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review 2018-11-14 07:59
Her Defiant Heart (Damaged Hearts, #1) by Monica Murphy
Her Defiant Heart (Damaged Hearts #1) - Monica Murphy


For every strength gained was a broken heart determined to destroy. Jen has lived her life being tossed aside. From a mother who didn't care to a father struggling to move on. Her world has been less than ideal. A beautiful heart has grown to be an angry soul intent on revenge. Murphy is a heart breaker. Her Defiant Heart is an emotional ride that feels like taboo voyeurism. Rhett and Jen have never met, but when they do will change each other's lives. The road is long, the secrets run deep and the pain feels never-ending, but when it comes to love, healing finds a way.

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review 2018-11-03 20:34
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus - Monica Murphy,Bill Wasik

Rabid describes how furiously I flew through this. I now know more about rabies and it's culture than I ever thought i would. What a horrific virus. This book was both fascinating and terrifying. 

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text 2018-11-02 19:53
Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 275 pages.
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus - Monica Murphy,Bill Wasik

Peasant: "He attacked me. He's gone mad. And he's barking like a dog. What could possibly be the matter with him?"


Doctor: "Hm....must be a werewolf."


Gotta love old-school medicine.

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text 2018-11-01 21:46
Nonfiction November
The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine - Lindsey Fitzharris
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus - Monica Murphy,Bill Wasik
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly - Anthony Bourdain
Fear: Trump in the White House - Bob Woodward
My Own Words - Wendy W. Williams,Mary Elizabeth Hartnett,Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Lethal Guardian (Pinnacle True Crime) - M. William Phelps
Dangerous Ground: My Friendship with a Serial Killer - M. William Phelps

I just haven't been able to read lately. Migraines are the worst. So I finally saw a neurologist and he was pretty flabbergasted by why nobody was taking this seriously. He took me off the Topamax and prescribed Aimovig, which is a monthly injection. And of course Tricare put a screeching halt on that, saying it's too expensive and demanding a pre-auth. A pre-authorization is basically the doctor making a case for why I need it, as if the doctor prescribing it isn't enough. Now I'm waiting for my damn insurance to say it's okay for me to have this lifesaving medicine so I can function like a human being again. If anyone ever says the military have good benefits, tell them to bite you. Our insurance is only good if you have a cold or a sinus infection. When there is something really wrong, they lose their shit.


Anyway, I should be listening to my audiobook of Spinning Silver but I don't even have the motivation to start it. I really want to read a lot of these nonfiction books I got. I'm in a slump.

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review 2018-10-25 02:06
THE WAR OUTSIDE by Monica Hesse
The War Outside - Monica Hesse
THE WAR OUTSIDE by Monica Hesse
Texas was the site of Crystal City – an internment camp for “Enemy Aliens” during World War II. Crystal City was for those people of German, Japanese or Italian ancestry that the government believed might be spies.
Haruku and Margot both accompanied fathers who were suspects. They lived on opposite sides of the camp but became friends – sort of. This story gives a glimpse into the reality of their lives and that of the others interned at Crystal City. They were American teenagers, but because someone in their family was suspect, they had been uprooted and sent to a hot, dusty, ill equipped prison. They were enemies to each other and to their country.
Hesse writes clearly of young people confused and conflicted and does it extremely well. Margot and Haruku live and breathe.
They become friends - and enemies. They trust each other - and break that trust. We learn of their families – their love, their politics, their fears, their coping – and their NOT coping. Engrossing, terrifying, moving, sweet and bittersweet – all these and more.
Ultimately a story of betrayal and forgiveness, THE WAR OUTSIDE is thought provoking and well worth reading.
5 of 5 stars


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