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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy

The Nine of Us: Growing up Kennedy by Jean Kennedy Smith.

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (October 25, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0062444220

Amazon Review:

In this evocative and affectionate memoir, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving child of Joe and Rose Kennedy, offers an intimate and illuminating look at a time long ago when she and her siblings, guided by their parents, laughed and learned a great deal under one roof.

Prompted by interesting tidbits in the newspaper, Rose and Joe Kennedy would pose questions to their nine children at the dinner table. "Where could Amelia Earhart have gone?" "How would you address this horrible drought?" "What would you do about the troop movements in Europe?" It was a nightly custom that helped shape the Kennedy's into who they would become.

Before Joe and Rose’s children emerged as leaders on the world stage, they were a loving circle of brothers and sisters who played football, swam, read, and pursued their interests. They were children inspired by parents who instilled in them a strong work ethic, deep love of country, and intense appreciation for the sacrifices their ancestors made to come to America. "No whining in this house!" was their father’s regular refrain. It was his way of reminding them not to complain, to be grateful for what they had, and to give back.
In her remarkable memoir, Kennedy Smith—the last surviving sibling—revisits this singular time in their lives. Filled with fascinating anecdotes and vignettes, and illustrated with dozens of family pictures, The Nine of Us vividly depicts this large, close-knit family during a different time in American history. Kennedy Smith offers indelible, elegantly rendered portraits of her larger-than-life siblings and her parents. "They knew how to cure our hurts, bind our wounds, listen to our woes, and help us enjoy life," she writes. "We were lucky children indeed."

This was an interesting point of view from the second to the youngest of the 9 children of Joe and Rose Kennedy. 

If you have read other books on any of the Kennedy's you might think things were left out or realize that this is how the youngest girl in a large family saw things.  With so many older siblings  to  help take care of the younger children  I found it must have been nice to have such a large family.

It's a small book and fast reading with many photographs throughout the book. For a person with much better eyes than mine this book can be read in one or two days.

It seems that the 2 most "political" people I read about are the Kennedy's and the Roosevelt's. 

Friday, July 10, 2020

Books At Home

Books at Home hosted by Reading in the Wilderness.

Another shelf full of books.. imagine that!  All of the reviews are from Amazon, as are the links.

So.. on the left side we begin with 1: The Star Trek Reader II, by James Blish.

James Blish was a science fiction writer who wrote over 27 novels, most notably the Cities in Flight series, and A Case of Conscience, for which he won a Hugo Award. He also was a highly respected critic, and his criticism in collected in the books The Issue at Hand, and More Issues at Hand, (published under the pen name of William Atheling, Jr.). Using the original scripts, which sometimes differed from the final filmed episode, Blish turned each episode of the original Star Trek into a short story, which were collected into anthologies and published as paperback originals. 

The Star Trek Reader collects three of these anthologies: Star Trek 1, Star Trek 4, and Star Trek 9. The episodes present include Charlie's Law; Dagger of the Mind; The Unreal McCoy; Balance of Terror; The Naked Time; Miri; The Conscience of the King; All Our Yesterdays; The Devil in the Dark; Journey to Babel; The Menagerie; The Enterprise Incident; A Piece of the Action; Return to Tomorrow; The Ultimate Computer; That Which Survives; Obsession; The Return of the Archons; and The Immunity Syndrome.

2: Pathway to the Gods by Erich Von Daniken.

A spaceport in the Andes! A computer chart in Egyptian ruins! Primitive sculptures of figures wearing space suits! Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods stunned the world with the archaeological discovery that alien beings once colonized earth.
 Now, in Pathways to the Gods, von Däniken reveals the story of his travels following the trail of the ancient visitors---from the technologically sophisticated stone ruins in the Bolivian Andes to the sensational Sanskrit descriptions of space battles in Calcutta---new proof of von Däniken's startling theory that man descended from the stars!

3: Chariots of the Gods by Erich Von Daniken.

The startling book that asks: Did astronauts visit the earth 40,000 years ago? Is there evidence of a prehistoric airfield in the Andes? Did extraterrestrial beings help set up the giant stone faces that brood over Easter Island? And other earth mysteries unanswerable until our own space age.

4: A Trilogy: Shadow Raiders/  Storm Raiders/ The Seventh Sigil by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes.

