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Title Author Type Rating Description Date Reviewed
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Robert K. Massie Non-Fiction **** (Bradley) After reading (listening) to this book, my understanding of Russia and her history has grown exponentially.  Massie does an outstanding job carefully telling the story of one of the two great leaders of Russia, Peter the Great being the other.  Along the way, he also provides insights into so many of the issues that have made Europe an area of constant conflict for the past several hundred years.  What was really interesting, given the negative images so many of us have acquired of Catherine, was just how great a leader she was.  While not perfect, she was a trail blazer, 50 to 150 years ahead of her time in many respects.  Catherine took her job as empress seriously, often rising at 6:00, working 15 hour per day while rejecting unearned respect simply because of her title.  She did not even allow her people to call her Catherine the Great while she was alive.  Catherine was an extremely smart, consciencious and insightful leader.  Catherine the Great is a very worthwhile read if one has any interest in history and better understanding just how difficult it is going to be to create a functional democracy in Russia someday. 2016-06
East to the Dawn: The life of Amelia Earhart Susan Butler Non-Fiction **** (Bradley) What a fascinating and riveting story.  Even though we all know the outcome, Butler does an outstanding job of creating interest and suspense as she tells the detailed story of Amelia Earhart’s life, challenges and adventures.  Here was a woman who was clearly well ahead of her time, and could easily still be a role model for young women in the 21st century.  Butler also revels the early challenges of flight; the limitations of equipment and early impact of a growing media power.  Great Read. 2016-06
A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival, and an Incredible Rescue oon Michael J. Tougias Non-Fiction *** Three men set sail for an ocean crossing in a sailboat when they encounter a completely unpredicted storm. After hours of trying to deal with the storm, their boat is battered beyond repair and they are forced to abandon ship into a somewhat damaged liferaft where they continue to battle the elements until they are rescued by heroic coast guardsmen. Tougias, who is not a boater himself, has created a niche of writing these survival/rescue stories and again does a wonderful job. As usual, some lessons to be learned – foremost in this story is the small detail of the boats emergency signaling beacon (EPIRB), which was incorrectly registered, and the emergency contacts, once they were tracked down, being unaware of the boat’s plan or last know position. This all contributed ot the loss of valuable time in the rescue. 2016-06
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Fiction *** A semi-autobiographical book, this is the story of a Nigerian woman who comes to the US to attend college. It’s a wonderful insight into the American culture, and especially issues of race, as told by an observer from another culture. Great insights into both American and Nigerian cultures. 2016-06
Lunenburg Keith Baker Fiction *** (Bradley) It is very unusual for me to read a fiction book, but it came highly recommend by a friend in Nova Scotia and it is set around Halifax, NS, where I have ridden my bike on many of those roads.  I would like to think it may be based on a true case or two.  Baker does a wonderful job of taking you to Halifax and setting up the story with lots of realistic twists and turns.  As someone who stopped reading fiction because one could often predict the outcome, Baker does a great job of keeping the mystery.  I read this in less 24 hours.  Outstanding  airplane book.  Fun, and Enjoyable read! 2016-06
No Rest for the Dead Various Fiction *** A mystery with each chapter written by a well known author.  I didn’t have high expectations so was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. Although not great, it was an enjoyable mystery and it introduced me to some new authors I had not previously read. 2016-06
81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska’s Frozen Wilderness (Unabridged) Brian Murphy, Toula Vlahou Non-Fiction ** The story of Leon Crane, the sole survivor of a B-24 plane crash in remote Alaska during the winter of 1943. Crane survives for nearly three months through perserverance and a bit of good fortune. An interesting story, though Crane’s tale is not quite meaty enough for an entire book. As a result the authors weave in a bit of history and other related stories. Interesting if you enjoy these kinds of stories. 2016-06
Orphan Train Kristina Baker Kline Fiction ** In the early part of the 20th century, children orphaned in the eastern part of the US were often put on trains and sent to the midwest where they were adopted, often to be used as cheap labor. This is the story of one such orphan, now in her 90’s, and a modern day foster child. Obligated to perform community service for a minor offense, the foster child agree to help clean the elderly lady’s attic. This leads to an unlikely friendship and the unfolding of both characters’ stories. 2016-06
The President’s Shadow Brad Meltzer Fiction ** Third part of the Culper Ring series, these books feature mysteries solved by archivist Beecher White, and Indian Jones type hero. While I find the stories and plot so-so, I greatly enjoy the historical trivia that the author adeptly works into the book. Many time I find myself thinking “wow, that’s interesting” and wanting to do more research to verify some of the things he puts forth – some are actual fact and some are speculation based on available evidence, but many, many intersting historical tidbits. 2016-06
Previously reviewed books – Recent
Title Type Author Rating Description Date Reviewed
Benjamin Franklin; An American Life Walter Isaacson Non-Fiction **** (Bradley) This is clearly one of the greatest books I have read in my life time.  It  needs to be required reading for all voters and politicians, during this election season.  Franklin was one of the truly great men of the world, who had extraordinary historical impacts in Science, Business, Religious Tolerance, Community & Charity and Politics.  If Noble prizes had existed during Franklins time, he would have most certainly won more than one.  Isaacson does an outstanding job of providing both a detailed but very exciting tour of Benjamin Franklin’s life, his impacts on both the Founding of our country and the world.  In the process Walter also helps us understand in great detail Franklin’s greatest contribution: creating the compromises required for the successful creation of the US. While Franklin remained a royalist far longer than most of our founding fathers, he had actually had drafted many of the founding concepts 10 years before others began to even think about the need for the colonies to unite.  Isaacson creates a balanced view of Franklin, including his flaws and like much of Franklins own writing use humor and satire to tell the story. 2016-05
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette Hampton Sides Non-Fiction **** (Bradley) This is the tragic story of the last Polar exploration under the failed theory of a warm water passage at the top of the world.   Sides brings together an incredible amount of details regarding the polar exploration of the USS Jeannette.  He takes us deep into the lives of the key characters all the while building the foundation for the outcome.  While Captain George DeLong almost provides us with a precursor to the incredible experience of Shackleton, of saving his entire crew, Delong has a different outcome.  This is an in-depth look at one of the last major debates relating to the Geographic’s of our planet.  It was an enjoyable and fascinating read. 2016-05
Missoula; Rape and the Justice System in a College Town Jon Krakauer Non-Fiction **** (Bradley) Having read 4 of Krakauer’s 7 previous books, I was not disappointed.  “Date Rape” is a hugely complex issue, that our media has chosen to take a very superficial view of, rather than use is power to effectively educate the public on its complexity of prosecution and protection of the victim.  Krakauer does an outstanding job of educating the reader on the unique challenges and issues associated with the terrible crime of “date rape & sexual assault”. He does this using the in-depth review of Missoula, a small town in Montana.  I came to this topic a skeptic, left a strong believer in the need for effective changes to our criminal justice system as it relates to Date Rape and sexual assault accusations. There is no silver bullet on this complex and emotional issue, but I suspect if more Americans read this book, progress will be made.   I believe there are clearly some viable solutions, simple changes and much better education for all, that could reduce this crime.  While I am not a fan of the Obama administration, I believe their efforts to hold colleges and university to account for finding a better balance and protection for victims is correct.  I strongly recommend this as a read.  In fact I believe this took should be required reading for every single high school senior of both sexes. 2016-05
The Brigade; An epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation, and World War II Howard Blum Non-Fiction **** (Bradley) This is an unbelievable true story of the first Jewish fighting unit organized since the time of King David.  This was a group of Jews from “Palestine” organized under the British as a 100% Jewish Brigade, that was finally brought to Europe in late 1944 to fight the Germans.  However, that is only half the story, even more revealing is the exploits of the Brigade after the war, as they attempted to help the surviving Jews make their way to the future State Israel, in spite of all the British did to prevent the displaced Jews from returning to their homeland.  Blum elected to focus this story around three critical soldiers, their families and their experiences during War War II. To understand just how poorly THE WORLD, treated the Jewish, before, during and after WWII, this is a very important story. 2016-05
