Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (History/Investigative Journalism, April 2017). An award-winning journalist and author of the great best-seller The Lost City of Z, Grann delivers another painstakingly researched and fascinating piece of historical investigation with this book. Among the many terrible betrayals greedy whites inflicted […]Read more "REVIEWED: Killers of the Flower Moon"
Everything You Love Will Burn by Vegas Tenold (Nonfiction/Investigative Journalism, February 2018). Originally from Norway, the author is an investigative journalist who graduated from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and has covered important stories all over the world. His focus for the last six years was on documenting and trying to understand America’s various White Nationalist/White […]Read more "REVIEWED: Everything You Love Will Burn"
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott (Historical Novel, 2017). McDermott won the National Book Award in 1998 and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize multiple times. This title is my first exposure to her and I found it quite a fascinating and rewarding read. Since it’s set in the first half of the 20th Century, […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Ninth Hour"
Mothers of Massive Resistance by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae (History/Politics/White Supremacy Movements, 2018). Massive Resistance is the term social scientists usually give for how some white Americans sought to oppose racial desegregation, especially in the South in the 1950s and ’60s. The usual focus of scholarly and/or academic studies of this history is on the activities of […]Read more "REVIEWED: Mothers of Massive Resistance"
Strange Weather by Joe Hill (Short Horror Novel Collection, 2017). As per the title, each of the four long stories/short novels here make reference, to one degree or another, to abberant weather conditions. All are, of course, horrific in nature and treatment. But there’s nothing repetitive about them. Each tale has a different setting, tone and […]Read more "REVIEWED: Strange Weather"
A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng (Dark Poetry Collection, 2017). This book-length collection of Christina Sng’s poetry offers up 47 darkly fascinating poems. A horrific/doomsday tone predominates, quite often mixed with science fictional aspects. With that in mind, the frequency of narrative/story-telling poems is no surprise. Another recurrent theme interwoven in the fabric of this book […]Read more "REVIEWED: A Collection of Nightmares"
Without Fear or Favor by Robert K. Tanenbaum (Crime/Courtroom Thriller, 2017). I found this, the 29th book in the series about New York City DA Butch Karp and his wife Marlene, to be a major disappointment. In fact, it makes something of a sour mockery of its own title. It’s a work of paranoid fear as […]Read more "REVIEWED: Without Fear Or Favor"