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The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin
I wanted to read this book for several reasons. As a liberal woman who's interested in politics I'm always interested to learn what women in politics ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
This book gives complete credibility to the statement; "We have no idea of what we really don't know." Understandably, there are going to be people wh ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget
Personal essays editor Sarah Hepola's memoir could use a deft editor for starters. Too much reliance on italics, commas and poor sentence structure. T ...more
Jul 04, 2015
Jul 04, 2015
Gone Girl
As a writer/reader I like to evaluate the entire package; as this book is getting a great deal of attention.
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Dec 27, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
The Kiss
While the subject matter is simply taboo; the writing is fluid, beautiful and haunting. I stumbled upon this author after reading her profile in a boo ...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story
Perhaps one of the more disturbing true crime books I've read in some time. The warning signs were clear about Arias from the beginning and yet, the i ...more
Nov 15, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim, #1)
Told in a first person narrative the voice is clear, distinctive and often a commentary. The writing is instantly appealing as a gruesome murder is th ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 12, 2014
The Ghosted Bridge
Author/Freelance Writer Kristy Abbott has taken a real-life tragic event in Mpls in 2007 and composed real, beautiful and flawed characters to make fo ...more
Nov 29, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker
This is the story of an attractive, sheltered, spoiled young woman who grew up in Colorado in a family where success was expected not pursued. Even th ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 08, 2014
Body of Evidence (Kay Scarpetta, #2)
This book is much more detailed than Postmortem. It goes into greater detail with secondary characters. The core of the emerging Scarpetta series is D ...more
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers and Grant Givers Share Their Secrets
Thinking of starting a non-profit? This book is a great resource for those interested in beginning the process of asking for grant money. It defines w ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 08, 2011
Fix-It & Forget-It Cookbook
This is a perfect cookbook for those wanting to begin doing slow cooker cooking. The beef stew recipe on page 71 is a favorite especially during the w ...more
May 2010
May 10, 2011
The reason I'm drawn to J.M. Ledgard's writing is not only the use of multiple narratives, beautiful command of the language but it's also his journal ...more
Feb 16, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
It has been 50 years since the assassination of JFK and yet, questions still haunt those who witnessed and were actively there in Dallas, Texas. Attor ...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
Falling Through Clouds: A Story of Survival, Love, and Liability
As a long time resident of Minnesota and a lover of all that is the North Shore; this story was easy to visualize in many ways. Journalist Damian Fowl ...more
May 31, 2014
Jun 01, 2014
Leaving Before the Rains Come
England born Alexandra Fuller is a gifted writer who gives the reader of this memoir an expansive collection of human relationships to ruminate on. Ad ...more
Feb 11, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books
I cannot think of another author I've read who defines the role of fiction in our culture as beautifully and profoundly as Iranian Professor and Write ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Nov 02, 2014
ON THE FRONT LINE: The Collected Journalism of Marie Colvin
I remembered reading about the death of Journalist Marie Colvin and at the time knew little about her. From the striking cover photo to the stories sh ...more
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Imagine a painter's palette as you read this callow and compelling memoir. You'll see green at the beginning as did Strayed when she lost her mother t ...more
May 10, 2012
May 10, 2012
Predator (Kay Scarpetta, #14)
Even the revised introductions by the author and her acknowledgements to specific physicians/scientists ;including her lover/partner can't seem to hel ...more
Nov 02, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta, #7)
The thing to remember when reading fiction; latitude is a given. The more flawed a character is the more threads of a storyline are available. Dr. Sca ...more
Jan 03, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
The Last Brother
You don't have to read very far into this book to realize how gloriously the Kennedy clan thought of themselves. Joe Kennedy spent much of his married ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
This is the story of human persistence like no other. Louie Zamperini is an extraordinary man on so many levels; soldier, olympic runner and forgiving ...more
Jan 2011
Mar 11, 2011
The best thing I can say about this book; it looks nice on the shelf. Are you a cooler, closer or cleaner? Really? For those of you who admire Michael ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
The Garner Files: A Memoir
Author Jon Winokur writes about the life of James Scott Bumgarner ( James Garner) in the same straight forward manner many of us have come to admire a ...more
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015
Eleven Days
Ever since the death of Bin Laden I feel as though we've been a bit overwhelmed with all things military and intelligence. It goes without saying some ...more
Jan 24, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist
I had the pleasure of hearing a radio interview Halbreich did in the Twin Cities; I found her story immediately interesting. Let's be honest; it's dif ...more
Oct 25, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
For many of us we've been brought up not to discuss death even when it happens to our closest family members. I have always found the entire funeral p ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 01, 2014
Whatever... Love is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves
Actress/Activist Maria Bello's memoir is a clear mediation on her life; asking herself in a public way many of the questions we might ask ourselves. W ...more
Jun 30, 2015
Jul 01, 2015
I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
**spoiler alert** I can't think of a comedian who is more consistent and wonderful than Canadian Martin Short. Upon reading about his journey one also ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
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