Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



They Want to Kill Americans by Malcolm Nance

They Want to Kill Americans is a wide-ranging investigation into the movements that coalesced into the January 6th insurrection and their continuing efforts to take over the government, preferably, it seems, by force. They are unified in their white nationalist disdain... Continue Reading →

Police Brutality and White Supremacy by Etan Thomas

Police Brutality and White Supremacy is a collection of interviews by Etan Thomas of people in the movement for police reform and accountability, in the press, and even in the police. Thomas approaches each person with warmhearted openness that inspires... Continue Reading →

Ancestor Trouble by Maud Newton

Ancestor Trouble is an intriguing historical detective memoir, though the answers Maud Newton is searching for are more nebulous and more intriguing than any "whodunnit" could be. The nicest thing you can say about her antecedents is that they are... Continue Reading →

Roar of the Sea by Deb Vanasse

Roar of the Sea tells the of the Pribilof Islands seals through the lives of two men who were lifelong antagonists though they never met. Henry Wood Elliott is the true hero of the story, a naturalist who fought nearly... Continue Reading →

Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott

Bomb Shelter is a collection of essays by Mary Laura Philpott who writes about her life and her "hostages to fortune" as Sir Francis Bacon once called the peril of loving one's children and spouse. Her son had a seizure... Continue Reading →

The Other Dr. Gilmer by Benjamin Gilmer

The Other Dr. Gilmer was a complete surprise to me. I had not heard the story before even though it was featured on This American Life. I think that made it more enjoyable as I learned with Dr. Gilmer who... Continue Reading →

Just Pursuit by Laura Coates

Just Pursuit is an excellent, fast-paced memoir of Laura Coates' career as a prosecutor. She does not sugarcoat her role and in the first chapter tells of how a man was deported because she did what she was required to... Continue Reading →

Red Is My Heart by Antoine Laurain & Le Sonneur

Red Is My Heart introduces us to the forsaken, brokenhearted lover left behind. At the outset, he writes a letter to his lost love but makes up an address so it is forever undelivered. Her memory haunts him while he... Continue Reading →

Pauli Murray’s Revolutionary Life by Simki Kuznik

Pauli Murray’s Revolutionary Life is a biography of the extraordinary human rights activist who struggled against Jim and Jane Crow her entire life. An activist ahead of her time, she was arrested for sitting in the wrong seat of the... Continue Reading →

Wildland by Evan Osnos

Wildland describes the many ways Americans lost faith in their government and society, becoming a tinderbox waiting for the arsonist Donald Trump. It begans with the attack on 9/11/2001 and continues to the insurrection on 1/6/2021, looking at the many... Continue Reading →

Fan Fiction by Brent Spiner

Fan Fiction is a memoir like no other. Brent Spiner plays Data on Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Picard. Although he has had other roles, Data has cemented him in popular culture. Perhaps that gave him the impulse to... Continue Reading →

The End of Bias by Jessica Nordell

The End of Bias: A Beginning is so much more than I expected. Jessica Nordell set out to explore the science of reducing biases such as sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, and xenophobia by looking at what people are doing and... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

Beautiful Country is a memoir of a woman whose parents overstayed their visa making the three of them undocumented immigrants, a family living in fear of deportation back to China. She begins her story as a child in China, her... Continue Reading →

Ethel Rosenberg by Anne Sebba

Ethel Rosenberg is a biography about the woman executed for treason by the U.S. government in 1953. For many people, when they think of her, they see Meryl Streep sitting at Roy Cohn's bedside as he lay dying of AIDS.... Continue Reading →

Battle for the Soul by Edward-Isaac Dovere

Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats' Campaign to Defeat Trump is a richly detailed overview of the primary and general election campaign to take back the White House. It begins with the heartbreaking defeat of Hillary Clinton through the... Continue Reading →

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