Read or Die

This blog is all about the books I’m reading.

THE WOMAN DESTROYED by Simone de Beauvoir

DAMN this book is so good… The Woman Destroyed is a collection of three short stories. Each one is about a woman struggling to cope with love, loss, and age. The first is about a woman who is disappointed in her son for being all about the money (and at her husband for understanding him). […]

LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE by Ilene Beckerman

I enjoyed this memoir. It’s told through short memories connected to specific outfits. Ilene Beckerman also sketches the outfit on the other side. The drawings are really great. The details in the prose are good too. Everything is told in a matter of fact way. I wore this here, I borrowed this from a friend, […]

NW by Zadie Smith

NW is about four people who grew up in North West London and are in their early 30s now. Two women, two men. The two women are best friends, and the two guys are basically junkies (one is actually getting clean but he gets killed). Anyway they’re all wandering around trying to figure out what […]

IRAQIGIRL: DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL IN IRAQ

I wanted to grab this book because I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by someone from Iraq. Then within a couple pages I realized that the girl who wrote it is my exact age. So she wrote this blog when we were in middle and high school, during the American-Iraq War. A lot […]

THE FBI WAR ON TUPAC SHAKUR AND BLACK LEADERS by John Potash

This is a truly great project. John Potash makes it clear how the FBI and CIA target people and politics. The timeline for The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders begins with the Black Panthers and MLK and Malcolm X. That’s all relevant to Tupac because his mother was a Black Panther and […]

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