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Mukiwa: A White Boy In Africa by Peter Godwin

What a fantastic memoir! Peter Godwin grew up in Rhodesia as the country was beginning to shake off colonial rule.  His father a factory manager, and his mother a doctor, young Peter often rode along with his mother when she … Continue reading

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Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Oh, what can I say about Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian?  It’s about a violent way of life on the Texas-Mexico border during the 1850’s; more specifically about a 14 year old boy, “the kid,” and his bloody adventures as he journeys … Continue reading

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Dancing In The Glory Of Monsters by Jason Stearns

This work of non-fiction is an attempt to dissect the wars and chaos that became the Congo post 1996.  There are no simple answers.  Multiple variables from wars spilling over from neighboring countries to political corruption play a part.  And … Continue reading

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The Son by Philipp Meyer

From the opening pages, Philipp Meyer’s novel about the history of a Texas oil/cattle ranching family had me hooked.  Told in first person narrative from several characters throughout the family history, Meyer weaves a story about the history of Texas.  … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano

All I can say after reading this book is “Wow!”  With Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano creates a work of historical fiction out of the true story of her Italian immigrant great grandmother, Giovanna, who settled in New York City’s lower … Continue reading

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Wilderness by Lance Weller

Abel Truman is a Civil War veteran making his way in the coastal forest of Washington state.  It has been 30 years since the war, but it’s ravages still continue to haunt him.  The memories of the Battle of the … Continue reading

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The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy

Set in 1966 at a military academy called “The Institute”, The Lords of Discipline is an extremely well-crafted look at the collegiate military life during a tumultuous period.  For starters, the craft of hazing seemed to have been perfected to … Continue reading

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