Review: What I Found in a Thousand Towns

What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time By Dar Williams My review: 2 of 5 stars I haven't read reviews of this book yet, but I suspect that what people think about this book will largely have to … Continue reading Review: What I Found in a Thousand Towns

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Review: A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny

A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny By Mark Kurlansky My review: 3 of 5 stars After making a couple of cold weather escapes to various Caribbean islands, I decided that I didn't want to be the ugly American tourist that knows nothing about the places I visit other than I want that … Continue reading Review: A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny

Review: Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner

Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner By Lily Raff McCaulou My rating: 4 out of 5 stars Like Lily Raff McCaulou, I've felt obligated to test the premise of whether I could look down the barrel of a shotgun and pull the trigger for my dinner. A journalist raised in an … Continue reading Review: Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner

Review: Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow My review: 5 of 5 stars I will begin this review with a disclaimer: yes, I've seen the musical, and yes, that's why I picked up the book. No, I will not be littering this post with Lin Manuel Miranda GIF's and lyrical puns (you're welcome). But, what I will … Continue reading Review: Alexander Hamilton

Review: When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My rating: 5 out of 5 stars I tore through this shattering memoir in a period of days. As promised in the intro written by Abraham Verghese, the prose that Paul Kalanithi turns out is utterly beautiful. Within just 100 pages, we learn how this young neurosurgeon about to embark on … Continue reading Review: When Breath Becomes Air

Review: Sweet Dates in Basra

Sweet Dates in Basra by Jessica Jiji My rating: 3 out of 5 stars In many ways, this is a classic, familiar, and formulaic tale of forbidden love. The dark-eyed beauty who doesn't know her own potency. The intelligent, kind, and not-like-the-other-guys guy who instantly sees and appreciates her for both her inner and outer … Continue reading Review: Sweet Dates in Basra