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Connemara: Listening to the Wind – Tim Robinson

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7 April 2021

Tim Robinson died in spring 2020. He and his wife had relocated from Connemara to London after Tim developed Parkinson’s Disease. He died of COVID, following the death of his wife two weeks earlier. Robinson’s passing at the age of 85 is a tremendous loss. His documentation of the…


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Business Nonfiction Reviews

The Smartest Guys In The Room – Bethany McLean and Peter Elkend (Audible Review)

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27 March 2021

I usually do not review non-fiction if I can avoid it. Life is tough, and I prefer a writer to take me somewhere I cannot imagine in my daily life.

I am making an exception with the review today. I live in Texas, and as I write this, my state…


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Joe Biden: American Dreamer – Evan Osnos

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29 December 2020

President

At the time of writing this review, Joe Biden is US President-Elect and will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, on January 20th following the most important, divisive, and insane election in American history. An election that I’m sure psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, politicists and…


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Crime Nonfiction

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

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22 December 2020

Chilling

An outstanding and powerful work of literature, even more impressive because it conveyed true crimes, a profound investigative insight, the vivid sense of time and place, and the atmosphere that cloaked the evil events carried out on November 15 in 1959, in Holcomb, Kansas. Truman Capote is an artist…


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The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 – Tim Madigan

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18 August 2020

The most catastrophic race riot in American history occurred in the summer of 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Eighty years later, a state committee formed to officially address the tragedy concluded that the 18 hours of civil unrest that devastated the black neighborhood of Greenwood was more a massacre than…


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Buzz Books 2020: Fall/Winter – Publishers Lunch

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2 June 2020

BibliographyI really appreciate and enjoy curated information especially about books and general writing insights. NetGalley is in an excellent position to curate, analyse and promote many books to be published with leading publishers.

Buzz Books 2020: Fall/Winter gives reading addicts the opportunity to see what’s coming from new and favourite authors….


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Memoir Nonfiction

Stories from the Stoop – Steve Bernstein

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1 November 2019

Formidable

Steve Bernstein brings us seven stories from his life in the Bronx in New York. A memoir that gives us a unique view of how it was to live and witness the changes in a mixed racial community during the tumultuous 1960s. His stories are well written and add…


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My Ugandan Hill – Charles H. Colman

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3 October 2019

Uganda

My Ugandan Hill is Makerere Hill in Kampala. The author is quite clear that the writing is aimed at Middle-Grade students and that does feel accurate. It tackles everything head-on in an honest and descriptive style and wraps a story around the places and people Charles meets during his time…


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Nonfiction Short Stories

Weirder War Two – Richard Denham

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16 June 2019

Curiouser

Weirder War Two: More Strange Facts, Unsolved Mysteries and Tall Tales from the Second World War is a continuation from the first book with 101 new facts and tales. ‘Weirder’ is a useful term for the follow-on book, but the truth is, the stories are less weird, but still very…


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Crime Nonfiction

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee – Casey Cep

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26 May 2019

Accursed

Furious Hours is a truly engrossing documentary style book that brings three enthralling stories together around a series of incidents involving a serial killer. Each part includes the perspective of a renowned personality; Reverend Willie Maxwell (Serial Killer Preacher – Voodoo Preacher), Tom Radney (Lawyer) and Harper Lee (Author -…

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