The Keeper of Lost Causes Jussi Adler-Olsen Fiction *** I enjoyed this Norwegian mystery involving several unsolved cases. A troublesome detective is assigned to handle important unsolved cases, the first of which involves the disappearance of a young woman who was a rising superstar on the political scene. The detective and his mysterious assistant, a Syrian refugee, set out to track down a killer, but find some surprising things along the way. An international best-seller, this book has a bit of everthing those who enjoy this genre might like. 2016-05
Capital Dames; The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848 – 1868 Cokie Roberts Non-Fiction *** (Bradley) Having always been a fan of Cokie, when I came across this book on a friends Kindle, it was a must read.  I am very happy I grabbed the opportunity.  Cokie does an outstanding job presenting an insightful look into how the Civil War impacted women, especially those from high society and how the role of women began to change in our society as a result of the war.  By selecting 32 women from the Political, Literary and Activist segments, Cokie provides an insightful peek into how much impact the Civil War had on the United States.  This was the beginning of change, from a state centric country to a strong federal government, the growth of Washington from a sleepy small town to a leading capital and the beginning of women in many jobs within Government.  Cokie also provides some great insights into the dynamics of life between smart women and the men in their lives.  A wonderfully enlightening and entertaining read.  Enjoy! 2016-05
Gold Diggers – Striking it Rich in the Klondike Charlotte Gray Non-Fiction *** In the late 1890s gold was discovered in Canada’s Yukon, leading to a gold rush which thousands of people seeking their fortunes. This book follows six people – a prospector, a female entrepreneur, a reports, a Jesuit priest, a law officer, and future author Jack London as they each pursue their dreams. Well researched using letters, memoirs, and newspaper accounts of the time, Gray weaves a fabulous tale which reads like a novel but is all true. 2016-05
Hellhound on His Trail Hampton Sides Non-Fiction *** (Bradley) Non-fiction account of James Earl Ray’s pursuit and killing of Martin Luther King, and the subsequent 60+ day manhunt for him.  Sides does a very good job of introducing a lot of critical information, that I do not remember being  covered in the press at the time of the shooting.  Very interesting and enjoyable read. 2016-05
Last Man Off Matthew Lewis Non-Fiction *** (Bradley) For those of us who elect to spend serious time at sea, this is a very interesting and shocking read.  This is a true story of the sinking of a commercial fishing boat in the southern ocean.  It provides some very interesting insight in to the trades offs between commercial pressures, maintenance, safety, crew cohesion and the Captains decision making.  I think the much of what can be learned from this tragedy, can used today in many situations as the world becomes more and more global. 2016-05
Lost in Shangri-La Mitchell Zuckoff Non-Fiction *** (Bradley) This is a true story of the rescue of survivors from a plan crash near the end of WWII in New Guinea.  In the process of telling the story of a very interesting rescue, Zuckoff, provides some interesting insight into the life of local natives who up until the plane crash had almost no contact with Western civilization. It is important these stories get told now, as we find out in the Epilogue, almost all the key characters have now passed away.  It is a quick and fun read.  I also recommend one of his other books, Fozen in Time, the true story of crashes and rescues in Greenland during WWII. 2016-05
The Great Dissent Thomas Healy Non-Fiction *** Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes is known for setting the standard for our right to free speech in the U.S. This book explains how his feelings about free speech evolved, leading to his famous dissent in a major case, one which would shape the future of free speech for generations. Not an easy read as there are many letters from bygone times, but quite interesting. It is a great reminder of how easily we take for granted today our rights of free speech. I was surprised to learn about the history of this key principle of our society today. This book is especially interesting to me, as I am a distant relative of Oliver Wendall Holmes (I am a first cousin, three times removed). 2016-05
Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca Maria Goodavage Non-Fiction *** Good story about a military working dog and her handlers. Lucca is an elite, bomb-sniffing dog, helping to keep soldiers safe in war zones. The book touches on the horrors of war, the courage of these amazing dogs and their handlers, and the amazing bond between the dogs and their handlers. 2016-05
Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness Neil Swidey Non-Fiction *** (Bradley) This is an interesting story on the limits of technology, engineering, and the balance of cost between tax payers and the assumption of risk on large complex engineering projects.  For those of us who are divers and have some understanding of the complexity these divers faced, it is especially interesting.  However, I think this would be a fun, quick and enlightened read for everyone. 2016-05
