Title: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the WorldAuthor: Pénélope BagieuRating: ★★★★★Summary: Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. Against overwhelming adversity, these remarkable women raised their voices and changed history. With her one-of-a-kind wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives … Continue reading Review: Brazen by Penelope Bagieu
Title: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space RaceAuthor: Margot Lee ShetterlyRating: ★★★Summary: Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie … Continue reading Review: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F13U7QIN9xs In which I come back after two years (TWO YEARS) and review The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs and give it 4 stars because it was an “insightful and intimate portrait” of one man’s life and an all-around great read. … Continue reading Video Review: Biographies!
I’ve been accidentally reading quite a bit of non-fiction in the past couple of months, so here are some thoughts on four newish real-life releases (and one not-so-new at all).
Jen Lancaster’s self-effacing wit and sardonic outlook on life might not be for everyone – but she’s pretty much my perfect kind of narrator. Lancaster’s written seven memoirs (with an eighth on the way), so start with Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office before embarking on your reading binge. Either you’ll thank me for your new literary friend or hope I never give you a…
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In which I review A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre and give it 2-2.5 stars because it was "interesting but not interesting enough," the narrative was slow and jumpy, and the ending was anticlimactic. Watch it below or check out my other videos at YouTube.