Reservation Blues opens with introducing us to a mysterious guitar, Robert Johnson, Thomas Builds-the-Fire, Victor, Junior, Chess and Checkers and thrReservation Blues opens with introducing us to a mysterious guitar, Robert Johnson, Thomas Builds-the-Fire, Victor, Junior, Chess and Checkers and through these characters we learn how they overcame obstacles to merely survive.
Reservation Blues read like a folk tale complete with poetry. Reservation Blues was about three men who grew up together and two sisters who form a band. All of them had been misfits but learned lessons they were unlikely to forget.
Reservation Blues was a story that had to be told. Some readers may find appreciation for the story that was told in a no-nonsense manner while others may feel shame and denial. Though Reservation Blues was written as fiction there were many historical events. ...more
I bought Freakonomics because the chapter titles intrigued me: What Do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common? How the Klu Klux Klan is likeI bought Freakonomics because the chapter titles intrigued me: What Do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common? How the Klu Klux Klan is like a Group of Real-Estate Agents? Why Do Drug Dealers Still Live With Their Moms? Where Have All The Criminals Gone? With Chapter titles like the above, how could anyone resist not wanting to read Freakonomics!
A few things I learned were:
1. How administrators of standardization testing can tell if teachers inflated students test scores. 2. The Ku Klux Klan was founded during aftermath of the Civil War by former Confederate soldiers in Pulaski, Tennessee…four of whom were budding lawyers who saw themselves as merely a circle of like-minded friends—thus the name…”Ku Klu Klan…. They added Klan” because they were all of Scottish-Irish decent…. In the beginning, their activities were said to be harmless midnight pranks…. But soon…evolved into a multistate terrorist organization designed to frighten and kill emancipated slaves….by force and terror, to prevent all political action not in accord with the views of the members….” 3. Listerine was invented in the nineteenth century as a powerful surgical antiseptic…. In distilled form as a floor cleaner and a cure for gonorrhea. But it wasn’t a runaway success until the 1920s, when it was pitched as a solution for “chronic halitosis”—a then absence medical term for bad breath. 4. That mixing powdered cocaine in a saucepan with baking soda and water and then cooking off the liquid, produced tiny rocks of smokeable cocaine. It came to be called crack for the crackling sound of the baking soda made when it was burned. 5. Norma McCorvey is Jane Roe; the Roe in Roe v. Wade. 6. Head Start does nothing for a child’s future test scores … instead of spending the day with his own undereducated, overworked mother, the typical Head Start child spends the day with someone else’s undereducated overworked mother. 7. How a child’s name (female and male) and its spelling could identify the education level of the person who named the child. 8. No matter how many opportunities you give your child they are going to end up where they wanted to be whether it be jail or a high power position.
Not only was Freakonomics an informative read, it was a fun read! When I wasn’t laughing, I was learning―when I wasn’t learning, I was shaking my head―when I wasn’t shaking my head, my mouth was dropping open. I recommend Freakonomics to everyone from middle school through college, from the no income/low income, to the top earner because there is something here for everyone to learn about themselves, their communities and especially about the people voted in office to serve We The People. ...more
Who killed Nadia Zarinski who volunteered at Ford’s Theatre and who is rumored to be a former lover of Senator Bruce Lerner?
Margaret Truman did an extWho killed Nadia Zarinski who volunteered at Ford’s Theatre and who is rumored to be a former lover of Senator Bruce Lerner?
Margaret Truman did an extraordinary job in making us suspect everyone then redirecting us when we believe we have figured out the identity of the actual killer! Richard Allen was phenomenal in his storytelling.
What I liked was that we never get lost in all the twists and turns and smoke and mirrors. Not only was Murder at Ford’s Theatre a good read, we learn a lot about the history surrounding the theatre. ...more
Mac and Annabelle are drawn into the murder of a former enforcer.
The sitting president is accused of ordering the murder of a sitting Chilean presideMac and Annabelle are drawn into the murder of a former enforcer.
The sitting president is accused of ordering the murder of a sitting Chilean president while head of the CIA. A former enforcer of the Mob claimed to have been the hit man and hired a Ghost Writer to write his story. A right wing Senator who has made it his life to not let the sitting president see a second term is doing all he can to get the book published. Guerin Barry does a good job and telling the story. ...more
Joanna Brady was told that Sheriff Andy Brady, Joanna’s husband, death was a suicide. Joanna wouldn’t believe it and neither did Sheriff Andy’s fatherJoanna Brady was told that Sheriff Andy Brady, Joanna’s husband, death was a suicide. Joanna wouldn’t believe it and neither did Sheriff Andy’s father. After realizing that the Chief of Police of Cochise County wasn’t going to investigate the case as a murder, Joanna went in search of her husband’s murderer. Ellen Travola did an okay job in storytelling....more