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

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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

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But by the time Jonas and Wyatt were toddlers, confusion over Watt's insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, … Continue reading Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

From the founder of MuslimGirl.com, a harrowing and candid account of what it's like to be a young Muslim woman in the wake of 9/11, during the never ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism.  At nine years old, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh watched from her home in New Jersey as two … Continue reading Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Geologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life - but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours … Continue reading Lab Girl by Hope Jahren