Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty (Review)
reviews / June 27, 2012

I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

This book wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I think that’s largely the part of the content: while I definitely think that Yunus has done a lot of awesome things for people living in poverty in rural Bangladesh, and I think that Grameen Bank is a great and necessary achievement … it just felt like this book was a giant poster praising Yunus and acting as an advertisement and political manifesto.

Audiobook Week: Jumping in Mid-Week
events , thoughts / June 27, 2012

June is Audiobook Month, and for the third year, Jen over at Devourer of Books has decided to celebrate with her very own Audiobook Week! All of this week, I’m going to be joining in and posting about audiobooks, including reviews, daily topic discussions, and my own ideas about how we can use audiobooks in different ways throughout our daily lives. I had a bit of a Life Without Internet crisis for the last few days (almost a week already!), and just got re-connected today. So I missed part of the week, but I’m definitely in now! Today’s topic is: Mid-Week Meme Current/most recent audiobook: A few days ago, I finished listening to Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinburg. I’m now listening, after a few years of adamantly arguing that I’d never pick up it, to Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Impressions: I’m not loving it, but I’m not hating it quite as much as I had expected. I’ve already got quite a few notes on things that she makes serious errors in, things that I suspect will come up again and which I suspect she repeats quite often when she is telling people how “awful”…

Rush (Review)
reviews / June 26, 2012

I originally picked up this book because of the narrator: I loved Nick Landrum from listening to the Dexter series (before the author took over and started narrating himself … a definite disappointment). So one day, I was trolling Audible and decided to pick up a couple of other books that Landrum narrated.

I have to say that Rush doesn’t disappoint in that regard.

Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil (Review)
reviews / June 25, 2012

Before you read this book, you need to get past the title. (Or, rather, the subtitle.)

“An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil” implies that this will be yet another book where some Western woman (or man) goes into the Middle East – or another Islamic country – and tries to tell the stories of Muslim woman, or to reveal their plight, implying that the women themselves are unable to do so. And my problem with this title was what kept me from actually reading this book for so long.