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God's Kingdom

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ISBN: 9781250069481
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2015

Whimsy and tragedy are often balanced on the head of a pin in Howard Frank Mosher’s latest novel, God’s Kingdom, and the author’s skills are in peak form. In this latest return to Vermont’s Kingdom County, the earnest Jim Kinneson tries to makes sense of the entwined lives and family secrets that surround him. Mosher’s unique characters dot the landscape along Jim’s path drawing you in effortlessly, their quirks and personalities undeniably fresh, yet familiar and grounded. This is storytelling at its best with a master at the helm. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

All the Truth Is Out

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ISBN: 9780307474681
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Published: Vintage - September 15th, 2015

All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid by Matt Bai is, at first glance, a look at the media debacle surrounding Gary Hart's fall from grace. It certainly succeeds in bringing new insight into the event itself. It does much more, however, and this is where Bai, former chief political correspondent for New York Times magazine, really scores. This was the moment, Bai argues, when the media and politics got into bed together. The resultant offspring is the hybrid political/media circus that passes for discourse today. This is an important book, it is not just a re-telling of the saga of Gary Hart, but an incisive, totally compelling and even poignant work that follows the media down the rabbit hole that it created and maintains to this day. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

One Man Against the World

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ISBN: 9781627790833
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 16th, 2015

​Pulitzer Prize and National Book award winning author Tim Weiner serves up yet another riveting book, this time about the ruinous presidency of Richard Milhouse Nixon. With new information available, Weiner's meticulous research skills, insight and accessible writing style make this book the one to read if you really want to know the whole story of the calamity that was the Nixon presidency. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum


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ISBN: 9780062198761
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Published: Ecco - March 3rd, 2015

This continuation of Russell's equally enjoyable Doc about Doc Holliday chronicles the gunfight at the OK Corral and the events that led up to it. The author's ability to create a fully realized sense of place is extraordinary and she fills her landscapes with finely etched characters. Even the most casual reader will find themselves absorbed within just a few pages. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

Church of Marvels

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ISBN: 9780062367556
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Published: Ecco - May 5th, 2015

Two sisters are separated after their mother is killed when the Church of Marvels, a Coney Island sideshow, burned to the ground. Setting her novel in the seamier areas of unruly 1895 Manhattan, Parry choreographs her colorful characters into a dance that is impossible to resist despite the depressing setting. Mysteries and miracles abound, this wondrous debut novel is a plethora of bittersweet literary strands that weave together into one of the best books I've read so far this year. The prose here is vibrant and insightful, the characters flamboyant yet resonant, and the story told by a writer I can't wait to hear more from. Highly recommended ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

How We Learn

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ISBN: 9780812984293
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 9th, 2015

While the plethora of scientific studies quoted could have been mind numbing, the author's breezy prose is engaging and the conclusions that are reached are indeed surprising and fascinating. This well researched and engaging book essentially belies all that we thought we knew about how we learn, and offers a tutorial on how we can apply these concepts to enhance how we learn in our everyday lives. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum


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