Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Challenges / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author / Nonfiction: Memoir

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

I liked this book a lot more than I expected to, and I find myself referring to it often.  It’s well-written and Vance tells his story in an engaging and meaningful way.  More importantly, he humanizes the people living in the Appalachian area while not idealizing them.  In fact, he argues very clearly that this … Continue reading

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
Diverse Reads / New to Me Author / Nonfiction: Memoir / Recent Release

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

With the current news about deportations and ICE arrests, it felt important to me to read a book from the perspective of someone who has experienced it firsthand.  Guerrero is not an immigrant herself, but her parents and older brother were born in Columbia.  Guerrero’s parents were deported when she was only fourteen years old, … Continue reading

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Challenges / Diverse Reads / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author / Nonfiction: Memoir / Recent Release

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah’s memoir of his childhood in South Africa is compelling reading for anyone who wants to know more about South Africa and apartheid.  At times humorous, and at times devastating, Noah brings his unique voice to this story.  He writes like he speaks, and many times in this book it felt like I was … Continue reading

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Highly Recommended / Nonfiction: Memoir / Recent Release

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

I loved everything about this book. You’ve probably heard of Jenny Lawson by now, but if you haven’t, she writes a blog as The Blogess and a couple of years ago published her first book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Lawson’s writing is really unique; it’s humor combined with memoir, but that description doesn’t really … Continue reading