Review of When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Rating ***** It’s not  often that I call a book profound, but this book fits the bill. This is the story of a neurosurgeon, in his thirties, who learns that he has terminal cancer. It’s a memoir both about saving lives and loss of life. As a neurosurgeon, the author […]

Review of Adnan’s Story

Review of Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice after Serial by Rabia Chaudry Rating ***** Like anyone who paid any attention to the news a few years back, I heard about the podcast Serial. The podcast was downloaded over 150,000,000 times. The podcast told the story of a murder, conviction, and possible wrongful […]

Best of Everything Nonfiction for 2016

These are the best films, books, and documentaries that I have read, listened to, and watched in 2016. I haven’t been able to review everything on the list. Where I do have a review, you can read the full review by selecting the link. Best Nonfiction Film’s of 2016 Sully – Directed by Clint Eastwood, […]

Review of 23 7

Review of 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and The Rise of Solitary Confinement by Keramet Reiter Rating ***** Solitary confinement. Isolation. Supermax prisons. No matter what you call it, it’s inhumane to keep someone in total isolation for months, years, and decades with little or no human contact. This book provides a detailed history of how […]

Review of Who Killed These Girls?

Review of Who Killed These Girls? by Beverly Lowry Rating ***** How is it that so many supposed professionals can look at a confession that has every indication of being coerced continue with a prosecution? It’s unbelievable to me that so many detectives, prosecutors, district attorneys, judges, and jurors can be so incompetent that they […]

Am I the only one who didn’t get Arrival?

The reviews for this film have been phenomenal. Best film of the year! Magical! A masterpiece! Thought provoking? My reaction – WTF? Now I know this film is based on a book, and I have not read the book. I’m sure that the book explains things better than this film. But as a standalone film, […]

Review of Hillbilly Elegy

Review of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance Rating ***** In some ways, this memoir is a cautionary tale. Some might say that it is prescient in the way it accurately portrayed today’s political climate. I would recommend it to anyone who believes that the problems facing America were the fault of the current administration and […]

Review of 13th

Review of the Netflix original 13th written and directed by Ava DuVernay Rating ***** I’ve been covering the broken criminal justice system on this site for a while. You can find many reviews of books on the subject here. But film has a way of condensing complex issues and making them easier to grasp. Such […]

The bizarre story of John McAfee

I’ve seen documentaries about innocent people finally freed thanks to new evidence. I’ve seen one documentary where a guilty person is set free, and in his place, an innocent person is sent to prison (See A Murder in the Park). But this is the first documentary I’ve seen with evidence of guilt pointing to an […]

A Whispersync deal

Review of Murder in the Yoga Store by Peter Ross Range Rating **** Since discovering Whispersync, I’ve found myself gravitating toward books available in both eBook and audio. Amazon already offers the Audible narration at a reduced price once you purchase the eBook. The book Murder in the Yoga Store by Peter Ross Range along […]

Review of American Pain

Review of American Pain by John Temple Rating ***** I was aware that there was an opium epidemic, but I didn’t know the specifics of how, when, and where it all started. This book was an eye opener. My ill-informed view of the opium problem was that people who were addicted to pain medication were […]

CBS wrongfully convicts the Ramseys

I’m a fan of true crime stories and stories involving the criminal justice system. I also follow cases of wrongful convictions. After watching the CBS special The Case of: JonBenet Ramsy, I felt like I had just witnessed a wrongful conviction. In wrongful convictions, there are often some common mistakes that investigators make: They tend […]

Review of Similar Transactions

Review of Similar Transactions by S.R. Reynolds. Rating ***** Similar Transactions tells the true story of serial rapist Larry Lee Smith, who preyed on adolescent girls. The author, Sasha Reynolds, became interested in learning more about Larry Lee Smith after he became a suspect in the murder of one of her son’s classmates. As the […]

Review of Evicted

Review of Evicted by Matthew Desmond Rating **** 1/2 Evicted is an unflinching look at poverty in America. The author follows several families as they deal with a multitude of problems from health and mental issues to the compounding problems associated with eviction. The events described in this book take place in 2008 and 2009, […]

Must see documentary A Murder in the Park

Review of A Murder in the Park directed by Brandon Kimber and Shawn Rech Rating ***** Everyone likes a story of a wrongfully convicted individual finally set free once the truth is revealed. I distinctly remember this story. A man just days away from execution is suddenly set free thanks to the work of a college […]