Books

Review - MARCH, Book Two, By John Lewis, Andrew Ayden and Nate Powell

MARCH, Book Two, follows continues the story of Congressman John Lewis, focusing primarily on the Freedom Rides of 1961 and the March on Washington in 1963. As we prepare for the US election next week, reading this graphic novel can serve as a powerful reminder that democracy is fragile and needs constant care, feeding and vigilance. After seeing everything that John Lewis and his fellow protestors endured during just two years of the civil rights movement, the least the rest of us can do is vote.

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Review - The Holdout by Graham Moore

When I first started this blog, my plan was to only recommend slam dunk five star entertainment. In the case of The Holdout, I'm making an exception and sharing a four star experience. Overall I think this was a cracking good read, but have some mixed feelings about the denouement and I want to be up front about that (in a spoiler free way!)

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Review - Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano, Illustrated by Arturo Torres

In this coffee-table book, Shea Serrano takes a deep dive into movie questions you probably haven't thought of before, and in answering them demonstrates his wide-ranging expertise and appreciation for films of all kinds.

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Review - MARCH, Book One By John Lewis, Andrew Ayden and Nate Powell

This book depicts the first 20 years of Congressman John Lewis' life, starting with his childhood in Alabama. Reading MARCH feels as close as we might get to sitting with the Congressman himself, listening to him talk about his remarkable life and invaluable contribution to the civil rights movement. The graphic novel format beautifully conveys the warmth and generosity of Congressman Lewis and his inspiring story.

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Review - Small Victories, By Julia Turshen

I’ve got almost the entire library of Barefoot Contessa cookbooks (Ina Garten also wrote the foreword of Small Victories.) I love just about everything I’ve made from her oeuvre. But it’s Julia Turshen’s books that have made me a better cook - not only better but more relaxed and flexible. 

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Review - A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab earns my first PCC review because it is a thoroughly inventive and absorbing fantasy with the most economical and compact world-building I’ve ever read.

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