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Jul 14

Book Review: Heat & Light

Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh This ambitious novel takes on the energy industry from all sides, centered on a western Pennsylvania town of Bakers Towers. It focuses on Kip, the oligarch of the holding company that leases the land to exploit the natural gas, Shane, the salesman who buys the leasing rights. Rich and …

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Jun 06

Book Review — Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond This book has a lot to recommend it. It’s generally the type of non-fiction I love reading: well researched, first-hand information about people I don’t know much about (and would like to understand.) Desmond has done a mountain of research for this book, much …

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May 22

Book Review: A Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick The plot starts when Ralph Truitt meets Catherine Land. He’s sent away for a mail-order bride, and she’s the one who responded. Truitt is irritated that Catherine’s train is late, and he’s irritated that she is not as she appeared (she’s much prettier, we’re told) but he tolerates all …

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Apr 30

Book Review: Lolita

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov I chose this book based on its thunderous reputation, despite the loathsome logline. Let’s say straight off the bat that this is a book about a man who spends two years raping a child. One’s opinion of this book is bound to be different depending on how close you are to …

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Apr 25

Book Review: The Unthinkable

The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why by Amanda Ripley This book is a lot like those “worst case disaster books” where anxious over-planning worry-worts like me can fantasize about the worst things imaginable and console ourseles that we are better prepared now that we have more information. Even though I’m probably …

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