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review 2017-04-17 15:59
The Flip by Michael Phillip Cash
By Michael Phillip Cash The Flip [Paperback] - Michael Phillip Cash

I have been dying to get to read this book. I love ghost stories, I love haunted houses, I also love history. This book had it all for me. 

 

Julie and Brad a married couple find houses fix them up and flip them. After their latest house closing Brad decides to take the scenic route home. Julie spots a For Sale sign for a dilapidated old Mansion and immediately is drawn to it. Against Brads judgement they buy it. 

 

Brad is the brawn in their flipping. He does most of the remodeling himself. Strange things and feelings start almost immediately when he begins work on the house.  His attitude changes and he is very short and cross with Julie whenever he is at the house. 

 

Brad wants nothing more then to finish the house and sell it as soon as possible. Julie on the other hand wants to keep the house and tun it into a B&B. After their house mysteriously burns down they move into the mansion and things really get strange. And dangerous. 

 

This was a short book and at times the timeline felt a bit rushed, but it was still a great story. It bounced between the present and Gerald and Tessa (the ghosts) past, filling you in on the history part of the story.  Michael Cash also added in that the house was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Which one really did exist in that town but not at this made up house.  The town is real, some of the people are real, and the Underground railroad was real. I really enjoyed everything about this book. It is not really scar the are some creepy parts to it though. 

 

 

I was given this book by the Author for reviewing purposes. The thoughts in this review are my own and not because the Author wanted me to say so.

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review 2017-03-25 16:21
Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness
Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness - Reinhard Kleist

I know nothing about Johnny Cash except a few of his songs so when I saw this graphic novel at the library I thought I would pick it up. I learned a great deal about Johnny or J.R. as he was known as a young child and it wasn’t dry reading. When I finished reading this graphic novel, I had to wonder what kind of life Johnny could have lived, had he not lead such a dangerous lifestyle? I guess we see this a lot with famous individuals who decide to take the path with drugs and alcohol but reading this novel, it was as if Johnny lost temporary control of his life. Johnny was caught up in the moment, he was living his dream, he was high on life and he didn’t want to come down until one day it finally caught up to him and then it hit him, right in the face.

 

Told in hues of black and white, this was Johnny, he was the Man in Black. The graphic novel begins when he was young child working in the cotton fields with his family, his family in their new house part of Roosevelt’s New Deal Plan. The whole family was singing gospel, spiritual and hillbilly songs in the fields. J.R. wanted nothing more to be singer on the radio while his favorite brother, Jack wanted to be a preacher, like their grandfather. The frames tell the story of the family, the love, the hardships and the loss that they suffered. J.R. dreams big and nothing in this small town is big enough for him so he moves on and joins the service. Marriage, kids, a job, his life is moving fast and he wants it all and he wants it fast. He seizes every opportunity coming his way, putting together a band, pushing everyone to go…go…go. Then comes the drugs and the alcohol, there’s no slowing him down now. His wife and kids are cast by the wayside but the money is coming in and Johnny’s name is getting big and I think Johnny is getting too big for his britches. The drugs and alcohol, they can’t keep up with Johnny. I knew somewhere among these pages, something was going to crash. It’s amazing how far and how brutal people become. They push and they push, the illustrations showing the destruction but his determination to succeed and to keep moving forward flow through the words on the pages. He’s hit a wall, he sees it, Jonny is all black now. I highly recommend this graphic novel, even if you are not a Johnny Cash fan, I thought the graphics were great and the story behind this man was powerful.

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review 2016-11-13 23:22
Sadly so very timely and important.
The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy - Zachary Pincus-Roth

A few years ago the Voting Rights Act was partially nullified. While people expected that there would be repercussions I'm not sure if people understood the very devastating effects voter suppression would have on the electorate. This book is a look at the history of voter suppression and how it affects elections.

 

Author Roth looks at the history of voting in the US. Who gets it, when did they get it, how and why certain groups took so long to get the ballot, etc. He looks at certain cases of how elections were affected. He also examines the attitudes behind it of the left vs. the right and how that plays into voter suppression.

 

Having already read 'Give Us the Ballot' and unfortunately being VERY familiar with what happens when votes are suppressed none of this book was a surprise. If you have a basic familiarity with the material and the concept then none of this should surprise you. Which unfortunately was a bit of a detriment for the book. Unlike 'Give' this book is not as good as giving a more comprehensive history of the fight against voter suppression. This is more of voter suppression itself. Which was interesting but if you've kept up with this news you'd be familiar with some of these stories.

 

I agree with some critical reviews out there: the book is too long at about 180 pages. The author is a journalist so I suspect this might have been a magazine longread stretched to too long a book. His style is not one that I care for. I'm not so sure about the bias arguments though. Voter suppression is something aimed at very particular groups who tend to be poorer and have less mobility in some fashion to get to the polling place or to get their ID to even vote. There are statistics, reporting, anecdotes that all bear this out. It's why there's a Voting Rights Act.

 

I think there is some good material here but 'Give' is probably the better book on this topic. So I'd recommend picking this up at the local library if you remain interested in the subject. It's also very topical so if you want to read something directly related to the election or to get ready for the next one this would be quite fitting.

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review 2016-11-11 00:00
The Cash Boy
The Cash Boy - Horatio Alger Jr. The Cash Boy - Horatio Alger Jr. The essence of pulp. Whatever made me think I needed to know something about Horatio Alger?
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