This book is the only Richard Finney book I have not read to date, except for the one I'm currently reading, "THE WIND RAIDER - Book One". Katy Sozaev...moreThis book is the only Richard Finney book I have not read to date, except for the one I'm currently reading, "THE WIND RAIDER - Book One". Katy Sozaeva recommended this one to me so it is on my "Must Read" list. (Thanks Katy!). I believe it to be therapeutic, and Lord knows, I could really use something positive right now...
* My review will follow as soon as I'm able to obtain a copy. I have absolutely LOVED every other book I've read by the super talented Mr. Finney, and I'm certain this book will not disappoint.(less)
It wouldn’t be fitting to write this review about the journey of the history-making racehorse “Casual Lies”, without his history-making owner/trainer...moreIt wouldn’t be fitting to write this review about the journey of the history-making racehorse “Casual Lies”, without his history-making owner/trainer Shelley Riley, and acknowledging where it all started. Did it start in a horse barn somewhere in the middle of horse country? Maybe at a county fair, or a livestock auction? Nope. It all started with a cute, rosy-cheeked, 6 year old girl pulling her little red wagon through a field of giant sunflowers, collecting caterpillars. It started with a farmer, and his plow horse named “Blackie”. One moment in time, setting off a chain of events, in which one human reaches out to a child, and that child reaches out to an animal. These are the moments, the links which make history. The story of “Casual Lies” is not just your average, run-of-the-mill, yawn-inducing, reads like an accountant’s spreadsheet, horseracing account. It’s great to actually not have to look up his PP’s (Past Performances) -- with the easy, conversational tone in which Shelley writes, it keeps you glued to the pages to see how he finished. This story is a living, breathing, real life account of a loveable, almost-human horse named “Stanley” and Shelley Riley, the first woman trainer to run a horse in all 3 consecutive races which make up the Triple Crown. Casual Lies ran a terrific race in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, coming up from 6th place to finish 2nd. You can watch his performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mBQxq... Even though this is a wonderful story about an amazing horse and the woman who loved and worked with him, everything wasn’t rainbows and horseshoes though. There was an endless onslaught of harassment it seemed in the period leading up to the 1992 Triple Crown races towards Jim and Shelley Riley and Casual Lies from some of the fellas in the business who maintained that it was still a man’s sport even in the 1990’s. For example, one trainer, (who must’ve been extremely intimidated by the dynamic duo of Casual Lies and Shelley), made numerous reports to the racing secretaries right before the Santa Anita Derby that “Casual Lies was sore, if not lame”, and he even went as far as to corner one of them to “express his doubts that Casual Lies could make it through the Santa Anita Derby without breaking down”. Hah! You showed him Stanley. These Chauvinists (my words) spoke some very personal and hurtful things about and towards Shelley: “I was called inexperienced and a dreamer, while being described as someone running a mom and pop operation. It was inferred I was a hick, dumb and uppity – and those were the nicer comments. I received a call from one of my friends in Pleasanton who told me a that a guy was running around the backside spouting, ‘That Shelley Riley, she thinks she’s so smart, and she’s really nothing more than just another womanist.’ Okay…a womanist?” Hah! You showed them Shelley. Believe me, this book is anything but boring. The pace gallops along smoothly; it never falters. Ms. Riley writes with such clarity, so concise with her words and explanations, that even a brand new fan of the sport will understand and appreciate horseracing so much more. There’s even content there to keep the interest of the more experienced racing fans. *Warning: This book may result in red teary eyes, sniffles, laughter and tennis elbow. (My husband and I passed this book back and forth continuously.) I highly recommend this book to seasoned fans of the sport, new fans of the sport, animal lovers, or simply put, anyone who enjoys a great story.
***Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author for purposes of a fair review. (Thank you Shelley Riley for the opportunity to read this book). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
7/21/13 Based on merely the preface to this story, I'm already hooked by a few short paragraphs. The writing style of Ms. Riley is so welcoming and comfortable, that it felt as though I were listening to a friend recount a recent experience.
More to come as soon as I'm able to finish this wonderful book. Preface alone gets 5 stars ;)(less)
At this moment, I'm sitting here stunned. Stunned because I've finally received answers I've needed for the longest ti...moreWow, this was an amazing book...
At this moment, I'm sitting here stunned. Stunned because I've finally received answers I've needed for the longest time. Stunned because I've connected to another soul with many of the strange, uncommon symptoms I've experienced, some since childhood. Stunned because I no longer feel alone with the monster known as MS...
