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Post image for Review: ‘The Remedy’ by Thomas Goetz

Title: The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis Author: Thomas Goetz Genre: Nonfiction Year: 2014 Publisher: Gotham Acquired: From the publisher for review consideration Rating: Review: Today, we accept without question that germs cause disease. We wash our hands to avoid harmful bacteria and get vaccinations for deadly diseases to […]

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I’ve got kind of an odd pair today, a recent piece of fiction that reads more like poetry and an audio book memoir with a crude sense of humor. But, I do think Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill and Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman have something in common — both books are, on some level, […]

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Post image for Review: ‘Savage Harvest’ by Carl Hoffman

Title: Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art Author: Carl Hoffman Genre: Nonfiction Year: 2014 Publisher: William Morrow Acquired: From the publisher for review consideration Rating: Bloggers Recommend: Since Michael Rockefeller disappeared while hunting for art in the jungles of New Guinea, rumors have circulated about his death […]

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Post image for Review: ‘Busted’ by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker

Title: Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love Author: Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker Genre: Nonfiction Year: 2014 Publisher: Harpber Acquired: From the publisher via Edelweiss for review consideration Rating: Review: On a cold but sunny morning in December 2008, Benny Martinez walked into the office of the Philadelphia Daily News […]

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Post image for Review: ‘Wave’ by Sonali Deraniyagala

Title: Wave Author: Sonali Deraniyagala Genre: Memoir Year: 2013 Publisher: Vintage Acquired: Bought Rating: Review: On December 26, 2004, Sonali Deraniyagala and her family – her husband, her two sons and her parents – were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka. Lazing around their hotel room the day after Christmas, Sonali noticed the white curl […]

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Post image for Review: ‘Hope Street, Jerusalem’ by Irris Makler

Title: Hope Street, Jerusalem Author: Irris Makler Genre: Memoir Year: 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins Acquired: From the publisher as part of a book tour with TLC Book Tours Rating: Review: There is something very familiar about the story in Hope Street, Jerusalem. As I read, I kept feeling like this story — a workaholic woman moves to a […]

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One of the things that I love about switching to mini-reviews for fiction is that I don’t need to take notes or think too hard while I’m reading, I can just enjoy a book. The only problem with that situation is that when I feel somewhere in the middle about a book — as I […]

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Post image for Review: ‘Trapped Under the Sea’ by Neil Swidey

Title: Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness Author: Neil Swidey Genre: Nonfiction Year: 2014 Publisher: Crown Acquired: From the publisher for review consideration Rating: Review: I’m sort of garbage at writing book summaries, so I’m just going to quote part of the back of […]

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Post image for Review: ‘Elizabeth the Queen’ by Sally Bedell Smith

Title: Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch Author: Sally Bedell Smith Genre: Nonfiction Year: 2012 Publisher: Random House Acquired: Bought Rating: Why I Read It: I’ve wanted to learn more about Queen Elizabeth II ever since I stumbled across a documentary about her during her Diamond Jubilee in 2012/2013. I finally picked […]

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Post image for Review: ‘The Undercover Economist Strikes Back’ by Tim Harford

Title: The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run — or Ruin — an Economy Author: Tim Harford Genre: Nonfiction Year: 2014 Publisher: Riverhead Books Acquired: From the publisher for review consideration Rating: Review: I went to a public liberal arts college, which means I had the opportunity, through my general education requirements, to take classes […]

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