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26 10, 2011

Review: A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres

By | October 26th, 2011|Categories: Historical, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality, True Accounts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |9 Comments

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Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)

I was born in 1983 and therefore, did not know much about the Jonestown massacre of November 18, 1977 prior to reading A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres. Drawn in by my preference for true accounts, I was at once fascinated by the history of the Peoples’ Temple and horrified at the inevitable disaster; I could not stay away from this book.

Jim Jones was attracted to organized religion from a young age and found acceptance there that he lacked elsewhere in his life. He began preaching early on – on street corners to whomever would listen – and eventually opened his own church in Indiana. People flocked to Jones’ charisma, perceived healing powers and message of equility that rang true with many African Americans in the 1960’s.

Jones’ popularity grew as did church attendance, and he

18 09, 2011

Review: 60 Miles from Salt Water by Bill Minot

By | September 18th, 2011|Categories: Business & Investing, Nonfiction, True Accounts|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Joanne Lakomski

60 Miles from Salt Water introduced me to Bob Lane, author Bill Minot’s main character. Bob is a successful investor living the life of wealth and privilege, beachside in Malibu. He is in a deepening relationship with Joanna down the beach and in occasional contact with friends with whom he went through school: Billy and Jimmy. They are both on the East Coast and successful in their careers. Hockey had been their shared sport in prep school and then college.

Bob is a happy man – until he has visits from the FBI and calls from the IRS. Something is amiss in his golden world.

At 186 pages, 60 Miles from Salt Water is a very fast read. The author’s reliance upon the reader to fill in the blanks of his characters and details of the story allows its

10 09, 2011

Review: Critical Care by Theresa Brown

By | September 10th, 2011|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, True Accounts|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Theresa Brown’s book Critical Care is a great read for anyone interested in learning how a nurse gets through her own critical first year of nursing. Brown was a Tufts English writing professor who gave it up to become a nurse. She writes with clarity and with empathy for her patients. The book highlights several pivotal moments in her career and shows how she had to learn about the profession and about herself in an effort to better serve the patients that she cared for.

Brown understands her role as a nurse and caregiver. Later in the memoir, she shows how the roles are reversed when she suffers a loss and becomes a patient herself. Brown’s writing is candid and the feelings are real and expressed in a way to draw the reader in. It is easy to

13 07, 2009

Review: Clara’s War: One Girl’s Story of Survival by Clara Kramer and Stephen Glantz

By | July 13th, 2009|Categories: Historical, Memoirs, Nonfiction, True Accounts|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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Reviewed by Claudia R.

“Three centuries ago, Sobieski laid cobblestones in our town with the command that they welcome Christians and Jews equally. Our forefathers walked down these streets with a new hope, a Hatikvah of their own, they could live and flourish and pray and raise their families here in peace. For most of those 300 years, Sobeieski’s legacy was a canopy, a chuppah, which wed us, Christian to Jew, and protected us. And now, blood washed down the same cobbelstoned streets.” ~ Clara’s War

Clara’s story begins in Zolkiew, 1939, during World War II. A normal Polish-Jewish teenager, Clara suddenly finds her life turned inside out as their sleepy town becomes embroiled in a power struggle. They find themselves spending nights outside under the stars with other families as bombs drop from the skies onto the

22 06, 2009

Blog Tour: Chemical Cowboys by Lisa Sweetingham

By | June 22nd, 2009|Categories: Nonfiction, True Accounts|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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Please join Lisa Sweetingham, author of the true crime DEA thriller, Chemical Cowboys, as she virtually tours the blogosphere in June on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion.

Reviewed by Ben S.

Remember “e”? Remember the 90’s and early 00’s, when Ecstasy was plastered all over the newspaper and television media, billed as the drug menace du jour? Pop culture has always overlapped heavily with drug culture, and in the late 90’s, Ecstasy was at the center of both. Like cocaine in the 80’s, Ecstasy had its’ moment in the limelight, and eventually took its’ place in the cosmopolitan of American pop culture. Chemical Cowboys is the story of how Ecstasy came to prevalence, and, ultimately, how law enforcement reacted to stem the import and circulation of “kiddie dope.”

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