Between the World and Me

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates Rating: 4.5 Stars More Info Author Bio Where to buy: Amazon | BN | Strand Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage. Enslavement was not merely the antiseptic borrowing of labor—it is not easy to get a human being to commit their body against its own elemental interest. And so enslavement must be casual wrath and random manglings, the gashing of heads and brains blown out over the river as the body seeks to escape. It must be rape so regular as … Continue reading Between the World and Me

Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari

Author: Aziz Ansari Rating: 4.2 Stars More Info Author Bio Where to buy: Amazon | BN | Strand Maybe we are trying to meet every single person in order to be sure we have the best. Maybe we have it all wrong. Dating in today’s technology age is downright bizarre. Texting has replaced phone calls, sexting is the new whispering of sweet nothings in someone’s ear, and emojis are how feelings are shared with someone (I still have no idea what the penguins mean). The dating world has been turned upside down for us regular folks, what is it like … Continue reading Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari

Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own – Kate Bolick

Author: Kate Bolick Rating: 4.6 Stars More Info Author Bio Where to buy: Amazon | BN | Strand When you hear the word “spinster,” what first comes to mind? A bitter, stuffy old woman who hates the world? A sad, lonely hag with ten cats and no friends? Or a desperate and clingy crone holding on to memories of a love long past? You wouldn’t be the only one to come up with these outrageous ideas of what it means to be a spinster. But thankfully, Kate Bolick puts a new spin on what it means to be single for … Continue reading Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own – Kate Bolick

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Author: Erik Larson Rating: 4.2 Stars More Info Author Info Where to buy: Amazon | BN | Strand “She seemed as large as a mountain. She had four funnels and tremendous length and, knowing that she could really move along, we were quite thrilled at the thought of traveling on her.” – Letter by Leslie Morton, crewmember on the Lusitania Those words were echoed by passengers and crew alike who were on the doomed ship, the Lusitania. Many were eager to board the luxurious liner bound for Liverpool, but would never make it to their destination. Erik Larson’s informative and … Continue reading Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Non-Fiction – Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans – Gary Krist

Author: Gary Krist Rating: 4.5 Stars Where to buy: Amazon | BN | Strand More Info Author Info “It is no easy matter to go to heaven by way of New Orleans.” I am not sure how many in New Orleans would feel about this statement, but after reading Gary Krist’s Empire of Sin, I understand why that journey may be a bit difficult to make. For thirty years, the Crescent City was at war with itself: the Reformers in one corner, who wanted a New Orleans that was wholesome and representative of the “better half,” and the purveyors of … Continue reading Non-Fiction – Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans – Gary Krist