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Wishlist Wednesday #1: Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now by Maya Angelou

Wishlist Wednesday #1: Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now by Maya Angelou

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I’m taking this loosely and sharing books that I can’t wait to read. I’ve been reading a lot of Maya Angelou recently and want to delve more into the autobiographies she wrote, so this week, I’m featuring Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou: Title: Wouldn’t Take…

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Book Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Book Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Title: Yes Please Author: Amy Poehler Publisher: Dey Street Books Hardcover: 329 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book…

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Book Review: Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever by Patrick J Buchanan

Book Review: Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever by Patrick J Buchanan

Title: Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever Author: Patrick J Buchanan Publisher: Crown Forum Hardcover: 336 pages Source: Netgalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From Vietnam to the Southern Strategy, from the opening of China to the scandal of Watergate, Pat Buchanan–speechwriter and senior adviser to President Nixon–tells the untold story of Nixon’s embattled White House, from its historic wins to it devastating defeats. In his inaugural address, Nixon held out a hand in friendship to…

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Book Review: I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It by Jess Kimball Leslie

Book Review: I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It by Jess Kimball Leslie

Title: I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It Author: Jess Kimball Leslie Publisher: Running Press Paperback: 240 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It is tech analyst Jess Kimball Leslie’s hilarious, frank homage to the technology that contributed so significantly to the person she is today. From accounts of the lawless chat rooms of early AOL to the perpetual high school reunions that are modern-day Facebook and Instagram, her essays paint a…

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Book Review: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Book Review: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Title: Cork Dork Author: Bianca Bosker Publisher: Penguin Books Paperback: 352 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Like many of us, tech reporter Bianca Bosker saw wine as a way to unwind at the end of a long day, or a nice thing to have with dinner and that was about it. Until she stumbled on an alternate universe where taste reigned supreme, a world in which people could, after a single sip of wine, identify the grape it was made from, in what…

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Book Review: Console Wars by Blake J. Harris

Book Review: Console Wars by Blake J. Harris

Title: Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation Author: Blake J. Harris Publisher: It Books Hardcover: 576 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from the Book Depository! Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry. In 1990, Nintendo had a…

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Podcast Review: Crimetown

Podcast Review: Crimetown

Before I get into this review, I should probably explain how podcasts have taken over my life over the last few years.  My first year teaching, I used to listen to sports talk radio on the way to work.  I would occasionally listen to music, but found that I got more out of people talking.  This wore on me very quickly.  I then started listening to NPR (which I now joke is my obligation as a teacher).  One thing quickly…

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Book Review: A Spy Called James by Anne F. Rockwell

Book Review: A Spy Called James by Anne F. Rockwell

Title: A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent Author: Anne F. Rockwell Illustrator: Floyd Cooper Publisher: Carolrhoda Books Hardcover: 32 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Told for the first time in picture book form is the true story of James Armistead Lafayette, a slave who spied for George Washington’s army during the American Revolution, and whose personal fight for freedom began with America’s liberation. * I received a free copy of…

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Book Review: Shrill by Lindy West

Book Review: Shrill by Lindy West

Title: Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman Author: Lindy West Publisher: Hachette Hardcover: 272 pages Source: BookCon 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but. From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to…

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Book Review: Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

Book Review: Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

Title: Fever Pitch Author: Nick Hornby Publisher: Riverhead Books Paperback: 272 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In America, it is soccer. But in Great Britain, it is the real football. No pads, no prayers, no prisoners. And that’s before the players even take the field. Nick Hornby has been a football fan since the moment he was conceived. Call it predestiny. Or call it preschool. Fever Pitch is his tribute to a lifelong obsession. Part autobiography, part comedy, part incisive analysis…

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