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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
really liked it
On Dr. King's Birthday I was knee-deep in the Autobiography of Malcolm X. At a nearby holiday celebration, one speaker stood at the pulpit and noted t ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 11, 2008
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
did not like it
The basic premise behind this book is an interesting one: using American-Chinese cuisine as an object lesson, Jennifer 8 Lee wants to show that Chines ...more
Jun 2008
Mar 02, 2008
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine
really liked it
_Black Man in a White Coat_ is my favorite kind of memoir: simultaneously introspective and socially aware. Tweedy's life experiences shed light on th ...more
Dec 22, 2015
Dec 15, 2015
The Handmaid's Tale
really liked it
My gut level reaction to a first reading of this book is "Where have you been all my life?" The thing is, I know where it's been, and it'll take at le ...more
Dec 20, 2016
Dec 11, 2016
The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man
really liked it
Heschel teaches me much about sacramentality and liturgy in my own Christian tradition by guiding me to a richer understanding of how the Jewish tradi ...more
Dec 31, 2016
Mar 18, 2015
Inherit the Wind: The Powerful Drama of the Greatest Courtroom Clash of the Century
liked it
I just finished teaching this play for the second time: I read it with students in a composition course focused on topics at the intersection of freed ...more
Nov 2007
Feb 04, 2009
An American Childhood
really liked it
I tried to read Annie Dillard when I was in college, but I just didn't get it. Last summer I read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek for the second time, and thi ...more
not set
May 10, 2013
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
it was amazing
This is one of the best and most important books I've read in years. It's beautiful. It's long. It's occasionally difficult. And it's worth every word ...more
May 27, 2016
Jun 11, 2015
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
really liked it
My parents are farm kids. Growing up, my mom kept a garden, and I loved mornings picking raspberries from the bushes (I would be dying of anticipation ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism
it was ok
I often hear Dr. West on NPR's Tavis Smiley Show and generally enjoy hearing the two commentators chatter. I don't always agree with them, but they so ...more
Nov 2007
Sep 12, 2007
Literacy As A Civil Right: Reclaiming Social Justice in Literacy Teaching and Learning (Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education) (Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education)
liked it
Parts of this book I loved and parts I found frustrating For its use of rhetoric that suggests wealthy people are committed to restricting the languag ...more
Mar 2009
Apr 01, 2009
Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters--and How to Talk About It
really liked it
Why is that in our culture conversations about the life of faith tend to be either saccharine or cynical? Krista Tippet believes there are other ways ...more
Nov 14, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
War and the Iliad
it was amazing
By bringing together Weil's impassioned exploration of violence and Bespaloff's celebration of the domestic heroism of the Hospitality code, Christoph ...more
Sep 2008
Oct 03, 2008
My Dear Cassandra (The Illustrated Letters)
really liked it
I decided to reread the letters of Jane Austen after finding myself thoroughly taken in by Becoming Jane. Afraid that I wasn't completely aware of its ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 28, 2008
Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing
really liked it
Excited to try teaching this book. It's fun... Sometimes a little silly, but based in rigorous scholarship. It's been a while since I used a textbook ...more
May 18, 2015
May 22, 2015
Rhetorical Refusals: Defying Audiences' Expectations
An interesting book about one particular rhetorical strategy: the refusal. Schilb characterizes refusals as deliberate rejections of an audiences expe ...more
Feb 26, 2017
Feb 05, 2017
My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir
really liked it
As a new faculty member in the English Department at the U.S. Air Force Academy, this book was my inauguration into the literature of war. Recently, w ...more
Sep 27, 2015
Sep 27, 2015
What the Best College Teachers Do
liked it
Reviewing this book feels complicated, because to do so I must acknowledge that teaching--like writing--is a deeply personal endeavor, and responding ...more
Nov 16, 2015
Nov 16, 2015
The Art of Dying: Living Fully Into the Life to Come
liked it
I picked up Rob Moll's first book at a time when a family member was dying ... too young. The book became a valuable way for me to think through my ow ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays
it was amazing
In the essays collected as "The Art of the Commonplace," Wendell Berry presents a compelling vision for the restoration of American culture. He argues ...more
Sep 04, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
it was ok
It seems that everyone is teaching this book these days; I see it on the reading lists of at least three classes offered at my small liberal arts coll ...more
May 2007
May 26, 2009
The Black Tower (Adam Dalgliesh #5)
it was ok
I love P.D. James, but I wasn't crazy about this one. Because this novel takes place in a nursing home of sorts, the characters are all wracked with p ...more
Jun 2009
Jul 18, 2009
The Good Earth
it was amazing
The Good Earth is one of those books that shows up on high school reading lists, but that the students rarely choose. I would see it on people's shelv ...more
Oct 2010
Nov 14, 2010
Modern Romance
really liked it
I feel like I should start this review by quoting a text from the guy I met on the airplane at the same time I was reading the book. Cause, yeah: I po ...more
Dec 26, 2015
Jul 05, 2015
Nectar in a Sieve
really liked it
Read. Sit with the sorrow and the beauty. Nestle the book onto your shelf next to Pearl S. Buck's _The Good Earth_. Move forward looking for hope and ...more
Apr 15, 2017
Apr 11, 2017
Sweet Land Stories
liked it
Sweet Land Stories is a collection about the myth of the American Dream: the people who abuse it, the people who awake from it, the people who continu ...more
Jun 05, 2015
Jun 05, 2015
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
it was amazing
It's rare to find a good memoir these days. The market is saturated, and most of them are no good. This one reaches right into the heart of the Christ ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 12, 2008
The Truth Is . . .: My Life in Love and Music
it was ok
I read this book while working on a project about how regular people become heroes. This book offers an inside look at how Etheridge uses songs to bot ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
The four short essays in this beautifully designed little book offer Dr. Sacks's melancholy but somehow also jubilant reflections on his life well-liv ...more
May 2017
May 01, 2017
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
really liked it
This lovely little memoir is sometimes tantalizing in its vivid detail (the smell of fresh bread on a Paris Streetcorner), love of the instrument (you ...more
Apr 2002
Sep 13, 2007
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