Non-Fiction

Irena’s Children

Irena’s Children

Have you heard the name Irena Sendler? The Irena Sendler who is called the “female Oskar Schindler” because she helped rescue more than 2,500 Jewish children in Warsaw in WWII? If you haven’t heard of her, don’t feel bad, most people haven’t, and I certainly hadn’t until I read the…
March Books One, Two & Three

March Books One, Two & Three

March Books One, Two, and Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and illustrator Nate Powell will go down in history as some of the best graphic non-fiction ever created. Telling the story of Congressman John Lewis’ fight during the 1950s and 1960s civil rights movement, these books show the bravery…
Charmed, For Sure

Charmed, For Sure

I tend to avoid essay collections/memoirs by bloggers. This is a little strange, considering I’m an aspiring author with a blog that will be 16 years old this month. But a lot of times when I see a blogger get a book deal I shrug and think “Meh.” To be…
Boys in the Trees

Boys in the Trees

I have a strange compulsion to read all the memoirs written by women in music. I’m not exactly sure when it started. Maybe as a sort of research for my own book-in-progress. Maybe it’s because I love rock & roll and want to know more about the women who make…
It Ain’t No Big Thing

It Ain’t No Big Thing

In her memoir Living Like a Runaway Lita Ford, writes about how unimportant high school was to her and how she skipped out on her graduation to play a show with The Runaways. This apathy toward learning is pretty easy to see in this poorly-written, reflection-lacking, yet still entertaining memoir.…
Unsatisfied

Unsatisfied

I feel as though admitting that Carrie Brownstein’s memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl left me a little ho-hum feeling is going to get my something card revoked. Indie cred? Rock & Roll lover? Feminist? Music memoir junkie? I don’t know. Sometimes it’s isolating to be in the minority…
Modern Romance

Modern Romance

It’s not that Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance isn’t interesting. It’s just that if you’re young-ish, single, and have a smartphone, you already know most of what it covers because you’ve lived it. Ansari was inspired to write Modern Romance after realizing the parts of his stand-up act that dealt with…
The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded

The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded

I recently watched the movie “The Imitation Game,” and it’s a great movie, even if it’s not very accurate. For instance, did Alan Turing name his decoding computer Christopher after a childhood friend he crushed on? Nope. Did Joan enter Bletchley Park after solving Turing’s crossword puzzle? Another big nope.…
Love-hate letter to a diary

Love-hate letter to a diary

Here are the circumstances of reading Sarah Manguso’s Ongoingness: I am in a mega-reading rut. Nothing looks good. Everything takes too long. I’m tired of buying new books, but I’ve already read at least half of all of the olds. I finished a graphic novel and had to use Wikipedia…
These Foolish Games

These Foolish Games

I have zero doubt that I spent large swaths of time in 1995 driving around in my 1979 Chrysler Newport singing along to “Who Will Save Your Soul” with as much sincerity and passion as 23-year-old me could muster. It might have been You Were Meant for Me”. Chances are…