I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

Review:  I, Rigoberta Menchu is listed as a “testimonial biography”, biography, and a memoir. Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, who wrote it down for her, calls it a narrative. Menchu narrated her story for Burgos and it is written in the first person. I had read another narrative by an activist when I was writing my old blog, it was The Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Since it’s consistently listed as … Continue reading I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

It’s National Women’s Day in South Africa

Today in South Africa, it’s National Women’s Day. While this is not my holiday, as I am not South African, I thought it would still be nice to share some books about South African women on their day. This holiday commemorates a pretty spectacular Women’s March in South Africa back in 1956. I didn’t find any books specifically about the March, but check out the … Continue reading It’s National Women’s Day in South Africa

Memoir Monday: The Girl from the Metropol Hotel by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

As I was searching form my WIT Month reads, I came upon this book. It didn’t quite make it into my TBR for this month but it is in a more long term one. Here’s the synopsis: The prizewinning memoir of one of the world’s great writers, about coming of age as an enemy of the people and finding her voice in Stalinist Russia Born across the … Continue reading Memoir Monday: The Girl from the Metropol Hotel by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox

Review: I had no idea this was even possible! I picked up the book as my Read Harder 2017 Task 1: Read a book about sports. Swimming is my favorite sport to participate in, mostly because I’m so introverted that I love the solitary nature of it. It’s also one of the few exercises that you can do right and not feel pain for days … Continue reading Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

Review: In the world of memoirs, this one was a little difficult for me to rate. I was confused for a decent portion of it, not sure whether this was fiction or nonfiction at times. I had chosen it as part of the Read Harder Challenge for this year, task 17: read a classic by a woman of color. I suppose I could have counted Kindred … Continue reading The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

Review: To say that Walls had an unusual childhood would be a massive understatement. She didn’t have any of the stability with a roof over her head or meals to eat that most children in the US take for granted, but she did have some amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to do things that many of us will never do. I’d like to say that this is … Continue reading The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

TBR Thursday

Good afternoon! I’m trying out a new weekly meme, created by Kimberly Faye Reads. This is where I feature a title that is on my shelf, whether physical or virtual, that I intend to read but haven’t been able to get to just yet. Today’s post features Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Creatory by Caitlin Doughty. Most people want to avoid thinking about … Continue reading TBR Thursday

Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family by Najla Said

Review: I was not aware of Edward Said before reading this book, so I went into it without any expectation on the part of his daughter. I had originally found the book when searching for memoirs about non-celebrities, for books about the human experience and was drawn to the way that the description of this book included her cultural confusion. I have experienced cultural confusion … Continue reading Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family by Najla Said

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

Black White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker

Review: Never before has a book so completely spoken to my heart. I originally found this last year when I was looking around for around for women’s memoirs to be put into my Diverse Books Tag focused on that genre (a book with a biracial protagonist). I recommended it to my library but got quickly absorbed in a number of other books while I waited for it … Continue reading Black White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker