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The Cauldron – Lew Paper.  A very interesting history of the U.S. ambassador to Japan for 10 years before WW2, Joe Grew. It covers the details of his interaction with the U.S. state department & president Roosevelt. There was a lot of omission & deceit (lies) in information passed on to him. *****

Caste – Isabel WilkersonInstead of seeing racism she sees divisions as caste comparing the caste systems in India, The U.S. & Germany. The bottom rung in India is Dalits (untouchables,) In the U.S it is African American, & in Germany it is Jews. There are various castes from top to bottom & she gives many examples of the different castes in the U.S. **

The Hilarious World of Depression – John Moe.  The author has a popular podcast with the same title. The book has many stories about depression & attempts to explain the many possible symptoms of depression. ***

El Jefe The Stalking of Chapo Guzman – Alan FeuerAn inside look at the people in agencies in the U.S. & Mexico attempting to capture Guzman. Interesting look at his organization, operations, 2 escapes from prison, his family & friends. Also looks at the various people trying to capture him. ****

Demystifing Hospice – Karen J. ClaytonA Hospice social worker gives many inside stories of patients & caregivers of people in Hospice care at home. ***

Anatomy of Pain – Dr. Abdul Ghaahq Lalhen.  This is a tough read with a lot of medical information but very interesting. He covers a lot of methods of treating pain with new developments over the last 20 years. ****

Hunting Whitey – Casey Sherman & Dave WedgeThe inside story of Whitey Bulger, a famous Boston crime boss who committed 19 murders. It details all the places he went to & lived while being pursued by law enforcement. Covers his criminal acts from a young age to going into hiding & then getting killed in prison at 85. ****

The Last Days of John Lennon – James Patterson/Casey Sherman/Dave Wedge. A biography of Lennon & the history of the Beatles with a description of his killer’s thoughts, personality & actions prior to killing Lennon. Lots of stories about the Beatles & other musicians. *****

Let’s Never Talk About This Again – Sara Faith AltermanStarts out slow, but becomes a really good memoir with lots of humor. Mostly about her father, but also includes many other characters in her life. Some sad parts, too, with her father dying from Alzheimer’s at the end. *****

The Spider – Barry LevineThe story of Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell. A lot of new information about the details of their lives, many of their famous friends and the crimes they were involved in (traffiking young girls & women.) ***

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Frontier Follies – Ree DrummondA very good memoir of her life after marriage, living on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma. Lots of real life situations & humor. ****

Live Free Or Die – Sean Hannity.  The title is overly dramatic. A review of the Trump administration with an inside look at political actions throughout government, the liberal press, and the conservative press. He goes into a lot of details behind the scenes in government. **

The Three C’s That Made America Great – Mike Huckabee/Steve Feazel.  Christanity – Capitalism – Constitution. A very informative read about the 3 topics from a conservative point of few. Reasoned versions of the 3 topics without name calling or abusive language. Very educational reading for all. *****

The End of Everything (Astrophysically speaking) – Katie MackThis is about the physics of the universe. A challenging read about the beginning of the universe to what physicists expect will possibly be the end of the universe. Lots of theories about dark space, dark energy & the solar system. Be prepared to take nap breaks ****

Talking to Goats (Greatest OAll Time) – Jim GrayHe tells about his interviews & relationships with many sports figures, including Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Mohammad Ali, Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson, Lebron James, Tom Brady, Shaq, Jack Nicholson, Ron Artest, several presidents & many others. *****

A Very Punchable Face – Colin JostHead writer on Saturday Night live writes a very funny memoir about his life at SNL & also various adventures with his co-workers. ****

Greenlights – Matthew McConaugheyVery well written memoir with humor & wisdom. He reveals a lot about his personal life from young to present. Also includes a lot of stories about his adventures in exotic places that he has visited & his acting career. *****

Tombstone – Tom CalvinA well researched page turner about the early history of the west. It goes into great detail about many characters that you probably have never heard of before. It covers the personalities  of them, their wives & friends. *****

Blackout – Candace OwensAn informative book on how government policies keep minorities on welfare programs, not encouraging or allowing them to lead productive, successful lives. She gives many examples of these policies & names programs & politicians that promote them. ****

Overkill – Paul A. Offit, MDThis book will blow you away with all the false claims about modern medicine. He writes about operations that really have no effect in controlled studies, The same for many prescribed medications, & most supplements. *****

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Breath – James NestorThis is a medical science book all about breathing and it’s effects on our health & bodies. It covers many different ways of breathing and describes the effects physically on our bodies, brains, & organs. Very interesting and informative.  ****

