Clemantine was a demanding, curious six year old living in Kigali when the Rwandan massacre started. She had no idea why the adults started whispering and people she knew began to disappear. Her parents sent Clemantine and her older sister to stay with their Grandmother, the first in a long line of peregrinations that in […]
Have you had your DNA tested? When famous memoir-ist Dani Shapiro gets her DNA tested, she discovers something explosive that changes her life. Dani excels in sharing feelings and history and how they entwine. A terrifically enjoyable and eye-opening read! You won’t think about 23 and me in the same way again.
After reading In the Hurricane’s Eye (2018) by Nathaniel Philbrick, the story of George Washington and the battle of Yorktown, I wanted to learn more about Washington and his position on slavery, which is only touched on briefly in that book. Never Caught brings us a heroine from history, Ona Marie Judge, Martha Washington’s lady’s maid. […]
Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
A graphic, both literally and figuratively, autobiography of artist/writer Krosoczka who grew up in the home of his profane and loving grandparents. His unreliable mother was an addict, constantly in and out of jail and rehab; his father an absence whose name Jarrett didn’t even know. From his mother, Jarrett inherited a talent and love […]
A heartfelt new memoir from Jarrett Krosoczka, of Lunch Lady fame, this book is about growing up without parents because of their drug abuse and being raised instead by grandparents. Jarrett Krosoczka traces his life from his birth to his high school graduation, not sparing the reader the hard realities of living first with a […]
It turns out that women are often extremely good at code-breaking or cryptanalysis as it is technically known, and this book tells the fascinating story of Elizebeth Friedman, perhaps the world’s best cryptanalyst of the 20th century. In 1916 she was hired by an eccentric tycoon, George Fabayan, to work at his private estate near Chicago […]
Graphic novel, true crime, Chicago story, Matt Rizzo, coming of age, blindness, Dante’s Inferno, braille, betrayal, prose poetry, black cross-hatching, Little Italy, Stateville Prison, Nathan Leopold, literary analysis, humor, pathos.
Have you ever wondered how Jane Austin’s private life influenced her novels? Have you marveled at how constrained her heroines seem to be? A beautifully written and easily readable dual biography illuminates Jane’s life in the context of another literary woman who had a great influence on the inception the romantic poetry, Dorothy Wordsworth. The […]
Education is something many of us take for granted, and something we assume is denied only to those too poor or too disadvantaged to acquire. It’s easy to believe that never happens in the United States but Westover’s moving memoir proves that assumption wrong. Westover grew up in rural Idaho the daughter of survivalist Mormon […]
This book was fascinating on many levels: as a biography, as a description of one woman’s burgeoning intellectual journey, and as impassioned insight into how many women are treated under Islam. Ali describes her journey from her birth in Somalia to her subsequent homes in Saudia Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya. After an arranged marriage she […]