Review: The Anthropocene Reviewed

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green Dutton, 2021 Adult Nonfiction Essay Collection Summary: John Green reviews various human-created things and experiences, examples include: Diet Dr Pepper, Air-conditioning, Lascaux cave paintings, Canada geese, sunsets. Overall I learned a lot about each topic covered and a lot about John Green himself. There […]

Review: Say Nothing

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe Doubleday, 2019 Adult Nonfiction True Crime and History Summary: Notable people involved in the conflicts were recorded and then the information was sealed and kept in Boston until their deaths. Then the recordings were released to authorities. One of […]

Review: The Family Medici

The Family Medici: The Hidden History of the Medici Dynasty by Mary Hollingsworth Pegasus Books, 2018 Adult Nonfiction History Looking at the list of things I’ve read and reviewed I realized I hadn’t done this one yet and I still want to. This was a good general overview of multiple generations of the Medici family. […]

Spookier Nonfiction Note 1

I read a section of From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty about Mexico. The 2016 Bond movie, Spectre, inspired Mexico City to have a Días de los Muertos parade as extravagant as in the film (77). The whole section was interesting, highlighting the complex history of celebrating various aspects in various places in Mexico […]

Review: Almost American Girl

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha Balzer + Bray, 2020 YA Graphic Memoir 7 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: When Robin’s mother decides to move to America, she has a hard time. She isn’t confident in the language and struggles to make friends at first. Likes: I could sympathize a lot. Ha did […]

Nonfiction Note: Money

Money in Italy during the Renaissance, not a topic I thought I’d write about but I found it interesting in the introduction to The Family Medici by Mary Hollingsworth. In Florence, lira were the silver-based coinage for everyday purchases. Florins (gold coinage) were used for bigger financial stuff, like dowries and international trade (9). The […]

A Month of Faves: Underrated Reads

A Month of Faves is hosted by Girlxoxo and Traveling with T and today’s prompt is about underrated reads. When sorting and compiling this list I realized that I read a bunch of these for college. Which is maybe why they have so few ratings. The Music Libel Against the Jews by Ruth HaCohen I […]

Nonfiction November TBR

I’m kind of excited for Nonfiction November and this may be a good time to bring back my Nonfiction Note posts. The Book Olive posted an announcement video with her prompts: Design, True, Sport, Voice. These are my choices: Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud Blue: The History of a Color by Michel […]

Nonfiction Note: Colosseum

I got this factoid from an Eyewitness travel guide for Italy for 2014: Emperor Vespasian built the Colosseum over the site of Nero’s palace because he wanted to disassociate himself from that ruler. I’ve heard a lot about the Colosseum over the years for various reasons but I don’t think I was told that information. […]