultaneously fascinating and depressing. I zoomed through it, but felt a bit frustrated the entire time!

First let’s talk about what I found fascinating. To start with, I knew (and still know) next to nothing about the early days of NASA. The major tragedies and triumphs, sure, but I couldn’t tell you how those astronauts trained, how many missions they each participated in, or how their families were cared for in the meantime.

Of course, this book isn’t about NASA or the astronauts themselves, it’s about their wives. Did you know that the wives of the first few astronauts actually each had a Life magazine reporter following them around, observing and interviewing for hours every day? I can’t imagine the pressure. The upshot is that these “pet” reporters acted as buffers between the ladies and the rest of the press — Annie Glenn’s assigned Life writer even agreed to hide or downplay her speech impairment in order to save her further embarrassment, which I thought was quite sweet.

I also really liked reading about Houston and its surrounding communities during this time period. We are essentially dual citizens of two cities right now, my husband and I, and one of those cities is Houston. So I admit that I might be a little bit biased on this topic!

That said… let’s talk about why this book was a bit depressing. It’s hard to believe that women had to deal with the things these women did event just 40-50 years ago, especially these women, matriarchs of some of the country’s favorite families.

Husband cheating on you? Better just be glad that you’re the one he likes best. Emotional and psychological abuse? Better just smile and pretend to be happy for the sake of your husband’s magnificent career. Depressed or over-stressed? Better just pop these “little helper” pills, because most of the other ladies in your peer group are going to act catty about it. Spouse died in the line of duty? Better get over it pretty quick, you’re not welcome in this neighborhood anymore because no one wants a daily reminder of the tragedy waiting for them around the corner.

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You know, I love the aesthetic of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The clothing, the cars, the homes, the media… it’s all quite appealing on the surface. But I can’t imagine the enormous pressure these women were under to model the perfect, plastic All American Family day in and day out.

In the end, I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in mid-20th-century American history, particularly the “Space Race” and associated events.

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P.S.

I didn’t realize that ABC was releasing a TV miniseries based on this book! The show is scheduled to run for 10 episodes on Thursdays at 7 pm CST. I’ve only watched the 1st episode so far, but I thought it was OK.

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Publication information: Koppel, Lily. The Astronaut Wives Club. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2013. Print.
Source: Purchased for personal use.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated, monetarily or otherwise, for reviews of books or other products.


It’s June?

June 15, 2015 Books 0

It’s June (halfway through the year), so how are your reading challenges etc. going?

First, for my Goodreads Challenge, I signed up to read 80 books this year. Here’s where I’m at as of right now:

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Not too shabby — I’m nearly on track to meet this goal by the end of the year.

Back in March 2014 I signed up for the Classics Club. I’m supposed to read 50 classic books over the course of 5 years. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t gotten very far with this; so far this year I’ve only read 1 book for this challenge:

  1. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore

I also signed up for the TBR Pile Challenge this year. I have a list of 12 books that I’m supposed to finish before 2016. So far I’ve only read 5, so I’m quite behind!

  1. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel – review coming soon
  2. The Diviners by Libba Bray
  3. Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
  4. Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall
  5. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

I’m also doing the Foodies Read Challenge right now. Thankfully I only signed up for 5 books, so even though I’ve only read 2 titles on this list so far I don’t feel like I’m too far behind!

  1. French Lessons by Peter Mayle
  2. Relish by Lucy Knisley

Hm, based on the above it looks like I haven’t done much reading this year at all — but I know that’s not true. One thing I have been concentrating on is reading + reviewing ARCs in a timely manner this year. Here are the brand-new books that have come across my desk so far in 2015:

  1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
  3. The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
  4. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs
  5. Galileo’s Middle Finger by Alice Dreger
  6. The Game of Love & Death by Martha Brockenbrough
  7. Headstrong by Rachel Swaby
  8. Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
  9. The Next Species by Michael Tennesen
  10. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater
  11. Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer
  12. Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
  13. This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth by Patrick Di Justo
  14. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  15. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
  16. We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler
  17. Wonder at the Edge of the World by Nicole Helget

Those are just the ones I’ve already reviewed — there are just a few more in the pipeline, as well.

