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

Dopeworld

An interesting, though somewhat disorganized, look into the world’s illegal drug culture. Dopeworld is the author’s personal experience with being a drug dealer in England. It is also a worldwide history of the gangs who profited by transporting and selling drugs for the last 50 years. Finally, the author interviewsContinue Reading

Remain in Love

Remain in Love is an extremely detailed memoir, almost an autobiography of the drummer for Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club. Beginning at the beginning, the book starts with the author’s birth. Then it backtracks to his parent’s meeting for the first time. In fact, it takes quite awhileContinue Reading

Craigslist Confessional

Craigslist Confessional has been an ad, a blog, even a newspaper column, and now it’s a book. Every story answers the question, “Tell me about yourself.” What secret would you tell if you could speak with complete anonymity and without stigma? The forty stories here tell tales of love, regret,Continue Reading

Sigh, Gone

Coming to American after the fall of Saigon, two-year-old Phuc Tran didn’t know the difficult path still ahead of him. For being the only Vietnamese, heck the only Asian, family in small town America, he was bound to stand out. Sigh, Gone is his tale of how he found hisContinue Reading