Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Columbine: My Book Review



 I am deeply passionate about books. 
Many of you are aware that I read on average a book per day, the bulk of my reading comprising of fiction, with some non-fiction and poetry thrown in. I am generally not into political tell-alls. I don't trust their authenticity, their motives. Of course I LOVE comedic essays, like David Sedaris (duh!) and Nora Ephron. 
I do read lots of non-fiction writing books, as well as the occasional biography.
  I also buy and read LOTS of travel books, gardening books, photography books and other reference books. 

However, rarely, maybe never, has a non-fiction book grabbed me by the throat, held me hostage, such that I read all 408 pages in one sitting (I didn't read the index or bibliography). 
And wept. 




Columbine by Dave Cullen hurt my heart
The gravity.
I cannot disrobe its weight.

Sending my daughter off to high school this morning was nearly impossible.
  
I did not sleep well last night.

I knew I was in deep shit as soon as I read his dedication page.
The powerful, painful subject matter, the truth of this story needed to be told. 
But what a responsibility to take on.
Dave Cullen gave this story the dignity, respect and exhaustive research it deserved.


Love,
Lola

PS: the columbine flower image is from http://wildlifephototour.com/journal

19 comments:

mo.stoneskin said...

I'd like to read it. But a book a day? A day? I mean I read a couple a month, and I thought that was fairly productive! A day?! Crumbs.

B. Miller said...

Gonna have to check that one out. Thanks, Lola.

roxy said...

Great review. I was impressed with the book just by hearing your thoughts. Forge on with the reading, Lola. You're an inspiration to me. I need to get that fire for books back. Mine has petered a little since I've taken up writing. I critique too much and that takes the magic away.

Lola Sharp said...

Here's my philosophy, Roxy et all--you are what you eat (which makes me a Cocoa Puff, taco and chocolate cake). Meaning input greatly impacts the output.
I enjoy studying the craft.

Also, there are so many brilliant books, so many beautiful, perfect, special books to read. Oh the magic! I only have so much time, I want to read every good book ever written.

DL Hammons said...

This book is on my stack to read and is next in line. Your review made me want to hurry through the book I'm reading now just to get to this one. I have heard nothing but positive things about it.

Chantel said...

I'm not sure my heart can take it--but I trust you, just ordered it.

JUST ME said...

A book a day?

I'm lucky if I read a book a month. ...Which is sad.

sarahjayne smythe said...

I teach high school. I'm haven't brought myself to read this yet. But I think given your reaction that I might have to do that.

Kazzy said...

A. book. a. day? Sorry, I was so distracted by that that I didn't even read the rest of the post?

starviego said...

The big secret about Columbine is that there were more involved than just Harris and Klebold. Don’t believe me? Just ask the eyewitnesses:

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/columbineeight.php

Shelley Sly said...

I love stumbling upon nonfiction that grabs me as much as fiction does (I usually find fiction much more compelling, but every once in a while...) So I'll have to check this out. Thanks for the review. And a book a day? Man! Lucky. :D

Susan Fields said...

Sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for the great review! And I'm deeply impressed with a book a day. Sometimes I have to drag myself through books, and sometimes I can't wait for a few spare minutes to squeeze in a page or two.

Terresa said...

Thank you for this book review. I admire your taste in many things, including book mobiles & heels, so how could you go wrong with such a title as this one?

On a more serious note, I will read this book. I fear it, painfully, but all the same, I need to face it.

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

I don't know if I can read it. I can't watch movies or documentaries that cut too close to the bone. I can't handle violence. I want to read it. But I don't know that I can.

Lola Sharp said...

Regarding the book/day--I read fast and I multi-task. I read in the tub, waiting for the kid to come out of dance class, oath apt., etc., I read while I eat, getting gas in my car's tank (in NJ the attendant has to pump by law), I read in bed before sleep most nights.

My life is busy, so I just carve little pieces of time to take pleasure in reading pretty, pretty books. I loves me some books!

As for Columbine, Chantel, SarahJayne, Terresa, Rebecca, et all--it IS heartbreaking, no doubt. But there are so many lessons to be gleaned from this multifaceted, complicated 'story'.

If you are a parent, work in law enforcement, psychology or in schools, etc. this is a MUST...there is much work to be done.

If you love anyone, this book is a must.

Also, tissues are a must.

For those of you planning to read it, please let me know what you think, when you have finished it.

Love,
Lola

PS: Terresa darlin', 'bookmobiles and heels' ryhmes...you should be a poet! (Oh, right, you are!) Dude, I DO have some awesome taste in high heels, you got that right sister. Word.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Wow! What an impressive review. Dang, must now buy this book. Well done.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

P.S. I'm stunned that you read a book a day. That's just...wow. Double wow. Very impressive.

Lisa said...

I am inspired. I want to read this book, but I know it's going to cause me sleeplessness since I have a husband who teaches high school and a son about to enter one. Wine will help me sleep.

Cocoa Puffs. So glad it's not just me and my Yucky Charms.

Lola Sharp said...

Lisa, I loves me some Lucky Charms too.

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