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Aug 28

How to Write a Book Review

I love writing book reviews. If reading a book is like going on a vacation, writing a book review is like showing the photos and souvenirs and telling my friends about the trip. Book reviews can turn the solitary pleasure of reading into something shared with a community of like-minded readers. It also helps other …

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Aug 24

Book Review: Harmony

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst This book doesn’t go where I thought it was going to go. It’s slightly askew from a typical psycho-thriller, and slightly darker than a typical Jodi Picoult-type of story about a sibling of a non neurotypical child. It’s the story of the Hammond family with Josh, Tilly, an A-spectrum pre-teen, her …

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Aug 09

Book Review: Bright-Sided

Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich I’d seen this book kicking around a lot of different places. I’m not sure when it was written, but it seems to come up a lot, discussed briefly in other books, seen on the shelf at the used bookstore, mentioned briefly …

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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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