The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank

The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank by Willy Lindwer collects first hand accounts of those who knew Anne Frank in the Nazi concentration camps during WWII to attempt to paint a picture of what Anne’s seven months in the camps had been like. I’d previously read the Diary of Anne Frank - which I … Continue reading The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank

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A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism

Slavenka Drakulic’s “A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism” is a playfully composed book of essays, each specific to a different European country’s experience with communism. The narrator varies is each story, but is always an animal, a la “Animal Farm”. This satire educates while it entertains, enabling the reader to understand what life … Continue reading A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism

Uganda Be Kidding Me

Irreverent and lacking cultural sensitivity, Chelsea Handler does not disappoint in her take on a travelogue, documenting her ridiculous stories from various global travels. She is hilarious and inappropriate and not for the uptight. I love her and would recommend any of her books to nearly anyone!

The Spider’s House

Paul Bowles is generally a recommended author for those traveling to Morocco. “The Spider’s House,” however, was painfully dry for me. Originally written in French, the translation in this particular edition was difficult to follow and the story itself not very gripping. I never finished this book and wouldn’t recommend it.

Endurance – Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

“Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of world exploration or Antarctica. Written based on primary documents (letters, journals) of the men who joined Shackleton on his quest explore Antarctica, the book follows the journey and unlikely survival of this expedition team. It’s non-fiction that reads … Continue reading Endurance – Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage