Our Wild Farming Life

If you watch Britbox in the United States or BBC2 in the United Kingdom, you might have seen the authors on season 3 of This Farming Life. But they are already established in that show. Here in Our Wild Farming Life, you can read their backstory that also includes whatContinue Reading

Tacky

Originally, I thought Tacky would be a psychological or nostalgic look into millennial pop culture of the 2000s. While that culture is described here, it is used solely as a backdrop to the author’s personal memoir. The book also emphasizes sex and bad relationships that may be inappropriate for youngContinue Reading

Fan Fiction

Fan Fiction is a book about Brent Spiner, who played Data on Star Trek: TNG, written by Brent Spiner. It has a real setting and at least some real characters. It also is fiction, per its title and prologue. Brent is being stalked by a person who represents herself asContinue Reading

Swan Dive

Ballet is beautiful to watch. But behind the scenes it’s hell. It’s a racist, fat-shaming, pain-inducing world where back biting and power trips are common. Swan Dive is one ballerina’s tour of this hell. And it’s one crazy ride. Gina practiced and practiced to perfect her art, ballet dancing. SheContinue Reading

Above and Beyond

The #MeToo movement took down some rich Hollywood players. However, it failed to stop the “Coffee, Tea or Me?” world of luxurious private jet travel. In Above and Beyond, the author tells a tale of just how high-flying Russian oligarchs really are and how the flight attendants must cater toContinue Reading

Wake

Wake uses archival records to piece together the untold story of female-led slave rebellions and revolts. However, it is also a memoir of the author’s difficulty in obtaining the information. Despite having a Ph.D. in history, she runs right into the wall labeled the victors write the history. And theseContinue Reading

Press Reset

Press Reset is a deep dive into the video game industry. Specifically, the book questions “why is it so hard to maintain job security in the video game industry?” I always assumed that it was the friction between the finance people trying to make money for their investors vs. theContinue Reading

Autopsy

Autopsy describes “Life in the trenches with a forensic pathologist in Africa”. It is surprisingly boring. However, I can see its usefulness to mystery writers. The author describes both the best and the worst ways to die. There are also some ways that I had never heard about before. BellyContinue Reading

What Unites Us

At its heart, What Unites Us is a memoir of an elderly white man’s life from the casual racism of his youth to the Trump administration’s perceived nationalism. It also attempts to explain what is causing our national chaos and how we can, and should, move forward toward a kinder,Continue Reading

Smalltime

Russell Shorto, the author, is not to be confused with his grandfather, Russell Shorto, the Smalltime Mafioso who was the No. 2 man in the small steel mill town of Johnstown between 1946 through 1960. This is the elder Shorto’s story. But more interesting, it is also the story ofContinue Reading

Love Her Madly

Love Her Madly is (a) a famous Doors’ song, (b) the title of a new book about The Doors’ front man Jim Morrison, (c) the feeling of the book’s author towards Jim’s girlfriend Mary, or (d) all of the above. The answer is, of course, d. While Wikipedia may notContinue Reading