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Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

While I was reading Educated, I was gripped by the conflicting emotions. Westover puts serenity and danger at odds, each one vying to be the main focus of a chapter. Her parents had a fierce love for their children, but also had fiercely unconventional and harmful beliefs. Westover's writing is so impressive, for all the bad things that were happening in this story, I couldn't help but count down the minutes until I could be back reading about Buck Peak and the people who lived there. It is a story of triumph and self sufficiency that will inspire you to learn. ~ Reviewed by Molly Halpin


Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home: A Memoir by Natalie Goldberg - Book Review

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Published: Shambhala - June 5th, 2018

Goldberg taps into her friendships, spirituality, and vast life experience upon the discovery of a potentially deadly cancer. Recognizing her own mortality, she appreciates life with enhanced insight, and embraces her life, and those around her, with renewed vigor. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel: John Williams, Stoner, and the Writing Life by Charles J. Shields - Book Review

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Published: University of Texas Press - October 15th, 2018

Direct, unadorned, and insightful, Stoner by John Williams nears perfection in some readers' eyes. Shields shows the author was far from perfect: Williams never knew his father, married four times, and was a chain-smoking alcoholic. Shields superbly channels Williams's writing style to depict a flawed man who through industry and dedication became a sublime artist. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table by Rick Bragg - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781400040414
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Published: Knopf - April 24th, 2018

Reading this marvelous book is like sitting down at the kitchen table with one great storyteller spinning family tales (some of which have to be at least half-tall) while another great storyteller (his mother) makes the best biscuits you've ever had in your life. I could sit there all day listening and eating.
Bragg writes like a person born to the art. His mother, however, had to learn to cook. And she did...from her mother who was also not blessed with native culinary talent. She learned from her intractable, hermit of a father-in-law who descended from the hills to save his son from starving. I don't know what was more savory, the stories or the recipes, but I loved every bit of this book and am only sorry I may never actually get to sit in Rick Bragg's mother's kitchen.
While reading this book I was inspired to make a batch of biscuits for my family. Margaret Bundrum Bragg would not have been impressed. She might has said something along the lines of "Well." ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Father's Day

Buying books for my father is a challenge - almost an insurmountable one. He holds a PhD in optical physics from Harvard, spent his entire career in research at IBM throughout its heyday, directing science and technology development. He has been on every national academy board, engineering or science task force, science advisory panel, held chairs or guest professorships in engineering and physics at MIT, UVA, and UMass - you name it.

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250124715
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 27th, 2018

Confined to Alabama's death row for 30 years for crimes he didn't commit, Hinton's mind and spirit soared. He conquered hatred, and from his tiny, sweltering cell offered solace, and unconditional acceptance, to those surrounding him. His story speaks profoundly of the indomitable liberty, and beauty, of forgiveness. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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