John Lewis: The Last Interview and Other Conversations

December 3rd, 2023 by

Since around March, I have been listening to audio-books because of a nasty concussion.   Recently, on and off, trying to read a magazine has become much easier.  My head does not spin, and my eyes are much more stable.  They do not go out of focus nearly as often as they used to.  I […]

Review of South to America by Imani Perry

November 26th, 2023 by

I thought South to America by Imani Perry would be in the vein of one of Dr. Angela Davis’s books, taking a look at the historical, current, and cultural events among the races. In some ways, the book does that, especially when Perry talks about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina as well as when she […]

Review of Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz

November 18th, 2023 by

Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide tells the stories of Frederick Law Omstead (as a young man and writer for the New York Daily News) across the South and the pre-Civil War era, along side the author’s,Tony Horwitz, own journey covering the same ground Omstead crossed.  He found connections between the […]

Review of The Business of Blood by Kerrigan Byrne

November 11th, 2023 by

In London, England, Fiona Maloney makes her living cleaning up murder scenes after the corpse is removed by the coroner.  Not only does she get to restore a scene to what it was, she also gets to involve herself in murder investigations.  Fiona offers advice and insight to the police.   Her interest in murder […]

Review of the Audio Version – Autobiography of Mark Twain Vol 3

October 28th, 2023 by

The third volume of The Autobiography of Mark Twain was created from March 1907 to December 1909.   Like the first two volumes, Twain keeps the conversational dictations going that were recorded by either Twain or a stenographer.  I am a fan of the way Twain did his autobiography and I do not mind that […]

Review of the audio book The Last Remains

October 17th, 2023 by

For many years I have read the Ruth Galloway Mystery series by Elly Griffiths. On the sixteenth of this month I completed the final book in the series.  The Last Remains provides one final mystery for DCI Nelson and his team to solve with a little help from Ruth. A builder finds skeletal remains in...

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Review of Volumes 1 & 2 of Mark Twain’s Autobiography

October 14th, 2023 by

Not long ago, Tori, my land lady and friend, was reading Mark Twain’s Autobiography (first volume) at her office desk.  I recall asking her about the book and she said it was interesting and not the usual biography.  I found the audio versions of all three volumes and checked out two of them.  I finished […]

Ron Chernow’s Grant

October 1st, 2023 by

I listened to the audiobook version of Ron Chernow’s Grant, which is a full account of Grant’s life.   He gives deep into who Grant was, his faults, his strengths and a lot more.   I  knew a little before listening to the book.  I did know he was a failed business person, but he […]

Jon Meacham’s His Truth is Marching on: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

September 24th, 2023 by

Prior to John Lewis’s death, Jon Meacham began writing a book on Lewis’ life and part in the Civil Rights Movement.  He went through past interview notes and he spoke with Lewis in more current conversations with the now late House Representative.   The result is His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the...

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Review of the audio book: A Slave No More

September 2nd, 2023 by

A Slave No More tells the narrative of two men born, Wallace Turnage and John Washington, slaves who ran away and gained their freedom upon reaching Union troop lines during the Civil War.  The first part of the book, by author David W. Blight, expands on these narratives by telling their life stories and those […]