The 53rd Book Review Blog Carnival

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Man of la Book reviews Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal M. Omar
“Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos” by Manal M. Omar is a memoir which the author wrote of her time working as a Non-governmental organizations called “Women for Women” in Iraq. Ms. Omar is an American woman and a devout Muslim, which gives her a unique perspective.”
MYSTERIES in PARADISE reviews A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
“Superb debut crime fiction novel by an Australian author. Set in South Africa in 1952 at the beginning of legislated apartheid. ”
Indian Eagle’s Diary reviews The Big Short by Michael Lewis
“As someone who was in the thick of these things in the spectacular collapse that happened in 2008, it is amazing how a book like The Big Short gives you a view in what happened in retrospect. I was a student while the collapse happened and we were grappling with the possibility of being unemployed despite passing out from one of the top ranked institutes in India.”
Man of la Book reviews Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
“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. ”
Audio Book Downloads reviews Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
“Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? If so, Gary Vaynerchuk is ready to show you how to use the power of the Internet to build a business or career around what you are passionate about.”
Man of la Book reviews Devil’s Garden by Ace Atkins
In “Devil’s Garden”, a historical fiction novel, author Ace Atkins recounts the events of a historic Labor Day weekend in 1921, San Francisco.”
Colloquiumr eviews The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo
“A pastor and his family accept a call to a new church. Upon arriving, they realize that they have walked into the middle of a power play of epic proportions & the key player will stop at nothing to win, even if it means the pastor and his family leave town in caskets. Does a Christian who remains in the midst of a calculated series of terrorist attacks qualify as a martyr . . . or a fool? The author, daughter of the pastor and his wife, describes how her childhood was destroyed and, in the end, both of her parents eventually lost their lives because of her father’s dogged determination not to abandon his congregation. She and her brother were orphaned. Her focus is on forgiveness, something she gave the attackers, and the well-written book is compelling. But readers will have to decide for themselves how they feel about the choices her parents made — and whether they were actually divinely inspired. ”
Parenting Squad reviews Getting In by Karen Stabiner
“Around September 1, any home that includes a college-bound senior will find a marked change in emotional atmospheric pressure. Suddenly, seemingly all thoughts of parents and child become consumed with one thing: college applications.”
I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book reviews Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
“The copy of Mr. Peanut from my local public library has a green sticker on the spine that says “Mystery.” One might conclude that the book was a story about who done it, but one would be wrong.”
Find Your Next Good Read reviews The Lovely Bonesby Alice Sebold
“The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, is a story with a simple plot that is narrated from heaven by 14 year old Susie Salmon, who was raped and murdered by her neighbor in 1973.”
The Writing Sprite reviews One Man’s Paradiseby Douglas Corleone
“A story based in the reviewer’s home town. We don’t see this too often. At least I haven’t.”
The LL Book Review reviews The Path to Tyranny by Michael E. Newton.
“I’ve said it before in other historical or nonfiction books I’ve reviewed here: I was not a fan of history class back in school, and I blame the bland teachers who doubled as coaches and only taught history because they had to teach something besides kick ball. ”
ARCN reviews The Path to Tyranny by Michael E. Newton
“Being an avid reader of history and ancient cultures, I could certainly understand why our founding fathers would want to ensure that the government they created would be held accountable to we the people.”
The Truth About Lies reviews The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind
“BA man opens his door one morning to find a pigeon in his hallway, something that turns his world upside down. Why should this innocuous event have such an effect on him? A striking portrait of an outsider, a casualty of war even though he never fought in one. A very different book to ‘Perfume’, Süskind’s best known work. ”
MYSTERIES in PARADISE reviews Silk Chasers by Peter Klein
“#3 in an Australian crime fiction series set in the horse racing industry. SILK CHASER is the best so far. Among the things that I like are the readability, the yarn that flows well, the continuing threads and characters from the previous novels, the authentic Australian flavour, and the believable scenarios.”
Read Aloud … Dad reviews The Sorely Trying Day by Russell and Lillian Hoban
“After his sorely trying day, all father wanted was to relax and recover, but at home he faces children striking each other and the pets fighting all over the furniture. How did it all start? That question is at the crux of this picture book.”
Man of La Book reviews This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
““This Side of Paradise” by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the fictional story of Amory Blaine, born with a silver spoon in his mouth; heir to wealth, has good looks and sophistication. ”
The Truth About Lies reviews The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall
“There are many people in prison who maintain their innocence: for some that’s just what they’ve been told to say no matter what evidence is put in front of them; others truly believe in their innocence ”
Forensic Colleges reviews 10 Books About Real World Crime
“There are a ton of stories and books out there that portray ruthless crimes and brutal murders but real-life crimes books should not only let you in on the hard facts of the crimes committed but also give some insight into the minds of the accused. The following books written after notorious real life- crimes are must reads: ”
Criminal Justice University reviews 10 Books with Homeland Security Threats
“Since the attacks on the U. S. on September 11, 2001, the United States government has stepped up the game tremendously to protect its citizen from another grave terrorist attack. Countless books have been written about terrorists groups, the large role Homeland Security plays, and what these mean to the privacy and freedom of our citizens. ”
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