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 →

Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans

As with When Women Ruled the World, I love it when books bring to light the unsung women who were always there, making history right alongside men. Too many stories leave us out, forgetting our contributions or demoting their importance to the overall goal. We may never know all the women that history has forgotten... Continue Reading →

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney

I love books like this, books that remind us of the powerful women who came before us, successful or not, and broke down glass ceilings before the term was ever invented. They remind us that the problems we face today with women and power aren't new or nearly as nuanced as people want to believe.... Continue Reading →

February Observances and Holidays

Continuing with the thought process in January that these observances and holidays are around for a reason and there is a lot of good information about them, here are the February dates! Click here to go the full list. 4 February World Cancer Day¬†[WHO] While most of us know the word cancer, there's also quite... Continue Reading →

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer

I had heard of Irena Sendler and her amazing work prior to picking up this book, but somewhere in the middle I realized that it was still only because of the events in this book that I had heard of her at all. Prior to Life in a Jar, which started out as a high... Continue Reading →

Books for International Days

Books mentioned for January International and US observances I know, I know, I said I was throwing out the schedule and I am. But also, have you ever looked at the list of International Days at the UN website? Click here to go the full list and check out all the days. For now, let's... Continue Reading →

Memoirs of 2019

Despite that I had a rather long hiatus toward the end of the year, there have been a lot of good memoirs this year. In case you missed any of them, here are the memoirs reviewed here in 2019: How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery Flat Broke... Continue Reading →

Voyages Through Time and Space: The Life of a Russian Psychic by Liliya Sariecheva, translated Robert Osland

It can be surprisingly complicated to find the memoir of a woman in translation that I can get through. That's not to say that those out there aren't good, but the most time I get to read is usually not reading at all but listening to audiobooks and that's where they get really scarce. I... Continue Reading →

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson

The format and style of this memoir is a lot like Jacqueline Woodson"s brown girl dreaming. The particular setting and type of story is a little different but it's also a Civil Rights era memoir written by a WOC entirely in poetry. Given all those descriptors, one would think that they would be similar, but... Continue Reading →

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