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

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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: Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés My rating: 5 of 5 stars It took me a long, long time to finish this book. Usually this is a sign that I am reading reluctantly, slowly plodding through the thing. But this was just the … Continue reading Review: Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Review: The Wolverine Way

The Wolverine Way by Douglas H. Chadwick My rating: 5 of 5 stars OK, first of all, this book had me at "Wolverine." Show me a book about any fierce, oft misunderstood charismatic megafauna and there is a 99% chance I'm buying that. Add in the factor that the wolverine is perhaps one of the … Continue reading Review: The Wolverine Way

Review: The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion My rating: 3 of 5 stars Another memoir about coping with loss found its way onto my bookshelf, this time unintentionally in a library book sale "hey, I think I've heard of this book" moment. It's a good read, but I think I've had my fill of … Continue reading Review: The Year of Magical Thinking

Review: The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

The ALL NEW Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff My rating: 5 of 5 stars I re-read this updated version in advance of the fall election and found it just as insightful, helpful, and fascinating as I did when I first read it. I highly recommend … Continue reading Review: The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

Review: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown My rating: 3 of 5 stars Brené Brown is one of those people whose name came up again and again and again on my radar from different directions, until I finally decided it … Continue reading Review: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Review: The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club

The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club by Eileen Pollack My rating: 2 of 5 stars As many other reviewers have pointed out, the title of this book is very misleading. It should instead be something to the effect of, "Why Elaine Pollack, despite being very smart and capable … Continue reading Review: The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club

Review: H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald My rating: 4 of 5 stars The latest best-selling sensation in the "my parent died and my life fell apart" genre, H is for Hawk had been all over my newsfeeds well before it landed on my reading list. I wasn't sure what to expect once I finally … Continue reading Review: H is for Hawk