Lincoln by Gore Vidal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really loved this book. One of the reviews I read on Goodreads compared it to The West Wing set in the Civil War era, which I would strongly agree with. Even though the plot snakes through well-known political events whose outcomes are common historical knowledge, the political maneuvering and chess matches remain gripping and the fictionalized look into some of the most important politicians of the day and the evolution of their characters, values, and relationships humanizes them and gives new perspective....
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was an engaging book, difficult to put down yet fast enough to read in a few hours. It tells the story of Trevor Noah's boyhood and his relationship with his mother, as a mixed race child in a time and place (the twilight hours of apartheid-era South Africa) where having a white father and a Xhosa mother was a criminal offense...
"Something that brings me peace is knowing that in times when things often seem the most unsure and lost, the only way to emerge is through growth and transformation. You don’t go from being ore to a ready tool without going through fire and getting knocked about. 'Quarter-life crisis' and the millennial refusal to grow up and buy a house (and cornflakes, napkins, golf clubs...) all seem a banal, jaded take on the very real and difficult work of figuring out what dent you will try to make in the world, whether your span to do so is one year or sixty..."