Archive for the ‘Women’ Category

Are You There Alone – Suzanne O’Malley – Audio Book

September 25, 2007

Are You There Alone – Suzanne O’Malley : As a journalist, the author began covering the murders of Noah, John, Paul, Luke, and Mary Yates hours after their mother Andrea Yates drowned them in their suburban Houston home in June 2001. To answer critical questions, investigative reporter Suzanne O’Malley interviewed or witnessed the sworn testimony of nearly two hundred people, including Yates herself, her husband Rusty Yates, and their families.

O’Malley argues persuasively that under less extraordinary circumstances, a mentally ill woman would have been quietly offered a plea bargain and sent to a mental hospital under court supervision. But on March 13, 2002, Andrea Yates was found guilty of the murders of three of her five children. She is currently serving a life sentence and will not be eligible for parole until 2041.

O’Malley’s exclusive personal communications with Andrea Yates and her personal interviews with Rusty Yates allow her to offer fully realized portrayals of people at the center of this excruciating drama. In “Are You There Alone?” O’Malley makes an important contribution to our understanding the significance and ramifications of mental health issues within the criminal justice system.

This is a particular biography, the biography of Andrea Yates who murdered her 5 children and the search to understand what had happened to her during her life to arrive to this point of no return. But in this book O’Malley failt to take a long, hard and critical look à Rusty Yates. Shall we say that this book is not an account of the crime itsel, but more a study of the people, their behavior and failures that contributed to the “end” of Andrea Yates. A difficult book to read but worth it.


Truth and Beauty – Ann Patchett – Audio Book

March 27, 2007

Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett : What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren’t bound to by blood? What happens when that person is not your lover, but your best friend? In her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, Ann Patchett shines light on the little-explored world of women’s friendships and shows us what it means to stand together.

Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and after enrolling in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. In her critically acclaimed memoir, Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy wrote about the first half of her life. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn’t Lucy’s life or Ann’s life but the parts of their lives they shared together. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans 20 years, from the long cold winters of the Midwest to surgical wards to book parties in New York. Through love, fame, drugs and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined.

A remarkable audio book about the human relations.

Don’t Kiss Them Goodbye – Allison DuBois – Audio Book

March 15, 2007

Don’t Kiss Them Goodbye – Allison DuBois : Her visions have helped solve crimes; her instincts have helped find missing people; she can predict future events and sense your thoughts.

When she was six years old, Allison’s deceased great-grandfather came to her with a message for her mother: “I am okay, I am still with you. Tell your mom there’s no pain. ” Allison shared his comforting words with her mother and thus began a lifetime of creating connections between loved ones and those they have lost. The purpose of her gifts became clear when Allison worked as an intern in the homicide bureau of the district attorney’s office and found that she visualized the crime as she handled the evidence. Allison now works as a profiler on criminal investigations.

As I finished to listen to this audio book I finally understood what a real profiler is first and second what a “medium” can be.

Elizabeth – David Starkey – Audio Book

March 4, 2007

Elizabeth – David Starkey : An abused child, yet confident of her destiny to reign, a woman in a man’s world, passionately sexual yet she said a virgin, Elizabeth I was to be famed as England’s most successful ruler. This absorbing new book, by concentrating on the early years from her birth in 1533 to her accession in 1558, shows how her experiences of danger and adventure formed her remarkable character and shaped her opinions and beliefs.

For in her youth she had experienced every vicissitude of fortune and every extreme
of condition. She had been Princess and inheritrix of England then bastardized and
disinherited. At sixteen she was the head of a great princely household. Not much later
she was an accused traitor on the verge of execution in the Tower. Among all this, she had been taught the most advanced curriculum of the day. But it was her lessons in the school of life that mattered more and that taught her humanity.

We all have in mind a rather cruel queen, schrewd and emotionless. Having listened to
this audio book a light change of opinion appears because a very strong will and an
outstanding character is needed to survive all this.

The Case for Hillary Clinton – Susan Estrich

February 6, 2007

The Case for Hillary Clinton – Susan Estrich :In an atmosphere where conservative Hillary-bashing is still as virulent as ever, Estrich demonstrates all the reasons that this principled leader still blows away any other potential contender in the early polls for 2008. And, with arguments both stirring and sensible, shereminds us that if Hillary should succeed, America and the world would be changed forever and for the better.

Longtime political analyst Susan Estrich argues that no candidate even approaches the power and promise of Hillary Rodham Clinton , the senator from New York. Both a passionate spokesperson for progressive values and a strong advocate for our troops overseas, Clinton has used her time in the Senate to establish herself successfully as a genuine political powerhouse. And she offers Americans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to break the world’s most prominent glass ceiling and elect a female president of the United States.

All along the Presidency of her husband, Bill Clinton, I have been allways curious to see how she would react about what has been written, said, supposed, allegated, about her. I must say to “hear”, thanks audio book, another point of view comfort me in my own point of view: this is a very clever woman, very well educated, and ABOVE ALL she knows what she is talking about ! Right or wrong is not the question: just listen to it !