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Deacon King Kong: A Novel by James McBride - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

Awesome. Great read. Highly entertaining while also poignant. A view into first generation black northerners in NYC mid 20th century. Unforgettable characters. And a narrative thread that keeps interest up. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA by Amaryllis Fox - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525654971
Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

Life Undercover is a fascinating voyage into the world of espionage through a biographical journey of one Amaryllis Fox. Fox evolves in her understanding and perspective of her work through experience, romance, motherhood and global geo-political events. It is not a romanticized picture of the CIA, but an honest and revealing exploration of what it means to be a spy and the different approaches the powers that be can take to this work. Highly readable and engaging. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393083569
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 24th, 2019

The Shadow King is an expertly written, meaty and sublime novel about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during World War II. It is a complex novel that flows with ease while exploring hard subjects - slavery, rape, gender dynamics, racism and, of course, the horrors of war. You will find yourself reading sentences twice for the sheer beauty of them, and to wade deeper into the layered meanings of Mengiste's world. The characters are fantastic and ring true. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


The Wolf and the Watchman: A Novel by Niklas Natt och Dag - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501196775
Published: Atria Books - March 5th, 2019

A great, layered mystery that leaves you guessing until the end. Set in Stockholm in 1793, the city itself is a great landscape and the culture of the time comes alive in an essential way. A great lead detective character and an unlikely sidekick try to sort out a gory and ghastly murder. Fun, intelligent and historically interesting. Pick this up! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


The Labyrinth of the Spirits: A Novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062668691
Published: Harper - September 18th, 2018

This is the fantastic culmination of the four book epic quartet, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. I think Ruiz Zafon is my favorite living author. These books are magical - really everything you could want in a novel: unforgettable characters, a deep sense of place, a driving, complex narrative, intrigue and deep humanness. The Labyrinth of Spirits is a triumph of the imagination, of a master at the height of his powers. The reader is transported into a world with fog, swirling winds and occasional bright sunshine and emerges entertained, touched and exhausted as after an exhilarating, emotional dinner party. Simply superb. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476795928
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

Goodwin does it again! This is a fantastic book which combines history, storytelling and the revelation of the very human travails of some of our nation's best leaders. The book bounces between the lives of four presidents - Lincoln, the two Roosevelts, and Johnson - to illustrate the leadership qualities they possessed and the path that got them to that point in their lives. All of these men faced major obstacles, depression and turbulent times. But they all were able to summon their best selves at crucial moments in our nation's history. Eminently readable and interesting. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


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