Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood – Cheryl Diamond

I won an advance reading copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, which I'm pleased about --because I can highly recommend this book. It feels a little mean to say this is a very entertaining read because Cheryl Diamond's life was way too chaotic -- to such an extent that she ultimately found out … Continue reading Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood – Cheryl Diamond

Urban Slave and Walking on Aire – Andy Owens (An e-book; Netgalley & Kindle)

I liked these pieces, two separate stories that I would describe as "observational humor." I admit I signed on for what I figured would be the British version of Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting by in America," and while the social commentary is there, it's not the point of Urban Slave, the … Continue reading Urban Slave and Walking on Aire – Andy Owens (An e-book; Netgalley & Kindle)

A Peculiar Combination- Ashley Weaver (Electra McDonnell, Book 1)

A thoroughly enjoyable read! Ellie McDonnell has been raised since infancy by her widowed uncle Mick, a locksmith and a safecracker. It's London, August 1940, Britain is in the war and Mick's two sons have been called to duty. Ellie already is trained in both sides of the family business, when she learns her skills … Continue reading A Peculiar Combination- Ashley Weaver (Electra McDonnell, Book 1)

The Consequences of Fear – Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs # 16)

Don't know about you, but a lot of times I find that as my favorite historical fiction series progress through the decades, I lose interest or the writing quality goes down. Not so with Maisie Dobbs. We've seen her through great tragedy and great happiness, over several decades and she never fails to be interesting. … Continue reading The Consequences of Fear – Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs # 16)

Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine that Rewrote America – Stephanie Gorton (Listened on Audible Audio)

This was a fascinating read about the earliest investigative reporters ("muckrakers"), the pressing topics of the time, and the turn of the 20th-century publication, "McClures" conceived and established by S.S. McClure. Over the years, Ida Tarbell turned up as a character in historical fiction I read. I welcomed this chance to learn about her in … Continue reading Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine that Rewrote America – Stephanie Gorton (Listened on Audible Audio)

Role Models (Audio Read by Author) – John Waters

What can I say? I'm a fan and John Waters lets us into his brain here, describing his favorite people and sometimes the things his favorite people created (art, literature, pornography, music). I'm very happy I chose the audio CD. Prior to hearing Waters present at one of his spoken word events, I read a … Continue reading Role Models (Audio Read by Author) – John Waters

Stan Lee: How Marvel Changed the World – Adrian Mackinder

This is a highly readable account of Stan Lee's involvement in the rise of comic books in the 20th century to superhero movies in the 21st century. Stan Lee lived from 1922 to 2018, carving out a highly visible role in comic book mythology. I am casually interested in Marvel and Stan Lee. The various … Continue reading Stan Lee: How Marvel Changed the World – Adrian Mackinder