Really interesting, intense, and enraging story; most of it reinforced things I've been learning about the Civil Rights Movement only recently which IReally interesting, intense, and enraging story; most of it reinforced things I've been learning about the Civil Rights Movement only recently which I feel should be better educated to all. I feel like most children are taught this narrative: the South was unequal; KKK were scary; Martin Luther King marched on Washington and gave great speeches and then everything was better! Yay! Yet as this book--simplified for children--emphasizes, the history of one state alone is much more complex, and I feel like the names Medgar Evers, Clyde Kennard, and James Meredith, among others--as well as spawns of Satan such as Ross Barnett--should be much more well known to all Americans. The story of the Freedom Riders, including the three who were killed and buried but really the story of all of them, should be taught more. This story also reinforces to me that I will never be a "states rights forever!" person--cases like this showcase the need for federal power. Anyway, as to the actual book, I did have just a few issues--especially in the beginning, I felt like the chapters were disjointed a bit, with each chapter jumping from different topic to different topic that I began to get confused about who was connected to what and how they were all connected together again; at the same time, I understand that there's simply a lot of different stuff to talk about. The main thing was mainly the design--the documents included at the end, as well as the pictures in the middle of the book, were so interesting and integral to making the story "real" that I yearned for them to be included throughout the text, a la the beautiful design of They Called Themselves the KKK. Come on, National Geographic design team, you could do better. To go back to things I liked, I did enjoy the "where they are now/what happened to them" wrap up at the back of the book; it was both interesting (and satisfying, in some cases), and helped jog the reader's memory about everything and everyone they just read about. I also really enjoyed Bowers' last line, talking about the ordinary people who propelled the movement: "Their names--categorized in the files as race agitators, subversives, and communists--live on as champions of the most powerful democratic movement in our history." Indeed....more
A book not just about the Triangle Fire itself, but about New York and immigrants in the early 20th century as a whole, focusing on Russian Jews and IA book not just about the Triangle Fire itself, but about New York and immigrants in the early 20th century as a whole, focusing on Russian Jews and Italians and the garment industry. Well-told and fascinating. Loved it....more
This is a story about being human. It’s about the complex ties of family, about the sometimes cruel world of childhood and the demons that haunt the pThis is a story about being human. It’s about the complex ties of family, about the sometimes cruel world of childhood and the demons that haunt the people you love the most. It’s about doing all those things you’re supposed to do once you finally escape the bubble of home: the alcohol, the drugs, and the exhausting career building in New York City in your 20s, struggling to find a worthy partner who won’t repeat the faults in your heritage. It’s about trying to love and be loved and finding places where you finally feel right. And yes, eventually, it’s about leaving a marriage for another marriage with someone from another gender. But the reason it’s not all about this is because this isn’t a book about issues; it’s a book about a person. And we are all so much more than just one thing or one act or even one sexuality.
And it’s about food.
I must admit that I was predisposed to like this book from the start, as I am already obsessed with the pathos of food: the familial and historical ties to it, the very much religious traditions and rituals of it, the deep joy and comfort it can bring, along with the hurt that comes with criticism of the food you’ve worked hard on or that you care about, however irrationally. And then there’s our own conflicting relationships with it: eating disorders are in here, too.
Beyond the feelings originating in my stomach, I also loved the culinary threads throughout this book from a reader’s perspective. While I found Walsh’s personal dramas compelling and well told, her prose undoubtedly shines the brightest whenever she’s describing food, whether it’s in the act of cooking of it, the pure admiration of it, or the actual eating of it. These are the moments that flow the easiest, while also being filled with the most tantalizing and lush details. While many of the dishes she describes are beyond my own rudimentary cooking skills and very un-foodie knowledge, I still loved reading every bit of it, believing that I could make these things if I tried (yeah, I probably can’t), as I could practically already taste them from the page. The simpler, more basic meals or items that I actually have consumed also suddenly seemed equally rich and precious, things to be worshipped, from cake to risotto to Thanksgiving dinner. She even makes the pure poverty pea soup that she eats daily at the height of her college bare-bones days sound remarkably delicious at her hand.
The definition of charming. Loved the writing, the illustrations, the stories, and the RECIPES! I now wish all recipes were presented like that! NeverThe definition of charming. Loved the writing, the illustrations, the stories, and the RECIPES! I now wish all recipes were presented like that! Never read anything quite like it, and I loved it....more
4.5. Totally wonderful memoir for youth about growing up in a hyper Christian family: about religion, about independence, about sexuality, about famil4.5. Totally wonderful memoir for youth about growing up in a hyper Christian family: about religion, about independence, about sexuality, about family....more
This could be such an excellent resource for schools, especially younger grades--perfect for middle school. Written very simply but effectively. It soThis could be such an excellent resource for schools, especially younger grades--perfect for middle school. Written very simply but effectively. It sounds hokey but Malala really is inspiring. And maybe someday in my lifetime Swat will be safe to visit. Or like, in my kids' lifetime or something....more
This is a gorgeous book, and the story about John's background and the whole road to Toro Bravo was really interesting. And it's a nice addition to thThis is a gorgeous book, and the story about John's background and the whole road to Toro Bravo was really interesting. And it's a nice addition to the "things that make you annoyingly in love with PDX" canon. I don't really know how to rate cookbooks, though, yet, because so many of these recipes from the actual recipe part just seemed way over my head/skill level. Which I feel might be the case with any/all restaurant cookbooks? Or maybe any/all cookbooks in general? Haha. I dunno. I'm going to attempt an experiment where I compare some of the actual restaurant meals v. what happens I try to make them myself, so we'll see....more
A present from Sam a long time ago (we first saw an outdoor exhibit of Arthus-Bertrand's photographs in Amsterdam and I loved them--ignore how snottyA present from Sam a long time ago (we first saw an outdoor exhibit of Arthus-Bertrand's photographs in Amsterdam and I loved them--ignore how snotty that sounds), in 2014 I made a goal of actually reading this day by day (or every few days) throughout the year, as I believe the book is meant to be enjoyed. And I did it! And it was great. My only critique is that since this edition is almost 10 years old, a lot of the environmental essays and data are outdated. I'd love to look at a more updated edition....more