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The Perfect Horse – Elizabeth Letts

This review has not taken a ridiculously long time to put together. I have no excuse; the closest I can come to a reason is that the emotions and the quality of the writing and my own back story with … Continue reading

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Unlocking Worlds – Sally Allen

First of all, what a terrible advanced copy this was. The book is basically a list of books with brief synopses and discussions of each, and in a few cases the book title is entirely missing. Which has no relevance … Continue reading

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The Wicked Boy – Kate Summerscale

This book, this case of a boy killing his mother (or boys), is more proof that playing violent video games shapes young minds in ways that lead to violen – Sorry? Oh, it’s not 1995, but 1895? Oh. Right. This … Continue reading

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How To Be a Person in the World – Heather Havrilesky

“Who do I think I am, giving other people advice?” I thought. “I’m not qualified for this! I don’t have it all figured out. What the hell am I doing?” I was so glad to read that. Because it’s going … Continue reading

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The Design of Everyday Things – Donald A. Norman – Peter Berkrot

The main question in my mind after listening to this audiobook is easily enough answered: How old IS this book, anyhow? In the introduction the author talks about how the book isn’t dated. Well, it was originally published in 1988. … Continue reading

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Destiny of the Republic – Candice Millard – Paul Michael

If you look up “delusional” in the dictionary, there’s a full–page, full–color picture of Charles Guiteau. And if you look up “unfulfilled potential” in my personal dictionary, with this book James Garfield’s picture took the place of JFK’s. President James … Continue reading

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Butter – Elaine Khosrova

I love a good micro-history. I waffled about requesting this (sorry) (no, I’m not – I’m just trying not to make culinary puns all throughout), but I went ahead hoping for some fascinating details about how butter was invented/discovered, and … Continue reading

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The Worst Hard Time – Timothy Egan – Patrick Lawlor

I have a little history with both the author and the narrator of this audiobook. When I was looking for something awesome on which to spend the credit burning a hole in my pocket, I looked at my “five-star” shelf … Continue reading

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In the Shadow of the Moon – Francis French, Colin Burgess, Gary L. Willprecht

When I was in my teens, I had a poster showing Earthrise – a photo, I know now, by Bill Anders – with the quote “Someday I would like to stand on the moon, look through a quarter of a million … Continue reading

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10% Happier – Dan Harris

Poor Dan Harris. I did a search looking for video of him from World News Now – because once upon a time I kept what a friend called vampire hours, and I loved WNN. I had a massive crush on … Continue reading

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