Shadow Raiders:

The known world floats upon the Breath of God, a thick gas similar to Earth's oceans, with land masses accessible by airship. The largest of these land masses are ruled by the rival empires of Freya and Rosia. Magic is intrinsic to the functioning of these societies, and is even incorporated into their technological devices. But now a crucial scientific discovery has occurred that could destroy the balance of power-and change the empires forever.

5. Storm Riders:

In a magical world, two enemy kingdoms have long sought a weapon that will win lasting dominance. But then both are attacked by the Bottom-Dwellers, bitter people whose own land was destroyed. Using contramagic strengthened by blood sacrifice, they threaten to bring down whole cities. Freya and Rosia must put aside their age-old conflict to defend themselves. As the Bottom-Dwellers' contramagic eats away the magic of the dragons that protects the world above, a former dragon-riding hero gathers a new dragon brigade, the one desperate hope of the two kingdoms to defeat the fiends who threaten their world. The new dragon brigade's high-flying heroics will be to no avail, though, unless they can uncover forbidden knowledge, long hidden by the Church.

6. The Seventh Sigil:

Five hundred years ago, a clan of rebels was banished to the bottom of the enchanted world of Aeronne; ever since, these Bottom Dwellers have sought revenge, and now they are waging all-out war on the rest of humanity. Their deadly "contramagic" beams destroy buildings and attack naval airships, and their demonic drumming brings terrible storms and disrupts the magic of the people and dragons Above. The attack of their full contramagic power will create a magical armageddon.

In an effort to prevent further death, Captain Stephano de Guichen leads the Dragon Brigade, taking the fight to the Bottom. But strength of arms alone will not be enough to conquer their foe.

As the Bottom Dwellers' blood magic eats away at the world, those Above realize their only possible defense lies in the heretical secrets of contramagic. Loyal priests must decide whether to protect the Church, or risk its destruction in pursuit of the truth.

7: The Icewind Dale Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore.

Icewind Dale. Windswept passes and forbidding glaciers stand at the top of the world. Below them, in the cold valleys, an evil force broods: the magic of Crenshinibon, the crystal shard.

Now dwarf, barbarian, and drow elf join to battle this evil. Tempered in the furnace of struggle, they form an unbreakable friendship.
A legend is born.

For the first time in one volume, here is New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore's adventure that introduced Drizzt Do'Urden, the heroic dark elf, one of the most beloved characters in fantasy literature.

8: The Mammoth Book of Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories edited by Richard Dalby.

Gathers forty of the best English and American ghost stories from the genre's golden age of 1839 to 1910, including works by Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ambrose Bierce. Original.

9: Vanishing Cornwall by Daphne du Maurier.

'There was a smell in the air of tar and rope and rusted chain, a smell of tidal water. Down harbour, around the point, was the open sea. Here was the freedom I desired, long sought-for, not yet known. Freedom to write, to walk, to wander, freedom to climb hills, to pull a boat, to be alone . . . I for this, and this for me.'

Daphne du Maurier lived in Cornwall for most of her life. Its rugged coastline, wild terrain and tumultuous weather inspired her imagination, and many of her works are set there, including Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and Frenchman's Creek.

In Vanishing Cornwall she celebrates the land she loved, exploring its legends, its history and its people, eloquently making a powerful plea for Cornwall's preservation.

10:  Cheech Isn't My Real Name But Don't Call me Chong by Cheech Marin.

The long-awaited memoir from a counterculture legend.

Cheech Marin came of age at an interesting time in America and became a self-made counterculture legend with his other half, Tommy Chong. This insightful memoir delves into how Cheech dodged the draft, formed one of the most successful comedy duos of all time, became the face of the recreational drug movement with the film Up in Smoke, forged a successful solo career with roles in The Lion King and, more recently, Jane the Virgin, and became the owner of the most renowned collection of Chicano art in the world.

Written in Cheech's uniquely hilarious voice, this memoir will take you to new highs.
11: The Parade's Gone By by Kevin Brownlow.


Because so many films of the silent era have been lost or are damaged or projected at the wrong speed (24fps instead of 16fps) the general public's notion of them is a bit skewed. Kevin Brownlow's love of film, and especially the Silent Films, brought forth this invaluable book published in the 1960s. He was able to interview many of the pioneers of the film industry while they were still alive--at a time when so many had already been forgotten by both the public & their own industry. Digital restoration of early silent films has now shown us how well-made & beautifully photographed many of them were. It's a shame this book is out of-print, but film lovers & future filmmakers alike will find it enthralling & educational.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Ruler of the Night

A novel that is part of a series....


