Review: Queer Virtue by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman

Elizabeth M. Edman is an Episcopal priest and a lesbian. These two aspects of her identity are stitched into her very soul; they are vitally important, essential aspects of who she is as a person and how she moves about in the world. In Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and… Continue reading Review: Queer Virtue by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman

Review: My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

Scott Stossel is an anxious human. He is quite possibly the most anxious human I've ever had the good fortune of "meeting," if you can call it that. Scott has multiple, extreme phobias: in particular, vomiting, flying, and public speaking. He suffers terrible anxiety-induced digestive problems. He has had too many panic attacks to count.… Continue reading Review: My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

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: 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: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

When you follow feminist/queer sites like Autostraddle, you hear about books like Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist. Naturally I had to pick it up, as much from sheer curiosity as from the positive reviews I'd read. What exactly is a bad feminist? Am I one? Turns out that, according to Gay, a bad feminist is not such a terrible thing… Continue reading Review: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

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: Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher

Genre: Nonfiction, Pyschology Published: 1994 Blurb As a therapist, Mary Pipher was becoming frustrated with the growing problems among adolescent girls. Why were so many of them turning to therapy in the first place? Why had these lovely and promising human beings fallen prey to depression, eating disorders, suicide attempts, and crushingly low self-esteem? The answer… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher