June International Days

June is a HUGE month for observances and celebrations but my personal library is terribly low on the very things these days wish to raise awareness on. Recommendations from readers would be much appreciated! Also, I recognize this is terribly late, but even with the lapse in punctuality, these books are still worth recommending. Despite... Continue Reading →

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

I first heard of Temple Grandin because of the 2010 movie of her life. It was amazing to watch the changes she made in the cattle industry captured within the movie. Don't get me wrong, the movie involves a lot more than her innovation when it tells her life story, but that part of it... Continue Reading →

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

Honestly, I was fairly mesmerized by Deraniyagala's story. Like so many others, I can't imagine what she went through and continues to go through. It's a difficult book to review beyond saying that she writes beautifully and candidly and is absolutely mesmerizing. On the one hand, I appreciate all the little details that cry out... Continue Reading →

An Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

An Almost American Girl is another Read Harder find, this time for task 4, a graphic memoir that just came out in January. It's about Ha's move to the US as a teenager. Realizing the book was about someone not born in the US actually made me like the title so much better. I grew... Continue Reading →

April International Days

I've been enjoying writing about the UN International commemoration or remembrance days. I don't have something new to read for every day, but there are some. This time, I'll have every day listed, but would love suggestions in the comments for days that I don't have books. Thanks!! 2 April World Autism Awareness Day  (A/RES/62/139)... Continue Reading →

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

I've had this book on my TBR for longer than I can remember but no time ever felt like the right time until Read Harder 2020 put a doorstopper on the task list. I tried out some other books but couldn't quite get into them. Truth be told, it was a weird time for me... Continue Reading →

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls is the one of those chilling true stories that have the power to haunt us in more ways than one. Personally, I never feel terribly certain that I'm safe when it comes to occupational health and safety. I don't know if it's growing up around too many stories of people not getting... Continue Reading →

March International Days

This is by far the biggest month of International Days according to the UN. Unfortunately, I don't actually have books for all of them. Nevertheless, let's check them out. 1 March Zero Discrimination Day  [UNAIDS] Here are my Top Ten books about discrimination: I Am Malala - discrimination against girls in gaining their educationDevotion and... Continue Reading →

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen

I'm one of those people that will sit and talk anyone's ear off about food, especially my favorite restaurants over the years. I love the idea of food as a way to move through the story of one's life, and a way to move through the story of a country. I love the play on... Continue Reading →

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