Eighty Days: Nellie Bly & Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around The World by Matthew Goodman


Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman, pub. Feb. 2013, 480 pg.
Rating: 4/5 stars

Do you like action?  Is international travel one of your favorite topics? Are you a big fan of history, journalism or women’s rights?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman is definitely a book you should check out.
In a time where it was uncommon enough for women to leave the house without a chaperone, Bly and Bisland both traveled the entire distance around the globe alone, Bly was traveling as a newspaper reporter for the “New York World,” and Bisland was traveling on behalf of “Cosmopolitan” magazine, a completely different publication from how we know it today, competing to see who would make it back to New York first.This book is a masterpiece of nonfiction, detailing the race between Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, two of America’s first famous female journalists, to see who could travel all the way around the world first.
I don’t often read nonfiction books, as I’m a much bigger fan of novels, but I really loved this book.
Goodman included a lot of actual dialogue and interesting information that made it read like a work of fiction. As a journalism nerd and lover of history, the topics were right up my alley.
There is plenty of action. I was on the edge of my seat as I read about harrowing train rides, characters rushing to catch ships on time and all of the other trials that travel brings. The descriptions of the places Bly and Bisland traveled to are enough to make anyone come down with a bad case of wanderlust. Continue reading “Eighty Days: Nellie Bly & Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around The World by Matthew Goodman”

Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield



Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield, pub. 2007, 224 pg.
Rating: 5/5 stars

Mix tapes: We all have our favorites. Stick one into a deck, press play, and you’re instantly transported to another time in your life. For Rob Sheffield, that time was one of miraculous love and unbearable grief. A time that spanned seven years, it started when he met the girl of his dreams, and ended when he watched her die in his arms. Using the listings of fifteen of his favorite mix tapes, Rob shows that the power of music to build a bridge between people is stronger than death. You’ll read these words, perhaps surprisingly, with joy in your heart and a song in your head—the one that comes to mind when you think of the love of your life. –From cover

Anyone who appreciates music or loves a good love story NEEDS to read this book. It’s an amazing memoir about how music shapes our lives and brings us together.

Sheffield tells his story through the mix tapes he made at different points in his life. I thought this was genius. I’m the type of person who had been making mixes of music since I first really discovered what music I liked. I have compilations of my favorite music spanning the past ten years at least, so I can relate to how different mix tapes tell stories, and each story probably changed you in some sort of way. Continue reading “Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield”