I actually loved this!
A very interesting premise (what if Hillary didn't marry Bill) and the story was actually a lot of fun to read. It just feels like a richly detailed narrative with fun Easter eggs of reality sprinkled throughout.
I really enjoyed this take on Hilary's life if she hadn't married Bill. It doesn't paint Bill in a particularly good way, but with Hilary I thought it was interesting. The mentions of Trump in it were quite funny.
There was a feeling I got before I spoke in front of an audience and sometimes also before an event that was less public but still important, an event that could have consequences in my life- taking the LASTs, for example, which I'd done in a classroom on the campus of Harvard.
Novel proposing a counterfactual life for Hillary Rodham (and the world, really) if she hadn‘t married Bill Clinton. I enjoyed it more than I expected—there are some fun twists and examinations of the (good and bad) consequences of some of her decisions. I also liked being in character Hillary‘s head and getting her “real” reactions to people and situations in addition to public statements. Warning: there are a lot of Bill Clinton sex scenes… 😬
This was my first alternative history read, and I did enjoy it! Reimagining what Hillary‘s life would have been like had she not married Bill was an interesting premise, and I think the author did a nice job weaving fact and fiction. But truthfully, I could‘ve done without the sex scenes. Not because I‘m a prude or anything, but because Bill Clinton. 😂
I found this book to be cringy. I was really looking forward to it after reading American Wife years ago and I liked that AW was based loosely on the Bush‘s but names were changed. I hated that Hillary & Bill‘s names were not changed and I thought it was unsettling to say the least.
The book imagines what might have happened if Hillary had not married Bill. The first half had me completely confused; I genuinely kept forgetting I wasn‘t reading Hillary Clinton‘s autobiography. I just felt completely muddled. Then halfway through off it swerved and I loved it. Overall a clever if slightly crazy read although I‘m a bit nervous this narrative might now get muddled up in my mind with what is actually real 😆
Overall, this was a frustrating reading experience. The writing style, the characterization, the white feminist undertones, and the disregard of the role of white supremacy and nationalism that played into the 2016 election made Rodham really unpleasant for me. Ultimately, I‘m not sure if this book really needed to exist. Check out my full review: https://amysbookreviews.com/2021/05/15/rodham-by-curtis-sittenfeld-review/
Finished the tagged while doing some knitting that required less attention. Time to get back to my sweater.
Author tackles alternative history: What if Hillary Rodham didn‘t get married? Carries with it questions about double standards and society‘s expectations of women.
I was surprised to find this available on Libby last night and snagged it right away.
I really enjoyed this journey in an alternate universe where Hillary and Bill never got married. It was a bit slow u til the post Bill years. The last portion was by far my favorite part of this book. I did not expect many of the plot points Sittenfeld Gad and enjoyed her weaving reality and fiction throughout. #read2021
Another satisfying reading week. Except for The Topeka School, which I didn‘t get into, they were great reads. So I‘m happy 🤍
Finally got chance to finish, apart from the very toe curling sex scenes in the beginning, I was hooked on this. Some of the commentary about the casual sexism when she was younger hit home.
I do wonder what they would both make of the book? And why Bill still comes out of everything smelling of roses.
Just sitting down to read after logging off finally 😞
Trouble is Numan has dropped a new single (I‘m told that‘s the right vernacular) and I‘m 13 again
Just in case, it‘s good stuff 😁
Starting tonight 🐶♥️
1.Currently reading Rodham, surprisingly good!I didn't think I would be interested but it's compelling and oddly moving.She makes Bill Clinton sound quite irresistible!
2.I think Enid Blytons I read when I was a kid have some nice lessons-girls can do it all,kindness to people not like you,most importantly,never be a snitch!😂
3.Dying to read Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour!
Have a good weekend!
In an alternate universe, Hillary doesn‘t marry Bill Clinton but remains Hillary Rodham. Liberated from his ambitions and sexual extremities, she can create her own path and follow her own ambitions.
I kept wondering what was true and what was fiction. Hillary felt so real! The one downside for me was the namedropping (a lot!) of politicians I never heard of.
⬇️⬇️ #bookspin #pop20 A book everyone seems to have read
I seriously loved this book! The author wrote it so well I lost track between fact and fiction all the time. Her Trump dialogue was CRAZY accurate. I also want to say the paper used in printing this book is outstanding
Honestly my NYE isn‘t really any different cuz it‘s 2020, maybe I should try harder next year 🤷🏻♀️I am really enjoying this book but it‘s so intermingled with truth that I forget it‘s fiction
Thank you Cindy 😘😘 for my birthday goodies! Opening books anytime is awesome and look at all these 😁
So glad we finally got to meet this year, especially given what‘s happened since! ❤️❤️ xxx
Uggghhhhh I really wanted to just be completely and totally immersed in this one. Hillary has long been one of my idols and the premise of this book is so intriguing. However I hate how she is written as a flat cardboard character with little to no personality. It‘s annoying enough when this happens in books with fictional characters. But to do this to someone who actually exists? It‘s hard to look past. Maybe someday I‘ll pick this back up again
Day 5. In this alternative history, Sittenfield explores what could have happened if Hilary Rodham turned down Bill Clinton's second marriage proposal. There is a lot of in depth discussion of American politics and systems which my Brit brain found a little confusing. But the character development and prose overshadows that slight niggle. #12Booksof2020
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In this intriguing novel, the author explores what Hillary might have done with her life if she had turned down Bill‘s marriage proposal. The alternative universe Hillary still gets involved in politics, but it‘s the other smaller details that make the story so interesting. Sittenfeld is great, as always, at writing ambitious and complicated women.
Almost a pick, but fell a bit short. Summary: First 1/3, cringey sex scenes that made me a bit squeamish (seriously, does ANYONE really need a mental image of a naked Bill Clinton playing the saxophone while having sex?); middle part is a bit “meh”; circa page 400 it‘s WHOA, I did not see THAT plot twist coming. I‘d give it 3/5 stars.
Imaging how these alternative-reality presidencies might have gone is helping to distract me from the 2020 Election Day-That-Seemingly-Will-Never-End. 😖
My working-the-polls rebellion read. #vote
Finally put the time in this weekend to finish this. And it is a very clever premise, well executed, but which I appreciate more now it‘s over as I spent a lot of the final section being *very* anxious about how it was going to end and what was going to happen. Now I want to go back and read it again.
I've had this book on hold forever and it finally came in today! 💖📚 #librarylove
Full disclosure: I love Hillary, always have, and I‘m still with her. Now that‘s out of the way...
I‘m shocked by how much I loved this book. Sittenfeld‘s writing is fantastic. The life of a real person (very much in the public eye) reimagined, and Sittenfeld has perfectly captured the character—if that‘s the word—of Hillary, Bill, and, god help us, Trump, and spun a believable alternate universe. I had allll the feels reading this.
I really enjoyed this book. I know the reviews have been pretty mixed on this one. I‘m not exactly sure how I feel about the ethics of let‘s make believe someone‘s major life decision didn‘t happen gets written from someone else‘s point of view while they are still alive but I still liked this book. The narrator sounded like Hillary - she matched her voice and cadence so it was believable. Ymmv but it was a pick in my book!
Reading a factionalized book about one former First Lady and listening to a podcast of another. #goodtimes