A person would not expect a nonfiction book about retirement to be a real page-turner, but the author's writing style in this one keeps you engaged ch...moreA person would not expect a nonfiction book about retirement to be a real page-turner, but the author's writing style in this one keeps you engaged chapter after chapter. A good example is a direct quote from A Word From the Author: "The following book is what I call "colorized nonfiction". That means it's basically true, with the exception of any character, passages, people, places, events dialogue, and other stuff that I made up or embellished for the sole purpose of trying to keep you, the reader, from lapsing into the coma-like state commonly induced by reading books about personal finance. No cheapskates were killed or harmed in the writing of this book, but a few spendthrifts were accidentally waterboarded."
The loss of $2 trillion in retirement savings of Americans since the great recession of 2008 should be a wake-up call for all of us. A Gallup poll showed that 75% of Americans feel the average worker in the current economy can't save enough to guarantee a secure retirement. So what do we do? Jeff Yeager suggests a new approach which focusses on how we spend our income rather that how we try to save or invest it. His approach has enabled his own retirement at the age of 47 and it may enable other readers to follow suit.
This is a true life adventure about searching for a lost city in the Amazon. Does it get much better then this?! I had never heard of Percy Fawcett an...moreThis is a true life adventure about searching for a lost city in the Amazon. Does it get much better then this?! I had never heard of Percy Fawcett and his many attempts to locate the lost city of Z. It became an obsession for him and for many others who tried to follow. The Amazon rainforest becomes one of his deadliest foes, and I for one, after reading the descriptions of the rainforest, am not planning a vacation there anytime in my lifetime. With that being said, by the end of the book I was ready to go and find Fawcett and his lost city. I became as caught up in the story of the lost city of Z as much as anyone else had. This book is written well and the additional pictures help connect you to these real life adventurers. It is always interesting to try to understand the obsessiveness and hubris that causes humans to search for lost cities, be the first to climb Mt. Everest or reach the Poles.
Sixteen-year-old Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand Reds (the lowest caste of society) who live beneath the surface of Mars, mining for an eleme...moreSixteen-year-old Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand Reds (the lowest caste of society) who live beneath the surface of Mars, mining for an element that will tereform Mars and make it habitable to the people of Earth. After tragedy strikes, Darrow learns that everything he has ever been told is a lie. Mars has been habitable for hundreds of years and all the other colors of society, including the ruling Golds. In order to lead a revolution, Darrow must become what he has hated, a Gold, and attend the Institute, a school where the children of the most elite Golds battle for powerful roles in society. Red Rising is jam packed with action and excitement. This dark and powerful read is recommended for readers who are looking for a book reminiscent of The Hunger Games or Enders Game. Red Rising is very graphic and violent though, so it might not be for everyone
Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is probably the most widely-known and beloved character in English literature. His adventures, as chronicled in f...moreArthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is probably the most widely-known and beloved character in English literature. His adventures, as chronicled in four novels and 56 short stories, have enthralled millions of people over the decades. Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, have also been portrayed in dozens of plays, radio programs and films by the likes of Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett and Benedict Cumberbatch. SHERLOCK HOLMES FAQ is a one-stop shopping guide to all things Holmes, detailing the back-story of all written stories and filmed/spoken adventures interwoven with a biography of Conan Doyle. It's a lively, opinionated and entertaining tribute to the 'Great Detective.'
A widow returns to her family cabin looking for relief from the sorrow of losing her husband. Soon she is caught up with a neighbor's quest for lost t...moreA widow returns to her family cabin looking for relief from the sorrow of losing her husband. Soon she is caught up with a neighbor's quest for lost treasure, the dispute over wolf reintroduction, and an errant granddaughter's visit. For anyone that has spent time in Northern Wisconsin this book can be fun. The descriptions of the lakes, woods, and cottages return one to summers in the North. The treasure hunt is for Dillinger's lost cash on the night he was rousted from the Little Bohemia. Again, for anyone acquainted with the area this is a fun side adventure.
All in all, the book is rather loosely written. Only certain sections kept my interest and even then I did not think it was especially well done. A gruesome description of a bear cub's death negatively affected me and my view of the author. This scene could have been a very powerful ecological message but because of the writing it just seems to be here for shock value.
This book is adult fiction, described as psychologically intense, and that is an apt description of how the story unfolds. In Detroit, in the 1970's,...moreThis book is adult fiction, described as psychologically intense, and that is an apt description of how the story unfolds. In Detroit, in the 1970's, Mattie, Spencer and Theresa were in the "gifted" program at their school. At that same point in time, a serial killer known as "The Snowman" was picking and choosing young victims with impunity. How those horrific murders affected families, neighborhoods and these three "exceptional" children, both at that time, and thirty years later is the framework of this story. A bit slow in the first part of the book, the intensity picks up and the story and character connections unfold in interesting ways. The author's view represents a kind of backward domino effect where we see the grand crash first and then the intricately arranged pattern leading up to it.
This cozy picture book shows the year-and-a-half long construction process involved in building a house, from moving into a trailer to live until the...moreThis cozy picture book shows the year-and-a-half long construction process involved in building a house, from moving into a trailer to live until the house is done, picking out the site, consulting the blueprints, digging the basement, raising the frame, and working in all types of weather. Mom and Dad both work on the house while the children play and “help”. This is a realistic picture of how much work and planning it takes to construct a house. Illustrations are realistic, sweet and cozy and include lots of tools and machines. The final illustration is my favorite: a very tired family sitting on the couch reading to their children (and cat) on the first night in their new home. This book is based on the author’s experience of his parents building their house when he was a child.