Latest Reviews

Crank is an amazingly evocative book about a teenage girl who gets caught up in drugs. She has to deal with the consequences of getting addicted and having [...]
Author: Elle n Hopkins
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Fiction
Jane Eyre is awesome
This book is amazing, I first read it when in seventh grade and read it 5 times after that. I couldn’t put it down when I was reading it. The drama [...]
Infamous Italian interviewer features in new biography to mixed results
Americans often consider journalism in terms of large American institutions like The New York Times and The Washington Post, but a new biography in [...]
Author: Cristina de Stefano
Publisher: Other Press
Genre: Non-Fiction
this is where it ends
The book this is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp is told from the point of view of four different teenagers as their school goes through a shooting. Two [...]
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc.
Genre: Fiction
Review of Etta James’s Autobiography, “Rage to Survive”
Etta James has become a household name, known for her powerful, soulful voice and hits such as “At Last.” Though James’ voice rings with the joy of her [...]
Author: David Ritz
Author: Etta James
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Genre: Non-Fiction
All the World’s a Holi‘daze
Billie Holiday is remembered as being one of the most influential singers of her time, filling concert halls and venues with her powerful voice and [...]
Author: Donald Clarke
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Genre: Non-Fiction
Before going any further, stop and say ‘Hey, watermelon man!’, now lengthen the syllables and sing it. This is the general idea of one of Herbie Hancock’s [...]
Author: Herbie Hancock
Author: Lisa Dickey
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Non-Fiction
Monument Eternal: The Music of Alice Coltrane
Jazz and blues are two of the few genres of music in which women—specifically, black women—are welcomed, and even encouraged, to compose and perform. In [...]
Author: Franya J. Berkman
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Genre: Non-Fiction
Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story of Rock and Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
“You would become so enthralled with it, it was just, I don’t know the word to say for it, but she was very spiritual and very good.” This quote from [...]
Author: Gayle F. Wald
Publisher: Beacon Press
Genre: Non-Fiction
Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band
“Oh, yes, I can!” This was always Peggy Gilbert’s response to being told “no.” Throughout her years as a leader and performer in various bands, Gilbert was [...]
Author: Jeannie Gayle Pool
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Genre: Non-Fiction