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

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Review: This book is everything. It’s been slow going to figure out how to review it or just talk about it. It just has everything in here from systemic issues in government and society to systemic issues within feminism itself. Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged … Continue reading Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

Review: I might have fallen in love with Robinson a little bit while listening to her read this amazing audiobook. I’m sure reading it for myself would have been fun but the audio was SO GOOD. It’s definitely the way to go. A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson Being … Continue reading You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

Litsy A to Z Challenge

I joined Litsy last month, which is AMAZING! and another Litten (@BookishMarginalia) started a great new challenge that I’ve signed up for. It’s the LitsyAtoZ Challenge and it’s just what it sounds like. Pick 26 books with the titles or the author’s names or some combination that correspond to the alphabet. Here’s my list: Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World – Cynthia … Continue reading Litsy A to Z Challenge