Archive for the ‘5 Stars’ Category

Book Review: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

I bought this book. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow is coming out soon; I thought I’d revisit one of my favorite biographies – Chernow’s “Alexander Hamilton“. I’ve read this book several years ago when it first came out, but it left a huge impression on me. My rating for Alexander Hamilton – 5 In […]

Book Review: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

I borrowed this book from the local library. “Child 44” by Rob Tom Smith is a tightly woven fictional story taking place in old-school Russia where Big Brother is everywhere and a fabricated incriminating charge is just a step away – a charge no-one could defend against. Because that would mean the State is wrong. The […]

Book Review: Devil’s Garden by Ace Atkins

I bought this eBook. Image via Wikipedia “Fatty” Arbuckle In “Devil’s Garden”, a historical fiction novel, author Ace Atkins recounts the events of a historic Labor Day weekend in 1921, San Francisco. On that fateful day beloved comic and silent movie star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle held a weekend of drunkenness orgy (regardless of the prohibition […]

Book Review: The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede

I bought this book. If I started reading a book about 9/11 and a few pages into it found that an American General, a CEO of an international clothing conglomerate, several members of the board of a wealthy charity, an NYPD detective and parents of a firefighter who is lost in the World Trade Center […]

Book Review: The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva

I borrowed this book from the local library. Disclaimer: I’m a sucker for WWII and / or spy books “The Unlikely Spy” by Daniel Silva is a fictional, fast paced page turner, set mostly in days preceding the Normandy invasion in WWII. The story’s unlikely hero is a university professor Alfred Vicray who was recruited […]

Book Review: The Invisible Mountain by Carolina de Robertis

I borrowed this book from the local library. “The Invisible Mountain” by Carolina de Robertis starts off with a miracle. In the first day of the twentieth century a baby girl, who disappeared from a village after her mother died giving birth to her, was found on top of a tree, that little girl is […]

Book Review: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

I borrowed this book from the local library. I love books about books – not only do I think that the not-so-obscure references to other books and characters are a little bonding between the author and me (they’re not – but I like to think so) but they also enlarge my already too-long-reading-list. In “The […]

Book Review: Son of Hamas by Mosab Hasson Yousef

I borrowed this eBook. “Son of Hamas” by Mosab Hasson Yousef is a gripping autobiography of a man who is caught between his own morality and what is expected of him by his community. Mosab is the son of a Hamas leader who is caught and jailed by the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security services). […]

Book Review: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

 I bought this eBook. “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese if a fictional book set mostly in Ethiopia and the latter part of the book in the United States which tells the story of identical twins born to a British surgeon and a nun. Shiva and Marion Praise Stone, sons to Dr. Thomas Stone and […]

Book Review: A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

I borrowed this book from the local library. “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” by Brigid Pasulka is a fascinating fictional book tells the stories of two generations of the same family in Poland. The chapters alternated between the grandparents’ experience in WWII war years & beyond, and their granddaughter’s life in the […]

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