Archive for the ‘Non-Fiction’ Category

Book Review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

I bought this eBook.   “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet” by  David Mitchell  is an exceptional book which can easily be passed as a romantic historical fiction.  The book opens in the last part of the 18th Century in feudal Japan, where the reader is positioned in the middle of a difficult labor […]

Book Review: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson

I borrowed this book from my sister. “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” is a wonderful and witty memoir of Bill Bryson‘s childhood journey through the 1950’s. Mr. Bryson goes back to the absurdity of the golden age of no seatbelts, no airbags, helmets, and bottled water or knee pads. An age where […]

Book Review: James Monroe by Gary Hart

I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. James Monroe is a short biography written by Gary Hart (US Senator, D – CO) about the fifth president of the United States.  James […]

Book Review: James Madison by Garry Wills

I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. This short biography of James Madison focuses on his time as president of the United States – imagine a biography of Miguel de Cervantes […]

Book Review: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis

I bought this book. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away.   American Sphinx is an elegant, informative and well researched book, yet a bit strange and differs from other biographies.  In this book, Mr. Ellis tries to figure […]

Book Review: John Adams by David McCullough

I bought this book. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away.   John Adams by David McCullough is a fabulous biography of the second President of these United States.  Mr. McCullough’s characterization of the president and his wife really […]

Book Review: A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism by Yossi Katz

Disclaimer: I got this book as an ARC in exchange for a review. “A Voice Called” is the kind of book I used to love as a kid, and still do. Sometimes you just don’t know if you’re interested in something and are looking for a short summary about a subject to see if you […]

Book Review: His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

I got this book as a gift.   I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. “His Excellency: George Washington” is an overview of Washington’s life, the important decisions he made and why did he make them. Mr. Ellis’ research […]

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I got this book as from the local library.  Will traveling around the world help Elizabeth Gilbert deal with depression? Maybe, it certainly couldn’t hurt and it’s sure worth finding out. Eat, Pray, Love is a 2006 memoir of Ms. Gilbert which chronicles her trip around the world after her divorce and takes the reader […]

Book Review: The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul

Disclaimer – The book I read is an advanced uncorrected proof which I received for free. The book gets its title from a speech President Obama made on March, 2009: “For the American people, this border region has become the most dangerous place in the world,” This scrupulous coverage of Pakistan was written by the […]

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