A Writer Prepares

A Writer Prepares is the new memoir from author Lawrence Block that details his early years as a writer and how he broke into the industry offering a glimpse into an incredibly successful and prolific career. I received a copy from the author for review. How this book came together is just as interesting as…

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 contains the contents of David Sedaris’ diaries. A few years ago, I had read a book that collected Kevin Smith’s blog posts.  David Sedaris’ Theft by Finding is essentially the same thing.  Theft by Finding is twenty-five years of writing extracted from Sedaris’ journal.  I suppose that’s all a blog…

Two Trees Make A Forest

Eager to learn more about her grandparents and where they came from, author Jessica J. Lee embarks on a trip to Taiwan to explore the island’s landscape and cultural history. This isn’t going to be a long review. Normally, I love a good travel/adventure book, but Lee’s look at the geographical history of Taiwan left…

The Next Everest

Having trained his whole life to tackle Mount Everest, on April 15th, 2015 veteran climber Jim Davidson found himself on the mountain when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake would strike resulting in the deadliest day in its history. Escaping intact, Jim would spend the next two years wondering if his dream was over. Could he make…

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…