Review of Waking Up White by Debby Irving

I am on a journey to better understand racism. I should have started by reading Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. In clear, understandable stories and descriptions, she explains her journey to better understand racism and how white privilege played a role in her family’s successes. IContinue reading “Review of Waking Up White by Debby Irving”

The Book of Pride by Mason Funk

Mason Funk has made it his life’s mission to document the long journey and struggle of the LGBTQ community for equality. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Outwords, which is a non-profit organization focused on documenting the history of the LGBTQ community in the United States. You can learn more about Outwords atContinue reading “The Book of Pride by Mason Funk”

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson and The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

I read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Wilson and fell in love with it. The book is historical fiction at its finest and follows the character of Cussy Mary who disagrees with society’s expectations that she should marry and have as many babies as possible. Instead, she finds employment with theContinue reading “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson and The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes”

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is an autobiography of Maya Angelou’s chaotic childhood from her first memories through the age of 16. She lived in more places with more people in parenting roles than I have had in a lifetime. She and her beloved brother, Bailey, were mostly raised by their strict, no-nonsenseContinue reading “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou”

Know My Name

Her name is Chanel Miller. She was sexually assaulted while attending a party at Stanford University in 2015. Brock Turner, a 19 year-old student, was convicted of sexually assaulting Chanel behind a dumpster while she was unconscious. How did she get behind the dumpster? We will never know. As many people her age do, ChanelContinue reading “Know My Name”

Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

Hey, y’all, I’m reading books by women and about women in March to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. I’ve read some heavy books so far this month – Educated, Know My Name, and Notorious RBG – and I wanted something light, fun, and just a tad bit educational. Whiskey in a TeacupContinue reading “Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon”

Educated by Tara Westover

Educated is an amazing, 5-star book because Tara Westover, the author and focus of this autobiography, has lived an amazing life. She was raised by survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and was not allowed to attend school. Her father dominated the household and he was suspicious of all institutions – government, doctors, medicine, science,Continue reading “Educated by Tara Westover”

The Only Plane In The Sky, An Oral History of 9/11

by Garrett Graff The Only Plane In the Sky should be required reading for all Americans. We all know what happened on September 11, 2001, and I bet most you remember where you were when you first heard the terrible news. I was in Seattle, Washington at a seminar, scheduled to return home the followingContinue reading “The Only Plane In The Sky, An Oral History of 9/11”

Our Harlem

Marcus Samuelsson is an Ethiopian Swedish chef – he was born in Ethiopia but when he was separated from his biological parents during a civil war, he was adopted and raised by a Swedish family. He has accomplished so much as a chef –  opened highly acclaimed restaurants in New York City and other locations,Continue reading “Our Harlem”

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a fictional story about Starr Carter who was present when a police officer killed her best friend, Khalil, who was unarmed. Starr is 16 years old and wise beyond her years. She’s smart, sensitive, funny, and warm, but she’s also a real person and makes mistakes. YouContinue reading “The Hate U Give”