How We Fight For Our Lives

People don’t just happen. We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The “I” it seems doesn’t exist until we are able to say, “I am no longer yours.” In How We Fight for Our Lives, acclaimed poet Saeed Jones tells the story of growing up a black…

A Promised Land

A Promised Land is the first of two volumes from former President Barack Obama on his time as commander-in-chief. A Promised Land begins with a brief history of Obama’s early years that would lead him to pursue a career in public service.  Starting as a state senator in Illinois before launching into what would become…

Greenlights

For years, Matthew McConaughey had been keeping journals filled with stories of his career and tidbits of advice written down over his years of experience.  Earlier this year, he decided to gather up those journals, travel to a remote cabin and try and put them together into some sort of pseudo-memoir/self-help book. I’ll say this…

Solutions and Other Problems

Solutions and Other Problems, Allie Brosh’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed first book, Hyperbole and a Half, had a lot to live up to.  Like many people, I’ve been waiting for this book for years.  The book had been plagued with delays leaving her readers believing that the book may never actually see the light…

My Life as a Villainess

My Life as a Villainess is a collection of essays written by crime novelist, Laura Lippman. Over the past number of years, I’ve grown to enjoy essay collections.  I admire people who can let others into their personal lives.  It takes a great deal of courage to be so open about yourself, especially when you’ve…