Forward by: Senator Amy Klobuchar
Length: 320 pages
Nevertheless, We Persisted is a compilation of 48 stories from a diverse group of people. The theme of the book is triumph over adversity. The stories come from a range of people, athletes, educators, activists, and many more, and the topics are a range, from figuring out sexual identity, overcoming racism or sexism, defying expectations, and other such concepts.
This is a really captivating book, and very inspirational. These are true stories from real people, and if you’re like me where you like gaining different perspectives through reading that you wouldn’t gain otherwise, this is the book for you. If you feel like you’ve lost your voice, or you’re sort of stuck in where you want your life to go, I recommend this book because it’s very down-to-Earth. You may recognize some names in this book because there are actors', athletes', and politicians' accounts in this book.
Reviewed by Ellie, 2023
By: Randall Munroe
Genre: Humor and Non Fiction
Length: 320 pages
The author of this book, Randall Munroe, is a NASA roboticist turned webcomic author. He created the webcomic series xkcd, and is a total physics geek. The International Astronomical Union named an asteroid after him, and the Massachusetts-based scientist has a website where people ask him ridiculous questions that he responds to with serious, scientifically accurate answers. Munroe chose the most absurd, ludicrous questions he could find on his website to answer in-depth in this book. He extensively researched things like powerful laser pointers, Pittsburg-style steak, speed bump injuries, and Yoda’s telekinesis to answer a variety of odd questions.
This book is perfect for people who love physics, as well as for people who don't. The book is hilarious as well as eye-opening to things you might never have thought about before. Randall Munroe has a crazy sense of humor, and you will be laughing all day at his ridiculous jokes and comedic approaches to the questions. Funny little cartoons are added to give visuals, provided by the cartoonist side of Munroe, which adds to the book in a way that normal illustrations don’t. I really recommend this book; I was laughing for hours!
Reviewed by Aasiya, '24
By: Anne Frank
Genre: Non Fiction
Length: 283 pages
This book is about a young girl named Anne Frank. She lived in Frankfurt, Germany during the second world war. It was very hard for her at the time because her family was Jewish. Anne and her family had to hide from the Nazi soldiers so then they won't be taken to a concentration camp. She had people who weren't Jewish helping them get food, clothes and any of their other needs.
This is a very sad, but inspiring story. If you are interested in history of World War 2 then this is the book for you. It feels like you are in her shoes and it makes you think about more of the serious questions in life. When you start reading you will be hooked onto it.
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Reviewed by Mia, 2025
“Needless to say, this is not a good Idea” -What If?
By Randall Munroe
Review by Lila H
What If? is a compilation of scientific answers to absurd questions Randall Munroe got on his blog. His answers are funny and he draws cartoons to go along with them.
This is a science fiction book. I loved this book because the author has a great sense of humor and the answers were very interesting. He gets the questions from everyday people that submit them. Some questions are “What would happen if everyone in the world gathered in one spot and jumped” and “How much force power can Yoda output?” You will enjoy this book if you ever find yourself wondering about random things.