Natchez Burning Greg Isles Historical Fiction *** The story in this book centers around smal town Mississippi Mayor and attorney Penn Cage, whose father, a doctor, is accused of killing his former colleague, a nurse who recently returned to her hometown. Cage embarks on a journey into the past, revealing many dark secrets of his town and his family’s past. It’s a LONG book – epic and saga are used to describe it – but besides being a well constructed novel, it also educates the reader about the racial tensions and issues in the deep south, both past and more recent. 2016-05
The Light Between Oceans M. L. Steadman Fiction ** An Australian WWI vet returns home and becomes a lighthouse keeper at a very remote station. When a boat with a dead man and a child wash up on shore, they begin a journey that will affect many lives. I greatly enjoyed the wondeful writing about the light house and some of the accompanying history. Though the premise of the plot was interesting, I had little sympathy for the central characters. 2016-05
Bullseye: A Will Robie/Camel Club Short Story David Baldacci Fiction ** Two of Baldacci’s well known characters come together during a bank robbery. A fun and easy read for fans of either or both series 2016-05
Fifty Shades of Grey E. L. James Fiction ** Young woman falls for rich older guy with peculiar sexual desires. She allows herself to be used and abused before finally making the right decision. Much graphic detail. 2016-05
Accused Lisa Scottoline Fiction ** Attorney Mary DiNunzio has just been made a partner in her firm when a 13-year old girl from a wealthy family asks her to investigate the murder of her sister six years earlier, a crime for which a man has been convicted and is currently serving a sentence. Over the objections of her parents, the investigation proceeds, leading to questions about the girls mental health and her obsession with the convicted killers innocence despite his own confession and the facts. A good story for this genre. 2016-05
After You JoJo Moyes Fiction ** A sequal to Me Before You, this book details the life of Louisa Clarke following the suicide of the paralyzed man she took care and came to love.  An interesting follow up, but this book does not rise to the same level as its predecessor, which succeeded in framing some great moral dilemmas involving rights of individuals to control their own destiny. 2016-05
Breakdown Jonathan Kellerman Fiction ** In this latest Alex Delaware novel, the psychologist is called when a former TV actress is murdered. A woman with an emotionally unstable past, Delaware was once called on to evaluate the well-being of her 5 year old son, a boy who is now missing. Drawn into the murder and an obsession to find out what happened to the boy, Alex and his pal Milo proceed to uncover the truth. As a fan of this series I enjoyed it. 2016-05
Dance of the Bones J. A. Jance Fiction ** 2016-05
Eyes On You Kate White Fiction ** A so-so psychological thriller. A TV star receives a variety of subtle threats. Is she doing it herself to create attention or is there a real threat? Who can she trust? 2016-05
Hour of the Hunter J. A. Jance Fiction ** I’m a J.A. Jance fan and this book, one of her first and recently re-released, isn’t her best. It is, however, interesting as it includes many fables from the native Papago culture. The story is so-so, using flashbacks and lackluster characters, but it’s still an interesting read. 2016-05
Memory Man David Baldacci Fiction ** A new Baldacci character, Amos Decker had a brief career as a professional football player. However, he suffered a head injury on his very first play, a trauma that left his brain altered so that he can never forget anything. After his second career as a police detective, he comes home one night to find his family has been brutally murdered, leading to his steady decline until he loses his job and ends up on the streets. When someone comes forward to confess to the murders, Decker is brought in to the investigation and begins the journey to resurrect his life – and learn what happened to his family. Interesting and well done story 2016-05
Only Time Will Tell Jeffrey Archer Fiction ** First of the Clifton Chronicle Series, Harry Clifton is the son of a dock worker who he believed was killed in WWI. His mother is forced to live with her brother, a rough and tumble dock worker who has done some time in jail. Harry is befriended by two men who become his mentors, and discover his remarkable singing talent which leads to a scholarship to an exclusive boys school. Here Harry becomes friends with boys from a different world, but soon is led to explore his own family’s past, including the question of who his father really is. A fun book, I look forward to the next in the series. 2016-05
The Girl in the Spider’s Web David Logercrantz Fiction ** Fourth book in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, written by a new author following the death of the original creator. This book is entertaining, though the central character, Lisbeth Salander, is a bit underplayed. 2016-05
Rogue Lawyer John Grisham Fiction * A mishmash of a book – starts out like several short stories, then tries to come together as a novel, but doesn’t quite work. Sebastian Rudd is an attorney who takes on cases that nobody else wants, leading to a variety of scumbag clients, all who deserve justice. I used to enjoy Grisham books, but he increasingly seems to use his books as a political forum to rail against his personal issues – in this case he goes to great lengths to paint the police as trigger happy and inept. 2016-05
