Book Review: Kingdom Under Glass by Jay Kirk

I got this book for free. My rating for Kingdom Under Glass – 5 About: “Kingdom Under Glass” by Jay Kirk is a historical fiction – biography tale, set in the late late nineteenth – early twentieth century, about the great taxidermist & conservationist, inventor and sculptor Carl Akeley, his wives Delia “Mickie” Akeley and second wife Mary Jobe Akeley. Akeley is a legend, I’m surprised I haven’t heard of him before this book.  On a jungle expedition he killed a leopard with his bare hands, somehow survived an elephant attach, stuffed Jumbo the elephant for P.T. Barnum, was an acquittance of Teddy Roosevelt, invented a movie camera, used his fame to prompted King Albert of Belgium to create the world’s first wildlife sanctuary in the Belgium Congo (Virunga National Park) and I’m not even going to detail his scientific and artistic achievements. Come on, can you resist a biography of a guy that killed a jaguar with his BARE HANDS? No, then buy it here! Thoughts: Jay Kirk has done the impossible, he made a book about a taxidermist not only interesting, but entertaining as well.  Jay Kirk’s prose is beautifully written, brilliant, smooth and striking, however it is…

Book Review: The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede
5 Stars , Non-Fiction / September 10, 2010

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 were stuck in a small Canadian town in the middle of Newfoundland (not to mention a long-lost native son) I would have put the book away with a chuckle and started a new one. Nevertheless, this is not fiction and the events really happen. 244 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0060559717 Publisher : Regan Books Language : English My rating for The Day the World Came to Town – 5 Buy The Day the World Came to Town from* More Books by Jim DeFede* “The Day the World Came to Town:” by Jim DeFede tells the non-fiction story of the 38 commercial flights, which have been diverted away from the United States due to closure of the airports, only to land the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.  The passengers were forced to spend four days in the town before being allowed to go on their way, but those four…

Book Review: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
2 Stars , Fiction / September 6, 2010

“Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann is a series of well written short stories, which ultimately get intertwined. These fictional stories happen around the cultural touchstone of Philippe Petit stringing a cable between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walking the distance, to the amazement of the people below.

Book Review: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
5 Stars , Fiction / August 18, 2010

 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 Sister Mary Joseph Praise were born attached in the head in a rural Ethiopian hospital. Their father, the man with the golden hands and nerves of steel, panicked but miraculously they survived – unfortunately their mother died during the birth. Shiva and Marion grow up together, adopted by two surgeons in the hospital they were born in. Marion, who tells the story, is an emotional and intelligent person who learns from the past and thinks about the future. Shiva, blessed with a photographic memory, lives in the here and now. Each twin has their ups and downs, but when Shiva commits and unforgivable act against his brother’s beliefs and morals they pull apart. As we all know, circumstances choose our path more than we’d like to admit, and this is true as well. While Marion becomes an accomplished surgeon in New York, Shiva works with…

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