Audiobook, Autobiography, Memoir, Non Fiction

In Pieces by Sally Field

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

Audiobook, History, Non Fiction

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

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

Audiobook, Memoir, Non Fiction

Goodbye, Sweet Girl by Kelly Sundberg

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

Audiobook, History, Non Fiction

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown ★★★★★

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 ★★★★★

Audiobook, Non Fiction

A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold ★★★★★

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 ★★★★★

Audiobook, Non Fiction

Columbine by Dave Cullen ★★★★

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 ★★★★