The Story of Ain’t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published

Title: The Story of Ain’t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published

Author: David Skinner

 the story of ain't My synopsis: David Skinner explores the creation of Webster’s first, second, and third dictionary. He discusses words that were added and words that caused much controversy.

Pro: Readers will learn about how Webster’s dictionary started and about words that were added.

Con: The author likes to repeat himself, and the writing is rather dry.

🧠Lessons learned: I learned the word “colloquial” as the author used it several times. I also learned that the dictionary is not meant to correct people’s usage of words but instead record them. After all, language evolves and the dictionary has to keep up.

Who is this for? This is for language nerds or people curious about Webster’s earliest dictionaries.


7 Events That Made America America

3 out of 5 stars

7 Events That Made America America

By: Larry Schweikart

7 events that made america america . Overview: The seven events that the author chose are outlined below.

1. Martin Van Buren’s ideas about political parties 
2. The Dread Scott decision 
3. The Johnstown flood 
4. Eisenhower’s heart attack 
5. How rock n’ roll penetrated the iron curtain 
6. Ronald Regan trying to keep the peace 
7. Obama’s favorable media treatment

Pro: This piece of writing has quite a bit of supporting evidence and references to back up some of the claims presented. The writing is easy to follow and insightful.

Con: There is a conservative undertone throughout the book that makes some of the author’s statements seem more bias. The title is a little misleading due to the events the author chose to include. The events Larry Schweikart chose were not all events that “made America America”. Most would criticize the fact that the author could have chosen more significant events to support his claims about what the founders believed to be right.

Who is this for? This book is meant for people searching for a quick overview on a few mentionable events.

Human Evolution and Culture: Highlights of Anthropology, 8/e

4 out of 5 stars

By: Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember, Peter N. Peregrine

25613638.jpg  This book covers multiple areas such as biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. This textbook helped me tremendously on my exams in my intro to anthropology course. I would recommend this book to future students.

Pros: This textbook highlights the most significant terms, majors areas of study in anthropology, and gives you examples of how the content can be applied. There are infographics and other pictures that enhance the reading content. At the end of the chapter, there are bullet points summarizing what the reader should have learned which serves as a great review opportunity. This is a fantastic book for the classroom.

Cons: Since this book gives a brief overview, there are some details that the professor or reader may need to fill in to fully understand the material. There are no practice tests.

Who is this for? This book is better for people with little to no biology or knowledge in anthropology. This book gives a brief overview on varies topics to get students introduced to what anthropology is as a study.

Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences

3 stars out of 5

Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences  This book is about the “biologically programmed” differences between boys and girls.

Pros: There is research to support some of the author’s claims in this book about some sex differences between men and women like how there really are physiological differences between a typical male’s brain and a typical women’s brain. The book also points out that generally speaking men and women hear voices slightly differently, as well.

Cons: This book, for the most part, excludes people who are not cisgender male or cisgender female. Meaning that this book isn’t really about gender differences and why it matters, it is about why the binary genders matter in society. Although there is some research to support a lot of the writer’s claims, there is also a lot of bias opinions in this book.

The writer also tends to switch between the terms “gender” and “sex” which may lead some readers to misunderstand the HUGE contrast between the two. If you would like to learn more about psychology and gender differences please pick up an actual psychology textbook.


3 stars out of 5

2515729  I thought that this was a good reference book for Dublin. It captured and celebrated some of Dublin’s past. I can definitely see a lot of work went into the photographs shown.

Pro: This book contains a lot of great pictures of different tourist attractions. It provides background information for the photos and gives you some history about Dublin. The back of the book has a short timeline from 8000 B.C. to 1998 to reference to. It also has a map on the last page of the places that were mentioned. If you want a quick read about Dublin, this might be the book for you.

Con: This book seemed to me to be more of a quick reference book. Meaning, if you’re looking for a novel or something to quench your history buff’s thirst this may not be for you.

Angela’s Ashes

4 out of 5 stars

Angela' Ashes book  Pro: This book is an eye-opening memoir about Frank McCourt’s childhood. Some common themes include poverty, alcoholism, religious beliefs, society, class, and most importantly perseverance. I really enjoyed this memoir.

Con: It does paint a poignant picture of what it is like to be in rags and have to feed your kids sugar water instead of nutritious food. It’s brutal and honest. Which is what I love about it, but some readers may not like reading about such desperate times.