Long Walk to Freedom (Review)
reviews / September 23, 2013

Long Walk to Freedom is definitely a good primer for someone who wants to know more about Mandela’s life before, during, and a little bit after his prison time. It’s a good overview in particular of how South Africa’s police, judicial, and political system treated him, and of the actual timeline of his life. And it’s a particularly interesting read when he talks about how his life was inside prison and how, from his perspective, his release came about.

The Bite of the Mango (Review)
reviews / October 18, 2012

A few years ago, during my first year of teaching, Mariatu Kamara came to speak at my school. For some reason that I don’t remember (maybe I was teaching that period?) I didn’t get to attend the talk. Having finally read her book, I wish that had gone differently.

Gypsy Boy (Review)
reviews / October 10, 2012

Gypsy Boy is a fascinating look at Walsh’s experience growing up in a Gypsy family. While it doesn’t exactly shed much light on the overall culture of the community – something that I definitely struggled with, since he kept saying that he loved the culture and way of life, but didn’t elaborate – it does do a great job of illustrating his family life. That’s really where the strength of this book lies.

Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip – Confessions of a Cynical Waiter (Review)
reviews / October 9, 2012

I’ve never worked as a proper waiter, but I have worked in food service before. (McDonalds job in high school, anyone?) And so, I could only imagine what kinds of stories this book would hold. A proper waiter, in a proper restaurant, where things are expected to go smoothly? (Because let’s face it … everybody kind of expects there to be something wrong in a McDonalds.) So I picked up Waiter Rant as some fun, light reading over my summer travels, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.