Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Biography / Book Club Books / History / Karen / Nonfiction Book Club

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

The non-fiction book discussion participants were very interested in reading this. The group was given two and a half months to do so, but only two actually finished it. So first, let’s get the negativity out of the way. Here are those comments: “WAY, WAY, WAY too long.” OK, that is true. “WAY, WAY, WAY … Continue reading

Biography / John / Nonfiction

The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn

According to author Jeff Guinn’s research for The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, the commonly used expression “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid” should actually be “Don’t drink the Flavor Aid.” It was this cheaper version of Kool-Aid that Jim Jones’ most devoted followers mixed with cyanide on that day at the Jonestown … Continue reading

John / Memoir / Nonfiction

Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

A writing cliché I’ve heard many times is “Nothing bad ever happens to a writer. Everything is material.” Divorce, all types of unhappy childhoods, and alcohol and drug addiction have all been turned into great books, stories, essays, and, more recently, blogs. Death, of course, can’t be turned into literary gold and long prison sentences, … Continue reading

Biography / Book Club Books / Carol / Friday Afternoon / Memoir / Nonfiction

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

It’s always interesting in seeing a young person evolve from child to adult and Anne Frank is no different. Her world was very different from that of a normal 13 year old, but her process of maturation was not. She talked too much, often disliked her mother, thought everyone believed her older sister was perfect, … Continue reading