An Interview How-To in Review: The Essential Questions

Title: The Essential Questions Author: Elizabeth Keating, Ph.D.Source: Library Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) Rating: Summary: Following the advice in this book has led to some great conversations and helped me get to know my grandfather better. This slim volume includes two introductory chapters on how to conduct interviews with older family members. The remainder of the…

Russia Buddy Read in Review: Killer in the Kremlin

Title: Killer in the Kremlin: The Explosive Account of Putin’s Reign of Terror Author: John SweeneySource: Gift Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads Rating: Summary: This was an approachable read, but the tone and lack of citations make me question its credibility. This biography of Putin focuses on the violence he used to claim and maintain…

REVIEW: Fat Off, Fat On: A Big Bitch Manifesto by Clarkisha Kent

Reviewed by Sarah Evans Clarkisha Kent is a lot of things: bi, Black, fat, female, disabled. But there’s one thing she’s definitely not: quiet about the ways society pushes people like her to the margins. Kent’s memoir, Fat Off, Fat On: A Big Bitch Manifesto (Feminist Press, March 2023), is conversational, snarky, sarcastic, casual, funny,…

Russian Historical Biography in Review: The Future is History

Title: The Future Is History (National Book Award Winner): How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Author: Masha GessenSource: Library Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads Rating:   This was a fascinating book that covers the history of Russia from approximately 1984 through 2015. This history is told through the stories of two groups of people. The first group…