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Memoir

“A Knock at Midnight”: Is the War on Drugs a War on Poor African Americans?

What Brittany K. Barnett doesn’t say in A Knock at Midnight Ok, before I discuss this book at all, I have to address the elephant in the room: every imprisoned person profiled in it committed a crime.  Many people who were never imprisoned committed crimes, including the author.  Buy on Amazon   A Knock at …

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Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home”: What does being “true to yourself” actually mean?

Why I Read Fun Home   Fun Home is a book that I have studiously avoided reading for a long time because I thought it was somehow about perversion and abuse, and I have read my fair share of memoirs about that topic.    You get to a point in life, or at least I …

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Helping Your Parents Age Well is Hard. Why “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

Why I read Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant   To be perfectly honest, I read this book because it’s one of the very few graphic novels listed in James Mustich’s 1000 Books to Read BeforeYou Die. I don’t know if this book would have jumped out at me without that. And honestly, reading …

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You’ve seen “Unorthodox” on Netflix. Should you read the book?

Why I read Unorthodox Like the rest of the world, I watched some Netflix during the recent quarantine.  I probably didn’t watch as much as most other people because keeping up with my reading for The Lois Level keeps me pretty busy, but I did watch a little, and when I found Unorthodox, the story …

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