Sitzbook Review: “A Piece of Danish Happiness” by Sharmi Albrechtsen

Here's another entry in my mini-reviews section from last year's Sitzbook project. This one is going to be a bit longer, though, since I've got more to say about it. Today's book is A Piece of Danish Happiness by Sharmi Albrechtsen. As a critic, one of my greatest weaknesses is surely that I'm not terribly critical. I often like most of what I read, watch, and listen to, or if I don't, I quickly move on and don't dwell on it. I also feel bad criticizing other people's work, especially writers, Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: “Stasiland” by Anna Funder

Hi again! Like I mentioned yesterday, I've got a few really short book review posts lined up. This one just has two quotes I really liked from a book called Stasiland, by Anna Funder. If you're not familiar with the Stasi, then you're probably better off. They were the secret police in East Germany, and this book details interviews and experiences from people who worked for, fought against, and lived among the Stasi. It was a really interesting book, but it's also not terribly lighthearted. Anyhow, Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini

Hi everyone! In the next few days I'll post a few really short quotes and reviews of books from last year's Sitzbook book-a-week project. I originally started about a half-dozen posts with a few notes from some of the books I was reading, but I ran out of time and never actually wrote the full posts. So these will be like lightning reviews. First up is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I liked the book, much as I liked The Kite Runner a few years ago, also by Hosseini. The story Read more [...]

Book Review: Two John Hodgman Books

Good evening! I'm getting close to caught up with my book reviews for this year's Sitzbook project. I actually don't think I'll have too much to say about these two books, but I did want to at least mention them. Even if you've not read anything by John Hodgman, there's a chance you've seen him. I knew him from an episode of "Flight of the Conchords" and some episodes of the "Daily Show" where he was the "Resident Expert." And I guess he was also in some Apple commercials a few years, but I never Read more [...]

Sitzbook Book Review: ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak

When I see the title of this post, it's hard not to think that the word "book" appears too many times, but that's just how it is. I read this book a little bit ago. It's listed as my book for July, but I got a bit behind (and still am), and I actually read it mostly in September when I was visiting Colorado. But I had even tried to start it at the end of last year, but when I saw that it was over 500 pages, I decided to save it for this year's Sitzbook project. And here we are. I was in a bit Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” by Manning Marable

The Blogtoberfest train keeps partying along in a tornado of words and mixed metaphors! Today I have a short post talking about June's book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable. Ever since I read The Autobiography of Malcolm X when I was about 20, I've been a big fan of the man. I'm probably not (OK, definitely not) within his target demographic when he was alive, but I just think he was a fascinating man. The whole series of transitions he made throughout his life were compelling to Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: “Cooked” by Michael Pollan

Wow, I just realized how out of practice I am when it comes to writing blog posts, especially book reviews! Um,... hello? Welcome to this blog...site? Here's a book thing? OK, let's start over. I'm obviously very behind on a lot of things, and book reviews is one of those things. I read this book back in February for my Sitzbook project. Those were the days when we didn't have a baby, so I tended to get more reading done. If you'll remember, over the past few years I'd been reading a book a week, Read more [...]