REVIEWED: The Right Side

The Right Side by Spencer Quinn. (Contemporary Novel, 2017). A strong and hauntingly memorable novel about a driven, wounded soul who finds the one companion she can believe in (and relate too) in a previously abused dog. And oh, yes–it’s not sentimental, or anything close to it! LeAnn Hogan went to Afghanistan whole and determined to […]

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REVIEWED: Rebellion

Rebellion by Peter Ackroyd (English History, 2017). Of late, noted author Peter Ackroyd has been producing books on the history of England. This volume centers on the hectic and unstable seventeenth century, a time of constant political maneuverings, double-dealing and turmoil (both domestic and in foreign relations). There was one outright Civil War, the execution of […]

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REVIEWED: The Dark Light Years

The Dark Light-Years by Brian Aldiss (Science Fiction Novel, 1964). Aldiss, one of the Grand Masters of science fiction’s New Wave, recently died. This inspired me to dig out my somewhat ancient paperback copy of this novel to reread (after multiple decades). It’s very brief as novels go today (128 pages in my Signet paperback edition) […]

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REVIEWED: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. (Historical Novel/Classic Literature, 1852). This anti-slavery epic from shortly before the American Civil War is of great historical significance (Lincoln himself claimed that it played a major part in bringing on the war itself). It was certainly in its time an influential and controversial book. Yet as a famous […]

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REVIEWED: Some Rise By Sin

Some Rise By Sin by Philip Caputo (Crime/Suspense Novel, 2017). This engrossing, if grim contemporary novel is set in and around an isolated desert  village in the foothills of Mexico’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. Like so much of the country, San Patricio is being torn apart by a brutal drug war of a savagery on a scale that dwarfs even the […]

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REVIEWED: The American Spirit

The American Spirit by David McCullough (Nonfiction/Collected Speeches, 2017). The respected winner of a fistful of major history awards, David McCullough is also something of a familiar voice from his many appearances on Public television. He’s in demand as a commemorative speaker, as well, and this relatively brief (173-page) collection of speeches he has delivered over the years […]

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REVIEWED: Are You Anybody?: A Memoir

Are You Anybody? by Jeffrey Tambor. (Memoir, 2017). Jeffrey Tambor has built an enviable record of success as an actor. He’s won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, despite the deep-seated insecurities that he details in this revealing and personal memoir. Of course insecure actors are anything but a rarity. That he attributes his insecurity largely to […]

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