TRUTH WORTH TELLING by SCOTT PELLEY

Truth Worth Telling

An inspiring memoir from the front lines of history by award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley.

Don’t ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what’s the meaning of you?

Journalist, Scott Pelley, is someone I have always respected. And counted on to give us the news and the story behind the news. The Truth.
Scott gives us true accounts of people changed forever by the events like The World Trade Center bombing, 9/11, fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq.
I found his telling of his own and others experiences on 9/11 to be difficult to read. The book is raw and unforgettable. Pelley has a writing style that is equal to his reporting style and that made this both a heartbreaking read and a profound one.
Free Speech and what it means for the people. Why it is the most important thing at all times and especially at this moment in history. A Free Press is part of the checks and balances that we must have in a democracy.
For readers who believe values matter and truth is worth telling, Pelley writes, “I have written this book for you.”  Scott Pelley
NetGalley/ Harlequin Hanover May 21, 2019

ASSAD OR WE BURN THE COUNTRY by SAM DAGHER

Assad, or We Burn the Country: How One Family's Lust for Power Destroyed Syria

From a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist specializing in the Middle East, this groundbreaking account of the Syrian Civil War reveals the never-before-published true story of a 21st-century humanitarian disaster.

Finally a real account of what is going on in Syria! And from a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist who specializes in the Middle East. A never before heard boots on the ground look at the Syrian Civil War that is killing the country.

In 2011, President Bashar al-Assad, decided to address the Arab Spring-type protests in Syria with crushing violence on his own people. There would be no uprising here. Instead, there would be a long war that so far has killed almost 500,000 and as citizens flee, terrorist groups came in and suddenly we had an enormous refugee issue. His response went against the advice of his friend Manaf Tlass, commander of the army. 

Dagher uses his own observations and experiences in Damascus and has interviewed many on both sides of this war. Including Tlass. Everything he says rings true. The campaign waged by Basheer has turned the country and the entire region into chaos.

This book could not be more timely. Dagher has shown us what evil looks like and how easily it can be ignored by the world. There is so much false information out there and this book clears it all up very nicely.

Keep bringing us the truth and great journalism!

NetGalley/ May 28th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

 

 

THE INVITED BY JENNIFER McMAHON

The Invited

A multi-generational ghost story?? Yes, please!

The chills started early in this wickedly clever ghost story. The woods of Vermont are where Helen and Nate have decided to build their dream home. Leaving behind their teaching positions in Connecticut and taking a giant leap of faith in their own abilities and knowledge. Helen’s father was in building and she is no stranger to building sites. There is even an abandoned trailer on the property next to a bog where they can live while they build a home.

But not everyone wants them there. The last woman who built her home here was hung as a witch and her daughter never found. As a history teacher, Helen is intrigued and soon obsessed with Hattie Breckenridge and her story. And when she begins scouting supplies for their home, she finds a beam made from the tree they hung Hattie from and brings it home. Along with Hattie. And she needs help. But will helping her endanger Helen and Nate?

Is Hattie’s family cursed to all die violent deaths? Maybe a twelve-year-old girl holds the key to this mystery or maybe she will be the next to die.

This author never disappoints me. I was prepared to be scared out of my mind by the cover. And I was not disappointed. I also will not be taking walks in the woods anytime soon!

Well Done!

Netgalley/April 30th 2019 by Doubleday

 

 

 

 

A DREAM OF DEATH by CONNIE BERRY

adreamofdeath

A KATE HAMILTON MYSTERY

Kate’s memories of the Scottish Isle of Rothsay are bittersweet. She spent her honeymoon here. Her husband grew up here. Her husband died here. And now she is back at the request of her former sister-in-law, Elenor, who has turned the family home into a hotel.

Elenor asking Kate for her assistance is weird enough but for some reason Kate must come to the island and it’s urgent and Elenor is afraid of something or maybe someone. Is it the ghost that some say haunt the hotel? The lovely Flora?

Before she’s had more than a few moments with Elenor, the annual Tartan Ball is getting underway downstairs. With the promise that they will speak after the ball, Elenor shows her a small casket and tells her “This is where it began”. But the next morning finds Elenor dead outside of the Historical Society and Kate will not leave until she finds out what was going on and who did this. And there are motives everywhere you look. Elenor was not a well-loved person. And the history with the house has left some islanders with a bitter taste in their mouth.

