The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has a lot in common with Killers of the Flower Moon.  Both are fascinating pieces of on-the-ground journalism about events that happened decades ago;  both Grann and Skloot worked extensively with living family members of the people involved, and helped solved mysteries the family members never had answers to.  … Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

Before reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, I was only familiar with Oscar Wilde through his plays (specifically The Importance of Being Earnest) and a few stories – I didn’t know before researching this post that The Selfish Giant was by Wilde.  (Believe it or not, I had a computer game of that story as … Continue reading The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond (William Dalrymple and Anita Anand)

I almost bought this book in England last summer, but it only came in hardcover and my suitcase was getting too fat as it was.  Turns out my local library had it for free.  Which makes this the first time I’ve checked out a book from the gemology section. If you didn’t already know, the … Continue reading Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond (William Dalrymple and Anita Anand)