Publisher: Random House

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime was not the memoir I expected.  At this point, I’ve read a few different memoirs, of comedians, actresses, singers, and so forth.  Most of them follow the same basic theme – the first few chapters cover childhood, but most the book is about their rise to fame and the thing they are most known for.  Born a Crime doesn’t do that at all.  Trevor Noah’s memoir bypasses his ascent, and focuses on his roots. This alone endears me to the books – so many memoirs (even the good ones) spend a lot of time talking about themselves, but […]

Posted March 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Anyone who feels their confidence in humanity beginning to waver should read My Life on the Road. Gloria Steinem’s memoir is filled with hope, and the beauty of kindness.  It’s the memoir of a feminist and activist, so those without similar ideals may be enraged by the chapters where she discusses her personal views on abortion and women’s rights, but I found the whole thing inspiring. I flew through it, and will need to read it again in the future to absorb it more fully. Most memoirs are written chronologically, but you will find no linear comforts in My Life on the […]

Posted September 16, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film is like the marriage between an Alfred Hitchcock film and the perfect film noir.  It’s difficult to read the story and not imagine Humphrey Bogart acting as the determined Scott McGrath.  It’s good, it’s really good.  It’s also very slow paced, a bit boring at times, and the minor characters easily outshine the protagonist. But the villain?  The villain is sheer brilliance. This was a book I wanted to devour.  The twisted, dark journeys Marisha Pessl takes the reader on as you trail Scott in his investigation have the annoying feeling of only scratching the surface of an even darker, […]

Posted July 26, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont

The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont

I think this book could be good or incredibly disappointing, depending up what you’re looking to get out of it.  Speaking for myself, I wanted another Rejected Princesses.  I wanted a book with the stories of powerful women and all their contributions.  That is not quite what I got, so I was understandably disappointed. Here is where The Little Book of Feminist Saints excels: It highlights 100+ women from different time periods and different walks of life and the contributions they have made. It’s light and easy reading. It’s illustrated, which is always fun. Here is where it fell short for me: […]

Posted March 2, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls by Emma Cline

  The first few chapters were difficult to push through. Cline’s writing style is so different than the traditional style. She writes in a lot of fragmented sentences, but once you get into it, the story flows. It is a memory; it is the story of a woman living with great fear and shame. It’s actually quite good. Ratings Breakdown Setting: ★★★★★ Plot: ★★★★ Characters: ★★★ Writing: ★★★ Pacing: ★★★★ Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★ Have you read this book or anything by this author?  If so, did you enjoy it?  Tell me all about your experience in the comments! Instagram | […]

Posted August 6, 2016 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Terrier by Tamora Pierce

Terrier by Tamora Pierce

  I liked Beka’s story because it was one of Pierce’s, but that was about the extent of my interest. I found some places to be tedious, as though it took Beka a very long time to find one little piece of information, but she discovered the whole plot in a moment. I understand that Pierce is working towards a trilogy, and so the things that bore me now are likely to be important later. This book is written in the first person, and that must be expected before going into it. Traditionally Pierce writes in the third person, so […]

Posted September 3, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //