We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
(Dey Street Books, 2017, 272 pages)
I’m a Gabrielle Union fan and while I knew I would read this book I was wary about the quality of the writing. Celebrity memoirs typically go one of two ways, and I was scared to have this be a letdown. Union actually exceeded my expectations. The essays in this book range from humorous to serious. I laughed out loud a few times and I found myself raging alongside her when she talked about having to teach her black stepsons how to protect their lives in this world we live in.
This book reads the way Union would talk if she actually was one of your girlfriends dishing over wine. I definitely recommend it. She talks about everything from claiming your sexuality and partying with Prince to dealing with personal trauma and facing what it’s like toe be black in America. This was an entertaining and well-written book that lands firmly on the side of quality celebrity memoirs. That being said, while she does discuss her marriage to Duane Wade, there’s not a ton of dish there so don’t expect too much on that front 😉
Spinning by Tillie Walden
(Roaring Book Press, 2017, 402 pages)
This autobiographical graphic novel follows Tillie Walden through her teen years starting when her family moves to another state, and she is forced to join a new skating rink and get used to a new group of girls. With an emotionally absent mother and parents who never attend her skating events, Tillie becomes the target of other girls’ mothers who continually stare her down and accuse her of not paying for lessons. Tillie also experiences bullying by other girls, sexual harassment by her SAT tutor, and loss of a first love. She finds solace in a few close friends and her cello teacher. Not too many good things happen to this poor girl except that she’s a good skater, but she doesn’t always succeed at that. There isn’t really anything intriguing about this story, but it was interesting enough that I continued to read it; maybe I was hoping it would get better for her. Recommended if you like graphic novels, but not if you’re looking for something really exciting to happen.
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
(Little, Brown and Company, 2017, 457 pages)
Saying goodbye is never easy.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai, with Christina Lamb
(Back Bay Books, 2015, 330 pages)
Astounding young lady; cultural insight.
Strides: Running Through History with an Unlikely Athlete by Benjamin Cheever
(Rodale Books, 2007, 244 pages)
Run for joy, not health.
On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks
(Alfred A. Knopf, 2015, 397 pages)
Brilliant physician: ups and downs.
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
(Abram ComicArts, 2012, 221 pages)
Serial killers were people first.