Book Review: The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely

The last time I had seen Dr. Cliff Harbour, we had spent time talking about the book I was writing as well as the book that he had written, John Dewey and the Future of Community College Education. During that visit, he insisted that I read The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler. In fact, he opened the book to the first page and had me read the first couple paragraphs. He wanted to point it out, and what I noted while reading the book, was that Raymond Chandler sparingly used his words. Yet, he was able to elicit an emotion.

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Book Review: 1984

When friends shared memes saying that 1984 was not a how-to manual, I didn’t understand but now I do. It became time to read 1984 when Susan Henking suggested it in a Facebook post in which she tagged me. Having never given much thought to the book, I did know it was about the idea of government eavesdropping but not much more. I always heard that Big Brother was watching. I understood it to mean that your conversations could be listened to and that you had less privacy. The world of 1984 was much more. I found the book to be unnerving especially in 2017. Read more

Book Review: The Underground Railroad

This is perhaps one of the most intense books that I have read in a very long time. As part of the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge, I had to read a book that had won an award in 2017. The book I chose was The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. I chose this book because it had won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017, but also because of its topic. Even though it is a work of fiction, Whitehead based the book on stories that were true. It is a balance of the worst of man as well as some of the best of man. It is very reflective of the things that I see happening today. Read more

Book Review: The Graveyard Book

Two things prompted me to read this book now: one, Tim Ferriss announces this book before the start of every episode of his podcast. He said it was a fantastic book. The best way to read it was to listen to the author read it. The other reason I picked up this book was to find a book for the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge. I had to find a Newbery Award Winner book. I did not know what I would be reading when I picked up Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book*, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a fun book to read for audiences of all ages even though it is targeted for young adults. Read more

Book Review: In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II

I have to be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book. It was a book that was offered through Amazon’s Kindle program. I believe it was a free book and I chose the book because of the cover. This selection was for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge. But I have to admit, the book pleasantly surprised me. The book in question is In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II written by Rhys Bowen. It is a mystery set in World War II England. Since I’m a fan of mysteries and this time period, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Read more