Swing Time by Zadie Smith

2/5 stars. Contemporary, Adult, Class Struggle, Racism. Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly, … Continue reading Swing Time by Zadie Smith

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

4/5 stars, Memoir, The Not-So-Nice of Upward Mobility Hillbilly Elegy details the childhood life of J.D Vance and his journey from a poor, violent, and unstable household to graduating from Yale as a lawyer. We get a lot of stories about the struggle of many groups to success, but one I have ever see before … Continue reading Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul

The decades worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's … Continue reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul