Category: Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations: The Bluest Eye and Beloved

“Sunk in the grass of an empty lot on a spring Saturday, I split the stems of milkweed and thought about ants and peach pits and death and where the world went when I closed my eyes.” (from The Bluest Eye) “She is a…

Book Recommendation for Writers: Revision & Self-Editing and a Few Quotes about Writing by Writers

“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit-detector.” -Ernest Hemingway- Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books (2nd edition) Publication Date: May 5, 2008 Page Number: 272 I did some soul searching this last weekend and this week as well.  I’m not…

Book Recommendation: The Anatomy of Motive

“There are certain crimes that are simply too cruel, too sadistic, too hideous to be forgiven.” -John Douglas- Publisher: Pocket Books Reissue Edition: July 1, 2000 Page Number: 432 There are many reasons why I read this book, but the main three were to…

Book Recommendation: Rising Strong

 “A lot of cheap seats in the arena are filled with people who never venture onto the floor. They just hurl mean-spirited criticisms and put-downs from a safe distance. The problem is, when we stop caring what people think and stop feeling hurt by…

Book Recommendation: When to Rob a Bank

“The most remarkable thing is that even after we figured out our eleven-cent contribution, we still felt good about the fact that we had saved a little patch of land as big as the room we were eating breakfast in.” -Steven D. Levitt- “It’s…

Book Recommendations: Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles

It’s been a long time since I’ve read Anne Rice’s books.  Like with Stephen King, I stopped about halfway through one her books and never picked it up again.  It’s still sitting somewhere half read with her signature on one of the first few…

Book Recommendation: SuperFreakonomics

“Most of us want to fix or change the world in some fashion.  But to change the world, you first have to understand it.” -Steven D. Levitt- “I’m a writer.  I’ve been a journalist for my whole adult life.” -Stephen Dubner-   Publisher: William…

Book Recommendation: The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Authors: Kang, Chol-Hwan and Pierre Rigoulot Publication Date: August, 24, 2005 Publisher: Basic Books Page Number: 238 I’ll always remember my Korean professor who defected from North Korea to South Korea.  He spoke of the dangers on both sides.  You must really want to…

Book Recommendations: Picture Books

All three of these were given to me as gifts and while I haven’t digested every page word for word and picture by picture, the topics continue to be captivating.  North Korea is basically the same country, Circus Life still has its major flaws,…

Book Recommendation: Pet Sematary

Publication Date: February 1, 2001 Publisher: Pocket Books Page Number: 562 As with most of Stephen King’s books, he writes about life after death, greed and temptation, mental illness and physical violence, and the mystical and supernatural.  Why am I recommending “Pet Sematary” besides…

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