Book Reviews From the Vault: The Tea Girl From Hummingbird Lane

One of my co-workers once said that people can learn a lot of things from reading nonfiction, but it is through fiction that helps them to connect to stuff like certain cultures and circumstances. Did The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See permit me to connect to the Akha people (a Chinese ethnicContinue reading “Book Reviews From the Vault: The Tea Girl From Hummingbird Lane”

The Survivors Club Book Review

Warning: The book that I am about to review deals with sexual assault. Critics alike have called Lisa Gardner the “Queen of Suspense.” I have heard a lot about this author, but I have never read any of her books, until now. After reading Gardner’s 2002 novel The Survivors Club, I can see why thatContinue reading “The Survivors Club Book Review”

Book Reviews From the Vault: The Cold War, Threat, Paranoia, and Oppression From the Iron Curtain to the Collapse of Communism

Reviewing the book The Cold War: Threat, Paranoia, and Oppression From the Iron Curtain to the Collapse of Communism by Norman Friedman made me truly value proofreading and citing sources, but did it affect my enjoyment? Let’s find out! Whenever people write, they often proofread their materials before publishing or turning it in, especially whenContinue reading “Book Reviews From the Vault: The Cold War, Threat, Paranoia, and Oppression From the Iron Curtain to the Collapse of Communism”

Tangerine Book Review

Popular books get adapted into film all the time. But what if a novel was opted for a movie before its publication? Readers will probably be scratching their heads and asking the questions, “Why?” and “Would it be worth it?” That was the situation Tangerine by Christine Mangan fell into months prior to its release.Continue reading “Tangerine Book Review”

Book Reviews From the Vault: How to Punch Kids in Bathrooms

I always look forward to reading and reviewing informal essays by John Marszalkowski, and How to Punch Kids in Bathrooms (no child was harmed in the making of that book) is no different. Full disclosure: I was given a free PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In his latest bookContinue reading “Book Reviews From the Vault: How to Punch Kids in Bathrooms”

Final Jeopardy Book Review

When the name Linda Fairstein is mentioned, what things come to mind? For some, she was the renowned prosecutor and head of the Manhattan Sex Crimes Unit who is “credited with helping shift the conversation around sexual violence in the United States” as well as a best-selling author (https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/6/27/18715785/linda-fairstein-central-park-five-when-they-see-us-netflix). To others however, she is aContinue reading “Final Jeopardy Book Review”

Book Reviews From the Vault: Knitting for the First Time

Last year, I started knitting, and Knitting for the First Time by the Vanessa-Ann Collection was one of the first resources that I looked to for understanding the concept. How effective was it? Find out here! Lately, I have been taking up knitting as part of a club that I facilitate at a public library.Continue reading “Book Reviews From the Vault: Knitting for the First Time”

Richville: A Chance for Redemption in a Town Without Pity Book Review

Full disclosure: The author of the book that I am about to review is a patron at a library that I work at. All of the opinions stated in this review are solely mine. When I had reviewed Richville: Another Tale of Travail and Treachery by Robert C. Jones, I encountered a unique problem: IContinue reading “Richville: A Chance for Redemption in a Town Without Pity Book Review”

Book Reviews From the Vault: The Rosie Project

Last year, Oprah revealed the list of the top 20 greatest ever romance novels according to Goodreads Reviews, and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion was on it. At first, I was a little shocked, but after reading it, I had to agree. Lately, I have been reading a lot of books about curmudgeons andContinue reading “Book Reviews From the Vault: The Rosie Project”

What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City Book Review

As a Michigander, I read books about and involving my state whatever chance I get. Recently, I came across What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha – a pediatrician at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, and it opened my eyes upContinue reading “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City Book Review”