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The Week in Review: 05.26.2017

May 26, 2017


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

BORN A CRIME: STORIES FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDHOOD by Trevor Noah is the memoir of The Daily Show‘s popular host.   Noah was born during apartheid so the fact that his black mother had a baby by a white man was a crime.  His mother was scrappy, though, and found a way to survive and dodge the system.  Being “colored” meant Noah often didn’t fit in but he, too, learned to survive, hustling his way to make a buck.  His story is compelling as is the backdrop of South Africa during apartheid and afterward.  I want to read more about that country after reading this book.  Noah narrates the audio version of BORN A CRIME himself and does a terrific job – he speaks quite a few languages and after hearing him speak a little Xhosa, I became fascinated with the language and found myself watching videos of people speaking it.  You’ll want to read this book whether you’re a fan of Noah and The Daily Show or not.

THIS BOOK STINKS!: GROSS GARBAGE, ROTTEN RUBBISH, AND THE SCIENCE OF TRASH by Sarah Wassner Flynn is a fabulous book about trash for middle grade readers.  It gives statistics about all the things we throw away and how it affects the planet and – here’s the best part – it teaches kids things they can do to make a difference.  It also shares the things some companies and countries are doing to have a positive impact on our environment.  This book doesn’t come across preachy and there are a lot of visually appealing photos and graphics so young readers are sure to enjoy it and learn a thing or two about reducing, reusing, and recycling.  Pick it up for the middle grade student in your life!  (Review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity.)

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On the Screen

I watched Dancing with the Stars with my mom and sister and we all found the show very entertaining.  It’s been a strange season, though, and the finale was no different.  While I was a fan of Rashad and Emma all season, I thought Normani was the best dancer in the finals so I was shocked when she came in third.  Since I don’t vote, I can’t complain too much, though.


Off the blog

  • I spent a week at the beach with my mom and my sister and got back late yesterday.  We had a great time even though we had a couple rainy days.
  • While I’m with my (90 year old) mom, I let her set the pace when it comes to walking so I averaged just over 7,200 Fitbit steps a day.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    May 26, 2017 7:37 am

    I really enjoyed Born a Crime too – even though I’ve never watched The Daily Show…it’s definitely not about that. And I listened on audio…his accent really made it!

  2. May 26, 2017 7:46 am

    I was happy with the DWTS final. I liked the baseball player but if he’d won I probably wouldn’t watch the show anymore, ha. That said, Normani is such a talented person! I expect to see her go far in her endeavors.
    You still did better with your steps than I normally do 🙂

  3. Diane permalink
    May 26, 2017 8:51 am

    Glad you enjoyed Trevor Noah’s memoir – we loved it as well.

  4. May 26, 2017 9:24 am

    I’ve heard great things about Noah’s book and want to read it now. Glad you enjoyed it so much 🙂 A week at the beach with your mom and sis – how fun! And you still got your steps in 🙂 Have a great weekend!!

  5. May 26, 2017 9:55 am

    I loved Born a Crime. He had such an amazing childhood.

  6. May 26, 2017 10:50 am

    Born a Crime does sound like a book I must read. Thanks for sharing all of your books…and what a lovely time you had at the beach.

  7. May 26, 2017 12:41 pm

    Glad you had a great week at the beach! I’ll be listening to Born a Crime soon… can’t wait!

  8. May 26, 2017 2:46 pm

    The time you spend with your mom, and other family members will be a great comfort to you one day. I know they are to me.

    I plan on getting to Born A Crime soon.

  9. Patty permalink
    May 26, 2017 6:49 pm

    That’s so sweet how much less walking you get in and the reason for less walking. But it is such a worthwhile one.

  10. May 26, 2017 7:57 pm

    I agree that Normani is a better dancer. But Rashad was definitely a worthy winner.

  11. May 26, 2017 8:58 pm

    I loved Born A Crime and I’m reading Kiss Carlo right now.

  12. Lauren Becker permalink
    May 26, 2017 9:38 pm

    I really do want to read Born a Crime at some point! I’m glad you had such a nice time at the beach.


  13. May 27, 2017 12:44 pm

    I keep hearing such good things about Trevor Noah’s book. I’ve got to get a copy of it.

  14. May 27, 2017 10:13 pm

    I don’t usually watch Noah, but do see his clips often and he seems like such a good guy so I’m glad that his book was good. I’ll have to check it out!

  15. May 28, 2017 1:12 pm

    We’ve been traveling so I’ve had a pretty sparse two weeks of reading, but I suppose every once in a while one has to do “real life” stuff too! :–)

  16. May 28, 2017 7:50 pm

    I want to read that Born a Crime book too. The trash book was fascinating. I loved teaching my daughter about upcycling.

  17. Beth F permalink
    May 29, 2017 7:48 am

    So happy you spent time with your mom.

  18. May 29, 2017 2:00 pm

    Trevor Noah’s book seems to be making the rounds as of late. It sounds interesting. I may have to give the audio version a try. A week at the beach sounds like a pleasant way to spend the time! I haven’t been in awhile. I hope you have a great week, Kathy!

  19. June 4, 2017 5:56 pm

    I was traveling last week to a wedding so I initially missed your post, but making up for it now. Trevor Noah’s story sounds quite compelling & a good listen on audio. This is the first I’ve heard of the Xhosa language … I must google this. thx

  20. bookingmama permalink
    June 6, 2017 8:48 am

    I liked BORN A CRIME too. I bet it was even better on audio! Your mom still walks more steps in a day than the average person! She’s amazing! We made up those steps in NYC last week!

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