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review 2017-03-08 01:00
An excellent read for a very important part of history.
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement - John Robert Lewis,Michael D'Orso

Rep. John Lewis has been in the news more and more recently, especially with the election and the new president. With the end of Black History month it seemed like a good time to read his book. 

 

Most of the book chronicles his work in the Civil Rights Movement. We get introduced to his early life and growing up and we gradually see him move into working with the CRM. These early parts were really interesting to me. It really hit home that it was (and remains) a body of work that required a lot of time, energy, labor, bodies (literally), emotional effort, etc. The participants spent years, decades putting work into the movement.

 

It hit home for me that movements like CRM isn't something that can appear out of nowhere but requires a large chunk of people in ways that are sometimes intangible. And even though we live in an age of people getting messages instantly and want things done right now, something like the CRM couldn't be accomplished in that way. It was definitely a book that has given me a lot of food for thought in light of current and recent events.

 

That said, I agree with a lot of the reviews that said it could have been edited more. As a chronicle it is a book that will probably remain critical and important for historians. But as a layperson who had read his graphic novel trilogy ("March") and had read some civil rights history very recently (and therefore it is relatively fresh in my mind), this was still easy to get lost in the myriad of names, group acronyms, etc. 

 

However, of course I don't mind regret reading it or buying it. It was an enjoyable read and I learned a lot. There are quite a few people who could really benefit from reading this. That said, it might be helpful if you've read his graphic novel trilogy as mentioned above and have at least a grounding in the CRM. The movie 'Selma' might also be a good compliment to this book as well. Already having that foundation made it easier for me to be able to put down the book when life got in the way yet still understand at what of history I had dropped off. Great if you need a long book, non-fiction read or want to read up on the Civil Rights Movement.

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review 2017-03-03 00:33
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll,John Tenniel

Yes I'm 38 years old and just now reading this book for the first time. I'm sure there are hundreds of books I didn't read as a kid that I probably should have. As for this one, it was very enjoyable. I probably would've loved it as a kid just for it being so strange and weird, but as an adult, I love most how ironic it is. The word play, the whacky hijinks, Alice's existential crisis, and just watching Alice try to figure out how to Escape the Room she first lands in was a lot of fun. I never saw the entirety of the Disney movie either, just bits and pieces. I've only seen the Johnny Depp movie, which is post-Alice in Wonderland, in full. Why I did that, I don't know. I must've been feeling in need of punishment for some transgression at the time. 

 

It was fun reading a classic like this, which I've absorbed a lot of through pop culture references, but have no real clue what to expect of the actual book. It was fun, easy to read, and certainly something that both children and adults can get something out of. 

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review 2017-02-21 18:20
Trump should read this, but he will not
March (Book One) - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis

While this series has been on my radar for a bit, two things made me finally pick it up. One was Trump's attack on John Lewis. And the second was that I got a gift certificate to B&N. Anyway, damn John Lewis this is great. Too often books do not deserve the awards they get, but this one does. The framing device is great, the use of the chickens is wonderful, the whole package just works.

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review 2017-02-21 17:57
Full Review after Book 3 but
March: Book Two - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis

Wow. I don't know what is more compelling the true story or the artwork.

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text 2017-02-16 01:24
Bookish Mail
March (Book One) - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis
March: Book Two - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis
Love is Love - Various,Phil Jimenez
DC Bombshells #1 - Marguerite Sauvage,Marguerite Bennett
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett,Marguerite Sauvage

Past me got present me Valentine's Day gifts. Really, past me is so generous to present me it is almost embarrassing. Almost. Anyway, here is what came in the mail:

 

1. March: Book One by Rep John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

              Read a copy from the base library, wanted a copy for my personal library.

 

2. March: Book Two by Rep John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

              Read a copy from the base library, wanted a copy for my personal library.

 

3. March: Book Three by Rep John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

             Haven't read this one yet, wanted to complete the set for my personal library.

 

4. Love is Love by Various Authors

             This anthology was published as a team effort by IDW and DC comics to raise money and awareness/support for the survivors and families of those killed in the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando, FL back in June. I heard about this graphic novel because the Throwing Shade podcast interview with Phil Jimenez, who worked on several of the short stories featured in the volume.

 

Along with the two volumes of the DC Bombshells I received from me at Christmas, I am well stocked in the graphic novel arena. I plan on reading (or re-reading) these comics during July's 24in48 read-a-thon. I also hope to have a copy of the second trade volume of Vision: A Little More Than a Man by Tom King in my hands by then so I can finish the series (with a re-reading of the first volume).

 

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