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6. “Dumbfounded,” Matt Rothschild

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

A series of memoirs of a fat, rich, red-headed, cross-dressing gay Jew. I didn’t expect to like it, but his grandmother is badass, and half-way through it started to become pretty poignant.

Page count: 203
Page total: 1,544

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34. “Outwitting History,” Aaron Lansky

June 10, 2010 Leave a comment

This book was so good. It was touching, funny, educational, and, above all, inspirational. A man who has saved more than 1.5 million books in a language that is dying and gets (or got) little respect? A man who digitized a language by scanning thousands of out-of-print books and making them available for free– starting in 1998, when we were all still using AOL? A man who made me want to learn Yiddish AND write a cheque to support his work? Well played, Aaron Lansky. Seriously, this dude could be featured on Badass of the Week. His business card should just say “Aaron Lansky, Mensch.”

Lately my summaries have been short out of laziness and apathy. This one is short because I don’t want to rob you of the pleasure of reading this book!

Page count: 312
Page total: 8,437
Call number: Z987.L25 2004

52. “The Freedom Writer Diaries,” The Freedom Writers with Erin Grunwell

August 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Really touching. It bothered me, though, that the students’ entries has clearly been “cleaned up”/polished/homogenized. It’s disingenuous.

Page count: 280
Page total: 22,217

49. “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother,” James McBride

July 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Ruth McBride is one tough fucking woman.

Page count: 285
Page total: 21,436