Category: memoir

Review: When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann

The first time I heard about this book, I was struck by how much it sounded like my own family.  Neumann grew up in Venezuela, but her father was born in Czechoslovakia.  He survived the Holocaust but never talked about it, and she grew… Continue Reading “Review: When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann”

November Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews

I spent a lot of time this month participating in Nonfiction November, so I thought instead of the usual monthly wrap-up I’d post some mini-reviews instead. These three books address issues related to science, religion, and the intersection of the two. I recommend all three. … Continue Reading “November Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews”

Review: Know My Name by Chanel Miller

This is a book I think most of us should read, though it’s definitely not an easy read. In 2015, Chanel Miller went to a party at Stanford.  Two guys found her unconscious on the ground near a dumpster, with a guy on top… Continue Reading “Review: Know My Name by Chanel Miller”

Review: Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

I’ve been recommending this book a lot lately, especially to my friends with daughters.  There aren’t that many books out there that feel fresh and original, and this one did.  First, a major disclaimer: I am NOT the target audience for this book.  It’s… Continue Reading “Review: Popular by Maya Van Wagenen”

Review: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Regardless of whether you like Star Trek, whether you’re Japanese, or whether you read graphic novels, you should pick up this book.  George Takei never fails to impress me with his humor, his knowledge, and his passion for telling a story.  He brings all… Continue Reading “Review: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei”

Review: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

It seems fitting to discuss a book about therapy the day after Thanksgiving, a holiday that raises so many complicated family issues — though hopefully yours was lovely!  This book has plenty of buzz already without my review, but I loved it.  It’s unlike… Continue Reading “Review: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb”

Nonfiction November: My Year in Nonfiction

This month is Nonfiction November, a celebration of all things nonfiction.  I’ve read some fantastic nonfiction this year and I’m proud of myself for reading more nonfiction than I used to.  I enjoy this event because I get so many good nonfiction recommendations for next year.  … Continue Reading “Nonfiction November: My Year in Nonfiction”

Memoir Review: Ruth Reichl’s Save Me the Plums

This is my first time reading Reichl, and I found this book fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable.  Reichl describes her background and what led her into cooking and then restaurant critiquing, but most of the book is spent describing her years as the editor of… Continue Reading “Memoir Review: Ruth Reichl’s Save Me the Plums”

Memoir Reviews: Pete Buttigieg’s The Shortest Way Home

A very timely read, Buttigieg has a really nice writing style and an interesting story to tell.  He’s not the most qualified guy on the debate stage, but he’s thoughtful, articulate, and smart.  And he’s kind of adorable.  I can sum up his book… Continue Reading “Memoir Reviews: Pete Buttigieg’s The Shortest Way Home”

Review: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

For those interested in reading memoirs about events in other countries, I recommend this book by a young woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Sandra is from a Congolese tribe called the Banyamulenge that has been a frequent target of ethnic violence.  In… Continue Reading “Review: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana”

Review: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

I really appreciated this memoir by Nicole Chung about her adoption and the search for her birth family. It was particularly interesting to read about her personal struggles as a child being of Korean descent in a white family and a mostly white town.… Continue Reading “Review: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung”

Mini-Reviews: Lethal White, In the Distance, I Am I Am I am, We Were the Lucky Ones

I didn’t have a chance to review any of the books I read in December because I was traveling, so I’m posting some mini-reviews of the more interesting books I read during my trip: Lethal White by Robert Galbraith: I will only say here… Continue Reading “Mini-Reviews: Lethal White, In the Distance, I Am I Am I am, We Were the Lucky Ones”

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