Posts By: DoingDewey

Top Ten Ways You Know You Have Too Many Books To Read

February 19, 2020 Uncategorized 44

10. You find yourself swearing off netgalley… after just one more request.

9. You’re sad when all of your holds come in at the library at once.

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Deep Dive Review: White Teeth

February 17, 2020 Uncategorized 1 ★★★★

Deep Dive Review: White TeethTitle: White Teeth
Author: Zadie Smith
Source: Library
|Goodreads
Rating:four-stars

Summary: This was beautifully written and very clever in its engagement with current social issues.

White Teeth is a family saga that follows two very different families as they deal with issues related to faith, immigration, and belonging. “At the center of this [story] are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal… A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith.” (source) Read more »

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Nonfiction Friday

February 14, 2020 Uncategorized 0

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Nonfiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome nonfiction happenings of the week.  Read more »

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Silicon Valley Memoir Review: Uncanny Valley

February 12, 2020 Uncategorized 0 ★★★★

Silicon Valley Memoir Review: Uncanny ValleyTitle: Uncanny Valley
Author: Anna Wiener
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating:four-stars

Summary: An interesting insider look at some big-name Silicon Valley tech companies, but not much new commentary.

The concept of this memoir from publishing assistant turned start-up employee Anna Wiener grabbed my attention immediately. I was interested in her outsider perspective on start-up culture. I also always want to hear from women in tech, although the sexism this typically reveals is sobering. Both of these aspects of the book were about as expected. When the author first arrives at a data analytics start-up, she sounds like an anthropologist studying a new culture. The way sexism was addressed felt a little odd to me. It seems like it was a pervasive part of the author’s work in Silicon Valley, but it isn’t really part of her linear narrative. Instead, she occasionally pauses to tell us about many of her experiences with sexism. It made for a jarring contrast with the rest of her experience that was quite effective. Read more »

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Problems With Cities [Urban Planning Deep Dive Part Three]

February 10, 2020 Uncategorized 0 ★★★★★

Wow! I’ve done a ton of reading about urban planning so far this year. I’ve enjoyed it a lot, but the last two books I read were a little denser and more difficult. I learned so much reading them and had fun doing it. They were enough of a challenge though that I’m glad to move on to another project after this. Unlike my previous reads on this topic, these two books focused in on one narrow problem with the city – the increasing divide between wealthy and poorer areas of cities and how this correlates with race. Read more »

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Nonfiction Friday

February 8, 2020 Uncategorized 0

NonfictionFriday

Nonfiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome nonfiction happenings of the week.
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Nonfiction for Black History Month

February 6, 2020 Uncategorized 0

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January Wrap-Up

February 5, 2020 Uncategorized 8

Well, my new year got off to a pretty good start! I read almost all of the books on my to-read list for January and kept up with posting about three times a week. Unfortunately, that’s fallen apart a little this past week. Part of that is that I’ve started a really academic book that’s slowed down my reading. I’ve also been trying to finish up my stats post from 2019 (so belatedly!) and that’s taken up a lot of my blogging time. And, last but not least, I have to admit that I’ve been playing a lot of Divinity 2 with my husband and that’s been slowing me down as well. Such are the ups and downs of blogging! Hopefully I’ll get back into it a bit more as we go through February.
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Nonfiction Friday

January 31, 2020 Uncategorized 4

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Nonfiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome nonfiction happenings of the week. Read more »

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Nonfiction Recommendations For Harry Potter Characters

January 27, 2020 Uncategorized 9

I’ve been wanting to write more discussion posts, but I’ve found myself uninspired to write more about reading or blogging. Instead, I’ve decided to give some nonfiction recommendations to some of my favorite fictional characters from Harry Potter. With one exception, where I point you to a review from Rennie at What’s Nonfiction, these are all books I’ve read and loved and which I think these characters would enjoy too.

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