Posts By: DoingDewey

Nonfiction Review: All the Rave

August 16, 2017 Uncategorized 0

Nonfiction Review: All the RaveTitle: All the Rave : The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning's Napster
Author: Joseph Menn
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Summary: A potentially interesting story told in a dry and problematic way.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Shawn Fanning’s creation of the program that would become Napster and the disastrous company formed around it. From the beginning, Shawn’s huckster uncle assured himself a large stake in the company. His subsequent mismanagement made it even harder for the company to deal with technical and legal challenges. This account reveals the private, internal power struggles that accompanied the very public legal battle between Napster and the music industry. Read more »

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New Release Review: Emma in the Night

August 14, 2017 Uncategorized 6

New Release Review: Emma in the NightTitle: Emma in the Night
Author: Wendy Walker
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: This was fascinating, twisty, gripping – a great thriller.

“One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.” (summary) Read more »

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#TheReadingQuest Begins!

August 13, 2017 Uncategorized 2

I’ve been loving the events Aentee of Reading at Midnight has been hosting and #TheReadingQuest is no exception! I love read-a-longs, but there’s something extra fun about ones with an interactive, game-like component. For this one, you pick a character of a particular class and level them up by reading books that fit certain themes. For most RPGs, I’d pick a mage or a rogue, but the knight fits my reading plans the best, so knight it is. If I have the time, I’ll also try to finish the mage path. My character card, found below, was created by the brilliantly creative CW of Read, Think, Ponder, as was all the other awesome art for this event. Here are the books I’m currently planning on picking up for this challenge: Read more »

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Bout of Books 20 Sign-Up

August 12, 2017 Uncategorized 0

Just a quick sign-up post for Bout of Books 20! I like to tackle this read-a-thon in a laid back kind of way, so as usual, my goal will just be to read more than I would have read if it weren’t for the read-a-thon. Since I’m looking for more blogger interactions right now, I’m also going to try to participate in all the mini-challenges, but we’ll see how it goes. If you want to join in this easy, week-long read-a-thon, sign-ups are now live.

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New Release Review: The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers

August 7, 2017 Uncategorized 4

New Release Review: The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women WritersTitle: The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers
Author: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Hollis Robbins
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: I loved far more of these pieces than in most collections, I loved learning from them, and I found some of them disturbingly timely.

I don’t read many older books and the ones I’m aware of are pretty exclusively classics by dead, white men. Many of the classics I’ve not read are those that don’t appeal to me and I don’t see much value in reading more books by white men just because they’re classics. They’ve already been such a large part of my education. On the other hand, I was thrilled to see this collection of older essays, poems, speeches, and novel excerpts by African American women, because perspectives on this time by these people are entirely missing from my previous reading. I found it incredibly valuable and enjoyable to learn about the experiences of African American women immediately before and after emancipation. Read more »

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Nonfiction Review: What She Ate

August 2, 2017 Uncategorized 6

Nonfiction Review: What She AteTitle: What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories
Author: Laura Shapiro
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

What She Ate is a biography of six famous, infamous, or just plain interesting women told through the food they ate. Subjects include Dorothy Wordsworth; an 19th century caterer; Eleanor Roosevelt; Eva Braun; author Barbara Pym; and Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan.  Since I’m all about quirky micro-histories, I was so here for this. Read more »

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July Wrap-Up

August 1, 2017 Uncategorized 10

July was a bit of another month where I was in a bit of a blogging slump, but I think I’ve broken out of that slump in the next week. I’ve not written many reviews in the past month, but I’m excited to get back into it in August. I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to get out of blogging. The answer is definitely interaction with all of you awesome readers, so I’m considering jumping into a lot of blogging events in August. I’ll just have to be careful to balance that with not burning myself out and back into a slump.
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