Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Review: When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paul Kalanithi didn't expect to spend a decade of his life fighting to become a neurosurgeon, only to find out that a rare form of lung cancer would derail his plans (and life). Written during the last year of his young life, Kalanithi not only chronicles his life but philosophizes about the choices he made and why he made them. Become a student of literature in order to understand life through the lens of fiction or become a student of medicine to understand life through the nuances of the human body? His choice to follow the path of science was one that led him to better understand life and death in ways that helped him to ultimately face his own mortality with grace and acceptance.

Kalanithi's memoir was touching and perceptive but at times his narrative proved to be almost too lofty for the average reader.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Review: Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Let Me Hear a Rhyme Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When their best friend, Steph, is gunned down in their Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Quadir and Jarrell, along with Steph's younger sister Jasmine, make it their mission to find out who killed him and to fulfill his dream of becoming a rap legend. Soon, Steph's music is being played on every corner and at every party, but people want to know who this new rapper is - who is The Architect? As his lyrics explode, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine realize they may have gotten in over their heads.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Review: With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emoni's story will make you cry, smile, and laugh. This is one girl who truly has a lot going on in her life but who tackles each and every day with style! With graduation approaching, a toddler to care for, her abuela trying to make ends meet, a father who visits once a year, a bff who is there no matter what, a potential budding romance, and her dream of sharing her love of food and cooking with the world, how can anything go wrong?

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Review: Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Review: Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dear Evan Hansen,
Today is going to be a good day, and here's why...

What starts out as an "assignment" from his therapist turns Evan's life upside-down in ways he can never imagine. Evan's story is one about isolation, mental illness, and growing up in a digital age where talking to others' face-to-face is not necessarily a part of many people's lives. Filled with heartbreaking truth, wit, and honesty, Emmich paints a picture that could be about many of today's teens (and adults too!).

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Review: Internment

Internment Internment by Samira Ahmed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A powerful and timely look at the rampant hate that is infiltrating our country. Internment is about isolating in order to overpower, but Ahmed shows how it can do quite the opposite.

* Be sure to read the author's note

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