REVIEW: Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden

You know those family history-slash-memoir books that came out in the 1920s and ’30s? The ones with wit and style and humor, so much so that it all just screamed “flapper”? Well, that’s what Dead End Gene Pool reminds me of. It’s not a true flapper memoir, of course, not least because it’s not set in the 1920s. But the style reminds me of those flapper memoirs, and despite the edge of darkness it’s actually Read More …

REVIEW: Inventing George Washington by Edward G. Lengel

I had a lot of fun reading Inventing George Washington! I hadn’t realized that some of the things I thought I knew about George Washington were actually false– I suppose I had more faith in my history teachers, that they wouldn’t propagate false stories or lies (although, really, ALL history books have issues with telling the truth). I do remember talking about the cherry tree myth and how it was false, but I don’t remember Read More …

REVIEW: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

I had to read this for one of my classes, and unfortunately I don’t remember what my prof said about it even though we only talked about it like two weeks ago. This isn’t my favorite book in the world, and in fact I had such a difficult time finishing it that I’m feeling a bit hostile. I said on Twitter that after finishing it I was going to give myself a few days to Read More …

REVIEW: Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures by Menno Metselaar and Ruud van der Rol

I didn’t sleep well Sunday night, and my eyes weren’t wanting to focus on the book I had brought with me to work (the type! so tiny!). So I grabbed this off the shelf and hoped for the best– and it was the best. I first read Anne Frank’s diary in elementary school, I think, and while I haven’t read it in a while I do remember the basics. I also remember really enjoying it Read More …

REVIEW: The Lost City of Z by David Grann

I immediately noticed that it was one of those books that tended to the more sensationalist side of things. That’s entertaining, but also off-putting because I’m not sure I can trust the information. It was interfering with my enjoyment of the book to keep thinking of it like it was actively tricking me into believing something false, so I tried to put it out of my mind. I tried to think of it more like Read More …