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”

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 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”

Legacy and the Queen created by Kobe Bryant

I really don’t follow sports so I had to play catch up on the national – maybe worldwide – mourning for the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the others who were involved in the terrible helicopter accident. I was quickly pulled in as I learned more about Kobe. He was a forceContinue reading “Legacy and the Queen created by Kobe Bryant”

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I had a hard time picking up this book. I thought that I knew a lot about Michelle Obama and that the book would fall flat for me. After all, she and her family lived in a fishbowl for all of us to watch for 8 years. I was wrong. What I didn’t know wasContinue reading “Becoming by Michelle Obama”

Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness

Grace Will Lead Us Home was horrific and painful at times, but also such an important book to read. This true story begins at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, where members of an evening bible-study group welcomed Dylan Roof, a young white man, to join their discussion. Roof opened fire on theContinue reading “Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness”

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

Born A Crime is a FANTASTIC book about the life of Trevor Noah. As you may know, Trevor is the host of the Daily Show, an American late-night talk show and news satire program. He was born in South Africa during apartheid to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother when such aContinue reading “Born A Crime by Trevor Noah”