(Book Review) The Anna Karenina Fix by Viv Groskop

The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature by Viv Groskop. When I was in high school and still a literary snob, I went through a big Russian literature phase. I read Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Nabokov like that was a perfectly normal thing for a 16-year-old to do for fun. I still remember Crime … Continue reading

(Book Review) Why They Marched by Susan Ware

Why They Marched: The Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Susan Ware is a great read for this year, as the 100th anniversary of U.S. women’s suffrage comes up this August. I Ware does not treat the American suffrage movement as a monolithic, unified group of women, as … Continue reading

(Book Review) White People Really Love Salad

White People Really Love Salad: What My Childhood Taught Me About Diversity, Equity & Inclusion by Nita Mosby Tyler, Ph.D. I have had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler of The Equity Project speak at three different trainings for the library system in which I work. She is wonderful and a total hero (literally … Continue reading

(Book Review) Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls

In Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, Lisa Damour, Ph.D. examines the rising prevalence of anxiety and depression among adolescent girls and offers practical advice for parents trying to help their daughters (and sons) navigate these overwhelming feelings and find coping skills for life. Whereas many people who write about girls … Continue reading

(Book Review) How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?

Published this month, How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin is a collection of short stories spanning the career of the acclaimed scifi author. The collection emphasizes Jemisin’s success in breaking into the traditionally white and male scifi/fantasy writing market as a woman of color writing about people of color. The collection also shows Jemisin’s … Continue reading