Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner

Carnegie Hill

Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up because I didn’t have an audiobook hold available from the library, and this was available. 

I felt that the author tried to touch on many controversial topics – racism, homophobia, classism, suicide, etc – and did none of them well. There were too many characters to cover in such a short book. 

Also, the editor needed a little help with the hospital scene. The description of the oxygen mask and respirator made very little sense. Also, he was sent from the ICU to the ICU ? It didn’t make a lot of sense all around. A little bit of research would have made a world of comprehension. 

Did we really need the food descriptions to be so detailed.? Who cares what the characters had for breakfast? 

I wasn’t thrilled about the way the author wrote a lot of the female characters as jealous. Each time a man didn’t answer his phone, the female character assumed he was out cheating. Most women wouldn’t necessarily assume this. Dead on the street somewhere, sure. But ourt cheating? Not the first thought unless she had a guilty conscience herself, and not one of the female characters did, other than one who flirted a little with a doctor. 

I rated it with 3 stars because with a little more editing, and a longer story, it could have been good. It just missed good and hit ok. 

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Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris, illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe (Ages 3-7)

Diverse Children’s books

Superheroes Are Everywhere

Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a children’s book that talks about finding superheroes everywhere in everyday people. I found that it is a child’s version of the author’s autobiography. It think it would keep a child’s interest. The pictures are great to follow while reading. 

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Ruby Bridges: Get to Know the Girl Who Took a Stand for Education by M. Michelle Derosier

Ruby Bridges: Get to Know the Girl Who Took a Stand for Education

Ruby Bridges: Get to Know the Girl Who Took a Stand for Education by M. Michelle Derosier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has a lot of information. The previous books I have read about Ruby Bridges were very basic. I am working on finding out more information and this book helped a lot, even though it was directed at children. I would recommend this one over the other books about the desegregation of schools and how Ruby Bridges handled herself in the process. 

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Surprise Endings

I picked this up for bookclub. I never would have picked it up otherwise. I never really got into it. The entire time I was reading it, I kept getting like I missed something. I eventually looked up the summary online, and found that I wasn’t missing the major points, but that the book was just wordy. 

A lot of the people in bookclub loved it, and it seemed to be the wordiness that they enjoyed, as descriptive as it was. It was a turn off to me. I. Would only recommend this to someone who had a lot of free time and enjoyed poetry. It was not the book for me, though. 

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