Monday, April 2, 2018

Dreamhouse by Judy McConnell

DreamhouseDreamhouse by Judy McConnell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dreamhouse by Judy McConnell chronicles the lives of Radley and Sam, a married couple who have moved to the suburbs of Minneapolis to raise their young children. The time is the 1960's and 1970's, decades that were ripe with change for not only women, but America as a whole. This young couple seems to have it all, the husband has a great job, and Radley enjoys her role as homemaker. But as things start to change socially, so too do their roles at home. Resentments build up, and relationships change. This is a realistic story about a tumultuous time in history, when women stood up for themselves and their rights. Told through the lens of well fleshed out characters and a bucolic suburban setting, McConnell does a fantastic job of capturing this time in history. We see the characters evolve and change, coming to terms with their often challenging familial and societal circumstances. Strongly recommend for an enlightening and sometimes emotional read.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Basque Story by M. Bryce Ternet

A Basque StoryA Basque Story by M. Bryce Ternet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Basque Story by M. Bryce Ternet is certainly a book that is heavily influenced by the author's life. Having lived in a variety of places around the world, and traveling extensively, Ternet has the background and experience to write about a variety of subjects and distant places. These experiences have served him well in this book, as he takes on the Basque separatist group Euskadi ta Askatasuna, and creates a fictionalized story about the group. Not a commonly written about topic, the author has run with it, and using simple, direct language, has created a riveting story. With his protagonist, FBI agent, John Gibson, who is characterized as a simple man, the author weaves a story of intrigue and mystery that is highly appealing. If you like a mixture of historical perspective, mystery, and suspense, this is the perfect book to delve into for a substantial read. Strongly recommend.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Daffodil for Angie by Connie Lacy

A Daffodil for AngieA Daffodil for Angie by Connie Lacy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Daffodil for Angie by Connie Lacy is an intriguing portrait of a young girl coming of age in the 1960's. During this tumultuous time, and the societal upheaval taking place, Angie must confront her built in thought processes and maybe change them for good. This is a great characterization of how a young girl during that time made the transition into her teen years, where she must decide if she really wants to be popular, be a cheerleader, have a romantic relationship, and befriend a girl who is black. The story is effortlessly written and fully conveys the time and tenor of the decade, with the Vietnam war going on, political strife, and a society that is rapidly changing. The author does a good job of fully capturing the different sides to Angie, her inner conflict and resulting change of thought on various things. Interesting and a step above other YA novels, this one is captivating and spot on. Highly recommend.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Bird Artist by Aden Jile

The Bird ArtistThe Bird Artist by Aden Jile
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Bird Artist by Aden Jile is truly an innovative and different psychological thriller. With it's foundation based around the study of birds, ornithology, this is not the run of the mill mystery. Jessica Bright, an ornithologist at Cornell is being hunted, and she may have to fight off strong feelings to get to the bottom of why. The opening pages of the book are taut and gripping, there is a fast paced chase, and plenty of tension to pull you in as the reader. Jessica is under attack, and must escape and throw off the hunter from her trail. This is one of the best written parts of the book. From there the mystery unfolds, and we learn of corporate greed and the world of fighting for and appreciating birds. There are a lot of technical terms in this book that relate to bird watching, and that alone is rather educational. For those that love birds, this book fits the bill, and for those that enjoy a good mystery, and want something new to learn about, this is still a good, well written mystery. Overall, a very interesting and different kind of book.

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Color Your Life Happy: Create Your Unique Path and Claim the Joy You Deserve by Flora Morris Brown

Color Your Life Happy: Create Your Unique Path and Claim the Joy You DeserveColor Your Life Happy: Create Your Unique Path and Claim the Joy You Deserve by Flora Morris Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Color Your Life Happy: Create Your Unique Path and Claim the Joy You Deserve by Flora Brown is a positive and uplifting book that will help you to re-arrange your life to achieve your goals, attain a level of contentment, and have a positive outlook. This book is filled to the brim with tidbits of advice for you to achieve supreme levels of happiness in your life. With anecdotes, good advice, and pearls of wisdom, Brown enables you to fully expand on the seeds of happiness in your life that are just waiting for you. Not only that, she gives you the tools that are necessary to get to that place of positive thinking that allows happiness into your life. With lists, quotes, poetry and more, the author uses everything available to motivate, inspire and will us into a happier place. Highly recommend for an uplifting read sure to create happiness in your life.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Box Office Philosophy by Robert Woolston

Box Office Philosophy: Philosophy Articles on Hollywood CinemaBox Office Philosophy: Philosophy Articles on Hollywood Cinema by Robert Woolston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Box Office Philosophy: Philosophy Articles on Hollywood Cinema by Robert Woolston are movie reviews to the extreme. Woolston offers up a philosophical examination of the some of the most popular and influential movies of our time from the Godfather to the Shawshank Redemption. With themes like ethical consequentialism, anti-authoritarianism, and metaphysics, there is plenty to examine in classic movies. Not only does Woolston take a philosophical look at movies, his reviews offer commentary on the various movies' impact on modern culture. This book will pique your interest in philosophy while exploring the themes in movies that many watch again and again. Strongly recommend for a unique and highly interesting book.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Open Primary (Ameritocracy Book 1) A.C. Fuller

Open Primary (Ameritocracy Book 1)Open Primary by A.C. Fuller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Open Primary (Ameritocracy Book 1) by AC Fuller is certainly timely, if nothing else. But thankfully it is something else altogether, and a quite intriguing book that captures your attention right away. This story features Mia Rhodes, a young idealistic woman who wants to change the way American elections and politics work. She proposes a whole new way of voting in a candidate, and this one hopefully will be voted in for the 2020 elections. Not only that, this particular candidate will be installed through the use of voting on the internet, a wholly new and independent idea. Mia is written as a strong female protagonist, is well described, emotional and earnest. Maybe her idea is just what American politics needs, a populist candidate who is truly chosen by the people. Open Primary is at once glimmering with optimism and idealism, and hopeful for the future. A good read that raises a lot of questions, highly recommend.

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