LADYBOSS Books - What's on our Nightstand
Just like my taste in music, my taste in books is rather eclectic, so over the last six months, my nightstand has seen a wide array of genres when it comes to my reading selection. In an effort to have a little fun and give you a glimpse into what the lady bosses of addie have been reading, we’ve decided to do a little book review. The books we feature will not necessarily be directly related to our work with addie because we hope to give you glimpse into our personal lives, but there certainly may be some familiar material since our addie work is our passion!
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Though this book was first published in 2009, I hadn’t heard about it until last year when I diligently put it on my list of books to read. I decided to tackle this monster late this past spring and I had no idea of the emotional rollercoaster I was in for. The story centers on the birth of conjoined twins in an Ethiopian missionary hospital and their remarkable lives that were inextricably linked thereafter. For me, the book was fascinating due to its rich detail that spanned topics of family, medicine, culture, religion, politics, all across multiple continents. I won’t provide any spoilers, but let me just say this is one of few books that has kept me up past my bedtime reading, errrr...perhaps more like sobbing - but trust me, it was worth it.
This book gets 5 out of 5 possible ninja stars - the highest rating.
The Color of Water by James McBride
This is a fascinating memoir about a man with a rich family history. His Jewish mother was born in Poland and emigrated to the U.S. for a long and difficult life. She subsequently moved to Harlem in the early 1940s, married an African American man, and over the course of time had 12 children. The author weaves a poignant story about the strength of family bonds, the importance of education, and the never-ending resilience instilled in him (and his siblings) by his mother. Perhaps my favorite part of the memoir was Author’s epilogue which contained the bios and updates of all 12 children - a powerful tribute to his mother.
4.5 out of 5 ninja stars
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel, especially after having a chance to take the actual walking book tour in downtown Savannah, Georgia, where I was able to envision many of the scenes that the author so carefully detailed. It was interesting to learn and separate fact from fiction as the novel is technically non-fiction but the author invoked full poetic license in his modification and embellishment of certain events and characters. The author has great talent developing interest and intrigue around the characters - a perfect balance of Southern charm, seduction, mystery, and taboo. I suppose now it’s time to watch the movie and see how it stacks up though I’m a firm believer that novels are always better than their silver screen counterparts.
4 out of 5 ninja stars
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman and Paul White
Though I read the predecessor of this book many years ago (The 5 Love Languages) this book hadn’t crossed my radar until recently during my time serving as an administrator at my College. I was eager to see how the 5 languages would ‘translate’ to the workplace, and they were applied fairly conventionally - just as one would have guessed. Of the five languages, the authors decided to apply the language of ‘touch’ to the workplace - including their own disclaimer, and for me that was a stretch. We live in an age where workplace touch is really not necessary and I don’t think it’s something to be encouraged. No touching - thanks. Overall, I found the other four languages of appreciation in the workplace to be helpful but perhaps a little overkill.
3 out of 5 ninja stars
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua
This book is literally my comic relief - pun intended. It’s a biography - in comic strip form - of the genius Victorian pair, Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, who essentially invented the first computer program (basically the predecessor to any software) and the first computer (referred to as the Analytical Engine) in the early nineteenth century. What was fascinating to me was to learn about the serendipitous way that Lovelace and Babbage came to know one another and the unlikely way that each part of this genius pair complemented the other. Through enjoying this comic, I also came to learn about even more female pioneers in STEM such as Mary Somerville and Grace Hopper, and I am thoroughly inspired by their work. Though I’m not yet finished with this 300-page strip (complete with an enticing ninja blue book jacket), it’s lining up to receive a solid ninja star rating.
inja star rating TBD