One of the things I want to do is drive though the Hudson River Valley. I have travelled though part of it by train. InDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley
One of the things I want to do is drive though the Hudson River Valley. I have travelled though part of it by train. In fact, the Amtrak ride from NYC to Montreal is a stunning, beautiful trip. I highly recommend everyone take that rail journey at least once. I do, however, want to drive though part of those towns.
And now, after reading this book, I have a couple more places I want to stop.
Adamovic looks at the Hudson valley though the lenses of seasons. Along the way, he hits places of historical importance – such as Sleepy Hollow. The focus is mostly on the glorious scenery. Adamovic places the wildlife in context, in other words it is just seasonal behavior but also text that details the fauna and flora. The end of the book contains a location map and directions, making the book a practical work of art.
The photos of the flowers and animals are quite beautiful, including those photos of insect eating plants. The deer photo in particular was adorable. ...more
Assateague owes it fame to ponies, perhaps mostly to Misty and her family. There is, however, far more diverse wildlifeDisclaimer: Arc via Netgalley.
Assateague owes it fame to ponies, perhaps mostly to Misty and her family. There is, however, far more diverse wildlife on the island then simply horses. Marc Hendricks book on the island showcases this quite well. According to his text, Hendricks has made a study of Assateague for a great many years. And while there are beautiful photos of the ponies, there are a great many beautiful photos that details the Sika, birds, and water life of the island. The books chapters are photographer’s journey – in regards to various animals. Hendricks is able to connect the reader to the capture of the photography. And yes, one of the journeys does detail a pony, a black stallion to be more exact. The true selling point of the book is the photo, and these are quite lovely. If you love nature, the ponies, or have been to Assateague, this is an ideal book. ...more
In part this book is a reflection/mediation on the subject of rape. Griffin looks at rape though not only a feminist lense but also in term so historyIn part this book is a reflection/mediation on the subject of rape. Griffin looks at rape though not only a feminist lense but also in term so history. Perhaps the best section of the book is the last section which is a collage....more
Perhaps Walker should be better known for her poetry than simply best known for The Color Purple. The poems are about race as well as being a woman. TPerhaps Walker should be better known for her poetry than simply best known for The Color Purple. The poems are about race as well as being a woman. This kindle edition includes a brief biography with photos of the author....more
I picked this up because it was one sale for under .25 and because I had just finished Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery. Because I am an AmeriI picked this up because it was one sale for under .25 and because I had just finished Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery. Because I am an American, I cannot speak to the factual conflicts that some reveiws seem to reference. I found the read compelling, overall, I finished it, but the constant verb tense shifting was really annoying, and the it seems like the book is really two books mashed into one....more
Hawker's conclusion to The Book of Coming Forth is satsifying without touching on the unknowns of history in ways that causes the eyebrow to rocket stHawker's conclusion to The Book of Coming Forth is satsifying without touching on the unknowns of history in ways that causes the eyebrow to rocket straight up. In other words, unlike some historical writers I could name, Hawker's historical fiction is thrilling and plausible. Here, we have the arrival of Tut and the crumbling of a dynasty. Well done....more
It's not bad, I just found it difficult to care about any of the characters, with the expection of the evil woman who was actually the most engaging.It's not bad, I just found it difficult to care about any of the characters, with the expection of the evil woman who was actually the most engaging. I did finish it....more
Apparently this audio book has over 160 actors, and I would believe it. To be honest, I wanted the audio version because Don Cheadle was one of the peApparently this audio book has over 160 actors, and I would believe it. To be honest, I wanted the audio version because Don Cheadle was one of the performers.
He's the only reason I watched part of Iron Man something or other.
But, the handsome and talented Cheadle aside, this book. This book. This book is about grief, about life, about relationships, about sin, about . . . Lincoln coming to terms with self and death of his son.
Saunders combines history - at the least several of the sources cited in the history section of the book are real - and fiction - the bardo section, that takes place in the graveyard. The term bardo is a clue to the actual point of the novel. Critics have referred to it as modern Our Town, but I loved this whereas Our Town makes me want to throw up. There is a harshness to this, some of the language isn't present, but in the harshness lies truth.
Seriously, it is whatever says - the best book of the year....more
In my English 101 class, we just talked about spies and saboteurs in World War II. It was in a conversation about an esDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
In my English 101 class, we just talked about spies and saboteurs in World War II. It was in a conversation about an essay that dealt with the changing nature of history books in schools. We were discussing people and ideas that history books leave out. Female resistance members and the dropping of people into occupied countries came up.
Perhaps we don’t like talking about such people in wars because there is a whiff, just a whiff, of something not quite right. It is almost sneaky but in an understandable way. It is the question of tough choices and we really know that real spies are not James Bond in any of his incarnations. It is messy and tough, and not fair.
Perhaps that is why. Perhaps this is also why we romanticize the role because we know that it is a necessary one.
This slim volume gives a brief history of the OSS (the forerunner to the CIA) built pretty much by Wild Bill Donovan as well as detailing some of the lesser known missions. Both Alsop and Braden worked for the OSS, so the reader gets a sense of wanting the deserved acknowledgement.
Considering the time in which the authors lived, they deserve absolute kudos for noting woman agents and pointing out that the women agents did not hesitate to throw themselves out of perfectly good airplanes. It almost makes up for the use of only male missions in the second section of the book. The authors also note the use of non-white agents as well. Yet the authors do deserve praise for not trying to sugar coat not only the risks but also the need to sometimes act in a less than chivalrous way, this is particularly true of the last class. At times, the stories seem to be a bit blogged down with words (and sometimes with too similar names), yet Alsop and Braden do a good job at bringing a little known but very important role in the Second World War to light. ...more
I have never seen the Lascaux Cave paintings, at least not the real ones. I did see the traveling reconstruction exhibiDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
I have never seen the Lascaux Cave paintings, at least not the real ones. I did see the traveling reconstruction exhibit, which was very cool. But truth be told, I have never really thought about cave paintings very much, outside of abstract desire to see them.
David and Lefrere, however, seem to have spent a significant about of time thinking about cave paintings. This is a good thing.
In this short book, it is possible to read this in an hour or so, David and Lefrere make a pretty good case for the cave paintings’ creation – both the how and the why.
The theory about the why is one of those moments that at first seems so out there but makes such prefect sense when they lay out the details and take the reader along with them on the journey of discovery.
I am not entirely sure if I fully believe all the why part of the theory. While the authors make a very good case, there are too many variables that can be called into account. The process of how the art made it on to the wall – the “technology”/technique – of the animals on the walls of the cave.
The book is very readable because the structure is done in steps. The reader goes on the journey of discovery with the authors. ...more
I should note that I am not computer tech person. I usually say at least twice a week, why can't my computer do what I want it to do as opposed to whaI should note that I am not computer tech person. I usually say at least twice a week, why can't my computer do what I want it to do as opposed to what I accidently told it to do.
I enjoyed this book. It was the non-fiction selection in My Book Box for March. Dormehl writes about computers for the layman, and the concepts are easily grasped. He raises questions and even gives some answers. At times, the book is non-linear but it is never confusing....more