Book Review: The Splendid and The Vile

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and…

Book Review: American Sherlock

Berkeley, California, 1933. In a lab filled with curiosities–beakers, microscopes, Bunsen burners, and hundreds upon hundreds of books–sat an investigator who would go on to crack at least two thousand cases in his forty-year career. Known as the “American Sherlock Holmes,” Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America’s greatest–and first–forensic scientists, with an uncanny knack…

Book Review: Disney’s Land

Shop your local indie bookstore Disney’s Land tells the complete story of Disneyland from concept to the present day. This novel is one of the best histories of Disneyland that I’ve read (and there are quite a few out there.) The tone of the book is so friendly and readable that you feel as if…

Book Review: When They Come for You: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties – and How to Take Them Back

The title alone is a mouth full. If you don’t think that you need to read this book, then you aren’t paying attention. It’s not a conspiracy theory book or some prepper manifesto. It is a study of actual events that have happened in the US in recent history. Well written, well researched, I’ve got…

Book Review: Dutch Girl

Loved this historical nonfiction book up to the top. The author clearly liked Audrey, and after reading this, I did too. It’s hard not to. I mean just about everyone likes the Audrey of film fame, but after I read more about her life during World War 2, I liked her more like a real…

Book Review: Year of Yes

Shonda Rhimes is the creator and writer of the TV I watch. I spend a reasonable amount of time reading, and when I’m ready to turn my brain off her shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder are my go-to viewing. That’s why I haven’t read a lot of women’s fiction or…