The Stonewall Riots

Coming Out in the Streets

by Gayle E Pitman

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The Stonewall Riots is a very powerful book. This non fiction doesn’t hold back any punches. The author does an amazing job at placing the reader right in the center of the riots that happened in the late 60’s. Riots hold a key place in history through out the years but the 60’s were probably some of the most prominent years for riots. The Stonewall Riots were about fighting for LGBTQ+ rights. This middle grade non fiction tells the full story and includes artifacts: newspaper articles – pictures – arrest sheets and so much more. I had not heard of these riots till I read the book and I’m so glad Gayle Pitman wrote this book. We always hear about the anti-war riots but nothing about this riot. This non fiction was so well researched and presented in a manner that makes the reader feel like they are there. I’m not a non fiction fan. If all non fiction was written like this book I just might be a fan. If you don’t want to pick this up because you think non fiction reads slow and is a little boring. Please give this book a chance, you will not be disappointed! Because of Gayle E Pitman more people will now know about a time in history that you won’t learn about in school , or at least I hadn’t. I think this is an excellent addition to any school or home library.


About the book: This book is about the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ+) community in reaction to a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The Riots are attributed as the spark that ignited the LGBTQ+ movement. The author describes American gay history leading up to the Riots, the Riots themselves, and the aftermath, and includes her interviews of people involved or witnesses, including a woman who was ten at the time. Profusely illustrated, the book includes contemporary photos, newspaper clippings, and other period objects. A timely and necessary read, The Stonewall Riots helps readers to understand the history and legacy of the LGBTQ+ movement.

Thank you so much Abrams Books for Young Readers and Netgalley for allowing me to read The StoneWall Riots. I learned so much! All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

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Engineering a Life

A Memoir

by Krishan K. Bendi


I love Physics and Engineering so I thought this biography would be interesting and one a might like to read. I’m not a big non fiction fan, but working on changing that with more science related books. I know Engineering isn’t a science per say when you think of sciences (bio, physics, chemistry) but it is  and it uses physics and math. Engineering A Life ended up being less of what I was expecting but it was still good. This book went less into the engineering part of his life and more into the day to day struggle to survive part. I showed that you can achieve your dreams. Some times you have to work extra hard, harder than the other guy. If you don’t give up and let lives ups and downs keep you down you can and will be anything you want to be. After finishing this book I felt like a really knew the author Krishan Bendi. It was like meeting a stranger and finding out their whole life story over a cup of tea.  This is a feel good book that really made me so happy that he never gave up. If you’re not sure about non fiction but a book sounds interesting give it a try. I’m so glad I did and really want to read more now. I am going to give more STEM biographies and books a chance.

About the book: Krishan Bedi came to the United States in December of 1961 at the tender age of twenty. He had only $300 in his pocket, and he had made it out of his small village in India on sheer faith, determined to get education in the US. For him, there was no option but to succeed—so he began his new life in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he had to adapt to the culture shock not only of being in the US but a Punjabi man in the South in the 1960s.

Thank you so much BookSparks, and SparkPress for sending me a copy of Engineering a Life.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.