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review 2017-05-12 19:28
Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity - Katherine Boo

This is really great at opening a person's eyes. I believe this book said (and that I've read before) that Mumbai is the dirtiest city and the poorest in the world (sorry if I'm getting that wrong but it's close if it isn't first in those categories). The water has everything imaginable in it. The politics to get justice for anything or assistance is so corrupt. Everyone down the line has to get a take so that the one that's supposed to benefit receives practically nothing, if anything. The people are basically squatters with makeshift homes they erect from whatever so they have no ownership rights. Some make money by sorting through trash for recyclables. It's backbreaking filthy work. This book follows a few people. It was difficult sometimes for me to keep each person straight. It's the kind of story that will make you appreciate not having these struggles. It also makes you want to do something to help, but it seems difficult with the levels of corruption to make positive changes.

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review 2017-04-30 19:09
Good Story and Characters
Corrupt Me (Philly Corruption Book 1) - ... Corrupt Me (Philly Corruption Book 1) - Jillian Quinn

Izzy and Luca are classmates and childhood friends and each others first kiss when Izzy was ten. But Izzy is about herself and her family. Their families were enemies and stopped Izzy and Luca from being friends and she didn’t see him anymore.  Izzy wanted it all: the money, the power and the position of CEO of her grandfather’s company- which was a multi million dollar business. Izzy wasn’t afraid to go after what she wanted. Izzy and Luca ran into each other at college and after the first time they seemed to run into each other a lot. Luca had been a playboy- and the bad boy on campus his father is a powerful mob boss in Philadelphia- until he seen Izzy again as  he had never forgot her or her him. Luca is determined to show Izzy he isn’t that bad. Izzy really tried not to get involved with Luca but  Izzy could deny she wanted or cared about Luca but she knew she was wrong. Izzy felt trapped by: rules, her grandfather, her legacy, and her last name. Luca wants to break free of his father and become a lawyer.  Then the FBI approached Izzy and wants her to give information so they can put her grandfather and Luca in prison.  Both know their families won’t approve of them being together but they can’t seem to help what they feel and want to be together.  Luca does have a sweet and tender side that comes out whenever he is with Izzy. Luca also stands up for Izzy as a man should do for the woman he is involved with.

I liked this story a lot it was a very good  read. The only thing I didn’t  like Izzy a lot she came across as a spoiled rich brat and Izzy looked down on people and I didn’t like that at all but she did change or I wouldn’t have liked this very much at all.  Also it did drag a little at the beginning but picked up after awhile. I was very happy this wasn’t an insta lust/ love story. Izzy had known each other since they were kids even if their families did tear them  apart it was through no fault of their own. I loved the Mafia aspect of the story. You don’t read many stories with this aspect in it. I was rooting for Izzy and Luca once they let their feelings free. I loved the plot also. There were twists and turns but I had no problem keeping my attention on this story at all from beginning to end. I also loved the ending. I really liked the characters of this story and recommend it. I wish i could give this a 4.5 or even 4.7.

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review 2017-04-23 15:24
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon is the true story of the slaughter of dozens of Osage Indians and how MANY people got away with it. It's SO over the top that if this were a fiction story I would say the author had overwritten it and that it wasn't realistic. David Grann has come at this story from two angles.

 

The Osage tribe reigned over much of the mid-west back in the day. By the time of this book, roughly the early 1920's, they were mostly moved onto what was thought to be worthless land in Oklahoma. Then oil was discovered there and their lives changed forever. The first angle was how the Osage were changed by the sudden influx of millions of dollars and how the white man viewed that; how they were jealous over that, and what they did about that.

 

The second angle comes from the law enforcement side of the story, and specifically the building up of the FBI. At the time the first murders occurred the FBI wasn't the FBI yet. By the time the investigation was in full swing, (keeping in mind that the Osage tribe had to basically beg and pay through the nose to get anyone to investigate or do anything at all about these murders), the FBI was officially called that and Mr. Hoover was in charge.

 

There is a third portion of the book, not exactly another angle, but a portion so unbelievable yet proven,(to my mind at least), to be true that it actually brought tears to my eyes. I can't get into more detail but trust me on this: it was horrifying. It was shameful. It was a wrong that's never been righted and I don't believe it ever can be.

 

Bravo to Mr. Grann for his extensive research on this case. A case that, until now, I had never heard of. That is an injustice. I believe Mr. Grann has done his damnedest to bring to light the wrongs that were committed here, and that alone is the only justice that the Osage can hope for at this late date.

 

I think we owe it to the Osage to read this book, and as such, I highly recommend it.

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and Random House/Doubleday for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-03-10 15:27
Wallflower by Chad Lutzke
Wallflower - Chad Lutzke

Wallflower is a novella rich in character development. Unfortunately, the main character develops in a way that does little to improve his life, and the reader is along for the ride.

 

I'm not going to get into the plot, because this isn't a book report and because I don't want to be a spoiler. I will say that this story rang true to me and I think it would to anyone that has ever known a person with an addiction-be it drugs, alcohol, gambling or anything else.

 

The whole "I'm not addicted", or the "I'm too strong to let any drug take over my life" arguments are what I've heard and even said myself at times. But it wasn't true. I knew it, and everyone around me knew it. My addiction was only to nicotine, (I'm saying only to a drug that kills almost 500,000 people per year in the U.S. alone), but it was a powerful addiction just the same. By the time I admitted that it was an addiction, it was too late, and I was hooked for another 25 years before I finally quit for good.

 

How does a person get to that point? What could be done to prevent it from happening, if anything? These are all valid questions surrounding addiction. Wallflower doesn't answer any of these questions, but it does tell the story of one man and tells it poignantly, with feeling and truth.

 

Highly recommended! You can get your copy here: Wallflower

 

*I was provided a free e-copy of this book by the author, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2017-02-10 23:13
The Fireman by Joe Hill, narrated by Kate Mulgrew
The Fireman: A Novel - HarperAudio,Joe Hill,Kate Mulgrew

 

Kate Mulgrew's narration raised  my rating ,(click to see my original review), of this book, just as it raised my rating of NOS4A2. The Fireman is so good to start with, but with her heartfelt voicing, the ball is knocked out of the park. 

 

Highly recommended on audio!

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