Essays & Correspondence

Gratitude
Gratitude

Review: I have read other books by Dr. Sacks and consider him to be a man of wisdom, insight, and constructive values. This is a nice piece at the end of his life, but nothing particularly remarkable. Rest his soul. Read more

Citizen: An American Lyric
Citizen: An American Lyric

Review: Lyric, poignant, biting. Ms Rankine recounts moments of racial violence committed during the acts of daily living in America. For readers seeking to understand the impact of racist micro-aggression on a visceral level, these prose poems are a must read. Read more

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again - Essays and Arguments
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again - Essays and Arguments

Review: If you like bravura prose this is a must-read; if your taste runs to short, affect-less little sentences don't bother, this is not the book for you. How good is good? This good: the essay on the tennis pro is so moving, profound, and brilliantly crafted you'll want to read it twice in a row, even if you cultivate an active dislike for sports in general and athletes in particular, as I do. The essay on the Illinois state fair is so vivid, intense, funny, sad, and deep that you'll not only fee... Read more

Whispering Pines (Celia's Gifts Book 1)
Whispering Pines (Celia's Gifts Book 1)

Review: This book was very relevant to me since I lost my job after 23 years at the same company. I too was shocked and looking for a way to reinvent myself. Like Renee I can no longer trust that corporate America is where I want to be. I wish I had an Aunt Celia and a family like Renee's but I have found over 50 Job Seekers groups as well as others to connect with. This book is more than a story about Renee's journey to reinvent herself it is also a mystery that keeps you wanting to read through the ni... Read more

Letter to My Daughter
Letter to My Daughter

Review: I respect Maya Angelou and she is a good writer (I read her biography) but I could not get through this book due to the reoccurring theme of her hatred for white people. She bluntly blames the white race for all evil in the world and every bad thing she believes happened to her even though she had a beautiful, successful life. Though I cannot imagine what it was like for her growing up in a time of horrible and unacceptable racism. She lived a difficult, heroic, amazing, triumphant life. She l... Read more

Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Review: So poignant and powerful. Huge fan of author. I identified with her journey as a single mother. Her struggle to make a life for she and her son. I respect her wisdom and her outlook on life with faith. Read more

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - A Memoir (Vintage International)
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - A Memoir (Vintage International)

Review: Haruki Murakami's memoir on running and writing is a thoughtful collection of reminiscences about the two activities that the author has dedicated his life to. The book covers about 1-1/2 years of Murakami's life, from mid-2005 to late-2006, with flashbacks to earlier years when he was a bar owner and aspiring writer in Tokyo. The narrative moves smoothly from chapter to chapter, covering various aspects of the author's training regimen, races, and recovery. His companion through all of the l... Read more

An Informal Education in Business and Life (Miniature Editions)
An Informal Education in Business and Life (Miniature Editions)

Review: The content of this book is great, but this is some sort of collectible, the size of your palm or a matchbox. The sellers should be penalized by Amazon for not putting that detail in the title (or AT LEAST the details). Buy the real book, unless you're seeking to fill the shelves of your dollhouse bookcase. Read more

True Stories About Facing the Unknown - The Moth Presents All These Wonders
True Stories About Facing the Unknown - The Moth Presents All These Wonders

Review: These stories embody the amazing diversity and wonder that inhabits individual lives. Everyone has a story, and we’re blessed when we discover the richness of others’ experience. Loved every one of these!! Beautifully told with grace and humor. Read more

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Review: I am an author so probably somewhat more critical than the average reader. I found the subject to be interesting, but not the hilarious page turner it was purported to be. I read it in a couple of days, and found it to be a reasonable selection of first person news stories. This was not David Sedaris, or Tom Robbins by any measure. Read more

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