That said, I don’t think I’m going to continue concentrating on reviewing new / upcoming titles for the next few months. That’s not to say I won’t do any at all! There are several books that are soon to be published that I’m hoping to get review copies of. But I think I need to concentrate on the books that I promised myself I would read this year.

There’s no point in always chasing the next big thing if by doing that I’m taking too much time away from what I wanted to do in the first place, right?


Proof of Forever
by Lexa Hillyer

June 2, 2015 Book Reviews, Books 0

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★ ★ ★

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer | June 2015 | HarperCollins | Hardcover $17.99

Before: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny-dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they’d stay friends.

After: Now, two years later, their bond has faded along with those memories.

Then: That is, until the fateful flash of a photo booth camera transports the four of them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed.

Now: The girls must recreate the past in order to return to the present. As they live through their second-chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels, and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again.

Sweet. I think this would be a lovely novel for fans of girl-group friendship / coming-of-age stories. Probably a perfect little bit of fun for some of the teens in my library’s summer reading club.

This story revolves around a group of young women, once inseparable friends, who suddenly find themselves thrust backwards in time at their summer camp together as teens. What went wrong in their lives at this pivotal point, and how can they fix their broken relationships?

This was a fairly short, easy read. The story is told in alternating points of view, giving each of the 4 girls a chance to tell their own side of the story and let their personalities shine (… or not, as the case may be). I would have LOVED this book when I was going through my Princess Diaries / Freaky Friday / Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants phase as a middle/high schooler. And I probably could have used some of the subtle-but-not-TOO-subtle friendship advice.

That said, this book was so damn predictable. Each of the girls felt like some kind of stereotype — not always in a bad way. I just mean that they’re very familiar, very well-used characters. I was really only surprised by one character’s particular development trajectory, but maybe I really shouldn’t have been. It’s just that I identified with her so heavily in the beginning that I didn’t expect her resolution to be so different from my own, haha!

The characters were actually pretty endearing. They all had their little quirks, special abilities, and flaws. I just love that.

I didn’t much care for the ending, to be honest. I don’t want to spoil anything for potential readers, but if you’ve read much contemporary YA at all over the past few years you’ll probably guess the ending anyway. Perfect teen girl gets a seriously bad phone call, withdraws from all her friends, then mysteriously reappears and insists that they all go on one last adventure together? Yeah, there’s only a handful of obvious things that those signs can point to….

I really don’t want to sound too negative about this book! I know there are going to be a LOT of people who like it and I sincerely hope it does well. Maybe I’m just too far past that phase when this book would have really meant something to me.

Anyway, HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to Proof of Forever. It just came out today! Super exciting!


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Publication information: Hillyer, Lexa. Proof of Forever. New York: HarperCollins, 2015. EPUB.
Source: e-ARC from Edelweiss.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated, monetarily or otherwise, for reviews of books or other products.


Summer is Coming

May 30, 2015 Books, Geekery, Library Life 0

May is coming to a close. The schools are about to let the kiddos out for a nice long vacation. The tourists are descending in flocks upon the beach towns. Libraries, museums, and other kid-friendly / air-conditioned places are bracing themselves… summer is coming.

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Like this, but with less death. Probably.

Summer reading means something different to everyone. For some, it’s all about entertainment — easy, fun “beach reads” or catching up on the latest bestsellers. For some, it’s the perfect time to double down and really stretch towards some reading goals (there’s nothing better than long road trips [as a passenger obviously!] or hours trapped inside with the AC for this). For some, it’s about trying new things because YOLO (that’s a thing the youths say these days, I think). For some, it’s about returning to comfy old favorites once again.

We’re just about to launch into our annual summer reading clubs at my library. Every library has their own way of doing this kind of thing; ours is really meant to encourage childhood literacy + safe, fun stuff to do outside of school. We don’t have a “grown up” summer reading club this year, so I’m signing up with another nearby library that does just for my own amusement. I like setting goals and checking stuff off of lists (another post coming soon on that topic…) so summer reading clubs are just right up my alley.

So what am I planning to read this summer?


First, let’s look at some upcoming titles. These haven’t been published yet, but they will be soon, and I’m trying to catch up on them to get those reviews out in a timely manner!

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All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder, due July 2015
Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán, due July 2015
The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas, due October 2015
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, due June 2015
The Only Woman in the Room by Eileen Pollack, due September 2015
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer, due June 2015

Next up are some blacklist titles that I signed up to read for some challenges this year (the TBR Pile Challenge and the Foodies Read one, not to mention the Classics Club). I really need to play catch up on these lists!

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The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Road to Dr Pepper, Texas by Karen Wright

And here are a handful of books that recently caught my eye, but I haven’t really had a chance to pick them up yet. Maybe this summer is the perfect time for them?

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss
Tibet, Tibet by Patrick French
Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

Sooo…

Have you read any of these? Or do you have any other recommendations for my summer reading plans? Want to take bets on whether or not I’ll be able to read them all?


Reason for Hope
by Jane Goodall

May 26, 2015 Book Reviews, Books 0

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★ ★ ★ ★

Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey by Jane Goodall and Phillip Berman | September 1999 | Warner Books | Hardcover $32.00

Her revolutionary studies of Tanzania’s chimpanzees forever altered our definition of humanity. Now, intriguing as always, Jane Goodall explores her deepest convictions in a heartfelt memoir that takes her from the London Blitz to Louis Leaky’s famous excavations in Africa and then into the forests of Gombe. From the unforgettable moment when a wild chimpanzee gently grasps her hand to the terror of a hostage-taking and the sorrow of her husband’s death. Here, thoughtfully exploring the challenges of both science and the soul, she offers an inspiring, optimistic message as profound as the knowledge she brought back from the forests, and that gives us all… reason for hope.

This book was quite lovely. I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in a contrast to the ultra-logical atheism of scientists like Richard Dawkins.

In this memoir, Jane Goodall describes the events in her life that led her current spiritual beliefs: her childhood in England during WWII, her adventures with the chimpanzees and scientists in Africa, the birth of her beloved son, and the deaths of people she loved deeply. Goodall has lived a simply incredible life and she has a way of writing that makes the reader feel as though she’s engaging in a personal conversation, not just telling a story.

It was fascinating to read about the religious philosophy and spiritual experiences of this intelligent, humanitarian, admirable woman. I believe that we should never stop learning and searching for truth, and I think both science and theology can be valid ways of pursuing personal growth. I also worry that scientists who do profess a faith in any particular religion or even just a higher being or planes of existence don’t often speak up for fear of being accused of irrationality, so it’s refreshing to read about the intimate, carefully considered faith of a highly respected biologist. I don’t particularly feel the need to detail my own beliefs here, but I did identify heavily with some of Goodall’s personal experiences and conclusions.

The book isn’t just about spirituality, or one person’s religiously significant experiences though. Goodall spends the last portion of the book on the topic of humanity’s future, of our place in the world and what we can do to reduce the suffering of other species as well as our own. She also shares some of her own poetry throughout the book, which I thought was nice enough — but I know next to nothing about poetry.

That said, I found myself drawn more to the stories about her time spent among the chimpanzees of the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. I started reading her book on the subject, In the Shadow of Man, ages ago… and I can’t for the life of me remember why I put it down, as I really remember nothing but good feelings and enjoyment of it. I think I may need to pick it up again!


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Publication information: Goodall, Jane. Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey. New York: Warner Books, 1999. Print.
Source: Personal purchase or gift, provenance unknown.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated, monetarily or otherwise, for reviews of books or other products.