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Megan

Megan@bookwyrm.social

Joined 2 years, 9 months ago

A dedicated if somewhat slow reader. Book lover. I am also at @Megan@toot.lgbt

Libraries and used bookshops are my happy places. NQN - Newly Qualified Nurse #NHS - love my bicycle.

LGBTQ+ Trans rights are human rights. Abortion on demand is a human right.

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reviewed American Prometheus by Kai Bird

Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin: American Prometheus (Paperback, 2009, Atlantic Books) 5 stars

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer is a biography of J. …

Meticulously detailed and readable.

5 stars

This book took the author 26 years, two advances from the publisher, and the need for a co-author, to be published. The original commissioning editor at Knopff died, requiring a replacement. The author's own family were certain he was going to die before it was published. The amount of detailed research is unsurpassed, and really shows in the text. I loved it, more than the movie, which reduced a number of the people involved to caricatures.

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Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin: American Prometheus (Paperback, 2009, Atlantic Books) 5 stars

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer is a biography of J. …

I struggled with this book at first, but something clicked into place around Chapter 3 or so, and now I’m blasting through it, and when I’m not reading it I can’t wait to get back to it. A detailed piece of work, meticulously researched, and written in an easy to read prose style. Full of fantastic moments from Oppenheimer’s life, the small incidents of a life, as well as the grand scale of historic events. A who’s who of the early days of particle physics.

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Keri Blakinger: Corrections in Ink (2022, St. Martin's Press) 4 stars

Thanks to the recent news about the Texas Observer, I learned about Corrections in Ink and bought a copy. From the online blurb; "Keri Blakinger is the author of Corrections in Ink, a memoir about addiction, incarceration and building a life after it all.

In her day job, she is a staff writer at The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news site dedicated to covering the criminal jutice sustem. Her work focuses on uncovering the worst parts of American prisons, and exposing flaws in the county's criminal justice system. Before coming to TMP, she covered prisons and prosecutors for The Houston Chronicle and her work has also appeared in VICE, the BBC, the New York Daily News, The New York Times and more.

She was part of the Houston Chronicle team whose coverage of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Two years later, she wrote …

reviewed The Virago book of wicked verse

The Virago book of wicked verse 5 stars

Absolutely Brilliant Anthology of Women's Poetry from the 1990s

5 stars

No poetry collection from different authors is perfect, but this is one of my all-time favourites. It also contains one of the best feminist poems of the 1990s, Rappin' It Up, by Patience Agbabi. That feeling that a lot of us recognize, you're having a nice time, "listenin' to the beauty of your own imagination" when your peace is destroyed by some straight dude deciding to talk to you. The whole book is worth it, the nice thing about anthologies like this one is they're slowly evolving treasures as you dip in and out, each time finding new things to love, and if you're in the UK the best part is there are loads of cheap copies available from used bookdealers.