We the animals


We the Animals: A novel is a series of remembrances of Justin Torres’ childhood and young adulthood.  It begins with the chaos of childhood.  I enjoyed the ruckus ride of a group of brothers all tangled up in chaos in a working class, biracial family.  There were some diversions into infidelity and how adult depression affects kids.

However, the book turns toward the end about the experience of the author’s emerging sexuality.  At first this emerges as his feelings of difference which he mainly brings up as grades.  Then, finally he deals with his coming out as a gay man.

In some ways this didn’t work for me.  I felt like it was a series of memories not completely connected.  Yet, I liked the first part.  He describes his family and the chaos of children perfectly.  As often happens with people who are still alive, the book didn’t come to a conclusion in a neat way.  His clear strong feelings didn’t come through in his chapter about him coming out, which makes me believe it is too recent or too raw for him to clearly write about.

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The male brain


Since I live with all males, The Male Brain was a book I hoped I could learn a lot from.  I got it from the library on tape, and I would say if you listen to your books on tapes in a semi public place this may not be a book for you.  There were some racy parts as she describes very intimately the way the male brain’s influence on sexuality. However, I learned some interesting things about the males that I live with.  For example, hierarchy is very important to males.  This is why there are so many arguments when they play games.  If the established hierarchy is disturbed, it is upsetting to all involved.  The author, Louann Brizendine M.D., has some interesting advice for maintaining intimacy as men (and women age).

(Author), Kimberly Farr (Reader)

How to be richer, smarter, and better-looking than your parents

How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents by Zac Bissonnette is a treatise on economy.  Every young person should read it as a primer on how to enter the world and excel.  As a reader, you have to get past the snarky tone of writing in it, but its underlying message is a good one: plan for your financial future so you have choices,  think about every expense no matter how trivial, design your financial life with intentionality. Even older people may find some modern tips for saving money, for example, prescription eyeglasses online.  By the way, I’m not sure how young people can be better looking than their parents except for the young thing, and I don’t remember how he addressed that part in the book.