Review: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie My rating: 0 of 5 stars A fascinating and meticulously researched compendium. This book will appeal more to those who love to study history than those who love to study people. View all my reviews

2017-07-08T20:13:27+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Biography, Book Review, History, Russia|Comments Off on Review: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Review: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance My rating: 4 of 5 stars A sneak peek into a dysfunctional, broken culture and family life experienced by the author. An unsettling read. But that's why I chose this book: to get uncomfortable. View all my reviews

2017-07-08T11:26:32+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Biography, Book Review, Poverty|Comments Off on Review: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Review: I’ll Tell You in Person

I'll Tell You in Person by Chloe Caldwell My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is what it's like to be real. I love Chloe Caldwell's honesty and fearlessness. There's an uncommon intensity to these essays. I laughed, I cringed, I cried. I devoured the book. What she achieved is remarkable: she forced shame out of hiding. View all my reviews

2017-07-08T11:00:02+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Biography, Book Review, Essays|Comments Off on Review: I’ll Tell You in Person

Review: Victoria

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin My rating: 5 of 5 stars I SO love this read--it's pure confection. An independent, strong-willed and foolish young protagonist; plenty of smarmy, social-climbing / power-building, condescending "helpers" about; and tons of period fashion, design, architecture, and royal finery to delight the senses. This is the stuff of movies... hmmm... I wonder who should play Victoria...Super-fun book. Inspired Victoria | MASTERPIECE on PBS. View all my

2017-07-08T10:55:16+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Biography, Book Review, Historical Fiction|Comments Off on Review: Victoria

Review: The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father

The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang My rating: 4 of 5 stars Beautiful. Lyrical. Heavy. A daughter tells her father's story. A gift to him, to us. Rich insight into Hmong culture and challenges. View all my reviews

2017-07-06T22:15:27+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Biography, Book Review, Memoirs|Comments Off on Review: The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father
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