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Henry Boucha, Ojibwa, Native American Olympian by Boucha Sr, Mr Henry Charles
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Henry is a Renaissance man - tried and true. However, you might list 'writer' as one of his lesser qualities. Nevertheless, this autobiography is a shining example of Henry's life long relentless effort to seize the day. These 467 pages are self-publ...more
Wealth and Privilege by Jeanette Watts
Wealth and Privilege
by Jeanette Watts (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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Will Thomas and Regina find each other? At the end of the novel, we're left with this compelling question that only Watts can answer. I hope she does. In this her wonderful first novel, Watts weaves dynamic elements into a vibrant tapestry of histori...more
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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My 3-star rating is misleading because I read it intermittently and lost the usual magnetism that draws me to 'get back to it.' However, this novel reads more as historical fiction because it's based on actual upheavals in Nigeria. Also, the characte...more
The Big Miss by Hank Haney
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Tattle-tales attract us with alleged secrets, and Hank Haney uses a magnetic spectrum of them to do so. Without delving into each tale spanning his six year involvement with Tiger, suffice it to say that my curiosity is satisfied. Haney paints a Pica...more
Simon's Night & My Simon's Night Journal by Jon Hassler
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First published in 1979, I read it circa 1989, but this recent 2013 edition contains Hassler's Journal that he kept while writing the novel. Thank you to Joe Plut, known as the hugging professor at Brainerd Community College, who took pains to arrang...more
The Prague Cemetery
The Prague Cemetery
by Umberto Eco
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Beautiful and Pointless by David Orr
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VOICE – is, for, me the most compelling aspect of this non-fiction text. Orr blends the analytical with his personal that together create a rolling texture offering sharp insights and unnerving apologies. However, in the last chapter Orr leaps into h...more
Ben Hogan by James Dodson
Ben Hogan: An American Life
by James Dodson
read in January, 2014
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Dodson's comprehensive and well researched narrative of golf's most compelling star keenly glosses over the rougher edges of Hogan's life without ignoring them. Most telling in this regard is Dodson's insistence that Hogan's socially cold shoulder is...more
Angle of Declination by Doug Mayfield
Angle of Declination
by Doug Mayfield
read in December, 2013
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This is a fine amateur work. I see the amateur part in the heavy-handed treatment of the novel’s moral keel. That is, the narrator tells us what to think about the personal decisions made by characters rather than more subtly implying them. However,...more
Vacationland by Sarah Stonich
Vacationland
by Sarah Stonich (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2013
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The previously written comments by readers echo my own - mostly they describe the novel's random structure of chapters as either a weakness or as refreshingly unpredictable. I lean more to the former - a weakness. Obviously these non-linear chapters...more
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