This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Review: President Sirleaf is one of the Nobel Prize winning women that I challenged myself to read last October. I had first heard her name in the memoir of one of her co-winners, Leymah Gbowee, that I had reviewed here for the blog I had before this one. Because of that, I was a little familiar with the civil wars that tore Liberia apart for … Continue reading This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar

Review:  Kargar shares some fascination and mostly heartbreaking stories that she had collected while producing The Afghan Women’s Hour on BBC for five years. I’d had this book on my to read list for a while and even put it on both my Litsy A to Z (Letter D) and Read Harder (Task 24: Read a book wherein all point of view characters all people of … Continue reading Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar

The Happenings – May 2017

It’s been a good month for nonfiction, even though I only got through six books this month. The next one should be better! Okay, I’m not even convincing myself anymore. Currently Reading   I just started listening to this one on Amazon Channels. I’m thinking about changing it over as my Read Harder Task 22, a collection of stories by a woman.   This one … Continue reading The Happenings – May 2017

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

Review:  I’ve had this book on my To Read list for a while but finally prioritized it for the Litsy A to Z Challenge. I had first seen it when looking for books on the trans experience that talked about more than the act of transitioning from one end of the gender spectrum to a place further into the other end. The story itself is … Continue reading Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Review: This is one of those books that comes along and turns everything you thought you knew upside down. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to read more from Nafisi. We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For … Continue reading Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Review: I am so glad that I read this after seeing the movie. I loved the movie, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the lifetime of achievement of the women featured in the movie plus there are more women mentioned in the book whose accomplishments aren’t evident in the film. It’s an amazing story and Shetterly relays it beautifully. Before John Glenn … Continue reading Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

Review: This is one of my Reading Nobel Women books, a complete collection of Wislawa Szymborska’s work, and it was amazing. A new collected volume from the Nobel Prize–winning poet that includes, for the first time in English, all of the poems from her last Polish collection One of Europe’s greatest recent poets is also its wisest, wittiest, and most accessible. Nobel Prize–winner Wislawa Szymborska … Continue reading Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Review: This book was amazing. I was absolutely captivated the whole time. “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s … Continue reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Review: This is a great story. It provides a compelling answer to the 400 year old question, “What’s in a Name?” In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail … Continue reading The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of the Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister

Review: A compelling book about the herstory and current state of being a single woman in the US. Some new information for me, but also referenced some books I’ve read before! This was my new Letter A for Litsy A to Z once I realized I need to change it. In 2009, award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies about the twenty-first century … Continue reading All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of the Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister