Biography/Memoir

Book Review: I Am Malala

Author: 
Yousafzai, Malala
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

A powerful look at a young girl's fight for education in Pakistan. Malala starts by filling us in on her country's history, from before colonization by the British through the Taliban takeover. All the while she and her father fight for girls' education. It's hard not to despair for her as she is fighting against such great odds, but her positive attitude reminds us that good can overcome evil. She wants every person in the world to be educated. Amen to that!

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half

Author: 
Brosh, Allie
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

This book is a funny look at a woman's neuroses, with great drawings. I could relate to her constantly feeling like she wanted to trip strangers, throw sand at beachgoers, and otherwise behave inappropriately. It got three stars because while it was funny, it was a bit disjointed as well. Still, worth the quick read.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: Detroit: An American Autopsy

Author: 
LeDuff, Charlie
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

I've never enjoyed an obituary so much. Charlie LeDuff sure knows how to cozy up to his readers, even if the tales he's telling are less than happy, quaint musings set in Paradise. An easygoing, narrative style meant I had serious trouble putting this book down. Partially, I'm fascinated by the empty shell that is now the city of Detroit- and I'd much rather hear about it from the bottom, up than vice versa. Real stories from real people put things into a much clearer perspective, while also lending a definite desperation to the tone. Detroit has died, and after ignoring its death throes, we didn't even have the decency to give it a proper funeral.

Charlie is ready to breathe one last breath of life into a city that has been burned down by its own residents no less than three times in history. It's a city that in fact gave birth to the American worker, the American sound, and American progress. It's hard to escape the irony that it's also where all of those things have gone to die.

Reviewer's Name: 
Evan

Book Review: The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

Author: 
Seal, Mark
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Could. not. put. this. down! I literally read it in about 27 hours. I was amazed by the story itself and also by the fact that I don't remember anything about it when it happened (2008). You, too, will be transfixed by the web of lies and false persona this man has been able to weave. It's truly fascinating that he was able to get away with it for so long. If you get as interested as me, there are Youtube videos that show some of the interviews with him after all was said and done.

Reviewer's Name: 
Evan

Book Review: The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier

Author: 
Davidson, Jim
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Absolutely amazing! This is not at all the type of book I usually read, but the author is going to be coming to speak at our library so I wanted to learn more about him. I could NOT put it down (even thought it was about 12:30 a.m.)! Will be highly recommending this book.

Reviewer's Name: 
Krista

Book Review: Mud Season

Author: 
Stimson, Ellen
Rating: 
1 star = Yuck!
Review: 

I was really looking forward to this book, and it started off very well - there were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. But toward the middle, the author seemed to start rambling. The stories jumped around and it was more of the author flitting around her memory for cute stories rather than one cohesive tale. It got to the point that I had to put the book down. Her habit of ending a paragraph with a telling "clue" of the next story became annoying as well.

Reviewer's Name: 
Krista

Book Review: Keeping Hope Alive

Author: 
Hawa Abdi
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

I undertook Dr. Abdi's book with some trepidation. The glossy photos of her mugging with such celebrities as Katie Couric and one of my least favorite presidents made me doubt whether or not I could handle the political angle of the work. However, the book's straight forward style and charming asides soon won me over. It's a tale of a horrific slide into anarchy of once-promising country and the struggles of people who refuse to let go of their dream of what things could be, rather than the harsh realities they suddenly find crowding in on all sides. While shocks and tragedies to permeate the book, Dr. Abdi's consistency of spirit and her practical approach to medicine and everyday life leave the reader with a sense of what can be accomplished, not by believing in what everyone else is saying, but rather by believing that people have it in them to be great, no matter what evidence you are currently observing in their behavior.

Reviewer's Name: 
Robert

Book Review: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Author: 
Hillenbrand, Laura
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Wow. This book was gripping! The resilience involved with surviving as a POW in Japan was amazing to me. Louie Zamperini is one-of-a-kind. There was a dogfight towards the beginning of the book which ended the life of "Super Man" that was so astonishingly realistic I literally could not put down the book. Awesome. I highly recommend this book as a portrait of the World War II psyche.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: A Stolen Life

Author: 
Dugard, Jaycee
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Wow, this book was at times disturbing, perplexing, and heart-wrenching. It was interesting to hear about Jaycee's abduction from her point of view. I can see how it lasted 18 years as she was afraid of what would happen if she defied her abductor and as she wanted to protect her daughters. I couldn't help but feel for her mother, who must have been beside herself with worry. Jaycee is a very strong, brave, and resilient woman and I wish her the best.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

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