Evicted by Matthew Desmond (2016)

I'm not sure what was most shocking about this book and its comprehensive story of eviction: the squalid conditions that many urban poor live in or the shockingly high rents they pay for these conditions or the percentage of their income that goes toward rent (sometimes as high as 80+%) or the number of people… Continue reading Evicted by Matthew Desmond (2016)

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (2016)

I read this book many months ago, probably last fall: post election season. Like everyone else, I was looking for answers.  I was trying to get a better understanding of the rural population in flyover states (in this case rural Kentucky and Ohio) and why many of them voted the way they did. So I… Continue reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (2016)

Deep South by Paul Theroux (2015)

The magic of Paul Theroux's writing lies in his ability to bring out the character of a place through anecdotes and observations.  He picks up bits and pieces along the road--often the very bits and pieces that others overlook--and in weaving them together, he creates a story.  The main character of his story is a… Continue reading Deep South by Paul Theroux (2015)

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (2009)

The word 'inspiring' appeared in 7 of the first 8 reviews I read of this book, and while I certainly don't disagree with that description, forgive me for not jumping on it and riding the wave all the way through my review.  Kamkawamba---along with author Bryan Mealer---tells the story of his childhood in Malawi and… Continue reading The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (2009)

*The Girl who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow (2010)

  Rachel falls from the sky--she really does.  But she's not an angel or a bird.  She's a young,biracial girl who sails through the air from the top of a building to the ground below where she lands, along with her brother, her mom, and the baby still in her mom's arms. Rachel is the… Continue reading *The Girl who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow (2010)