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The Girl Who Smiled Beads – Clemantine Wamariya

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20 September 2018

Fragmentation

This is the third book I’ve read this year based around the Rwandan genocide. Each book has been haunting, heartbreaking and tragic – this book is no different. I didn’t want to be reminded about that period again but it is compelling and inspirational to see how humanity can…

Nonfiction

Fear: Trump in the White House – Bob Woodward

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16 September 2018

Revelation?
“Cohn realised that Trump had gone bankrupt six times and seemed not to mind. Bankruptcy was just another business strategy. Walk away, threaten to blow up the deal. Real power is fear.”
Donald Trump is probably the most divisive President in US history and has created a polarised nation between…


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Nonfiction War

Weird War 2 – Richard Denham

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3 September 2018

Peculiar

Weird War 2 is a collection of totally disparate facts from World War II that range from horrific to humorous, and from recognisable to strange. Most are aimed at being at least slightly weird, and it does reinforce the saying that “truth is stranger than fiction”. The stories cover…

Nonfiction

The Assassination of Robert Kennedy – Tim Tate & Brad Johnson

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27 August 2018

If you enjoy reading historical non-fiction events that are embroiled in a conspiracy, then this would be a book I would recommend reading. With the wealth of information and the plethora of opinions as to what occurred on that fateful night June 4th, 1968 in the Ambassador hotel, I…

Crime Nonfiction

The Glass Mask – E. L. DuBois

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23 July 2018

Persecution
I stepped out of my comfort zone of fictional worlds, where authors conjure images, plots and dialogue that stir my emotions and imagination. What I was stepping into, I wasn’t quite sure, a true story of an abused, tormented but ultimately very courageous woman. I can no longer pretend…


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Nonfiction Reference Science and Technology

Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers

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23 July 2018

Numeration
There is infinite beauty in mathematics and numbers!
When I say infinite, I immediately think about Pi and how it extends to infinite decimal places. When I say beauty, I think about how numbers can translate to graphical images with curves, straight lines and multiple dimensions, each with unique relationships…

History Nonfiction

Gone: Catastrophe in Paradise – O.J. Modjeska,

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23 July 2018

Catastrophe

“Forty years ago, on the afternoon of 27 March 1977, a mass of American and European tourists descended on a tropical paradise for the holiday of a lifetime. Within hours, hundreds were dead.”

As they say, the truth is stranger than fiction. The chain of events and incidents that conspired…


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Look for Me Under the Rainbow – Bernard Jan

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23 July 2018

Malignant
Often in nature films and documentaries, we get an appreciation of how precarious life can be for wild animals, plus we are all potentially in the food chain for some other animal. If you’ve ever seen the Orca whale tossing a seal in the air repeatedly, it is a…


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A World Without Color: – Bernard Jan

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23 July 2018

Goodbye
Bernard Jan tells in detail the last 3 days of Marcel’s life, as his cat goes through its final stages of suffering from diabetes. This story is very emotional and touching, which felt like a self-professing love poem to Marcel – his pet, his companion, his love. The emotions…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

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