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

The Honor Was Mine: A Look Inside the Struggles of Military Veterans by Elizabeth Heaney

Review: This was one of those books I picked up purely for the title. It captured my attention and then the subtitle made it a must-have for me. I didn’t even bother reading the synopsis before I bought it on Amazon, here. It helps that it was on sale at the time. Since I didn’t read the synopsis, I didn’t realize immediately that it was … Continue reading The Honor Was Mine: A Look Inside the Struggles of Military Veterans by Elizabeth Heaney

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

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl At A Time by Tanya Lee Stone

Review: This is an incredibly informative book on an important issue all over the world. It’s a quick read for anyone interested in brushing up on the subject and getting involved. Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle … Continue reading Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl At A Time by Tanya Lee Stone

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Review: A truly interesting story and program that I had never heard of. It makes me wish this kind of testing and solutions were more prolific. Born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow, stubborn, or worse, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young read and wrote everything backwards, struggled to process concepts in language, continually got lost, and could make no sense of an analog clock. … Continue reading The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

FF: Black Women making herstory

When I was a kid in school, I thought Black History Month was the only heritage month in existence. It’s been great to see that others exist in the years since and to take the time to get a better look at the women involved. There are some women we hear about in school but even they mostly seem like passengers on the ride to … Continue reading FF: Black Women making herstory

Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Review: I first heard about this amazing story from TED. I absolutely love that site and all the women they have brought into my view. The author of this book does a talk about it and the women that are mentioned within it. I listened to the audiobook version, read by Kathe Mazur. I’d normally prefer to include the synopsis in a review, but the talk really … Continue reading Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein

Review: Honestly, I needed this right now. While her life wasn’t perfect, her writing is. This is a beautifully put together memoir. Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she was a young girl growing up in the Pacific Northwest just as it was becoming the setting for one the most important movements in rock history. Seeking a sense of home and identity, she would … Continue reading Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein

TTT: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

I’ve done a few posts throughout the year that have mentioned books that I still haven’t gotten around to. They’re my priority for the rest of the year, along with finishing my reading challenges. Still, there are one or two more that I look forward to more. I’m going to split them up between comics and books (fiction and nonfiction) but you’ve probably seen most … Continue reading TTT: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR