Category: Nonfiction

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 a bit hard to fairly review a book written by a…

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 of those things to this graphic depiction of his childhood experiences…

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 most books I’ve read, in that it’s an inside look at…

Review: There’s Something About Darcy by Gabrielle Malcolm

Gabrielle Malcolm has written a book about a topic that will appeal to many readers: what is it about Mr. Darcy?  More specifically, why does the love story between Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy resonate with so many people, over so many years? Malcolm begins with the impact of Colin Firth in a wet, white…

Nonfiction November: Books about the U.S. Immigration System

This week’s Nonfiction November topic is hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, and the subject is to talk about nonfiction books on a specific topic (“Be the Expert/Ask the Experts/Become the Expert”).  I’ve been reading a lot this year about immigration, because it’s such an important topic  to understand right now.  So here are some…

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.   Each week will be a topic hosted by a different blog. This…

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 Gourmet Magazine.  I was never a reader of the magazine, but…

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 August 2004, ten-year-old Sandra sees her mother and sister gunned down…