Review: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, a gripping account of his experiences working with wrongfully convicted death row prisoners, was chosen as the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Go Big Read book in 2015. I had the privilege of facilitating several discussions, both in public libraries and online, about this book. The book had a very strong impact on its readers, … More Review: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical YA book in verse about her experience growing up first in North Carolina, and then New York City, in the 1960s. Brown Girl Dreaming is a Newbery Honor book, a Loretta Scott King Award winner, and a National Book Award winner. Jacqueline begins by painting a picture of her extended … More Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Review: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle

Lately I’ve been very interested in books about North Korea. It’s a fascinating, secretive, and tragic country, and I’ve sought out books from a variety of perspectives: one by a defector, one by a Korean-American woman who taught high school English there, one by an American journalist. So when I read about Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, I was … More Review: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle

Review: New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell

I love Gail Caldwell. I first realized this while reading Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, which is about the death of her best friend, fellow memoirist Caroline Knapp. (You can read that review here. Or the review of Caroline’s memoir here.) She just seems so down-to-earth, wise, insightful. She’s overcome her share of hardships. She’s interesting. … More Review: New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell

Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I am arguably the world’s biggest fan of the U.S. version of The Office. I have every season on DVD and have watched it almost every single day for years now. There is always a disc in my DVD player. I’ve seen each season probably–and I’m not kidding–thirty times. I love it. I think it’s hilarious, but … More Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling