“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★★

[This review was originally written in April 2016.] Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Audio narrated by the author The author writes a letter to his 15yo son about what it means to be a black American, the way our nation's history has been twisted and rewritten to serve the purpose of making … Continue reading “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★★

“Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL” by Chuck Pfarrer ★★★★

Intriguing account of what it takes to become a SEAL and how they operate out in the field. I am not from a military family nor have I ever had familiarity or experience in understanding that lifestyle so reading this was a true education for me. I absolutely had no idea what is involved in … Continue reading “Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL” by Chuck Pfarrer ★★★★

“Furiously Happy” A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson ★★★★

Jenny tells a surprisingly humorous version of her life dealing with multiple disorders, phobias and illnesses (both physical and mental).  She has been given the short end of the stick as far as being inundated with debilitating symptoms from depression, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety disorder, etc.  She's been given more than her fair share of difficulties, but she also … Continue reading “Furiously Happy” A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson ★★★★

“Come On Shore And We Will Kill And Eat You All” A New Zealand Story by Christina Thompson ★★★

I found this book to be interesting but also a bit disjointed as it was a combination of a memoir of the author's life, a personal history of her Maori husband's family background, and a historical/anthropological study of the Maori culture, past and present. Bostonian, Christine Thompson, was immersed in Pacific studies in Australia and … Continue reading “Come On Shore And We Will Kill And Eat You All” A New Zealand Story by Christina Thompson ★★★

“Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes ★★★

Enjoyable read, especially after visiting the Tuscany region of Italy.  The author's knowledge of the area and beautiful descriptions of everything from the play of the sunlight over the hills and valleys, the small towns built around and as part of medieval fortresses on hilltops, the plethora of cathedrals and their quirky artifacts of the martyred saints, to … Continue reading “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes ★★★