This lady's story could be mine, or one of many others. She has successfully put into words, the things we wish we could say about the struggles associated with MS, but oftentimes, cannot express through mere words.
Mrs. Palardy has written an honest, painful, at times heartbreaking account of her journey through life, MS, and the assortment of medical testing and treatments. She has faced the issues in her life head on with courage, strength and personal fortitude. Terry is by no means a victim, but a slayer of this dragon. Her husband, a true knight in shining armor, stands strong by her side, supporting her, facing everything this ugly disease can throw at them.
This is an honest, important, inspiring, empowering book, which will help any one with MS, and will bring knowledge and a deeper understanding to the loved ones and friends of those with the disease.
Thank you Terry for this gift you have given. Your story and courage has made a difference in my life.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author for purposes of review. (Thank you Terry Palardy for the opportunity to read your book). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
“I love socialism, and I’m willing to die to bring it about, but if I did, I’d take a thousand with me.” — Jim Jones, September 6, 1975
And so he did....more“I love socialism, and I’m willing to die to bring it about, but if I did, I’d take a thousand with me.” — Jim Jones, September 6, 1975
And so he did...
A riveting account of the "real" people behind the Jonestown tragedy. Not kooks, or particularly naive people; simply people who wanted equality and better lives than they currently had.
How could these people give themselves over, even unto death, to following a narcissistic madman such as Jones?
Not willingly. Oh, at first they were willing. But they soon became victims, captives if you will, of the monster named Jim Jones. His techniques and tactics resembled those used in brainwashing. In time, each act of control grew more terrifying and horrific. Intimidation, various abuses, near starvation, even forced sedations, ended in a crescendo of death; an act of mass suicide at gunpoint.
I appreciate Ms. Scheeres' professional, yet compassionate handling of this subject. She gives a fair accounting of facts, yet humanely gives us answers from the lives, words and minds of those involved.
***Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through Goodreads. (Thank you to the author and publishers for the opportunity to read this book). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” (less)
This case was a travesty, a mockery of justice from beginning to end. It's hard to believe that in Ame...more*Witch Hunt in West Memphis Arkansas circa 1993*
This case was a travesty, a mockery of justice from beginning to end. It's hard to believe that in America, 3 people could end up in jail for so many years, based strictly on speculations, prejudices, and an out and out literal witch hunt. The trial, just like the "evidence" or lack thereof, was insane. After reading the first couple of chapters of this book, I had strong suspicions on who had actually murdered those poor little boys. That "person" went free, while 3 young men paid the highest price with their young lives for liking certain music and black clothing :/ If I, a simple librarian, could figure it out, then why couldn't the buffoons involved in this case do the same?
I'm glad they are finally free. It's long overdue.
On that note, I'd like to sing the praises of the author Mara Leveritt. She has written a clear-cut, concise account of the events surrounding this case. Factual, well-researched (with 50 pages of sources and notes at the end), she relates the process through the investigation, trials and appeals of the accused. She covers the evidence found in the heinous murders of the three 8 year old boys in a precise, straight-forward way, yet this book is anything but a 'dry' read. Reads with the pacing and flow of fiction, but sadly it's not. The murders happened in 1993 and even though the book was published in 2002, this story still continues today. This case was nothing but a dog and pony show, with a witch hunt as the final act. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the case of the West Memphis 3, or how the justice system in America can/does fail. A must read!(less)
I'm extremely impressed with this book. Usually reference books bore me to tears before I've even made it close to the end, but not this one! Ms. Clar...moreI'm extremely impressed with this book. Usually reference books bore me to tears before I've even made it close to the end, but not this one! Ms. Clark managed to keep my attention through the entire work. That was no small feat! Dare I say reading this book was actually enjoyable? For me it was. The title is somewhat deceiving because it not only contains a wealth of information regarding herbal remedies for children, (remedies which will work for all ages by the way), but it contains so much more. Everything and anything you could want or need to know about Herbs and Herbal medicine is here. Recipes, remedies, the different herbs and what they treat, gathering, storing, buying, growing, and even locating an herbalist. Plus, there's so much more to be found between the pages of this guide. Instead of breaking your budget to purchase a pile of books on the subject, why not simply buy this one? It has everything! It's interesting, user friendly, well organized, well written and well worth the price. It should have been titled, "The Herb Bible". Nice job Ms. Clark. You are a Master.
"Won through GoodReads First Reads Program. Thank you Demetria Clark for making it possible for me to review your book."