The Confession John Grisham Fiction * Another Grisham diatribe against the death penalty. A man sentenced to death for a gruesome murder is about to be executed when the “real” killer, a dying man, comes forward to confess. Who is the real killer? Can the execution be stopped in time? Enough already. No more Grisham for me. 2016-05
Jerusalem: The Biography Simon Sebag Montefiore Non-Fiction ****+ (Bradley) Jerusalem ranks at the top of my life long reading list. This is a book I will read a second time.  Strongly recommend one reads it electronically with access to internet and good maps.  Simon set out to write an objective history of one of the most controversial cities in the world; where 3 major  religions and 2 ethnic peoples started and clashed.   I think he accomplished his objective, as most who read it will find something to object to in Simons telling of history.  Jerusalem is an intense read, but if you want to understand why peace has not been achievable in the Middle East, you have to understand the history, something our press has done a very poor job exposing.  People have been fighting over Jerusalem long before religion became the cause.  It is amazing to me, anyone is alive to still fight as millions have been died fighting for one cause or another. 2015-11
Father Son & Co: My Life at IBM and Beyond Thomas J. Watson and Peter Petre Non-Fiction **** (Bradley) The fascinating story of the founding, growth and transition of IBM to the worlds most successful company.  Dad founded and ran the company slowly turning over the reins to his son, until just before his passing, he completely stepped down.  The is a very honest story about the inherent conflicts that often exist between Fathers and children as power is handed off in family run companies.  Thomas and Peter also do a great job of exploring both the mistakes and successes of father, son and IBM.  It offers some great insights on how to keep a company relevant and competitive.  Very much a book worth reading. 2015-11
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette Hamptom Sides Non-Fiction **** Incredibly well researched and presented history of a ship that set out for the North Pole in the late 19th Century. Great insights into the science of the times, the logistics of the great explorations, and a tale of advanture, survival, and tragedy. My favorite kind of book – non-fiction that reads like a novel. 2015-10
Last Man Off: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Antarctic Seas Matthew Lewis Non-Fiction *** The author, at the time a young marine biologist, gets a job with the Firsheries department as an observer on the South African fishing vessel Sudar Havid bound for the treacherous Southern Ocean. As with many stories of disasters, he highlights a long series of events ranging from poor decision making and leadership, lack of crew training, shortcuts in maintenance, and more, all leading to a disaster which included the loss of one third of the crew but the survival and rescue of the rest. Though the events took place in 1998, the book was just published in 2015 and is perhaps better for that. It seems the author has really reflected on the events and has combined his own memories with input from other crew members. It’s a must read for anyone contemplating off-shore cruising and a fast-paced action tale even for landlubbers! As an added benefit, you will learn all about the Patagonian Toothfish! 2015-11
Pirate Hunters Robert Kurson Non-Fiction *** The divers introduced in Kurson’s last book, Shadow Divers, are off on a new adventure – to locate the Golden Fleece, a fabled pirate ship. The hunt involves many false starts, a race against time, and the ever-present competitors in a quest for the holy grail of salvage divers – a rare pirate ship. Though I found this less engrossing than Kurson’s two previous books, both of which are among my all-time favorites – it is still a very good story and well worth a read. 2015-10
Solomon’s Song Bryce Courtenay Historical Fiction *** This is the third book of a trilogy, that I did not know about until I finished reading it.  Still it was a very interesting read.  I would call his a historical novel about New Zealand and Australia involvement in World War I, responding to mother England call for support.  As a fan of nonfiction and military biographies, Bryce was still able to surprise and overwhelm me with the destruction that occurred in WWI.  “The hardcore realness of this narrative that takes place in World War One is so powerful that this reader felt the force of war; brought to that place by such compelling characters that a human connection was unavoidable. I do not think that I have ever had so much admiration for any such as these: with all their conflicts, strengths, weaknesses, heart, and amazing journeys.Read the trilogy, you will never regret it.”  I plan to read the fist two. 2015-11
