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.
Now, maybe it’s because I’m not American, but I had no idea that this television show with Danza teaching had ever existed. And so, when the audiobook popped up in my recommendations list on Audible, it was the first I’d heard of it. Never being one to miss a book about someone’s teaching experiences, though, I decided to pick it up.
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 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.
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.