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Review: So You Want to Talk About Race

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Since our country is in a state of upheaval, I have been making a concentrated effort to do my part to learn more about racism, anti-racism, and privilege. Primarily, I've been reading books about race relations, the history of how minorities are treated, and how this impacts present day America. Those books have really taught me a lot, but this book was something completely different.

It focuses on the here and now - what we can do to improve the world. Presented as a series of chapters, with titles of questions you've wanted to ask but never have, the book identifies the problems, analyzes why they are wrong, and provides stepping stones to begin developing change.

The writing is top notch, blending hard to swallow topics with personal anecdotes and levity where appropriate. While it's definitely a complex read, I honestly enjoyed every page, and learned so much. I know I can personally do …
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Review: Spare Room

Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lots of twists and turns in this one. Really hooks you from the start and doesn't let you go until the very end.

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Review: White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good look at the history of racism in the USA. Amazing what isn't taught in school.

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Review: THE PARTY

THE PARTY by Michael Altieri
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you've read the other books in the DVD Killer series, you know what to expect... Murder and a whole lot of sex. In this case, the latter definitely takes center stage, as the book literally opens on a college orgy. The mystery is well written and keeps you guessing, too.

Definitely an enjoyable and fast paced read... No pun intended.

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Review: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is probably more of a 2.5 stars than a solid 2. I tried this book a few years ago and couldn't get into it. This time around, I got it as an audiobook and had a much better experience. The writing was very descriptive and I loved the parts about HH Holmes's depravity.

However, the book just felt like two disjointed novellas that didn't really mesh together. There was the story of the Chicago World's Fair and the tale of HH Holmes. Aside from sharing a setting, they really had no major influence on each other; or the book didn't make it clear how they were related.

Also, I'm surprised Forrest Gump didn't show up at the Fair since a ton of American historical figures were there.

It's an ok read, but be prepared to learn more about the Fair than Holmes.

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Review: Timebound

Timebound by Rysa Walker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Entertaining sci-fi/time travel YA book. Has a great balance of world building and a self contained story. Very interesting backdrop of the Chicago World's Fair.

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Review: Her Final Breath

Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another solid entry to the Tracy Crosswhite series. I enjoy seeing how this series progresses and loved the multiple mysteries going simultaneously. I enjoyed the first book more, but this one was a good one nonetheless.

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