When the hunky detective staying at the hotel teams up with her to figure out who is killing folks and blaming it all on the gentlest soul in town, more than just alibis begin popping up. Maybe a kiss or two? Finally maybe Kate finds love again?

You shall just have to read it to find out! I enjoyed Kate and Tom. Really all of the characters were well-developed and you could picture them in your mind.

Good Cozy. Well Done.

NetGalley/Crooked Lane Books April 09, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton

The Loch Ness Papers (Scottish Bookshop Mystery #4)

A Scottish Bookshop Mystery #4

Our main character, Delaney Nichols, is still loving her job at The Cracked Spine in Scotland, and is trying to plan a wedding to the oh so lovely pub owner, Tom Shannon with the long distance help of her family in Kansas.

Everything seems to be hectic but going well until they suddenly have no minister. On her way to meet with a new reverend, Delaney runs into the eccentric Norval Fraser just across the street. Norval has long believed that Nessie aka The Loch Ness Monster, is not only alive and well, but speaks to him and is somehow responsible for his father’s death.

The description of his cottage sounds like an episode of Hoarders, with anything and everything Nessie stacked inside. He is extremely paranoid and would never sell his research but desperately wants Delaney to have it and to keep searching when he is gone. When his nephew warns her not to believe anything he says and then later is found dead, Norval is the only person of interest to the police.

But there are other things that aren’t adding up and Delaney and her boss are determined to squeeze in a murder investigation as her family descends on Scotland.

With suspicious people all around, it will be a tough job and may have her missing her own wedding!

Who doesn’t love the Loch Ness Monster? Weaving a murder mystery around what could be the find of a lifetime was brilliant. The setting was beautifully described, the characters all had flaws and were relatable to us all. I can’t wait for the next book to come out and what other secrets The Cracked Spine is hiding in its warehouse!

Netgalley/ April 2nd 2019 by Minotaur Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LIBRARY BOOK by SUSAN ORLEAN

The Library Book

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was Goodbye, Charlie.” The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but over thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

Susan Orlean is an exceptional writer and her love for the written word and libraries is all over this work.

As she digs into the fire at the LAPL, this becomes a book about libraries and the people who inhabit them. The librarians and all of the ins and outs and backrooms and quirky people who make up the library. What she finds is something that we all have found at one time or another, a second home. A place of community, a place that levels the playing field for those who don’t have the luxury of buying a lot of books or resource material.

I often joke I would love to be locked in a library and after reading Susan’s book, I really want to do that! I associate the library with my childhood, my first library card, the smell, all the adventures I took in those books.

Librarians are really lucky!

I loved this book and I hope you do as well.

Netgalley/ Simon and Schuster October 16, 2018

RISING OUT OF HATRED THE AWAKENING IF A FORMER WHITE NATIONALIST BY ELI SASLOW

Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist

Eli Saslow is an author and a staff writer for The Washington Post, where he travels the country to write in-depth stories about the impact of major national issues on individual lives. He won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for a series of stories about the rise of food stamps and hunger in the United States. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2013, 2016 and 2017. 

I had read some of Saslow’s interviews on this before. This is more in-depth and while it made me uncomfortable I was curious.

How does the heir apparent to the KKK, Derek Black, godson of David Duke and son of Don Black, suddenly change his name and his back on the entire organization?

Well, it didn’t happen overnight. Derek is an intelligent man. Yes, he started a web page for White Children when he was a child, he was indoctrinated into this belief system by his father and his godfather. However he didn’t just take their word on white supremacy, he traveled, he studied and he knew more about history than most history majors.

So when he made the choice to attend a liberal arts college in Florida he tried to stay under the radar. And that worked for a time. It was there that he became friends with immigrants, Jews and started questioning what he had been taught.

The college could have ostracized him, kicked him out, made him quit. But the students didn’t do that. They invited him to Shabbat. They entered into a discourse that would eventually lead to Black taking back everything he had preached and going off grid.

The White Nationalists were given a prize with Trump. They saw someone who said things they wanted to hear. The only thing they clashed on was Israel. Trump himself is a rabble-rouser and these guys took that as a sign to be more and more violent and confrontational.

As uncomfortable as most of the book made me, I am better for having read it.

Netgalley/Doubleday September 18, 2018