Amani Al-Khatahtbeh’s Muslim Girl (2017 Reading Book #143)

As part of my goal for this year’s reading, I thought this book would be a great way to broaden my perspective. I admit that I haven’t read many books by Muslims about the Muslim lived experience. This sounded like a great book and I had read some rave reviews online. … Continue reading

Hannah Hart’s Buffering (2017 Reading Book #121)

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a while as I hoped it would give me some insight for a novel I’m working on that involves a teen whose parent has schizophrenia. While Hannah Hart’s stories are interesting and touch on more than just her schizophrenic mother, the … Continue reading

Don’t Mess with Hillbillies & Other Things I Learned: J.D. Vance’s Hillybilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (2017 Reading Book #43)

I don’t have much experience with the blue-collar hillbillies of America. While I do live in an area that is pretty blue-collar and very supportive of Trump, the culture of these people is largely a mystery to me. I came into this book really only knowing the stereotypes of these … Continue reading

George Watsky’s How to Ruin Everything: Essays (2017 Reading Book #15)

I’ve been a longtime fan of spoken word poet, rapper, and writer George Watsky. In November 2014, I saw him in D.C. on his tour in support of his then recent release All You Can Do. So when I heard that he had an essay collection out, I was pumped, if … Continue reading