Lincoln, Socrates, and A Funeral

In this third “potpour-reads” post, I share some quick thoughts on three recent reads, all of which were completed in June. Somehow, none of these books are ones from any of my challenge lists. Go figure. I read Lincoln in the Bardo because it is getting a lot of attention and because it sounded interesting. I…

Review: Who is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain

Who is Mark Twain? By Mark Twain Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 14 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impacful Who is Mark Twain? is a collection of short stories, essays and letters, published posthumously by Twain’s editors.  It encompasses a wide range of political, social, and educational ideals, as well as…

Review: Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums

Sessums' memoir is beautifully - and painfully- honest. He describes his experiences as an effeminate homosexual boy, youth, and teenager in rural Mississippi, in a time and place where it was more popular to applaud the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and Martin Luther King Jr. than it was to express sadness over their losses. Sessums loses both…