Growing Up

By: Russell Baker Followed by The Good Times 1982 Nonfiction Rating: 4.5/5   I greatly enjoyed Growing Up, the memoirs of Russell Baker, who grew up in the Depression-WWII era. Of course, I love me some biography. But autobiographies can be… Continue Reading

Animal Dreams

By: Barbara Kingsolver 1990 Fiction Rating: 4/5 I just love Barbara Kingsolver. Animal Dreams is a work of art, an exploration of the human soul, of childhood and coming of age and love and family and roots and nature.

Woza Albert!

By: Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema, and Barney Simon 1983 Drama Rating: 3/5   There’s a lot going on in Woza Albert! and I’m not sure that I should even try to talk about it. It’s a play set in Johannesburg,… Continue Reading

The Grapes of Wrath

By: John Steinbeck 1939 Fiction Subject Matter: Migrant agricultural laborers; Rural families; Depressions; Labor camps; California; Oklahoma; Domestic fiction; Political fiction Rating: 4/5 Well. I’m not to sure what to say about this one. The Grapes of Wrath wasn’t at… Continue Reading

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

By: Barbara Ehrenreich 2001 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Minimum wage in the United States; Unskilled labor in the United States; Poverty in the United States Rating: 2.5/5 I’m a little disappointed that Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America is… Continue Reading