Book Reviews

by Carol “Do You Have A Library Card” Lloyd 

Book Review — The Widow Washington

By The Publisher | December 13, 2019 |

The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington by Martha Saxton The father of our country George had a mother named Mary. Since Andrew Jackson’s time she has been portrayed as uneducated, crude and a hindrance to her esteemed son. Martha Sexton, utilizing primary source material makes the case Mary was, in fact, none of…

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Book Review — The Accomplice: A Novel by Joseph Karon

By Editor | November 28, 2019 |

Max Weill has spent the 17 years since the fall of the Third Reich tracking down the whereabouts of Nazis who committed atrocities which resulted in his family’s deaths in the camps. Max is on his death bed as he recruits his nephew Aaron’s help in tracking down Otto Schramm, a doctor who had recruited…

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Book Review — On the plain of snakes

By The Publisher | November 8, 2019 |

On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey by Paul Theroux Theroux travels the length of the U.S. Mexico border crossing back and forth before heading south into the interior of the country to meet the people, taste the food, teach a class, and get a feel for what’s going on with our neighbors to…

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Book Review – Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

By The Publisher | November 4, 2019 |

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden In 2013, American whistleblower Snowden released to journalists classified documents detailing the U.S. mass-surveillance program capable of collecting every email, phone call, and internet search from every person on earth, including U.S. citizens, without their knowledge. At the time he was 29 years old, living in Hawaii and had worked…

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Book Review – Toil & Trouble

By The Publisher | October 8, 2019 |

Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs From the time he was a child Burroughs always knew things that others didn’t. He told only his mother who explained that he descended from a long line of witches. In Toil & Trouble he recounts how this ability impacted his life. Burroughs second book, Running with Scissors: A…

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Book Review – The World That We Knew

By The Publisher | October 3, 2019 |

The World That We Knew: A Novel by Alice Hoffman It is Berlin 1941 and Hanni knows she must save her daughter from the Nazis. She goes to a rabbi but it is his daughter who creates a rare and unusual golem to protect the daughter and get her across the Swiss border to safety.…

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Book Review – A Single Thread

By The Publisher | September 24, 2019 |

A Single Thread: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier Violet Speedwell is trying to find her place in post World War I England. Her fiancé was killed in battle and she is destined to a life of spinsterhood (what a dreadful word!) since so many men were killed in the war. Instead of living with her…

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Book Review – Talking to Strangers

By The Publisher | September 20, 2019 |

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell Gladwell’s theme is “what we should know about the people we don’t know.” Through a series if inquiries taken from the headlines; the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the death of Sandra Bland and others, he weaves studies, ideas, and accounts…

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Book Review — An American Memoir

By The Publisher | September 11, 2019 |

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon Laymon details what it means to be black in America.   From being raised in Jackson, Mississippi we follow his path to college professor in New York. He doesn’t shy away from his difficult relationship with his brilliant mother, sexual violence, getting kicked out of college, gambling issues, and…

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Book Review — How to Know the Birds

By The Publisher | September 9, 2019 |

How to Know the Birds — by Ted Floyd a review by Larry Neel — Ted Floyd and I go way back… to our times together in Reno, greater Nevada, and the Partners In Flight West At Large from 1999 to 2002 when he was the Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator at the nascent Great Basin…

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