Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson @PenguinRandomCA #JustMercy

Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It was purely coincidental that I read this, this month, which also happens to be Black History month. 

I had seen Jamie Foxx & Michael B. Jordan on The Tonight Show talking about the movie, which made me wanna read it in the first place! Non-fiction, let alone autobiographies, are sooo not me!  But I’m really glad I decided to pick this one up.

It was an eye opening experience, that explores the history of slavery in Alabama, racism against blacks and judicial system, which made for a much heavier read. 

All the hate crime and police brutality mentioned throughout made my blood boil.  Being Asian, I’ve experienced racism all my life, but fortunately, never to this degree.

I did find myself skimming, since I was mainly interested in Walter’s case and the outcome.  But it was an excellent read otherwise!

Have you read this one? Have you seen the movie?

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

We Should All Be Mirandas by Chelsea Fairless & Lauren Garroni @HMHBooks @laurengarroni @chelsea.fairless @everyoutfitonsatc

Genre: Non-Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What are you gonna do over there without your job? Eat croissant?

~ Miranda Hobbes, Esq.

I’m sorry (not really actually), but unless it’s a cookbook, non-fiction is something I don’t like reading. However, I’m a HUUUGE fan of Sex and the City and couldn’t turn this one down.

Like Miranda, I will call you out on your bull shit cheer-me-up bagels as a disguise to talk boy problems, while I’m down and out. Yet, I am the eternal optimist like Charlotte, when it comes to finding true love. However, like Carrie, I’ve picked the wrong men (which I think we all have at one time or another.)

I had such a blast reading this one! To be honest, I don’t think my review will do it justice!

I particularly enjoyed the bit with a rundown of different assholes.

Whether you’re a type A or not, this fun and witty read gives you the 101 on how to bring a little Miranda into your life when it comes to work, love, sex and fashion.

I highly recommend it for lovers of Sex And The City.

When Sex and the City premiered, many were hesitant to identify as the Miranda of their social circle—after all, sarcasm, workaholism, and dubious fashion choices are rarely considered aspirational. However, in the two-plus decades since her television debut, our culture has finally caught up with this forward-thinking icon and all she represents. The truth is, Miranda Hobbes is the feminist hero that we deserve— we were all just too busy obsessing over Carrie’s corset tops to notice it at first.

WE SHOULD ALL BE MIRANDAS is a celebration of a certain redheaded lawyer and the legions of fans who relate to her pragmatic, no-bullshit approach to work, love, and sex. Written by two self-proclaimed Mirandas, this humorous manifesto distills Ms. Hobbes’ core principles into a strategic guide for navigating life’s inevitable ups and downs. In it, you’ll learn to:

✔Overcome your internalized Mirandaphobia

✔Cope with humiliating sexual encounters

✔Make Google Docs your bitch

✔Dump that Skipper that you’ve been dating

✔Embrace your bad hair days
…and so much more!

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