“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges
I liked Samantha Bee's book. A lot. It was unexpectedly thoughtful and revealing. I did expect it to be funny and it did not disappoint. I laughed out loud in public.
I couldn't help comparing it to Tina Fey's Bossipants. I REALLY expected and WANTED to like Bossipants but I was disappointed. Fey's book was sold as autobiographical but it was not. It was more of a stand-up session & verged on the condescending. I learned very little about Tina that I couldn't Google.
On the other hand, Bee's book reads more like a mini autobiography. Her life is revealed in essays that felt both insightful and genuine - as well as hilarious. I learned a great deal about her eccentric upbringing and the people and experiences which led her to the choices she's made. It was sad, fun and informative. I finished it in two nights.
Why 3 stars? I loved the book but it is not great literature. That being said, we don't always have to read great literature. Sometimes we can read something because it's fun. I recommend it if you want to get to know this funny Daily Show woman better.
Not well organized. It was so confusing that I was forever going back to see who/what the author was talking about.
Easy to put down. I read a little bit for short periods of time - not compelling enough to keep my attention. One would think that the "Murder of the Century" would keep you intrigued. It did do one thing well: I got a good night's rest every time I picked it up at bedtime.
Not sure how the title applies - It didn't convince me that the crime was "the murder of the century." Perhaps that description is so overused now that it has lost meaning. Certainly it did not have the impact of the Simpson trial or the Scopes Monkey Trial because I never heard of it before.
The story that interested me most was the war among the newspapers / publishers. Proving that FOX News did not invent sensationalism, news reporters of the day were shameless in their pursuit of a salable story. Because the author tried to cram too much information about both the media and the crime, the book became a disjointed account of forensics & media reaction. This was a time during which police didn't secure crime scenes & news people had unlimited access-that in itself should have made compelling read. Perhaps The author could have used a little more sensationalism in his writing?
Lots of interesting information that should have created a compelling story. The author could focused on one subject and written two books: media sensationalism or crime/forensics. If he wanted both subjects, he could have styled it more like Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City - which had had better continuity.
All is not lost if you trudge through this book. If you get through the labyrinth of information your reward will be information with which you can make impressive cocktail conversation.