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David Baldacci – Best-selling Novelist

Every now and again, I tend to veer from my reading repertoire of nonfiction and sink my teeth into a juicy work of fiction. Over the years, David Baldacci has been one of my “go to” authors in such a… Continue Reading →

2018 in Review

Not only did I fulfill my 2018 Reading Challenge projection in record time, completing my goal months ahead of time and actually bumping it up a couple of times and still overcoming it, but I accomplished so many other things… Continue Reading →

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

I waited for weeks to get my hands on this book as it seemed like something “right up my alley”, but when I finally did, my schedule prevented me from completing it. After acquiring it a second time, I was… Continue Reading →

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

Prior to reading Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, my knowledge of James A. Garfield was mostly limited to his accomplishments during the Civil War, namely as the Chief of Staff… Continue Reading →

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Killers of the Flower Moon:… Continue Reading →

A Column of Fire – Ken Follett

Every now and then, I like to break-up my usual selection of non-fiction with an entertaining work of fiction, and how could I go wrong with something from Ken Follett, a master of his genre! A Column of Fire by… Continue Reading →

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story – Douglas Preston

I finally was able to “sink my teeth” into this one as it became available after being on hold for a number of months. This type of book is “right up my alley”! The Lost City of the Monkey God:… Continue Reading →

2017, “In the Books”

Goodread’s annual reading challenge was not only met this year but exceeded by 6 books, with 1 underway. I started out the year with some old classic works, mostly by one of my all-time favorite authors, Jack London, then shifting… Continue Reading →

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

I grabbed Option B out of my “to read” list after having put it there a few months ago while selecting fresh reads from a list of best sellers of 2017. In hindsight, perhaps I should have skipped the “to… Continue Reading →

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

With the 2008 election of the nation’s first black President, Barrack Obama, it would appear that we have conquered racism, that Jim Crow is officially dead. Not so says Michelle Alexander, lawyer, equal rights advocate, and director of the Racial… Continue Reading →

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

At first glance, I thought this was a comedy but noticing that it is a bestselling work of nonfiction consisting of nearly 500 pages, I figured there must be something worthwhile to be gleaned from it. Salt: A World History… Continue Reading →

Upton Sinclair – The Jungle

The book that inspired the Food and Drugs Act and the Meat Inspection Act. Should have read this in High School like so many of my classmates but since it was never assigned to me, took decades to finally be… Continue Reading →

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