The Wind At My Back by Misty Copeland

I wanted to be a ballerina for a while when I was a kid. I studied ballet from about 5 years old til I started high school, and though I haven't done ballet since then, I still love it and love to go see ballet whenever I can. Sadly this year I couldn't go see …

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Proving Ground by Kathy Kleiman

"The untold story of the six women who in programmed the world's first modern computer"When Kathy Kleiman came across photographs of the earliest computers, she saw women posed in the pictures. Told that they were just "refrigerator models", posed there just to make the machine look good, she wasn't convinced. Something about them looked professional …

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Bad City: Peril and power in the city of Angels by Paul Pringle

When Paul Pringle got a tip about an overdose at a fancy hotel and the involvement of a medical man, he thought the story would be a quick one to complete. But the man at the hotel was Dean of Medicine at USC, Carmen Puliafito, and the University had it's fingers in a lot of …

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Into Every Generation A Slayer Is Born by Evan Ross Katz

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is 25. The TV show, that is. And to celebrate this there's a new DVD release and a few things along that line, and also this book. Evan Ross Katz is a huge Buffy and Sarah Michelle Gellar fan. In this book, he has researched the show, it's cast, it's backstory, …

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Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

I was so excited when I requested this book, and it did not disappoint. People are basically decent, and the world is not as bad as you think. That's essentially the premise of this book. But it's not a light, fluffy, motivational book, it's actually a well researched and absolutely fascinating read. I came to …

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My Writing: Death Never Dies Anthology (Illustrated/Edited by Lee Fearnside).

So, this is a different post than my usual reviews, because this time I'm sharing my own work! I was asked by Lee Fearnside to write a piece for her anthology Death Never Dies. This is a follow up to Chimera Projects O Relentless Death, and was edited by Lee, and has her beautiful lino …

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The Essential Directors by Sloan De Forest

The Essential Directors covers 56 influential directors from Hollywood, from the 1920's to the 70's. To lovers or scholars of film, a lot of these will be well known names to you, but there are some more obscure faces who have been forgotten in later years and are ripe for rediscovery. We get an introduction …

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The Story Paradox by John Gottschall

How our love of storytelling builds societies and tears them down. In his previous book, The Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschall showed us how humans see the world through the paradigm of stories. After all, most of our communication, almost all of our entertainment and all social media is essentially storytelling. We can take in facts …

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