Matilda Reviews: Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill

Summary: Jenna Miscavige Hill was raised to obey. As the niece of the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige, she grew up at the center of this highly controversial and powerful organization. But at twenty-one, Jenna made a daring break, risking everything she had ever known and loved to leave Scientology once and for all.… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill

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Matilda Reviews: Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman

Summary: Lillian Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life. My Thoughts: I zipped through Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman

Matilda Reviews: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

I love books about books. I just can't get enough. I love reading books about what other people love about books. I love knowing that there are other readers out there who love books as much as I do, who collect books as obsessively as I do, and whose houses are as packed with books… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Review: Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

In case you haven't heard yet, everyone's talking about the new Netflix show, Orange Is the New Black. My girlfriend and I watched all thirteen hour-long episodes in two sittings. Basically, it's about a white, middle-class woman who finds herself doing thirteen months in a prison in Danbury, Connecticut for carrying a case of drug money across… Continue reading Review: Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Review: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Ever since my best friend told me about the blog Kim Jong-il Looking at Things, I've been wanting to learn more about communist dictator Kim Jong-il and his father and predecessor, Kim Il-sung. I knew the basics of life in communist North Korea: no internet access, not much food, no television or radio beyond the government stations,… Continue reading Review: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick