Work Like a Woman Reading Challenge

Work Like a Woman

Work Like a Woman, by Mary Portas is part autobiography, part political commentary and part, as she says, a manifesto for change. Read more

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

If you have read Hunter S. Thompson and not Joan Didion then you, along with me, are in the majority. Thompson made for good copy. He was a lunatic who had a hell of a way with words. When movie stars pay to have your ashes shot out of a canon then you were definitely a personality as well as a writer. Many writers were. Fitzgerald. Twain. A bunch of other men. Read more



Just because no one reads physical books anymore (which isn’t true of me since I am a dinosaur) doesn’t mean your public library is no longer relevant. Meet Libby, the app that allows you to read ebooks and listen to audiobooks you check out from your local public library. (It just occurred to me that we should have a federal public library system that deals with all online resources.) Read more



Reset by Ellen Pao is a good first of the year read. It will get you fired up to start that business you have always wanted to get off the ground. Why? If Pao’s book is anything to go by, and I believe it is, the business world needs you! It needs people who are not intimidated by the idea of diversity  in positions of influence. Read more

A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects

A History of the World in 100 Objects is a great podcast based on a great book based on the vast collection of the British Museum.

What more do you want? Order the book then when you get it listen to the podcast while you go through the book. I did it and it was great! If I ever get to London, I will visit the museum but if that never happens at least there are podcasts and books.


Queen Victorias Matchmaking

Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking

Originally, I was a history major in college. History is an endlessly depressing subject. Most every major historical event ends with, “and they all died horribly.” The flu pandemic of 1918. London in 1666. The East India Company. The Roman Empire. Plague. Wars. Dynastic marriages.

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Word by Word

Word by Word

Word by Word by Kory Stamper offers an interesting and entertaining look inside one of the processes we humans use in our ongoing attempt to communicate with each other. I am talking about dictionaries. The books and now websites and apps we go to in an effort to understand not only what we want to say but what others mean.

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The Jane Austen Project

The Jane Austen Project is a perfect book for this time of year. At least for me it is. My brain is so filled with lists and half-baked hopes for a fun and festive holiday season that facts and figures can’t fit in. So I generally set aside my heavier reading and pick up lighter fare. On a side note, I am still attempting to get through The Calculus Diaries. It is slow going and I tend to read it when I feel anxious that I’ll have trouble getting to sleep. My confusion regarding the subject matter calms my anxiety and I am usually asleep within 10 minutes. Read more


Poverty in America takes many forms. In Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, Sarah Smarsh reveals her personal experience of growing up poor in rural Kansas. Growing up as Americans moved away from farming and the midwest, Smarsh watched as support for her family’s way of life dried up, leaving very little left to tie a fifth generation farmer to the land. Read more

So you want to talk about race reading challenge

So You Want to Talk About Race

Given the abysmal voting practice of white women in the midterm election, it was clear to me that I needed to brush up on my talking points around race. There is obviously so much work to be done.  I was frankly floored that white women voted for conservative white men at rates higher than in the 2016 Presidential election. Shocking considering the garbage pulled by the current administration. Read more