Next up in audiobook land! I‘m desperate for more time to read actual books with my eyes but I‘m busy so at least I have time for audiobooks! The problem is I only really like non-fiction audiobooks. So I‘ve been reading a lot of non-fiction but I miss novels so much. This week my goal is to put down my phone before bed and try to read a novel instead. I‘ll keep you posted on that 😬
"The Other Wes Moore" is about 2 men who grew up in the same neighborhood, with the same name, even though the 2 boys never met. The book follows how both of their lives took 2 very different paths and how the author could have ended up in the same place. Engaging read and one I highly reccommend!
The words of the author Samuel Beckett summarize the central message of this text: "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." In fact, I believe that this describes the ebb and flow of life itself--try again, fail again, fail better. Failing doesn't make us a failure. But not trying to do better, to be better, does make us fools.
--Tavis Smiley, in the afterword
The writing is VERY good. However, the stories in this book are neither unique or surprising, and while exploring the question of why the other Wes Moore is in prison, the author disappointingly seems too ashamed to point out what is glaringly obvious: he's in prison due to laziness.
Loved this book. The writing was good, but the story itself wouldn‘t let go.
"The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his. " -Wes Moore
We started reading this in my English classes today. My students always really like this sad but thought-provoking book. It's the true story of two young men named Wes Moore, who grew up at the same time and in the same city in the 90s. They don't know eachother until they've taken very different paths in life.
A tale of two people with the same name who started life in a similar way but ended up in very different places. Although the blurb says that the author tries to explain how this happened, I don‘t think he did, or certainly not in a ‘preachy‘ way. He leaves the reader to their own conclusions but, goodness me, you want to shout at some of the decisions made and pathways followed by the ‘other‘ Wes Moore and his friends and family. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
June was a slow reading month for me. Between work (it was county fair time) and just not reading anything that captured my attention, I didnt get very far in my reading.
Still reading book 4 of GoT and the 1st book of The Gunslinger. Started reading The Other Wes Moore and The Man From the Train. Both are really good and have brought me out of my slump.
Here's to a better July! #readharder
This book is amazing! It's very engaging, my students always really like it, and it leads to a tremendous amount of discussion. It's about two young men, both named Wes Moore, who grew up in the same community but didn't know each other. One became a Rhodes Scholar, the other ended up in prison for murder. The book starts by telling the reader this information, then proceeds to explain how it happened.
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This is our next book club book and it will make a great discussion! I decided to listen to it on audio and I thought it was fantastic! Two men with the same name, born in the same city with two VERY different outcomes in life. Moore narrates the book and he was great; sounded more like a telling than a reading. I also enjoyed hearing about places I‘m familiar with living in the Baltimore burbs.
Two AA boys, same name, generation, & urban challenges, but their adult lives take divergent paths. The ultimate question is why. I won‘t give it away, but I will say Wes isn‘t certain, though he has some ideas. Ultimately I think this would have been better as a less detailed essay because it‘s predictable and I can‘t recommend his narration. There are some startling stats, facts, and events that give the reader pause for thought.
🛑 Kindle Deal Alert 🛑 #TheOtherWesMoore is only $2.99! This book was recommended at our #CincinnatiLitsyMeetUp yesterday and I can‘t wait to read it. It tells the story of “two kids named Wes Moore, born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless and had difficult childhoods... So how did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar... while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence?” #TBR #KindleDeal
This was my school‘s common read a few years back but I‘m just getting around to reading it. Very interesting take of how two men with the same name ending up on two very different life paths. This is something that I think about often. I didn‘t come from much but was fortunate enough to stay out of trouble and harm‘s way. Many friends weren‘t so lucky. I‘ll never know how much was luck, destiny, hard work, or the stars aligning.
Latest #audiobook hold came in today. This our college‘s campus read a few years back but I‘m just getting to it. Off to a great start. Shame on me for waiting so long to read it.
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4. Tagged book-two boys with the same name born a year apart, and living a few blocks apart, grow up to lead very different lives. Not far enough in to not recommend but the writing style has made for a slow start.
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This might sound odd, but the book reminds me of Hillbilly Elegy and I am similarly underwhelmed. The author has an interesting life story, but I don‘t think that these two man had much in common beyond their shared name, therefore trying to compare the two life‘s outcome as random doesn‘t make sense to me.
I heard a radio bit on this book years ago. I finally read it and am underwhelmed. The true story of two boys from same neighborhood and with same name... one incredibly successful and one serving a life sentence. The author had the advantages of a supportive mother/grandparents and military school...so really, less in common than the book synopsis indicated. My first pull from my TBR jar 🙂 #LitsyAtoZ
I was really looking forward to this book, and it's been on my TBR for a long time. I think I'm on the fence with it. Parts of it came off, to me, as a big pat on the back for the author. I think an opportunity was missed. I'm a 'root cause' person...what is the reason and what can we do, even in small ways, to help change it? I didn't see any of that. I'm honestly not sure what I hoped to get out of It, but it didn't happen. Just so/so.
Multitasking at work on a Saturday.
2 boys with the same name, born blocks apart, both with no father in their lives, both have trouble with the police. One ends up a Rhodes Scholar, the other serves a life sentence for his part in a robbery that killed a police officer. Compelling read that explores the choices and decisions of both boys and their mothers and the impact this had on the trajectory of their life. Should be required reading for all Jr high kids. Powerful.
The first few pages of The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore are gripping. Two men named Wes Moore grew up in similar neighborhoods in Baltimore. We are immediately told of their current status: One is a successful scholar and the other sits in jail. Reading the beginning of the book as it recounted the early years of both men, I couldn‘t help but think of kids I know and how decisions made at a young age can impact someone‘s entire life.
So I've never made a monthly TBR. Lately I have been taking out too many library books and feeling pressured to meet their due dates. I'm putting myself on a library diet for the month of March 🍀. My own unread stacks will be my TBR. I did pick up this book at my library sale for 25 cents (on 2/28). I couldn't resist 🙄. I will continue to borrow audiobooks for my drive to work.
This thoughtful and accessible book is part cautionary tale, part memoir, part sociological case study. Author Wes Moore recounts his story of growing up poor, black, and male in Baltimore, and juxtaposes it with the story of the other Wes Moore, another young, black Baltimore boy with a similar background and age but whose choices --and their consequences-- diverged widely from the author's. Well worth the listen! #diversereads #BlackLivesMatter
Currently subbing for absent math teacher. Will sneak in some reading (I was intending to do lesson plans, but those books are in my classroom 🤷🏻♀️)