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review 2018-06-21 21:55
Heaven Adjacent - Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Heaven Adjacent 
Catherine Ryan Hyde (Goodreads Author)
This was definitely the quirkiest bunch of characters I've ever seen all in one book. 

Roseanna is a high powered attorney who snaps when her best friend and law partner suddenly dies. She decides to go for a ride in her Maserati and winds up buying a piece of property that includes 76 acres near the Adirondack Mountains.

No only does Roseanna get those 76 acres with hills, creeks, a barn and a small guesthouse, she also gets squatters. 

It's a story about a lot of things including finding yourself, finding and connecting with your adult son again, helping others, and love in many phases.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and getting to know these quirky characters. I chuckled many times while reading this book. Definitely entertaining!

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-06-21 19:01
Out Now
The War on Neighborhoods: Policing, Prision,and Punishment in a Divided City - Daniel Cooper,Ryan Lugalia-Hollon
Disclaimer: Won on Librarything

One of the common fallacies you see when the topic of police shootings of unarmed African-Americans is someone saying, “well, no one ever talks about black on black shootings”. There are more than a few things wrong with such a statement. Let’s mention two. The first is that no one talks about white on white crime or, to be more exact, as many critics have pointed out, no one talks about crime rates among whites that way. The second is that such a statement doesn’t really negate the question of institutionalism racism.

I have read this book after reading Stamped from the Beginning and the Color of Law, two books that deal with racism and how laws were used to legally allow for racism. Lugalia-Hollon and Cooper look at the current effects of such policies. In other words, they tie everything together – the racism of the justice system, the effect of racist housing policies, the rise of the suburbs, and the defunding of the schools as well as community safe havens.

War on Neighborhood focuses on one city, Chicago, and one section of that city, Austin; yet the authors do not hesitate to make larger connections to governmental policies as well as to mention how other cities in the US face similar problems.

The thesis of the book is that the problems that certain areas have (i.e. the inner city, poorer areas) are a result of policies designed to stop crime as well as politicians who not so much don’t care but don’t try anything new. It isn’t simply ending a drug epidemic, it is ending a cycle that is built on racism and classism. It is about empowering communities as opposed to governments.

The book is divided into chapters, many of which take an aspect of the problem and dissect it. I saw most because there is a conclusion and an introduction. Of particular interest is how inner-city areas, like Austin in Chicago, can be a source of revenue for outlaying towns by “providing” inmates for the prisons in those towns. One must wonder if racism in pre-dominantly white town a product of the prison is also. The authors show us that what effects one small area can have a huge ripple effect.

If you are interested in the saving of cities, in the war on drugs, and violence in neighborhoods, then you need to read this book before we have a conversation. It should be required reading for anyone getting involved in community outreach or politics.
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review 2018-06-15 07:01
Mister Tonight by Kendall Ryan
Mister Tonight - Kendall Ryan


Who said anything about forever? Hunter and Kate set out to have a good time and end up closing in on happily ever after. Kendall Ryan spices it up with a spoonful of sugar and whole lot of cayenne. There's nothing sexier than a single dad. Hunter only has eyes for his adorable little girl, but his heart yearns for something more. Mister Tonight is comedy worthy of romance. Wickedly sweet seduction.

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review 2018-06-14 20:22
Muscle Car Barn Finds by Ryan Brutt
Muscle Car Barn Finds: Rusty Road Runners, Abandoned AMXs, Crusty Camaros and More! - Ryan Brutt

This book is perfect for anyone into cars. Especially classic cars. Ryan Brutt has scavenged around through old barns all over the place looking for classic cars for this books. He has surprisingly found enough to fill this book full of many cars.


There are cars of all years in this book. Cars that are complete to some that are just bodies or in pieces. These cars have just been locked in the barn and forgotten. Some look like you could jump in them and drive out, others are nothing left but rust. 


My husband looked through this book with me and few times I though he was going to cry over some of the cars. Others he had stories of cars just like one in the book. Some cars are famous race cars, others are just old cars. I know several people who wish they had of been on the adventure with Ryan Brutt when discovering these cars. 


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2018-06-11 13:44
Frozen Stiff
Frozen Stiff (A Mattie Winston Mystery #3) - Annelise Ryan

Someone's trying to frame Hurley, from killing his ex-girlfriend to burning down David's house with Hurley's gas can to attempting to abduct Mattie. But who and why? Under suspicion, Hurley goes on the run and enlists Mattie's help in figuring out who's behind it all.


Good, but not great. I didn't devour this one like I did the other books in the series. I can't put my finger on why, some momentum was lost after the second book. But there was a lot to like in this one, from more background on Hurley (who is the series's least developed character, IMHO) to the old detective Bob (the gym scene made me laugh out loud!) to the great plot with a surprising twist at the end, there's no way I ever saw that coming. Although enjoyable, I found myself putting it aside in favor of other books more than once.

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