Berlin Now: The City After the Wall by Peter Schneider

I confess–I’m secretly pleased with myself for having a book that counts towards Non-fiction November and German Literature Month at the same time. Good for me. ¬†ūüėČ Peter Schneider’s 2014 survey of Berlin life, translated by Sophie Schlondorff, is a perfect read for anyone who is interested in Berlin or anyone who already loves the place. C.J. and I have been there twice; we’re big … Continue reading Berlin Now: The City After the Wall by Peter Schneider

Jessica Mitford is Snarkier Than I–The American Way of Death Revisited

Since we became homeowners, C.J. and I have taken to burying our pets in the garden and planting rose bushes over their graves. ¬†Because we have been in our house a long time, we now have a very beautiful garden. ¬†In fact, if I’m really honest, I’d like my ashes to be buried in my garden when the time comes. This is a legal practice … Continue reading Jessica Mitford is Snarkier Than I–The American Way of Death Revisited

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War by Sun Tzu has been heralded as¬†the book everyone in both the military and the business world should read. ¬†Adopt the principles of Sun Tzu and you will always win, or so we are told. ¬†Some even suggest it will help the average person with daily life. I bring neither experience as a soldier nor as a business person to the … Continue reading The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis

My second ¬†book for Non-fiction November is a kids book, a little kids book. ¬†This makes reviewing it something of a challenge for me. While I do read Young Adult fiction on a regular basis both for work and, sometimes, for pleasure, I rarely read books for elementary readers. ¬†My school’s librarian had this one on display so I picked it up. But how do … Continue reading The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis