Dark City by Eddie Muller

I love film noir. I'm really into classic movies in general, but the way that film noir movies are bleak, urban, sometimes mysterious, full of men who can't get a break, femme fatales in sharp hats, and the inevitability of fate... It's such a great genre. Many of these movies were lost and the whole …

Continue reading Dark City by Eddie Muller

Battle For The Big Top by Les Standiford

"PT Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus". There's just something about the circus, isn't there? I love books set in or that are about the circus. They always have an element of hard scrabble lives and magic. I think I'm not the only one. Everyone has heard of …

Continue reading Battle For The Big Top by Les Standiford

The Miracle Collectors by Joan Luise Hill and Katie Mahon

According to this book, 80% of Americans believe in miracles. Talking publicly about that belief, however, is another thing. The authors of this book, along with Mary Beth Phillips who was their co-author on their previous book, The Miracle Chase, are three close friends who met through their kids. They each had a Catholic background, …

Continue reading The Miracle Collectors by Joan Luise Hill and Katie Mahon

The Babysitter: My Summers With A Serial Killer by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan

Liza, along with her younger sister, grew up spending Summers in Provincetown, where their mother would go to work and hope to catch the eye of a wealthy man. Liza's father was almost totally absent, and her mother was most likely a narcissist, but definitely abusive. Because of this, Liza was drawn to a woman …

Continue reading The Babysitter: My Summers With A Serial Killer by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan

Extraordinary Canadians: Stories From The Heart Of Our Nation by Peter Mansbridge with Mark Bulgutch

Extraordinary Canadians is a series of interviews written in the first person, so that reading it feels like each interviewee telling their own story to the reader. The authors names might sound familiar: Mansbridge is the former anchor of The National and Bulgutch was a producer at CBC. I was curious about this book and …

Continue reading Extraordinary Canadians: Stories From The Heart Of Our Nation by Peter Mansbridge with Mark Bulgutch

She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh

I love Dolly Parton. She's such an original and such a bright spark of honesty and kindness. She's funny, she's smart, she makes fun of herself and handles it brilliantly when others make fun of her. She never talks badly about others and has even been known to offer a helping hand to people who …

Continue reading She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh

Bedlam: London And Its Mad by Catharine Arnold

The word Bedlam became part of common usage as a slang word for chaos, anarchy and mess, but was originally a well known hospital for those suffering from mental illness. It was established in 1247 and existed at different sites til the 1930's. It's history is the history of the treatment for people who were …

Continue reading Bedlam: London And Its Mad by Catharine Arnold