I’ve been reluctant to read books about Donald Trump because I didn’t think I’d learn anything beyond what I already know. But, I don’t know a lot about the Trump family, where he came from. I remember watching The Apprentice years ago, trying to figure out who this guy was because when I lived in… Continue reading Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.
In 2017, Ronan Farrow began his investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the now infamous Harvey Weinstein. At the time, it was just a routine assignment that I believe his network felt obliged to follow up and expected it wouldn’t go anywhere. However, Farrow isn’t that kind of journalist, the one that forms an… Continue reading Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow
I thought I knew Sally Field. To me, she was the Flying Nun, Sister Bertrille. All those other roles that followed...Norma Rae, Sybil, Mary Todd Lincoln...were departures or outliers from the perky and adorable actress I’ve known most of my life. So I believed. If Ms. Fields accomplished nothing else with her story, she’s forever… Continue reading In Pieces by Sally Field
On April 29, 1986, the Los Angeles Central Public Library caught fire and burned for over seven hours. By the time the fire was extinguished, over 400,000 books were destroyed and almost double that number were damaged. This book explores that event but also lays tribute to the history of that library (and others!) and… Continue reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean
A story of domestic violence and survival Kelly Sundberg is a survivor of domestic violence. I’m starting here because it wasn’t always clear to the author that she was experiencing domestic abuse. Her story begins near the end and then reaches back into the past to provide context for her… Continue reading Goodbye, Sweet Girl by Kelly Sundberg
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics This is a bit more than the story of the 1936 Olympic crew challenge by the team from the University of Washington. Using one of the crew members as the focus, it combines his personal experience against the backdrop of the… Continue reading The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown ★★★★★
When the Columbine massacre occurred in April of 1999, I recall judging the parents. After all, there had to have been some extremely obvious signs for their sons to be able to do something like this. Or, they were so disengaged in their lives they were just plain oblivious. If nothing else was accomplished (and… Continue reading A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold ★★★★★
I recently read Sue Klebold's A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, which is outstanding, so I thought it best to listen to a definitive account of not only what happened at Columbine but also objective analyses of the two shooters, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. Sue made some assertions about Eric Harris… Continue reading Columbine by Dave Cullen ★★★★