The Book Of Humans – Adam RutherfordThis is an amazing book about the evolution of everything. In easy to understand terms, he writes about the evolution of animals, mammals, language, & humans. Some of the medical details get complicated, but the chapters on sexual behavior are a hoot. *****

Code Name Madeline – Arthur J. MagidaThis is a biography of Noor Inayat Khan. Her father traveled the world teaching/preaching the Muslim Sufi religion. She was a native of India & joined the British Special Operations Executive ((SOE) as a radio operator in the French underground. Their average life there was 6-8 weeks. She lasted almost 2 yrs, killed by the Germans 3 days after D day. ***

Paper Bullets – Jeffrey H. JacksonThe story of Lucy Schowb & Suzanne Malherbe, aka as Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore. Two French lesbian women living on the British Island Jersey during WW2. They planted paper notes all over the island condemning the Nazis. They were captured & spent time as POW’s before the war finally ended. **

You Look So Much Better In Person – Al RokerNBC Today Show weatherman & Co-host tells stories about his life from childhood through today. Many interesting stories his fans will like. Sort of a mini biography. **

The Madwoman & The Roomba – Sandra Tsing LohHer story of life as a single divorced mom of pre-teen & teenaged daughters. Quite a bit of humor. Probably appreciated more by women than men.***

Citizen Mack – Senator Connie Mack A memoir by Connie Mack, a Cape Coral resident. His grandfather owned & coached The Philadelphia Phillies for MANY years. This Connie was a banker, representative in congress, then a senator. After that, the most interesting part of his life was his involvement with the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa. ****

The Second Life of Tiger Woods  – Michael BambergerA definite for golf fans. He covers Tiger’s life from childhood to present. More details after his comeback, including details of many different golf rounds by each hole. Also discusses his relationships with other golfers. ***

The Gutfeld Monologues – Greg GutfeldA collection of his monologues from the Tv program The Five.  Mostly political with some sarcasm. He has added a lot of side comments in the book. ** 

Trumpty Dumpty – John LithgowThis is a short book of poems slamming Trump & anyone in his administration. Some are pretty clever. **

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Open Book – Jessica SimpsonA very interesting telling of her life. A lot of occasions that show her insecurity & “bad” side, including family issues, sexual behavior, and alcohol abuse. It also includes many “famous” names you will recognize. *****

Countdown 1945 – Chris Wallace/Mitch WeissDetails of the events & people leading up to the development of the atomic bomb. Also the events happening in politics with Truman, Stalin, & Churchill/Atlee. Vivid descriptions of the aftereffects of the 2 bombs. The Epilog follows the life/career of all the people involved in developing & delivering the 2 bombs. ***

Hollywood Park – Mikel JolettBorn in a commune (Synanon) he was taken from his parents at 6 months old. Synanon turned into a cult & he escaped at 4 years old. His family was a mess, with almost all of the male relatives spending some time in jail. He was on that same track until high school when he changed & got a scholarship to Stanford. Several years after graduation, learned to play music & sing. He is now the front man for the indie band “The Airborne Toxic Event.” Well written book, very depressing until the end. **

Killing Crazy Horse – Bill O’Reilly/Martin DugardAn excellent history of the American Indian wars. Many vivid descriptions of the battles, living conditions, of several different tribes. These “killing” books are well written & full of information you probably haven’t heard of before. ****

Songteller – Dolly Parton/Robert K. ObermannA “must have” for Dolly Parton fans. 175 lyrics of her songs + a story with each one about when & why she wrote it. This is a large 9X12 coffee table-style book with heavy paper pages, too heavy to hold & read. I sat at my desk to read it. *****

In Deep – David Rohde.  Author is an anti-Trump guy. While insisting there isn’t a deep state, he gives many examples of government employees in the FBI, CIA, & State departments doing things to discredit Trump. **

Follow The Money – Dan BonginoHe reviews all of the nefarious deeds in the state department, including the FBI, congress, Comey, Brennen, Schiff, McCabe, Strzok, Clapper, Somma, Yates & others. The Christopher Steele dossier, John McCain, The Covid virus, Hunter Biden, & several corrupt activities involving large amounts of money are reviewed, as well. *****

Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey/Angela DavisThis is her autobiography with a lot of “poor me” episodes. It has a lot of interesting stories about show business & her sad life as a child. Also, interesting stories involving many big names in show business & the music industry. ****

The Answer is – Alex Trebek. A very good autobiography & an easy read. Short chapters with human interest stories. *****

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Blaze of Light – Marcus Brotherton. This is the story of Gary Beikirch, a green beret Medic awarded the medal of honor. The 1st 20% is about action in Viet Nam. The last 80% is about his traumatic recovery from his extensive injuries & fighting PTSD for years while trying to adjust to civilian life. Then his religious conversion to a successful life after that. **

