A Love Letter to Jay by: May Lee

When an unusual love letter arrives nearly 22 years late, in the form of a book, the man who receives it discovers a memoir filled with passion, wit and sensitivity. He also discovers that the book is about him…
Outskirts Press Announces the Release of a New Memoir, A Love Letter to Jay by May Le.
May Le’s debut novel, A Love Letter to Jay: A Memoir, is a unique and compelling love story that chronicles the life of a Chinese immigrant— one of six children from Vietnam—who faces one obstacle, one tragedy after another. One Amazon reviewer describes the memoir as “an Amy Tan novel with Horatio Alger undertones. An engrossing story filled with life at its bittersweet best.”
In A Love Letter to Jay, a memoir arrives in the mail one day, and the man to whom it’s addressed tears it open and begins to read. He quickly realizes the book is about him. It is about her. It is an astounding history of things he never knew. Deeply felt letters of devotion he’d never received fill the pages of the book, containing passionate remembrances of their lovemaking, confessions of secrets never shared, and painful details about the chasm that developed between her and her mother as they clashed over archaic cultural traditions from the old country. And now, reading her words, he begins to piece together the last 22 years.
Jay devours the book, especially the details about a son he still believes is his. When he reads about how she was raped and abused by her husband, his heart breaks, and he begins to understand why he and she were always like two ships passing in a densefoggy night, experiencing only occasional trysts punctuated by long periods of silence. He had always known of her success in business and how she’d overcome so much. After all, he had been her mentor and confidant before he was her lover. He was always proud of her. And he has always been in love with her. Putting the book down on the desk, Jay covers his eyes and begins to cry for what could have been.
May Le’s story jumps off the pages with a direct, raw, insightful wit as she recounts her life beginning as a Chinese immigrant to America from Vietnam in 1985. From the death of her father and brother while her mother struggled to support the family of five, to two decades of poverty followed by a brutal rape and coerced marriage to the rapist, a series of misfortunes propels May Le to rise above her circumstances. Ultimately she becomes a successful restaurateur and philanthropist, eventually rediscovering her long lost love, the real subject of May Le’s story: A Love Letter to Jay.
My Review:
I was expecting this book to be a bit different.  I thought that it would be the story of Jay opening up this package and reading these letters that May had wrote him.  It wasn’t really like that.  This was more of a first account of May’s story as it was happening.  It was missing Jay’s perspective.  It is a memoir of a young woman who struggles between her Chinese heritage/culture and growing up in America.
I think that this book needed additional editing and I found it to be a bit boring.  Some parts were intriguing but others just fell flat for me.  It didn’t match the description like I thought it would.
I gave this book 2 crowns.
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Nourished by: Lia Huber

Nourished

 

Yoga Girl by: Rachel Brathen

Yoga Girl

This was a fairly short book about how Rachel came to the yoga lifestyle.  She had gone through some things in her childhood that made her act out in her teenage years.  She does talk about that time and then how she came to find yoga and what it did for her life.

This book is interspersed with photographs of poses, instructions, and recipes.  Rachel began posting her photos on Instagram @Yoga_girl and earned a huge following of people.  She not only posted photos of her doing yoga but she also wrote a lot about her life struggles.

This was a good read and I gave it 4 crowns.

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What We Have: A Family’s Inspiring Story About Love, Loss, and Survival by: Amy Boesky

What We Have

I picked this book up at the Dollar Tree and then found it on Overdrive to listen to in my car.  I had no expectations going into this book since I had no real idea of what it was about.

This is a story about a woman who grew up in a household in which all of the past generations of women on her maternal side have dies early due to cancer.  Amy has always known that she was a high risk for ovarian cancer and had a plan to have children and remove her ovaries by a specific time in her life.

This sounds like a morbid book but it really was more about the familial bond and the love and survival skills that each woman in Amy’s family have.  Yes, it was heartbreaking but it was also empowering because each woman could decide for herself what the best thing for their family would be.

I liked this book and it was well written and entertaining.  I know that sounds weird to say that a book about living with a cancer risk is entertaining but it wasn’t all about that.  It was about life.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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May I Be Happy by: Cyndi Lee

May I Be Happy

So technically, I did not finish this book with less than 100 pages left to read but she made me so mad that I don’t care. I don’t understand how someone who is supposedly such a wonderful yoga instructor could be such a down right mean person. She is into fat shaming others and her own beliefs about her body image are so poor. Like I mentioned in my update, she mentioned the name of her yoga studio 3 times in the first 50 pages and the constant name dropping of celebrities pissed me off.
What made me give up on finishing this book is when she was talking about her mother’s caretaker. When she says that she never saw her eat, “and we all know that is usually a sign of secret bingeing” I was done. How does she know what is going on in this woman’s life. She reinforced a stereotype on this woman who spends 12 hours a day caring for her ailing mother. I am just so mad at this woman.
To me, she should be ashamed of herself and I would never support her as a yoga instructor. 

I did not give this any crowns but wanted to put it on my blog because I wanted to warn my readers as to the crap that is this book.

Yoga Bitch by: Suzanne Morrison

Yoga Bitch

This was a fun read.  Suzanne has a way of bringing the reader along with her on her journey.  I could imagine the scenes that take place in Bali and I can feel the tension and then release of it after a good yoga session.

It reminded me a bit of Eat, Pray, Love but had more humor and less food.  This was a good read but to be completely honest, I don’t remember too much about it and I finished reading it exactly 1 week ago.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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Drinking at the Movies by: Julia Wertz

Drinking at the Movies

It has been a few weeks since I read this graphic novel and I am sorry to say that I can’t remember anything about it.  It was not memorable in any way.  I think while I was reading it , I was just trying to get through it.

I am struggling with finding graphic novels that I enjoy.  Maybe this genre isn’t for me but I will keep trying to see if anything clicks.

Any suggestions?

I gave this book 1 crown.

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