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text 2018-07-13 14:30
Darkest Hours - Mike Thorn
Hope Never Dies - Andrew Shaffer
Lucifer Book Two - DEAN ORMSTROM,Various Authors,Peter Gross,Mike Carey
The Devil's Highway: A True Story - Luis Alberto Urrea

 

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review 2018-07-12 19:32
Living and Dying
The Bright Hour - Nina Riggs
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi,Abraham Verghese
The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
Blue Nights by Didion, Joan 1st (first) Edition [Hardcover(2011)] - Joan Didion
A Widow's Story - Joyce Carol Oates
Missing Mom - Joyce Carol Oates
About Alice - Calvin Trillin
How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter - Sherwin B. Nuland

So, I've been off BL for a long, long time. A lot has happened, I got pregnant and had a daughter. My mom got sick and passed away. I had to clear out and sell my childhood home and all the contents while trying to balance all of that and my full time job. It's been...something.

 

For a while, not long after my mom died (3 days before Christmas 2016 when my daughter was only 5 months old) I started searching out and reading books that dealt with death and grief. I read a lot of Joan Didion The Year of Magical ThinkingBlue Nights. I read When Breath Becomes Air and About Alice and A Widow's Story. I started Missing Mom and couldn't go any further because it was too hard and How We Die.

 

The Bright Hour is one of the most beautiful books I've read, ever. I can't possibly describe it except to use it's full title--The Bright Hour: a memoir of living and dying. It is so full of life, all the messiness and happiness and tragedy and humor and it faces death and mortality head on, unflinching. 

 

I recently reread it, now a year and a half since my mother passed, it still has such power and peace. I can't recommend it enough.

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review 2018-07-08 07:31
The 57 Bus
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives - Dashka Slater

WOW. I live in the Bay Area, and I had never heard this story. The book was recommended to me by a classmate and I started reading it today a little skeptically. It ended up being so good though.

 

The book tackles some really big topics (including gender identity, hate crimes, racial bias in the judicial system), and it easily could have become a huge mess. But Slater handles the story well. Occasionally bits are overwritten, but the book never becomes salacious or feels exploitative.

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review 2018-07-04 01:05
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald

A political and financial thriller, a page turner....and it's non-fiction. Eichenwald shows, rather than tells, the rise of a little known or respected oil and gas pipeline company named Enron into the behemoth that was destroyed by incompentence, greed, mismanagement, and utter willful ignorance. This is a long book, but I didn't notice as I flew through chapter after chapter (675 pages of text, the rest is source notes and index). 

 

And yet there were people inside both Enron and Arthur Andersen who saw what was going on, turned on the lights and sirens, and got crapped on repeatedly. Those folks are doing okay (some doing better than okay) and are vindicated at the end. Surprisingly, 9/11 and the economic fall out from it only played a small part in kicking off the panic that led to the bankruptcy - so Enron and Arthur Andersen were doomed by their own employees to go down in flames. 

 

Such a great read. Highly recommend.

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review 2018-07-02 06:06
Green River Killer
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story - Jonathan Case,Jeff Jensen

This book should have been interesting, but the material is mishandled, and it ends up being a story about essentially nothing (what was the point of this book?).

 

I did not understand the interweaving timelines. It just made it difficult to understand what was happening.

 

Skip this one and read My Friend Dahmer instead if you're looking for graphic novels about serial killers.

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