Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Getting to Know Joan

The Book of Joan tells the story of the late Joan Rivers through the eyes of her daughter Melissa Rivers. Both women are a combination of very well known in the public eye, while at the same time they both are pretty mysterious and some may say misunderstood in the public eye. There's no denying that Joan had a special something about her. She had a particular way of presenting herself to the public. A book representing her life would not be doing her justice if it did not live up to Joan's funny, if not occasionally off the wall, sense of humor. 

This book brings readers into the life of Joan. Included in the book are some really great scans of primary documents from Joan's life, a bunch of great, funny quotes from Joan herself, and a few really fun lists- like the list of dating advice Joan gave to Melissa. 

The carefully selected stories are funny, compelling, and add a bit of realism to a woman who seemed so glamorous and outrageous in front of the camera.

If you're looking for a fun summer read that also has some teachable moments, I would highly recommend giving this book a try.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Great Resource for Mentors

As someone who wants to be a future educator I am always looking for books that can help inspire my future students, specifically my female students. While I may not be the biggest science or math fan, someone I come across might be. 

My favorite aspect of this book was the organization of the book. Yes, I loved the stories that Rachel Swaby told, but more than that I liked that I could learn about a specific discovery- such as math, physics, and medicine- without having to scour through the whole book looking for the specific think I was looking to read. 

Additionally I liked how Swaby has the stories about each woman written in short, easy to digest snip its of each woman's life. That way I, as the reader, am not overload with information about each woman, but she also gives me a great starting point if one of the women really sparks my interest to do more research. Further research would be a snap to start because she offers great bibliography, notes, and credits sections in the back of the book to reference. 

Overall I am really glad that I picked up this book and stepped out of my comfort zone into the realm of science and math as I found many of the stories uplifting and inspiring. I am sure that I will go back to this book for many years to come.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging For Books. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

When I requested this book for review I was totally expecting some attractive looking, giant coffee table book with lots of pictures and not a lot of content. I expected to look at a bunch of cool pictures and maybe learn one or two cools facts that would otherwise have not crossed my path. What I got was something different.

This book is a well constructed, attractive coffee table book with great stories and history from one of America's favorite drinks. For its size this book is a pretty comprehensive collection of carefully researched information about every kind of whiskey you can imagine. 

Not only is the text high quality, but also the overall visual representation of the book is divine. The coloring of the pages matches the concept of whiskey. The photos and images of different labels really add to the reading and learning experience to make the reading of this book not only fun, but also very educational. 

Overall I really, thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've left it out in my den for guests to flip through while enjoying their own drinks.

I received this book curtesy of Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.