American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life In a Vanishing Land
Author: Monica Hesse
Publisher: Norton, 2017
Genre: Non-fiction, True Crime
Hardcover Edition: 240 pages plus notes

True Crime Reporting with humanity, humor and an understanding of the people and the community where the crime occurred.

Comment concerning this best seller appeared on this blog dated July 24.

Saints For all Occassions

Author: J. Courtney Sullivan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf , 2017
Genre: Literary Fiction
Hardcover Edition: 335 pages

Two sisters leave Ireland for America in 1957. Their stories and the stories of their children may bring you to tears. It is a moving novel that takes place over a span of 50 years.

See book comments on this blog June 7, 2017.

Hillbilly Elegy:A Memoir of A Family and Culture in Crisis
Author: J. D. Vance
Publisheer: Harper Collins, 2016
Genre: Nonfiction, memoir and commentary on Appalachian culture
Hardcover Edition: 257 pages

This is a personal and passionate look at life in Eastern Kentucky and the Rust-belt cities to which many from the mountain areas moved in search of a better life. The author is compassionate and discerning as he discusses Appalachian culture. He seems to suggest that perhaps many people in this area of our country have lost sight of the American dream of success. He makes his story unforgettable. Others must agree. It sits near or at the top of many best-seller lists.

See book comments on this blog on March 6, 2017

The Other Einstein : A Novel
Author Marie Benedict
Published 2016
Genre: Novel

This novel is about the woman who was Einstein’s wife, a physicist in her own right she was often overshadowed by her husband. Well-reviewed by many, Kirkus Reviews has this to say: “Benedict’s debut novel carefully traces Mileva’s life-from studious schoolgirl to bereaved mother-with attention paid to the conflicts between personal goals and social conventions. An intriguing… reimagining of one of the strongest intellectual partnerships of the 19th century.”

When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi with foreward by Abraham Vergese
Publisher: Random House, 2016
Genre: Memoir

An idealistic young neurosurgeon is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Praised by many, this bestseller was named one of the best hundred books of the year by several publications. It was a Books For A Better Life Award Finalist.

The Whip: A Novel inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst
Author: Karen Kondazian
Publisher:Hansen Publishing, 2012
Genre: Fiction

Winner of several Best Western Fiction awards. Called authentic and fascinating, this novel is about a woman who concealed her gender and among other notable actions was the first woman to vote in the United States. It has been called entertaining and well-written.

Which one will you pick up first?


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