I’m not sure what I expected when I picked up Queen Latifah’s Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom. Though I’ve been a huge fan of both her films and music—I was a big Living Single fan in the ‘90s, if that tells you anything—I’ve always felt like the actress has always received the short end of the stick; that she’s so awesome, lovely, and talented, but she always ends up with roles that are way too small or, in my opinion, beneath her talents. I’ve never really read anything that she’s written, and figured I’d give her book a whirl.
I didn't know anything about this book when I picked it up, except that Amazon kept saying I would like it. Amazon's recommendation engine can be a little wacky at times, and I'm not generally that interested in straight up self help books. But I noticed that I was seeing the book on bestseller lists and book store end caps as well, and thought it was worth having a look.
“Do you like Twilight?”
“Of course not!”
“Thank you! I don’t understand it. My boyfriend and all his friends love it and I thought I was the only sane person left in the world because I can’t stand it. I tried it, but isn’t it for kids?”
The secret to a good story is good characters. Wait, that’s not true. The secret to a good story is to have a little mystery mixed in with the action, to never tell everything all at once, to keep the reader or the listener guessing so that thaey always want to go to the next page with you. Maybe.
Whatever the secret is, A Yellow Raft in Blue Water has it. The book tells the story of 3 women: Rayona, the grand-daughter, Christine the mother, and Ida the grandmother. Three generations, each tied to their tribe’s reservation. The compelling thing about the book is that it is told from the first-person perspective, one woman at a time. The first 250 pages are Rayona. The second 150 Christine, and the third 100- Ida.
I'm familiar with the term "piracy" as it relates to eBooks - either genuine eBook files being distributed online, or regular books where someone has sliced off the binding and fed the whole thing into an automated scanner. These things are bad, agreed, but they seem so… pedestrian… compared to the Chinese unauthorized Harry Potter books!
Turns out, Harry Potter is as popular in China as he is here in the United States. And Chinese publishing companies are not about to waste that opportunity! This hilarious article looks at 11 different Harry Potter pirate manuscripts.
However, in thinking about eBooks lately, I have come across two potential problems. I find these troubling indeed. We may not be able to stop the wholesale rush to eBook gold, but we should start discussing these problems now before it's too late.
Problem #1: EBook Readers Aren't Free
Mark your calendar. Make it a date with yourself—one that you can’t back out of with any excuses. Tell your family members to expect you to have the evening (or morning, or whenever you have the time) to yourself and to use the other bathroom! If that’s not feasible, try just an hour or two while everyone else is asleep.