Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

By: Alison Bechdel Nonfiction 2006 Subject Matter: Alison Bechdel; Comic books; Comic strips; Cartoonists; United States; Graphic novels Rating: 3/5 I recently reviewed a graphic novel, and if you read that one, then you’ll know this isn’t quite my genre.… Continue Reading

Unaccustomed Earth

By: Jhumpa Lahiri Fiction 2008 Subject Matter: Bengali Americans; Bengali; South Asian people; United States Rating: 4/5 Unaccustomed Earth reminded me how much I LOVE SHORT STORIES! Since college, I’ve stuck mostly to novels or nonfiction. But Jhumpa Lahiri‘s collection… Continue Reading

Travelogue Epilogue

The Travelogue series recounts a seventeen-day-long cross-country road trip I took at age 21 with two college friends. We started in Charlotte, NC, and ended up two weeks and 8,000 miles later in Los Angeles, CA. The previous 18 posts in the… Continue Reading

Caleb’s Crossing

By: Geraldine Brooks Fiction 2011 Subject Matter: Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck; Wampanoag Indians; Massachussetts; Martha’s Vineyard; Indian college graduates; Indian scholars; United States Rating: 3/5   I was given this book as a Christmas present a few years ago by an especially… Continue Reading

education

We’re just blessed with where we’re born … I didn’t choose to be born in the United States any more than my [Tanzanian] students chose to be born where they are. But they all deserve an education. Everybody does. —Ashley… Continue Reading

Free to Choose

By: Milton and Rose Friedman Nonfiction 1979 Subject Matter: Capitalism; Welfare state; Industry and state Rating: 2/5   Oh yeah. Look at that stud. Free to Choose is a “personal statement” from the late 1970s about economic policy.

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

By: Barbara Ehrenreich Nonfiction 2001 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