Review: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind is a fascinating look into the difference between liberal and conservative political and religious views. It really helped me a lot in my quest to understand what’s happening in America with the election of Trump and the continued rampant persecution of minorities. Haidt uses metaphors to explain his theories, all based in evolutionary psychology. This book is probably one of the best organized non-fiction books I’ve ever read. Each chapter starts with a introduction to what will be covered and contains a quick recap of the ideas presented. The whole book is well organized and Haidt gives explanations of why he’s laid things […]

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Review: Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Talking As Fast As I Can is a rather interesting celebrity memoir. Instead of being organized chronologically, it has a more theme-based organization. And it’s kind of a mesh of memoir, advice book, and essay collection. Lauren shares her history as it relates to her acting career, and as promised she talks about her time on Gilmore Girls, both the original series and the reprisal. But she also shares relationship advice and tips for those wishing to get into acting. And then there are some bizarre antidotes that almost resemble essays, i.e. one about electronic devices for children. This book didn’t have as much humor as some […]

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Review & Interview: The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

The Yellow Envelope is an incredibly raw and honest memoir about having the courage to go after a dream. After establishing her career and acquiring everything she always thought she wanted out of life, Kim Dinan realized that she wasn’t happy. She didn’t want that life. She wanted to quit her job to travel the world and write. And she was able to convince her husband to support her in this journey. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. With the help of some amazing friends, Kim and Brian’s plans expanded to include giving away money to whomever they chose while traveling the world. This […]

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Review: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

I read Hillbilly Elegy in an attempt to understand Trump supporters. I was hoping for a politically charged explanation of the angry white man who’s feeling left behind by Washington politics. It was exactly fair for me to put so much hope in a memoir. This book is an account of one man who was able to escape the self-sabotaging culture of the Hillbilly people in southern Ohio, Kentucky, and the rest of the Appalachian rust-belt. J.D. Vance recounts his experiences growing up with a single mother with a string of boyfriends and an occasional tendency to do drugs. His success was due largely to his […]

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Review: Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders

Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders

I was so excited to read Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders. I am/was a huge supporter of Bernie’s campaign for president, so I was interested to hear what he had to say to all of us about next steps. This book was released right after the general election, and while it didn’t necessary state an expectation of the result of the election, it was pretty clear that Bernie was hoping Hillary Clinton would have won. He mentioned a few times about compromises he’d made with her campaign as if they’d be policies we’d be seeing implemented at this point. In that way, this book was slightly […]

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Review: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath is the third Malcolm Gladwell book that I’ve read. In this book Gladwell explores the myth of battling giants. His point is that what makes a giant so large and intimidating can also be the giant’s weakness. He starts the book with the Biblical story of David and Goliath, and then moves on to other interesting topics: classroom size, prestigious colleges, the cure for childhood leukemia, dyslexia, crime, etc. In every story, Gladwell reveals that what we believe to be true isn’t necessarily the case. This book is so fascinating. It makes for a perfect audiobook (read by Gladwell himself). It’s engaging, and […]

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Review: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

I enjoyed listening to this audio book on two levels: the inspiring story of the boys on the 1936 Olympic rowing team and reminiscing about my days of rowing crew in high school. I was blown away by the amount of research Brown must have done to write this book. The details on the boys lives and the surrounding events added greatly to the story. Although I don’t usually appreciate a lot of back story or tangents, because this book was nonfiction, I didn’t mind it. At the beginning, the story alternated between Joe Rantz and the other boys trying out for the team and […]

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Review: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

I enjoyed both of Gretchen Rubin’s earlier books. I already wrote about how The Happiness Project inspired me to start my YA book club. So I was very eager to read her newest book, Better Than Before. And it did not disappoint. This book is written in the same style as her other books. Rubin explores the principles of habit formation by using herself and her sister, Elizabeth, as the primary examples. While what you might take away from this book could be considered self help, it reads more like a blog. I enjoy hearing stories about Rubin and her family – especially as this is […]

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