Wild Swans – Chang Jung – The three daughters of China

The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now with a new introduction from the author. An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual windowContinue reading “Wild Swans – Chang Jung – The three daughters of China”

Black Klansman – Memoir by Ron Stallworth

I’ve seen the movie at the cinema at the start of last year and I was absolutely enthralled with the concept. A black man joining one of the most bigoted and uncultured and ignorant cult there is? The KKK? That must be a good read! I was thoroughly disappointed in the book! Read in aContinue reading “Black Klansman – Memoir by Ron Stallworth”

Pinball, 1973 – Haruki Murakami

What the hell did I read? This is one of those books that you stop at page 10, read the back of the book again, look at the author and resume reading in hopes something will make sense eventually. Written as a collection of short stories or memories, the Author describes his young life (1967-1973)Continue reading “Pinball, 1973 – Haruki Murakami”

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee – Sarah Silverman

I knew this book would probably end up grossing me out but it was written by a comedian, so I hoped it would be funny in the process. From page1, the assault on my senses begins with great prose: “My Life Started by Exploding Out of My Father’s Balls, and You Wonder Why I WorkContinue reading “The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee – Sarah Silverman”

On the Move: A Life – Oliver Sacks Book Review

Oliver Wolf Sacks,  (9 July 1933 – 30 August 2015) was a British neurologist, naturalist, historian of science, and author. Born in Britain, and mostly educated there, he spent his career in the United States. He believed that the brain is the “most incredible thing in the universe.” He became widely known for writing best-selling case histories about both hisContinue reading “On the Move: A Life – Oliver Sacks Book Review”

When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man – Jerry Weintraub

“What you have been given is yours to understand, but the rest belongs to me.” Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary deal maker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him–the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York’sContinue reading “When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man – Jerry Weintraub”

Hughes’ I Wonder As I Wander: Reveries of an Itinerant Poet

Langston Hughes’ autobiography from the years 1931 through New Year’s Day 1938 covers his early years as a professional writer during the Great Depression, in which he travels extensively and observes practices and politics as well as the status of black people throughout the world. “Most of my life from childhood on has been spentContinue reading “Hughes’ I Wonder As I Wander: Reveries of an Itinerant Poet”

Mama Cass Biography Book * Dream a little dream of me

Mama Cass – she would have made a great friend if she were still alive. A proud and large woman with a wonderful voice to rival Whitney and Amy Winehouse. And brought down by the same monster that haunted the other two women: drugs and booze and an unhealthy lifestyle. So when I put myContinue reading “Mama Cass Biography Book * Dream a little dream of me”