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A beautifully written, character driven exploration of the black experience- both in the Americas and in Africa - through slavery and the founding of Liberia. The book begins with the story of the three main characters, one each from Jamaica, Virginia and Africa. All three are amazing and haunting people that make the reader curious and vested. They end up in Liberia - a country of freed slaves - and the complexity of the black experience is revealed in thoughtful, powerful ways. At core, this is a book about the ravages of slavery. But it transcends boundaries as only great fiction can. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow
Michael Pollan does it again! This book is a fascinating view into the world of psychedelics from the vantage point of a skeptical journalist. Part science, part history, part personal journey, Pollan weaves a narrative that is both highly entertaining and deeply interesting. The therapeutic potential of psychedelics is revealed in depth. Anyone who is interested in the science of the mind or the experience of psychedelics will enjoy this book. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow
This is truly one of the most interesting and amazing books I have read in many a year. It is the true story of growing up and escaping a complicated and dysfunctional family in rural Idaho. Her parents are survivalists and extreme Mormons who choose not to send Tara to school or take their kids to the doctor, even when terrible accidents happen to them. There are many dynamics and unbelievable events in this book, but what really stands out for me is the way she is able to reveal the steady, although erratic, opening of her mind to the larger world. Her perspective of what is normal and right changes as she is exposed to more people and gets an education. Educated is everything a book should be - gut wrenching, fascinating, moving and forceful enough to make you take a fresh look at your own life. I highly recommend it! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow
Escape Artist is a gripping, sad, inspirational and amazing story of being on death row in America's worst prison and, more interestingly, the emotional journey that got Mr. Noguera into prison and how he evolved into a world-class artist and rehabilitated human being. This book is fascinating on many levels. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow
Tangerine is a superbly written journey of the relationship between two young women and the power of love and loss. The book goes in directions unexpected and satisfying while engaging the reader by presenting mesmerizing psychological watercolors of deep subtlety. I got lost in this book. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow