Book reviews

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The Memphis Diaries of Ida B. Wells ed. by Miriam DeCosta-Willis

The Memphis Diaries of Ida B. Wells

What were famous people like, before they became legends? There's something in us that wants to know. Movie theatres will often show high school graduation pictures of movie stars and ask, "Can you recognize this person?" Well, The Memphis Diaries of Ida B. Wells feeds the same curious urge.

Love is Many Splendid Things

The Parrot Who Owns Me by Joanna Burger

For women, it’s not about the stuff, it’s about the love. All-consuming love is just too intoxicating to ignore and after years growing up in the afterglow of the ERA and that “woman-man-fish-bicycle” mantra, we’re finding new targets for our passions. Hence, some women’s compulsive devotion to cats, firefighting, and shopping. Our personal obsessions make us who we are and you have to love us for them. Check out some of the books about what some women love and why.

Atlantic by Simon Winchester

Atlantic book cover

Water makes up most of planet Earth. However, does one every really think about the ocean without standing on its shore? Simon Winchester in Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Discoveries, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories examines the broad expanse of the Atlantic Ocean which has fascinated him for years.

Tigers In Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

Tigers At Red Weather examines the complicated relationships within families

Written by the great-great-great granddaughter of literary genius Herman Melville, Tigers In Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann is a mystery drama that follows a prominent East Coast family through three decades of dysfunctional relationships, unearthed secrets, stinging betrayal, and eventually acceptance.

Apologia pro Vita Sua by John Henry Cardinal Newman

Apologia pro Vita Sua by John Henry Cardinal Newman

I'll be spending 2013 reading biographical materials. When someone writes the story of his/her life, I wonder – why did this person feel the need to write about his/her life? To begin, I'd like to look at John Henry Cardinal Newman's spiritual autobiography, Apologia pro Vita Sua.