The Dead are Arising – Les Payne and Tamara Payne

The Dead are Arising – Les Payne + Tamara Payne; Winner of the National Book Award for non-fiction. X Arising gives a comprehensive view of the life of a dynamic, driven, divisive historical figure – Malcolm X. The book tells a story that spans from before Malcolm Little was born to immediately after his death.Continue reading “The Dead are Arising – Les Payne and Tamara Payne”

The Northern Reach – W.S. Winslow

I received an advance copy of The Northern Reach from @flatiron_books And I loved it! Author W.S. Winslow shares a series of stories set in coastal Maine and spanning about a century. This collection portrays several memorable characters and their love, loss, courage, and failures. The writing is rich and wonderful. Several passages seemed toContinue reading “The Northern Reach – W.S. Winslow”

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck I might be the last person to have read this novella. At just over 100 pages in this edition, this relatively simple story really packs a punch. X Lenny and George are hired on as laborers on a farm in California around the time of the Great Depression.Continue reading “Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck”

Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi

10/10 would recommend. Transcendent Kingdom is a monumental work of fiction that speaks to contemporary questions and issues. Yaa Gyasi tells a story of a motivated female scientist who overcomes a difficult past to make important discoveries in the laboratory and within herself. This book addresses inequality, prejudice, grief, mother-daughter relationships, suicide, neuroscience, religion, opiateContinue reading “Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi”

White Noise – Don DeLillo

This was my first book by Don Delillo. White Noise starts off strong: a quirky, satirical family + an airborne toxic event + an evacuation + impending death and destruction. The first half of the book was brilliant but it took a very drastic turn down from there. The last 150 pages contained a fewContinue reading “White Noise – Don DeLillo”

Kurt Vonnegut – A Man Without a Country

Look what I found on the beach. This book is great, kind of a collection of thoughts, essays, ramblings from 82 year old Kurt Vonnegut. He survived so many things and lived through many historic moments, in this collection he says anything and everything that he is thinking. It makes me want to read moreContinue reading “Kurt Vonnegut – A Man Without a Country”