Introducing Emily Dickinson to middle grade readers using Emily’s own words from letters and poems, this book focuses on her early years and friendships, but also includes the rest of her life. Ms. Goddu shares the cultural context of Emily’s time, but, as a reader, you also feel you know Ms. Dickinson well by the […]
Wow! Casey Cep’s first book is an incredible read. Harper Lee was Truman Capote’s friend and research assistant on In Cold Blood. Many years later, Lee got very involved researching a series of murders in Alabama committed about 2.5 hours from her own home in Monroeville and told not only friends but the press that […]
Written in a conversational style, like listening to the friend who starts stories in the middle, this memoir is of the year Lorene and her family shared their home with her 100 year old grandmother, so they could help her as she came to the end of her life. The story wraps the reader in […]
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.