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

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

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

Review:  This is one of my Read Harder 2017 books. Its my choice for task #13, a nonfiction book about technology. I had already read Hidden Figures and some anthologies about women scientists, so I knew we were up to more than most would assume back then. I listened to the audio book version from the library, read by Erin Bennet.  This is one of … Continue reading Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman

Review: This was an unexpected amount of fun. It was one of my Read Harder 2017 picks, my travel memoir for task #8. It turns out that this was a perfect option for me. Friedman experience some different cultures, goes to some crazy places and even lives there a while but she does not get all judgey about the way people live or lose sight … Continue reading The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman

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

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