Category: Memoir

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The first book I read in 2019 was Michelle Obama’s honest and compelling memoir, Becoming. To be honest, some part of me expected that the book would focus primarily on her time as First Lady; I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find that, instead,… Continue Reading “Becoming by Michelle Obama”

Lincoln, Socrates, and A Funeral

In this third “potpour-reads” post, I share some quick thoughts on three recent reads, all of which were completed in June. Somehow, none of these books are ones from any of my challenge lists. Go figure. I read Lincoln in the Bardo because it is… Continue Reading “Lincoln, Socrates, and A Funeral”

5 Mini-Reviews: From Willa Cather to Hillary Clinton

I’ll never catch-up on all the reviews I need to write for books I’ve read in the last 5 or 6 months. That’s that. But, I am going to make an effort to catch-up on the recent and then stay current moving forward. I… Continue Reading “5 Mini-Reviews: From Willa Cather to Hillary Clinton”

Review: Who is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain

Who is Mark Twain? By Mark Twain Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 14 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impacful Who is Mark Twain? is a collection of short stories, essays and letters, published posthumously by Twain’s editors.  It encompasses a… Continue Reading “Review: Who is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain”

Review: Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums

Sessums’ memoir is beautifully – and painfully- honest. He describes his experiences as an effeminate homosexual boy, youth, and teenager in rural Mississippi, in a time and place where it was more popular to applaud the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and Martin Luther King Jr.… Continue Reading “Review: Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums”