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review 2019-09-04 23:49
'We Were Eight Years in Power' is an eye-opening set of essays written during Obama's presidency; it's practically required reading on the subject of racism in the United States
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy - Ta-Nehisi Coates

This is an extraordinary book.

It’s a sobering, sometimes difficult read, eye-opening, and enlightening. I had to put it down on many occasions, being constantly reminded of how Obama’s presidency has been followed by Trump’s is depressing enough, but the central focus is on challenging the American racism (and how the current toxic presidency has exposed this malignant state). Coates openly wrestles with his own changing views on the first Black Presidency, and demonstrates how deeply engrained systemic and societal racism infects everything in this country, Obama or no Obama.

‘We Had Eight Years in Power’ is practically required reading.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/39946134-we-were-eight-years-in-power
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review 2019-08-31 09:28
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Becoming - Michelle Obama

Bridget's Book Ramblings

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review 2019-08-26 21:46
The real Michelle Obama.
Becoming - Michelle Obama

I started this a while ago, but then I seemed to just grind to a halt. I didn't stop for any particular reason; the book group I was reading it for had passed and I suppose other things got in its way. So, now I've picked it up and completed it - I didn't want it to go the same way as her husband's book, Dreams From My Father, which also sits half-read on my shelf.


I'm not a follower of politics and this would never have been a book I would have chosen, but I'm glad I've read it. Actually, I listened to the author narrating herself, which added another dimension; I just wished I could have sped her up a bit.

I have a lot of respect for the Obamas, totally apart from US politics. I think they were motivated to do good and genuinely help people, a rare enough characteristic for politicians these days.
It was interesting to learn about Michelle's childhood; her piano lessons on a cronky old instrument and her family relationships. She was motivated to work hard throughout her life, but always put the greater good above her own ambitions. I can see how she would have found her soul-mate in Barak Obama.


The insider view of life in The White House was fascinating: the vegetable garden that Michelle instigated and then shared with local school children, the constant bodyguards who flanked her and her daughters wherever they went, and the sudden transition once she leaves, and suddenly finds herself with her own kitchen and no staff...silence.

 

This was a fascinating book and well deserving of the accolades it has received.

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text 2019-08-04 08:57
BL-opoly: Playing the Robot Card #2
Provenance - Ann Leckie
The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis - Thomas Goetz
The Poisoned Chocolates Case - Anthony Berkeley
China Mountain Zhang - Maureen F. McHugh
Jenseits des Tweed - Theodor Fontane
The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker
A Woman of No Importance - Sonia Purnell
Becoming - Michelle Obama
Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History - Erik Larson

I can´t be bothered to pick out ten new books from my shelves, so it´s essentially the same list as the last time in another order and Theodor Fontane´s travelogue about Scottland as a new addition.

 

1. Provenance

2. The Remedy

3. The Poisened Chocolates Case

4. China Mountain Zhang

5. Jenseit des Tweed

6. The Silence of the Girls

7. A Woman of No Importance

8. Becoming

9. Abanddon´s Gate

10. Isaac´s Storm

 

And the random number generator says:

 

 

The winner this time is:

 

The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker 

 

 

The Silence of the Girls is a retelling of The Iliad told from the perspective of the women in the war (and especially Briseis´ point of view). In the past I struggled with retelling of greek myths, so I´m curious if this book is going to work for me. 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2019-07-31 21:06
BL-opoly: Playing the Robot Card
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History - Erik Larson
Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey
The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis - Thomas Goetz
The Poisoned Chocolates Case - Anthony Berkeley
A Woman of No Importance - Sonia Purnell
China Mountain Zhang - Maureen F. McHugh
Becoming - Michelle Obama
The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker
The Hotel On Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris - Tilar J. Mazzeo
Provenance - Ann Leckie

Okay! So I have two piles of books lying beside me, five fiction novels and five non-fiction books. The contestants are:

 

1. Isaac´s Storm

2. Abaddon´s Gate

3. The Remedy

4. The Poisoned Chocolate Case

5. A Woman of No Importance

6. China Mountain Zhang

7. Becoming

8. The Silence of the Girls

9. The Hotel on Place Vendome

10. Provenance

 

And I´m going to read .... drum roll, please....

 

 The Hotel On Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris - Tilar J Mazzeo  

 

 

 

Gosh, that book has been on my TBR forever. It´s about time that I read it.

 

On a side note: I changed this ugly cover of China Mountain Zhang to the actual cover (the wrong cover is truly hideous and I just cannot stand it). I would be super grateful, if a helpful librarian would confirm the change. Thanks :)

 

 

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