Review of Lucky Bastard

Review of Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I’m Not Allowed to Say on TV Written by Joe Buck Rating ***** I’ve lived in St. Louis for most of the 80s and 90s. To me and many others, the voices of Jack Buck and Mike Shannon were synonymous with summer. I was […]

Review of Too Pretty To Live

Review of Too Pretty To Live: The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee written by Dennis Brooks Rating *** I was attracted to this title because of the catfishing angle. I was left questioning the outcome of not just the murders but the outcomes of those involved. This book was written by the prosecutor of the […]

Review of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League written by Jeff Hobbs Rating **** Last week in Texas a sixteen-year-old boy was charged with the murder of his fourteen-year-old neighbor, a young girl whose body later turned up in a landfill. What was behind […]

Review of Off the Cliff

Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge written by Becky Aikman Rating ***** I loved this book. As a fan of the film, I found the whole behind the scenes anecdotes entertaining. Can you picture Jodie Foster and Cher as Thelma & Louise? I’ve always felt that the […]

Review of American Fire

Review of American Fire by Monica Hesse Rating **** A serial arsonist is on the loose in a small town in Accomack County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Who is responsible? What is the motive? When and how will they be caught? These are some of the questions that American Fire attempts to answer. This story […]

Walter White writes a memoir

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston Rating ***** The best films are those that have strong writing, directing, and acting. Of the three, my opinion is that the writing is the most important. A director can’t direct and an actor can’t act without someone first putting the story down on paper. The television series […]

Review of Apollo 8

Review of Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger Rating ***** As I write this review, the picture Earth Rise, taken on the Apollo 8 mission, hangs above my desk. I have had the framed picture for years. Now, after reading the excellent account of the flight […]

Review of Beyond the Call

Review of Beyond the Call: The true story of one WWII pilot’s covert mission to rescue POWs on the Easter Front written by Lee Trimble. Rating *** A good way to understand monumental events like WWII is by reading the personal stories of those who were there. This book tells the story of Robert Trimble, […]

Review of Janesville an American Story

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein Rating **** What happens to a community when a major employer leaves town? This is the basic premise of Janesville. The major employer is GM. The community is Janesville, Wisconsin. The book covers the years following the closing of the GM plant in December of 2008 to the […]

Review of Killers of the Flower Moon

Review of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Rating **** This is a story of greed, death, and evil. The book starts out slow as the author describes several mysterious deaths involving members of an Osage Indian family. Keeping track of the many characters and untimely deaths […]

An aging actor, the Hollywood Blacklist, and a film classic

Review of High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist, and the making of an American Classic Rating **** 1/2 When a film becomes successful, everyone involved in the making of the movie wants to take credit for its success. The truth is that every successful film owes its fortunes to just one person — the screenwriter. Without […]

Review of The Stranger in the Woods

Review of The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel Rating ***** When I first heard about this story of a man disappearing into the woods and not reappearing for twenty-seven years, I imagined someone living off the land. Hunting and fishing and growing crops. It never even donned on me that an individual could […]

A child prodigy, a violin virtuoso, and her stolen Stradivarius

Review of Gone: A Girl, a Violin, A Life Unstrung Rating ***** Gone is the story of a violin virtuoso and her stolen Stradivarius. I am listening to Min Kym’s Gone album as I write this review. I have also listened to other pieces mentioned in the book. There were many times as I was […]

Living, dying, and surviving life aboard a B-17

Review of Shot Down: The true story of Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth by Steve Snyder Rating *** Having just completed Indestructible about the air war in the Pacific during WWII, I thought it would be a good idea to read (and listen) about what was going on over the skies […]

Review of Indestructible

Review of Indestructible: One Man’s Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII by John R. Bruning Rating ***** Indestructible is the remarkable story of the air campaign in the Philippines during WWII as told through the eyes of one family. Specifically, it is the story of Paul Irvin Gunn and his family after they […]