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text 2019-03-22 21:19
Tea's BL Snakes and Ladders Tracker - Space 54
Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir - Padma Lakshmi
Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics - Lawrence O'Donnell


Space 1. Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection by Jacob Silverman (429 pages) - Read 2/17/2019 - 2/22/2019.


Roll die and got 4.


Space 5 (Published in 2018). Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister, published in 2018 (284 pages). Read 2/22 - 2/24/2019.


Roll two dice and got 12.


Space 17.  The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder by Carolyn Murnick (245 pages). Read 2/24 - 2/28/2019.


Roll die and got 4.


Space 21. Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah (listen to audiobook, GR has the hardcover version set at 288 pages). Read 2/26 - 2/27/2019.


Roll die and got 5.


Space 26. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta (288 pages). Read 3/1/2019.


Roll die and got 6.


Space 32. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A  Memoir by Carrie Brownstein. Read 3/2-3/4/2019.


Roll die and got 5.


Space 37. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn (read by George Newbern). Read 3/3 - 3/6/2019.


Roll die and got 1.


Space 38. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay. Read 3/7 - 3/8/2019.


Roll die and got 5.


Space 43. Character involved in the law. Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts. Read 3/9 - 3/12/2019.


Roll dice and got 9.


Space 52. Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi. Read 3/18 - 3/22/2019.


Roll die and got 2.


Space 54. Prompt: is more than 400 pages long. Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell is 427 pages with an additional 35 pages of source notes. Read 3/23 -





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review 2019-03-19 16:28
Well padded (like Poirot) but still interesting
Poirot and Me - David Suchet,Geoffrey Wansell

I only paid .99 for this memoir, which I read last night from start to finish. There were a lot of elements that I enjoyed, but David Suchet is a successful actor, and there are also times when his rather extraordinary ego (who does that remind you of...) got in his way. 


I was fascinated, however, at Suchet's explanation of how he developed the character of Poirot seen over twenty-five years of adaptations. His point - that is this something that has not previously been done in film or television - is really well taken now that I think about it. The Suchet/Poirot adaptations are a cinematic tour de force and are really an extraordinary body of work of which he can justifiably be extremely proud.


I also really liked how much he cared that Poirot was treated respectfully. He read all of the source material prior to beginning filming, and as a character actor, his descriptions of how he developed Poirot's voice and his walk were super interesting. It was also enjoyable to get his perspective on the quality of the various adaptations. His relationship with Hugh Fraser was also quite delightful.


I still haven't watched most of Season 13, which includes Curtain, The Labours of Hercules and The Big Four (I have watched Dead Man's Folly and Elephants Can Remember) - and after reading this book, I am also pretty sure that I haven't watched a good chunk of season 3, which is the last season of short stories. I assumed that I had watched them all, but I am quite confident that I haven't watched The Theft of the Royal Ruby, which is The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, and I still haven't watched The Mysterious Affair at Styles.


I do think that my favorite part was the reproduction of his handwritten list of 93 Poirot characteristics that he created after finishing the source material, and which he apparently carried around in his wallet for 25 years of playing Poirot.

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text 2019-03-17 15:12
This May Be My Last
Connections in Death - J.D. Robb
Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir - Padma Lakshmi

I can't seem to get into this book. It started with Eve bitching about having to play rich lady and being there for a friend at a swanky party, then to her being a mean girl to Crash's new lady. Since I want to play Snakes and Ladders, I am switching mean mugging Eve with the lovely Padma Lakshmi and her memoir. 


I see no growth in Eve in over 10 books but I read the series because the mysteries keep me coming back. I think this might be my last In Death book, if I bother to finish it. 

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review 2019-03-13 03:49
Beauty in the Broken Places
Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience - Allison Pataki,Lee Woodruff

I didn’t really know anything about Allison Pataki when I picked up this book, aside from recognizing the name of her famous father. I hadn’t read any of her books. But I love reading an engaging memoir, and Allison’s story was unusual. (Go ahead, take a minute and read the blurb here. It’s a little long, but I’ll wait. If you’re like me, you’ve already purchased it by now. Should I keep waiting?) This story packs a punch. From crushing heartbreak to boundless joy, Pataki rides a roller coaster of emotions, reporting changes with a sense of wonder and wistfulness. Sometimes the veneer of her upbeat cheerleading cracks just a little, and Pataki seems to shy away from telling us just exactly how things are. As heartbreaking as it is, Pataki’s story is also of her family’s great love, and the many things, large and small, that they will do each day to insure that love will last.

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review 2019-03-11 14:36
What happens to a dream deferred?
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir - Mikael Awake,Daniel Defoe

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.


What happens to a dream deferred?
      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?
      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
Langston Hughes
Wow. So it's funny that I now know who made the clothes that the rappers that I grew up watching (Big Daddy Kane) on tv wore. I never heard of Dapper Dan before, but I found myself engrossed in his story as he recounts how his family left the south (Great Migration) and them settling into Harlem. We follow Dan as he starts playing dice and using that to make money. From there we follow him as he gets caught up in the drug world, going to jail, becoming addicted, and follows how Dan turns his life around and starts making clothes that will eventually have drug kingpins and rappers at his shop day and night in the late 80s and early 90s. 
Dan Day has a beauty with words. You can tell that this book was researched. Besides providing us with personal anecdotes, we also get some history while reading. I have read about the The Great Migration or the Black Migration that occurred between the early 1900s and late 1970s with African Americans moving out of the South up North and parts of the Midwest.  However, reading about how Dan's father and mother both moved up to New York and found themselves struggling there made it more real to me than just reading about it in a history book. 
Day shows you that for many African Americans, the decks were stacked high against them to even have enough food to put on the plates for their children. Many of the boys Day's age end up dropping out of high school and going to work selling and taking drugs. 
Day's fall into drugs, him seeing what it does to two of his brothers, eventually has him kicking the habit (after a stay in jail) and him embracing the tents of the Nation of Islam. He ends up not following them or the Black Panthers though due to some of the violent rhetoric they get into about drug dealers. However, he still exercises and stops eating meat. When Day travels to Africa, he eventually finds himself a tailor that makes him clothes that has all of the men in Harlem wanting to know where did he get that look. From there Day is able to start his own empire providing clothes to rappers, athletes (like Mike Tyson) and even meets a future Supreme Court Justice. 
When the book goes into Day's next downfall (dealing with Gucci and Fendi suing him for taking their trademark/luggage and working them into clothes) you wonder how is going to recover from this.

I thought this book was raw and honest. Day doesn't blink from the things he did and offers no apologies except when mentioning how he had multiple children and wishes he had been there more for them. Day's insights into people like Don King, Mike Tyson, and even Muhammad Ali just made the book feel like you get a front page seat watching history as it unfolds. I still don't get dice (yeah I have tried to follow that even when I was a girl) and it seems as if Day has the magic touch for dice. Him realizing that he is not going to be able to feed and clothe his family if he can't figure out another way to provide for them and his flair for designing clothes was great. 
I loved that the book included some pictures of Day's family growing up. Since this was an ARC there wasn't a description on the photos, but I still enjoyed seeing them. I do wish that we had gotten some pictures of the singers and rappers he mentions wearing his designs. I think that would have made the book pop even more. 
The Fat Boys were among the first of many rappers to make use of Dapper Dan's services.

The ending leaves things with a big question about what the future held for Day. I got nosy and found out that he ended up in a partnership with Gucci last year in a new Harlem atelier, a space for him to work his sartorial magic with a free hand and raw materials supplied by Gucci, see https://www.gq.com/story/dapper-dan-gucci-harlem-atelier-exclusive-interview

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