Review: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy, a gripping account of his experiences working with wrongfully convicted death row prisoners, was chosen as the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Go Big Read book in 2015. I had the privilege of facilitating several discussions, both in public libraries and online, about this book. The book had a very strong impact on its readers,… Continue reading Review: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson


Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical YA book in verse about her experience growing up first in North Carolina, and then New York City, in the 1960s. Brown Girl Dreaming is a Newbery Honor book, a Loretta Scott King Award winner, and a National Book Award winner. Jacqueline begins by painting a picture of her extended… Continue reading Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Review: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle

Lately I've been very interested in books about North Korea. It's a fascinating, secretive, and tragic country, and I've sought out books from a variety of perspectives: one by a defector, one by a Korean-American woman who taught high school English there, one by an American journalist. So when I read about Guy Delisle's Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, I was… Continue reading Review: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle

Review: Blankets by Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson's graphic novel Blankets caught my eye at the public library a few weeks ago. It was in the Staff Picks section, and it had a yellow, foot-shaped post-it note on the front. On the foot was a glowing handwritten review about how beautiful the story and illustrations of Blankets are. And a plus: the story is set… Continue reading Review: Blankets by Craig Thompson

Review: New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell

I love Gail Caldwell. I first realized this while reading Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, which is about the death of her best friend, fellow memoirist Caroline Knapp. (You can read that review here. Or the review of Caroline's memoir here.) She just seems so down-to-earth, wise, insightful. She's overcome her share of hardships. She's interesting.… Continue reading Review: New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell

Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I am arguably the world's biggest fan of the U.S. version of The Office. I have every season on DVD and have watched it almost every single day for years now. There is always a disc in my DVD player. I've seen each season probably--and I'm not kidding--thirty times. I love it. I think it's hilarious, but… Continue reading Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

As a friend pointed out to me lately, when it comes to Lena Dunham, you either love her or you hate her. I agreed, and then of course immediately after agreeing I realized that I couldn't decide whether I loved or hated Lena. I've seen the first season of her HBO show Girls, and I felt… Continue reading Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I had been dying to read Amy Poehler's new memoir Yes Please because I love Amy Poehler. Have you seen Parks and Recreation yet? If not, you really should, because it's hilarious, and Poehler's character Leslie Knope is totes kickass. Amy is just really damn funny. She is one funny woman. And she's a feminist, too, which I love. Last year… Continue reading Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Matilda Reviews: Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Genre: Memoir Published: 1996   I recently read and reviewed Gail Caldwell's Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship. It was about Caldwell's friendship with Caroline Knapp---the author of Drinking: A Love Story. Naturally, after that I had to read Caroline's book, so here we are ... and even though I loved it, I think I'll be taking a… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Matilda Reviews: Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

Genre: Memoir Published: 1998   Marya Hornbacher's Wasted, one of the most well known eating disorder memoirs out there, has been praised as a very honest account of one woman's decade-long struggle with the devastating effects of anorexia and bulimia. It probably won't come as a surprise to hear that its honesty is what makes it a difficult and very gruesome read.… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher