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 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

Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition

Review: Between the concept of the collection, that this is the bilingual edition, and that it has a short biography of the author, it’s kind of a one stop shop for this great poet. Showcasing women who are at the edges of their ability to cope and in a variety of situations, this collection is also surprisingly relatable. A schoolteacher whose poetry catapulted her to … Continue reading Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition

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

Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart

Review: This is actually for both Invincible Iron Man #1 and #2 since #2 came out when I finally got a chance to read #1. It’s also my Read Harder 2017 superhero comic with a female lead cause she’s taking over the title, for at least a while. From the violent streets of Chicago, a new armored hero rises! Clad in her very own Iron … Continue reading Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Review: I wasn’t sure what to expect other than everyone raves about this author and I had to sit with it all a while to decide what I really felt about it. It’s a powerful book and a little hard to read sometimes but also strangely beautiful. Trigger: death of a child. It’s right in the first chapter that the girl dies at 9 years … Continue reading The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Finished the Read Harder Challenge!!!

I’m very excited that I have completed the Read Hard Challenge! There are links to the reviews of books done for the challenge at the bottom of the post. This was a great challenge to start off with. I had signed up for it before I saw and signed up for the Year of Reading Women of Color Challenge. Progress with this one prompted me to … Continue reading Finished the Read Harder Challenge!!!

The Happenings – August 2016

I didn’t get to read quite as much as I wanted to this month. We had lots of family visiting and went on a road trip and there was just not as much time for reading. It’s nice that a lack of reading time was for good reasons, though, unlike some other times in my life. It’s not looking like September is going to be … Continue reading The Happenings – August 2016

What’s Better: How To Be Single

My vote goes to the movie. While my review of the book may not have indicated that I was not really a fan, I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great when you’re in the mood for something light and frivolous to read. All the things I said in the review are still true, especially that it didn’t move me. And only the essay/letter in the … Continue reading What’s Better: How To Be Single