Review: Hamilton: The Revolution

26200563Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Genre: Non-fiction, Play
Maturity Rating: 5
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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country’s origins for a diverse new generation.

Hamilton: The Revolution gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages–“since before this was even a show,” according to Miranda–trace its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.

Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sond­heim, leading political commentators, and more than 40 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by Presi­dent Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don’t throw away their shot.


I was given this book as a Christmas gift, and expected it to be basically a coffee table book. I’ve had Broadway collectors’ books like this in the past, and they’ve always been basically scripts/librettos with a bunch of really high quality pictures. Occasionally they might have a note about the costumes or actor bios or something, but usually just song lyrics. So I picked this one up Christmas evening expecting to just kind of flip through and look at the pictures.

Boy was I wrong.

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My Life in Books Tag

Happy (almost) 2018 everyone! New Years has never been one of my favorite holidays. Personally I can’t understand why we would wait til January for new beginnings, just start NOW. But I AM really looking forward to 2018 and what it is going to bring, especially for my blog.

Thanks to Naty at Naty’s Bookshelf for tagging me in this one! I think it’s a great one to roll out the new year with, and let you all get to know me just a little better.

As usual, any prompt that requires me to use my bookshelf will use the Goodreads random feature.

Find a book for each of your initials.

I liked how Naty spelled out her name instead. That’s more fun. So I’m doing that. (Get over it.)

Kite Runner (oooo, depressing choice!)

And Then There Were None (one of my top choices of 2017!)

Two Towers (LOTR is my all-time favorite!)

Inheritance (easily the WORST book on this list…)

Eleanor & Park (<3)

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The TBR Tag

Hello everyone! I am writing this on vacation, but I’ve done such a good job of scheduling posts that by the time you see it I’ll have been back for a couple of days. Note to self, pre-scheduling is good but doesn’t leave much room for flexibility…

Thanks to Krista and Dawlyn at Little Blind Book Finds for tagging me! They are pretty much my favorite duo on the internet, and we basically like all of the same things, so if you’re reading this you should go check them out now!

Also, if you are reading this and saying to yourself “What the heck is ‘tbr’??” don’t you worry for a second! I totally feel you! TBR means to-be-read, and that acronym essentially doesn’t exist outside the book communities online, so there’s no reason you should know it. I’m sad to say it took me a good month into blogging to figure it out.


How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

12825954_503052579897122_1614991515_n(1)I am on goodreads, which is a great place to keep track of the books I want to read, especially since I can’t afford to just go buy them all. However, I do have a dresser in my bedroom with some rather  pretty bookends on top, and I keep any books I’ve purchased but haven’t read yet on there. Which lately has gotten to be pretty small. Continue reading “The TBR Tag”