The Warriors: Kent Family Chronicles Book 6 John Jakes Historical Fiction *** The Civil War is ending and the country and its occupants must pick up the pieces and move on with their lives. Members of the Kent family engage in various enterprises: publishing in the northeast, building the railroad out west, hunting and trapping, and engaging in the politics of the time. Jakes weaves a good, if not always believable, story around true events, making it great fun to learn the history of our nation. 2015-10
Career of Evil Robert Gailbraith Fiction *** Third in the Cormorant Strike series by Galbraith (aka JK Rowling). The author, whoever he or she is, is a good story teller and this is another enjoyable mystery story. Strike’s assistant, Robin, receives a package containing a body part and this begins the search for a killer – one with a personal tie to one of the main characters. Fast paced, though a bit long, it’s a good page-turner. 2015-11
The Crossing Michael Connelly Fiction *** Connelly again combines his two main characters, Harry Bosch and Lincoln Laywer Mickey Haller, to prove the innocence of Haller’s client. Reluctant to cross over to the “dark side”, Bosch eventually comes to believe in the client’s innocence and sets out to discover the truth. If you like either of these series, you’ll like this book and if you like both, you won’t want to put it down. 2015-11
The Escape David Baldacci Fiction *** Third in the John Puller series, in this book Puller’s brother, in prison for treason, escapes from a maximum security facility. Even Puller is unsure if he is an ally or a threat as the story unfolds. Good guys, bad guys, espionage, and the inevitable race against time to save the world (or at least the US) ensue in a fast paced thriller. Fun read. 2015-11
Yellow Crocus Laila Ibrahim Historical Fiction ** A young slave girl is assigned to act as wet-nurse for the plantation owner’s newborn daughter. This begins a life-long relationship between the two, illustrating the many complicated facets of life and relationships during the times of slavery. A well written story. 2015-11
A Rule Against Murder :ouise Penny Fiction ** Inspector Gamache and his wife book an anniversary trip to a remote Quebec retreat but soon are embroiled in a murder in the midst of a family reunion. Good story and the audio version of the book is quite good – the narrator’s authentic French-Canadian accent really adds to the story. For those who like murder mysteries, this series is a nice alternative to the American versions of the genre. 2015-11
Hand of Evil J. A. Jance Fiction ** Third in the Ali Reynolds series, this book focuses on two unrelated murders, though a witness to one has some subtle ties to the other. Not a bad book – fun, easy read, though can’t justify more than two stars 2015-10
Motive Jonathan Kellerman Fiction ** Book 30 in the Alex Delaware series. While making no progress on a cold case, a new case develops when a recently divorced woman is murdered. Suspects include lawyer and ex-hubby. As the case unfolds, there are also clues to a long ago cold case revealed. Its hard to maintain a series for this long, but I find the characters still entertaining and the stories reasonably satisfying. 2015-11
Still Alice Lisa Genova Fiction ** A psychology professor begins to have trouble remembering things and is diagnosed with early onset Alhzheimers. Told from the professor’s point of view, the book attempts to chronicle the journey, the effects of the disease and its impact on family and friends. 2015-11
The Inner Circle Brad Meltzer Fiction ** The hero, Beecher White, is an Indiana Jones type character – an archivist at the National Archives charged with safeguarding the Nation’s treasured documents. But when he stumbles across a special dictionary, filled with secrets codes, he embarks on an adventure filled with intrique and, of course, murder. First in the “Culper Ring” series, its a fast paced, enjoyable read. 2015-11
The Murderer’s Daughter Jonathan Kellerman Fiction ** I’m a long time fan of Kellerman and his Alex Delaware novels and was glad to see him create a story about a completely new character, psychologist Grace Blades. Following her parents murder-suicide, Blades is placed in foster care, eventually having the good fortune to attract a mentor who changes her life. Many years later, she becomes embroiled in a murder mystery, bringing back many aspects of her past. Enjoyable book for those that like this genre. 2015-10


  1. #1 by Glen Peters on June 8, 2016 - 10:21 pm

    Hello Kathy, This is the first time I have messaged you and may I first say how much pleasure I have received reading your blogs and of course watching your videos over the years (although I personally don’t believe there are enough of them). As for reading material I believe you would enjoy An Island To Oneself by Tom Neale. Tom Neale spent sixteen years alone on Suwarrow Island and the book is about his life and times and is a testament to what a person can achieve with ingenuity and common sense, if you enjoy this you can also read his diaries. This book is available as a PDF and his island Suwarrow is often visited today by travelling sailors,,,,, just to tidy up and keep it clean for him.


  2. #2 by click here on October 17, 2013 - 10:41 pm

    Everyone would benefit from reading this post


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