Sunday, March 26, 2017

"Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren ****

  • Audiobook
  • US author 
  • Memoir, Non-Fiction
  • Originally published in 2016
  • Review:  This memoir was simultaneously poignant, inspiring, lyrical, informative, and full of the science and unscientific aspects of life.  I am struck by the modesty with which the author describes her struggles with mental illness and her determination.  I am struck by her quiet amity to love unconditionally.  Absolutely lovely!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" by Alison Bechdel ****

  • UC-R Book Club selection
  • US author 
  • Originally published in 2007
  • Graphic novel
  • Review:  This is the second graphic novel that I have read.  It is very well done.  This is exactly as titled, a tragicomic.  The memoir is about family and it's secrets, about identity, serial and overall, about the tragedy of having good to hide one's self hood, about mental illness, and so much more.  I felt honored to read such an open, forthright account of one woman's family.  I personally believe that without humor life would be unbeatable, so I appreciate the manner in which this author tells her story!

Monday, March 13, 2017

"Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid *****

  • Audiobook
  • Pakistani author
  • Originally published in 2017
  • Review:  The stark reality and fearsome uncertainty of regime change meets the need for human intimacy in this powerful novella by the marvelous writer, Mohsin Hamid.   Reality and posdibilty fuse in a story of the present and the future.  We are all time migrants.  What a concept!  Hamid is gifted with the ability to communicate in great depth with minimal prose.  He is a master of the precise use of language, and his skills result in a profoundly moving and provocative story. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

"My Life On The Road" by Gloria Steinem ****

  • Audiobook
  • Autobiography 
  • US author 
  • Originally published in 2015
  • Review:  I found this memoir fascinating on multiple levels.  As a history of feminism it was enlightening, as a story of a humanist and activist  it was inspirational,  and as a memoir of a nomad who discovers the value of "and" it resonated with me.  I was most engaged in the friendship with Wilma Mankiller.  What a life Ms. Steinem has led!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Behind Her Eyes" by Sarah Pinborough ****

  • Audiobook
  • US author 
  • Originally published in 2017
  • Mystery/Suspense 
  • Review:   An excellent mystery......clever twist at the end!  Love, obsession, mystical powers