Sunday, March 3, 2019

Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented CitizenDear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My teacher arranged for us to read this book. It stretched my empathy. I feel that the first half of the book has greater clarity. Once he gets in the Obama presidency, his rationale gets murkier. I am aware that he got his first driver's license from Oregon. I was always told when there's a will, there's a way. Absolutely no recourse to getting citizenship? I don't understand how undocumented people pay taxes but don't have citizenship. That makes no sense to me. I think if you pay taxes and are obeying the law, you ought to be granted citizenship. I wouldn't desire to exist in the purgatory that Jose Antonio Vargas dwells or anyone else. He's being cheated of a enriched life.


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Thursday, February 28, 2019

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures edited by America Ferrera

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between CulturesAmerican Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures by America Ferrera
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn't anticipate enjoying this tome so much. I bought it for school as a required text. Usually, required texts make me frown and resent the money spent. This book can be treasured in any circumstance. Many of these people aren't A-listers but notable nonetheless. I enjoyed Uzo Aduba's essay the most. I relished her insights into Nigerian culture and how it contrasts with her perception of New England. I am half Nigerian and all I know about Nigeria comes from book knowledge. I also appreciated Anjelah Johnson-Reyes' piece about wanting to be more chola. Why do privileged people feel they need to be more rugged? Thankfully, every contributor has reached a place of satisfaction with his or her self.

A blessing to read!



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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Diary of a Sex Fiend: Girl with a One Track Mind by Abby Lee

Diary of a Sex Fiend: Girl with a One Track MindDiary of a Sex Fiend: Girl with a One Track Mind by Abby Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I admire Abby's candor. It seems exciting to have a range of partners with whom you have electrifying sex. (I need to reverse my lifestyle.) During my experience reading this book, I decided to research the author. The British media blasted her anonymity and she decided to move to New York City to escape the furor. I don't know for certain if she still lives in the Big Apple. At the end of the book, she expresses the desire to have sex doggie-style with her husband "when our kids are asleep (Lee 310)."

I hope she's found delight.



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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Women Who Love Books Too Much: Bibliophiles, Bluestockings, & Prolific Pens from the Algonquin Hotel to the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Brenda Knight

Women Who Love Books Too Much: Bibliophiles, Bluestockings & Prolific Pens from the Algonquin Hotel to the YA-YA SisterhoodWomen Who Love Books Too Much: Bibliophiles, Bluestockings & Prolific Pens from the Algonquin Hotel to the YA-YA Sisterhood by Brenda Knight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn't anticipate that this book would be a collection of biographical sketches. Nonetheless, I count it as joyous blessing. I learned more of women from antiquity and the recent centuries. I hadn't learned of Enheduanna, Aphra Behn, Kathleen Raine, Grazia Deledda, Lucy Terry Prince,Barbara Tuchman, Jane Welsh Carlyle, and Meret Oppenheim. I had seen the name Enheduanna in a textbook on Mesopotamia during a history course.

This book presents legendary women in an accessible fashion. Many times, legends have their humanity snatched from them on the printed page. A reader empathizes with these women.



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Friday, February 15, 2019

Bedsit Disco Queen by Tracey Thorn

Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop StarBedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star by Tracey Thorn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I noticed, at the end, that Tracey Thorn doesn't include details of her wedding day nor does she share the names of her twin daughters. Yet, we learn her son's name is Blake. Her twins were the firstborn, did they ask to remain anonymous? This will be the first literary experience of mine with Tracey Thorn but it won't remain the only. This book gave insights into a royally secular-minded individual. I relished it.


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Saturday, January 26, 2019

wise words from Eartha Kitt

When we want to have our own style of living, it is nobody's business but ours. What we do in private is our private business.- Eartha Kitt

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Another addition

I achieved my goal of completing 100 books! All copies were either hardcover or softcover, no e-books. I refuse to surrender to e-books. It seems impersonal and glacial. 

How many books have you completed this year?

I am now on book 101. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Sex vs.rape


Rape and sex are not synonymous. What bars rape resides in the fact that rape is always unwanted and terrifying. A confident woman engages in sexuality as it pleases her and her partner. A woman finds a new spectrum of bliss when the jurisdiction of her body is respected.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Friday, September 14, 2018

Amy Winehouse - 'Round Midnight











Today marks what would have been Amy Jade Winehouse's 35th birthday... I miss her.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

SWV - When U Cry











I feel some '90s music is in order!