Plague of Corruption – Dr. Judy Mikovits & Kent Heckenlively JD. Medical scientists write about the dangers of using animal products in vaccines. This is deep science with medical terminology that will put you to sleep. However, it is a very interesting read into the scientific community & $$$ causing corruption. ****

Home Work – Julie Andrews, with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. A pretty good memoir of her life in show business. Interesting stories about “mixed families” as both she & her husband were divorced with previous children & both of their parents were divorced. Because of their careers, they had 4 different residences at the same time in 3 different countries. They also adopted 2 Vietnamese children.  ***

Who is Alex Trebeck – Lisa Rogak. A good biography about Alex Trebeck & the history of Jeopardy. ****

Laughter Yoga – Madan Kataria M.D.  A doctor from India, retired but still active in Yoga Laughter. He has researched the effects of laughter & started Yoga laughter meetings throughout the world . This book gives many details of of practicing it with pictures. He makes many claims about the positive effects of practicing laughter. **** 

Calling Bullshit – Carl T. Bergstrom & Jevin West. They take on this data driven world & show many different ways data is manipulated in % (of what?) graphs (based on what?), false medical reports, etc.***

House in The Mountains – Caroline Moorehead. The story of women in the Italian resistance from 1943 to the end of WW2. This is detailed Italian history of the gruesome battles during the last 3 years of WW2 in Italy & the personal stories of those in the resistance. ****

The First Time – Colton Underwood. A memoir of his experiences on reality TV shows “The Bachelor”“Bachelor in Paradise”& The Bachelorette.”  He also covers his life as a child, his family, his brief stint as a pro football player. Women will love this book. ** 

My Wife Said You May Want To Marry Me – Jason B. Rosenthal. Author’s wife, Amy, wrote an essay published in The New York Times with this header as she was dying from ovarian cancer. This book is a memoir about before, during & after death. Can be a “tear jerker” at times. **

Cheaters Always Win – J.M. Fenster. Many examples of cheating in games, politics, business, finance, marriages, and many others. **

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The House of Kennedy – James Patterson. A good history of the Kennedy’s through 2019. He touches on the bad things in their history along with the positive things. There are a lot of details that you will not have heard or read about before. ****

Revolution – K.T. McFarland. Author held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford, & Reagan administrations before serving in the Trump administration. She writes about what happens inside the political  world in her specialty of foreign affairs. Interesting stories about names you will know – Kissinger, along with many others. ****

Shatner – Michael Seth Starr. Biography of William Shatner. Star Trek was his most famous show, but he did many other things, TV, Movies, and Stage. **

You Are Worth It – Kyle Carpenter. Carpenter was awarded the Medal of Honor for throwing himself on top of a grenade in Afghanistan. Most of this book is about the extensive time & treatment he spent recovering from his wounds. ***

Hunting The Unabomber – Lis Wiehl/Lisa Pulitzer. An in-depth look at how the FBI, postal service, and ATF investigated this case for 17 years. You will be amazed at the details of this operation from coast to coast and the many people and $$$ involved. ****

The American Story – David M. Rubenstien. A great synopsis of American History. He interviews authors who have written biographies of 12 presidents, Founding fathers & mothers, Charles Lindberg, Martin Luther King Jr., and chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. *****

Creative Care – Anne Basting.  A revolutionary approach to elder care, especially dementia & Alzheimer’s. She gives many case histories of new methods of treating elders in different settings, including nursing homes & private homes.

Lou Gehrig-The Lost Memoir – Alan G. Gaff.  The first part is columns that Gehrig wrote for an Oakland newspaper, almost entirely about baseball. The 2nd part is a biography written by Gaff. Strictly for baseball history fans. **

American Crusade – Pete Hegseth. A conservative’s view of what is wrong with all of the “isms” and how to combat and change them. A bible for hard right conservatives. *

The Splendid & the Vile – Erik Larson. An excellent written history of Winston Churchill in 1940 & 1941. These were intense war years with Germany attacking England. Many stories about inside the politics & military actions. Also, many human interest stories about personalities, and the various sex affairs which make good reading. *****

Blitz – David Horowitz. Strong Trump advocate tears apart most of the anti Trump accusations. He reviews many accusations & then discredits them with actual facts & situations. **  

Wisdom In Action – Mary Oviatt. This book is written by my cousin, Rita Ulbrich Oviatt, about her aunt. Both were raised about 2 miles from the farm I was raised on in Iowa with very similar conditions. Marie Ulbirch always wanted to serve the “poorest of the poor.”  Marie Ulbrich was one of 4 Sisters (nuns) that started the medical Mission Sisters. They now have missions all over the world. ***

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