Earthquakes have been on my mind lately – it is, after all, the 15 year anniversary of the Landers Quake; the biggest earthquake in 40 years – 7.3! I vividly remember being shaken out of bed.
So, with earthquakes on my mind, it is no surprise that I ended choosing with the following eBooks: Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen by Wilentz, Amy
Now, in Jennifer Weiner's richest, wittiest, most true-to-life novel yet, this highly acclaimed storyteller brings readers a tale of romance, friendship, forgiveness, and extreme sleep deprivation, as three very different women navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood.
The juxtaposition of Earthquakes and Schwarzenegger grabbed my attention. I’m a native Californian; we do earthquakes. Obviously, this is a book written by “one of them-there fr'reigners”. It's always amusing to see how others view us.
From Amy Wilentz, comes an irreverent, inventive portrait of the state of California and its unlikely governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. As a lifelong easterner and an outsider in the West she takes the reader on a picaresque journey from exclusive Hollywood soirees to a fantasy city in the Mojave desert, from the La Brea Tar Pits to celebrity-besotted Sacramento, from the tents of Skid Row to surf-drunk Malibu, from a snowbird retreat near Mexico to the hippie preserve of tide-beaten Big Sur, along the way offering up sharp observations on politics, fund-raising, the water supply, the Beach Boys, earthquake preparedness, home economics, catastrophism, movie-star politicians, political movie stars, Charlie Manson, and location scouts who want to rent your house in order to make television commercials for bathroom wall cleansers or Swedish banks.
Plunging into the traffic of California, Wilentz noodles out meaning in some of the least likely of places; she sees the political in the personal and the personal in the political. By now an expert on tremors real and imagined, she offers readers on both coasts insights into where California stands today, and America as well.
Sounded pretty good; so and why not? I'm always up for a little wit and sarcasm.
Unfortunately I did not find it witty. There were little pieces that were amusing, but mainly it is a dull, mean spirited and incredibly repetitive rant on everything wrong with California and everyone she has ever met here.