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Non-Fiction Reviews: (View All)

  • Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America
  • Author: Les Standiford
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL call #338.7 Standiford

    Joe's Rating: 4 stars
    While the book is presented as a dual biography of Frick and Carnegie in reality Stadiford does an excellent job of presenting the history of the time in which these two men came to fame. He makes the argument that these men were not just bystanders who were in the right place at the right time but rather how it was their actions that led to the history and shaping of this nation. He brilliantly weaves the facts and timeline to fit in with the story of these two's doomed relationship. Standiford's use of the Homestead Steel Worker's Strike is a perfect example. In explaining the reason's and then the actual events he makes you feel as if you were there on the beach as the Pinkerton Detectives attempted to make land fall. All while showing how Carnegie and Frick's desired handling of the situation differ and add to wedge between the two men. Overall this book has it all drama, intrigue and facts!
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  • The EveryGirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness: How I Learned to Eat Right, Dropped 40 Pounds, and Took Control of My Life-- And How You Can Too!
  • Author: Maria Menounos
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL Call#: 613.25082 Menounous M

    Madeleine = 4 stars
    I saw this book on our shelves alongside the Cameron Diaz Body Book and decided to do a face off. Wohooo!

    Everygirl's Guide was a pretty good health book. She's super smiley in her pictures and it's all rather adorable. She covers her own techniques and interviews a host of other celebrities on theirs. Nothing is super faddy. Her biggest recommendation, for example, is to drink hot water. I did like that her exercise suggestions were doable and my favorite part was that she often demonstrated the poor girl's technique right next to her trainer doing the same move on spendy equipment. It was a fun read with some usable suggestions.

    Compare that to Diaz's Body Book (I cannot find an entry in GoodReads for the book so cannot put this into the proper review format). I struggled through 80 pages and ended up so nauseated by all the "hey, we're just girlfriends chillaxing, yeah, so awesome" that I flat out stopped. Boo. = 0 stars
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Fiction Reviews:(View All)

  • The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
  • Author: Robert Galbraith
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL Call#:

    Cindy W. - 4 stars

    I could not put this book down. Maybe because it’s a crime mystery, a genre which lends itself to rapid page-turning, maybe because it’s written by JK Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith), mistress extraordinaire of page-turners. The novel is set in London in recent times, with a cast of characters - all of them muggles - spanning every color of the personal, social, economic rainbow – famous, homeless, posh, slovenly, educated, illiterate, addicted to drugs, addicted to money, heroic, cowardly, good, evil and everything in between.

    The main character is private detective Cormoran Strike, a wounded veteran of Afghanistan, freshly dumped by a long-time girlfriend and anxious for new cases to pay off old debts. He is hired by high-profile attorney John Bristow to investigate the recent death of his super-model sister. Bristow claims her death was a murder and not, as the police concluded, a suicide.

    As I read this book I couldn’t help but see similarities between The Cuckoo’s Calling and Rowling’s earlier work. In Cuckoo the plot thickens, thickens again, and then again. But with Rowling’s meticulous descriptions and expert navigation of countless people, places, things and events, her plot line remains crystal clear. That ability to navigate the reader through a complex plot is what impressed me most with the Potter series. I was reminded of A Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s first post-Potter book, because to me there is a similar underlying theme: invoking in the reader a sympathy for the underprivileged and the disenfranchised.

    Rowling has written the second of what she intends to be a series of Cormoran Strike novels. It will be published in 2014 under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.

    Madeleine - 4 stars
    I agree with Cindy's review above, I could not put this book down AND I thought it was similar in style to A Casual Vacancy. While it is a crime novel it's more a study in human character.

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  • Station Eleven
  • Author: Emily St. John Mandel
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL Call Number: SF Mandel E

    Kurt's rating: 4 stars
    A swift and deadly plague sweeps through the world, leaving survivors to deal with their new reality - a world bereft of the technologies they relied on. The story, though, is more about the way the main characters are connected through unrealized relationships stretching back to before disease changed the world.
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