Saturday, June 25, 2016


Posted June 22, 2016in Book Review

‘Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution’

  By Nathaniel Philbrick Viking May 10, 2016 Hardcover $30 448 Pages Nathaniel Philbrick presents a detailed examination of George Washington and Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War. While Washington is generally known as the Father of the Country, Philbrick is very clear that Washington was a rather incompetent general

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Posted June 15, 2016in Book Review

‘Hamilton: The Revolution’

  I love books as art — thick, heavy books with deckled pages, tons of glossy pictures and a cover that just screams, “Read Me.” The cultural phenomenon that is the Broadway hit play,  “Hamilton: The Revolution,” seems tailor-made for just such a book. Lin-Manuel Miranda is brash, insightful, hilarious

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Posted June 08, 2016in Book Review

‘No Baggage’

Months after a tentative recovery from a mental breakdown, Clara decides to dive back into life with gusto. She has a stable office job, her own small apartment, and she meets Jeff on a popular online dating site. She was sensitive and reclusive, fragile and afraid to venture out. Jeff

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Posted June 01, 2016in Book Review

‘The Versions of Us’

  Laura Barnett’s first novel is an entertaining, thoughtful story about destiny and chance, possibilities and consequences, and roads not taken. With a cohesive style, it spans decades, offering three possible narratives that seamlessly flow into one another. Her story begins with Eva and Jim, two students at Cambridge. Eva

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Posted May 25, 2016in Book Review

‘Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS’

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Joby Warrick’s newest book, “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” recently garnered him the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and it’s easy to see why. The book is divided into three sections: The Rise of Zarqawi, Iraq and ISIS. The Rise of Zarqawi follows Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

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Posted May 18, 2016in Book Review

‘The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero’ 

This book is the biography of Thomas Francis Meagher (pronounced Mah-ur), who grew up during the time of the Great Famine in Ireland. Born to a prominent merchant family, he became the voice of the Young Ireland movement, which called for the separation of Ireland from the oppressive rule of

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Posted May 11, 2016in Book Review

‘The Fireman’

    By Joe Hill 768pp William Morrow $28.99 05/17/16 There’s something magical about Joe Hill. Something deeply disturbed — as we’d expect from a child of horror demigod Stephen King — but magical in those shadows. Never one to go the obvious route, Hill has managed to take a

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Posted May 04, 2016in Book Review

‘The Guest Room’

Chris Bohjalian’s new novel, “The Guest Room,” tells the story of Richard and Kristin Chapman, a 40-year-old couple living a life to which others would aspire. Their lovely suburban New York home is well appointed and comfortable. She is a popular and respected teacher in the local high school, and

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Posted April 27, 2016in Book Review

‘The Past’

  By Tessa Hadley Harper/Harper Collins January 2016 Hardback $26.99 368 pages Join the Cranes as they reunite at their grandparents’ run-down home in the English countryside for a final summer holiday where family stories and secrets intertwine and come to the surface. The house is full of memories of

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Posted April 20, 2016in Book Review

‘Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements’

  Although now recognized as one of the greatest rock bands of its generation, The Replacements did not initially enjoy uniformly stellar reviews, good fortune or great fame. In portions of the book that provide scenarios not exactly enjoyable to read, Mehr describes how each band member endured troubled backgrounds,

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