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Patrick was born and raised in Upstate New York and is a proud member of the Saratoga Northshire team. He enjoys books on history, politics, economics, and maybe even a few classics (I’m looking at you Wuthering Heights)....

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy #1) by Rick Atkinson - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250231321
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - April 7th, 2020

This book is a masterpiece as bold and cunning as Washington’s Christmastime attack across the Delaware. Drama, intrigue, and a cast of surprisingly colorful characters abound in this battle-by-battle recounting of the early years of the War for Independence. The British Are Coming honestly reads like Game of Thrones-just with less dragons and more tricorn hats-as political rivalries, bloody feuds, and massive set-piece style battles engulf the American colonies from Quebec to the Carolinas and everywhere in between.

With so much at stake, every shot holds immense importance, and Atkinson drives that point home, emphasizing not only the significance of the war but also the tragic cost in both lives and matériel. Never in my life have I worried so much about firewood and rope, let alone those darn gunpowder kegs that Congress could never supply enough of. To think this is only the first book in his trilogy. My heart can’t take any more supply shortages.

In summary-despite the reader knowing exactly how the story ends The British Are Coming turns the Revolutionary War into nothing short of a riveting page-turner. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


The Iliad by Homer - Book Review

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By Homer, E. V. Rieu (Translated by), Peter Jones (Revised by), D. C. H. Rieu (Revised by), Peter Jones (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140447941
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

On one hand, The Iliad is an all-time classic which allows us to delve deep into the Ancient Greek psyche and examine their social, political, and cultural history through the lens of the poet Homer. But on the other hand, this is an awesome war book that is basically Percy Jackson for grownups! Battle, bloodshed, betrayal, and romance reign supreme in this novel, which is truly epic in every sense of the word. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Book Review

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By Emily Bronte, Pauline Nestor (Introduction by), Lucasta Miller (Preface by), Pauline Nestor (Notes by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780141439556
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

Oh yes. OH YES. Your eyes do not deceive you. This eighteen year old boy is imploring you to read Emily Bronte’s classic 1847 romance novel Wuthering Heights. English teachers love it, English students love to hate it, but I beg you humble reader, give it a chance. It is a classic for. a. reason.
This is the original soap opera, the revenge-tragedy to end all revenge-tragedies, and of course, one of the greatest gothic novels of all time. Reading this book is nothing short of an absolute rollercoaster, as its whirlwind plot takes twists and turns which puts most other novels to shame. It’s just a blast. With two Catherines, two Edgars, three Lintons, and an abundance of H’s (I’m looking at you Heathcliff, Hindley, and Hareton), you’ll need a three-generation genealogy map just to make it through the first few chapters! Trust me though, it’s truly worth it. Whether you need catharsis after a bad breakup (nobody’s love life is as disastrous as Heathcliff’s), you’re on a schadenfreude kick (so much misery, but it’s so much fun), or your power is out and you can’t watch your daily soap, Wuthering Heights will not disappoint. Trust me, after reading this, General Hospital will put you to sleep. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316346627
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2002

What do 90s trends, syphilis, crime waves, and Paul Revere’s midnight ride have in common? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Seriously, they don’t share a single common trait. And yet in the first few pages of his book, Malcolm Gladwell foolishly tried to pull the wool over my eyes and hoodwink me into believing that all those random events are, at their core, the very same thing. I was not going to fall for it. Not this time.

Yeah no he convinced me. Trends of the 90s, crime waves, diseases, and even Paul Revere’s ride are all different forms of epidemics. Their spreads are caused, accelerated, and ended by the same core set of factors and by examining one epidemic, we can come to understand them all. Just that concept alone is fascinating, and this book’s exploration of viral events and their causes is riveting. If you have any interest in psychology, criminology, sociology, or marketing, this book is perfect for you. Or, if you’re like me and desperate to find out why fidget spinners and Silly Bandz (oh yeah) blew up like they did, then The TIpping Point has all the answers. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780061537967
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 22nd, 2018

Imagine what it would feel like to be a golden retriever riding shotgun in a Formula 1 race car: wind racing through your fur, eyes (and mouth) wide as you’re moving faster than you ever imagined possible. Don’t you want to feel like that?! That is how this book makes you feel.

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but just LOOK HOW CUTE HE IS! That little pupper is a lovable race car-riding golden retriever named Enzo, and lucky for us readers, he’s also the narrator of this novel. The Art of Racing in the Rain far exceeded my expectations, and it was anything but “just another dog book.” In fact, it is my favorite book. Enzo and his owner Denny navigate life and loss in the Seattle suburbs together. Exploring themes of familial strife, grief, unemployment, and the difficulties of parenting, Garth Stein has expertly crafted a novel which frequently moved me to tears, but in a good way, I promise. You will fall in love with Enzo and his story, so hop along for the ride and pick this book up! ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


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