Category Archives: Non Fiction and/or Commentary

Sixteen, Sixty-One, by Natalie Lucas (Kindle vers. 2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) It’s an interesting coincidence that I was IM-ing with a friend earlier. This young woman is a sweet soul, and I love her to pieces, … Continue reading

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Beatles vs. Stones, by John McMillian (2013)

(nb: I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) Beatles or Stones? I can’t even ponder how many of those once-popular Internet memes have asked that question. Sure enough, though, there it is among … Continue reading

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Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down, by Bill DeYoung (2013)

On Friday morning, May 9th, 1980, I was a student at Pine View School in Sarasota, Florida. School started at 8:15, and I think it was second period that I worked as a student aide in the school office. One … Continue reading

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Paul Robeson: A Watched Man, by Jordan Goodman (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss) Imagine you have a huge talent. You’re a famous actor and singer, and arguably the best-known member of your race on Earth. You have wealth and … Continue reading

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“You Can Tell Just by Looking,” by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, and Michael Amico (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) Until recently, I worked for a company with a large percentage of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered (LGBT) employees. They were supervisors, floor employees, executives—literally, there … Continue reading

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The Owners Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain, by Terrence Deak, PhD; JoAnn Deak, PhD; illustrated by Freya Harrison

Adolescence is never easy. We know to expect many of the changes we encounter: girls growing breasts and curves, boys voices deepening, and everyone growing hair all over parts they used to be scared to wash. These are the “normal” … Continue reading

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Last Launch: Discovery, Endevour, Atlantis, by Dan Winters (Foreword by Al Leinert)

A Beautiful Rendering of an Era’s Sad End (nb: I received a Review Copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) Dan Winters’s “Last Launch: Discovery, Endeavour, Atlantis” is a wonderful book, a photographic record of NASA’s final three … Continue reading

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Schadenfreude: A Handy Guide to the Glee Found in Others’ Misery, by Lawrence Dorfman (2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) Schadenfreude is one of my favorite German words, one of those like Zeitgeist that just doesn’t sound as good if we translate it into English. … Continue reading

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The Nazi and the Psychiatrist, by Jack El-Hai (2013)

(nb: I received an advance review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Jack El-Hai’s latest book, “The Nazi and the Psychiatrist,” tells one of the lesser-known stories of post-World War 2: the psychological analysis of the infamous Nuremberg Trial defendants. … Continue reading

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Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down, by Bill DeYoung (2013)

(nb: I received an advance review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) The Bridge to Tragedy On Friday morning, May 9th, 1980, I was a student at Pine View School in Sarasota, Florida. School started at 8:15, and I think … Continue reading

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