Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates The greatest and most transformative moments in Between the World and Me is when I found myself starting to say "Now, wait a second... I don't do that." THOSE are the moments every person who identifies as white needs to read. THOSE are the moments that make this book required reading when it comes to trying to teach people about the depth to which we've stripped black people of their humanity in this country. THIS is the book t
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg The most striking thing to me about this book was the quiet Clegg managed to write into the story. A tragedy such as a fatal house fire is something that could be easily written with a dramatic air and an eye towards sensationalization. The fire could easily become the central part of the story. But Clegg pushed past that to a sweet spot of silent anguish and redemption. The fire is a cataclysmic event that gets a small role in a st
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman While I don't work in the newspaper industry, I work for a newspaper mogul family a lot like that of Herr Huntzberger... and I work in a building that houses the paper I grew up reading. The presses no longer whir day and night, the conveyor belt isn't delivering the fresh ink and warm paper to paperboys that will get the latest news to the homes of our neighbors and families. But the newspaper still lives. Day and night, my coworkers con
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling After Uncle Tom's Cabin ripped my soul out, I needed something lighter. So I turned to a fellow chubby girl. Someone I could relate to with tales of spending a childhood with her nose stuck in a book and of being awkward in social situations.
There's not much I can say about this book. If you're looking for something self-deprecating that will also trigger your "FUCK YEAH!" response... this is it.
Armada by Ernest Cline Although I'm not a gamer (aside from my brief stint as a Sims Online junkie in the early to mid 2000s and my unabiding love of Felicia Day), I absolutely loved Ready Player One. I was born in '81 (shaddup) so I fully appreciated the plethora of 80's references. So many of the things mentioned made up my childhood and the nostalgia made my reading of the book just oh-so-enjoyable. But even without that, Cline's writing was funny, smart, with robust wo
Do you like ballet? Do you like Amy Sherman-Palladino's brain? Do you like liquor? Then you should check out my latest project! With three friends I made at the Gilmore girls reuinion at the ATX Festival, we have begun... A Bunheads podcast! We watch each episode of AS-P's cancelled-too-soon show and take a drink each time there is a Gilmore girls reference or an Amy Sherman-Palladino signature mention. And as we get drunker, we tend to find the most ridiculous and tenous co