Even though the stories in this collection mostly aren’t about science-related topics, they’re still completely hilarious. This time, Roach takes all kinds of things from her daily life and makes them into little anecdotes, and they’re great. I was in stitches almost the whole time I was listening to her.
Perhaps it’s because I’m from Canada, not America, or maybe it’s simply because of how long after the 60s I was born, but I’d never heard of this book before it was nominated for The Audies this year. Reading the description, I thought that I would enjoy the book, if only because I like learning about counterculture movements.
I think you have to be in the right mood to read a book like this. The stories are almost all highly sentimental, and all contain some kind of an emotional tug on your heartstrings.
I loved the personal narratives, but what really caught my attention in this book was the diversity of the experiences represented (including “mainstream” Muslim experiences as well as those of progressive and even LGBTQ-oriented Muslims).
I found most of these essays to be interesting and compelling, even teaching me more about Layton’s political and personal career than I had ever known about before.