Ruler of the Night by David Morrell.

Series: Thomas and Emily De Quincey (3) (Book 3)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books; Reprint edition (November 28, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0316307912

 Amazon Review;

The notorious Opium-Eater returns in the sensational climax to David Morrell's acclaimed Victorian mystery trilogy.

1855. The railway has irrevocably altered English society, effectively changing geography and fueling the industrial revolution by shortening distances between cities: a whole day's journey can now be covered in a matter of hours. People marvel at their new freedom.

But train travel brings new dangers as well, with England's first death by train recorded on the very first day of railway operations in 1830. Twenty-five years later, England's first train murder occurs, paralyzing London with the unthinkable when a gentleman is stabbed to death in a safely locked first-class passenger compartment.

In the next compartment, the brilliant opium-eater Thomas De Quincey and his quick-witted daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. Key witnesses and also resourceful sleuths, they join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard, Detective Ryan and his partner-in-training, Becker, to pursue the killer back into the fogbound streets of London, where other baffling murders occur. Ultimately, De Quincey must confront two ruthless adversaries: this terrifying enemy, and his own opium addiction which endangers his life and his tormented soul.

Ruler of the Night is a riveting blend of fact and fiction which, like master storyteller David Morrell's previous De Quincey novels, "evokes Victorian London with such finesse that you'll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones, the racket of dustmen, and the shrill calls of vendors" (Entertainment Weekly).

This is the third book by David Morrell which features Thomas De Quincey.... and I wish there were more!

Since many of his books have been made into movies it makes me wonder who would play De Quincey??  But these are not new books so I am guessing they will never be made into movies.. But if they were.. I'd go see them!

The "character" of De Quincey is so strange, that for the life of me I couldn't figure out how he came up with such an odd, but excellent, character.  Then I found out he was a real person!  Thomas De Quincey The English Opium Eater... wow..  of course the books are fiction, but he brilliantly used him as the main character in these 3 books. 

I certainly recommend these books.  Murder as a Fine Art, Inspector of the Dead,  and this one, Ruler of the Night.  If you like Murder Mysteries and Old England in the 1800's... you will love these books!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Inspector of the Dead

                                      "Story that I've read before"......

Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell.

Series: Thomas and Emily De Quincey  (Book 2)
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books;(October 11, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0316323950

Amazon Review:

Legendary thriller writer David Morrell transports readers to the fogbound streets of London, where a killer plots to assisinate Queen Victoria.

The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.

This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself.

This is the second of 3 books by David Morrell the used Thomas De Quincey as the main character. (one more to go)

This trio of books, if you like murder and detective work, are really great reads!  They never slow down and you don't figure them out until close to the end.. even then he can surprise you. And if you read these books you might become interested in the "real" Thomas De Quincey. If you do you can find books by him on Amazon.


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Murder as a Fine Art

Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell.

Series: Thomas and Emily De Quincey (1) (Book 1) 

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books; First Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0316216798

Amazon Review

A brilliant historical mystery series begins: in gaslit Victorian London, writer Thomas De Quincey must become a detective to clear his own name. 

Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier. 

The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts. Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives. 

In Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.

This is a reread.

And, I had forgotten how good this book is!  Wow.  I remember the first time I read it and talked to my friend Catherine Russell and said , " what a great character Morrell had come up with using an Opium Eater".   The she informed me that Thomas De Quincey was a real person!!!  That news blew me away!  He is a great character for this book!  (and 2 others that follow). 

The book has everything.  Old Victorian London, street people, beggers, the police department, murders, and plenty of mystery!

Oh, and if you think the authors name sounds familiar... he also wrote the Rambo books that were made into movies.  FYI.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Books at Home

Books at Home hosted by Reading in the Wilderness.

Another shelf full of books.. imagine that!  Of all of these there is only one in there that I've read... that would be "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee".
From left to right (in case you can't read them all):

1.) Will Rogers by Richard M Ketchum.

Marvin Pipher review: 

This book is a joy to read not only because of its subject, Will Rogers, but also because of the manner in which his story is told. Most biographies that I have read have struck me as somewhat impersonal. That is to say: the authors told their stories as an outsider might see them with few, if any, intimate details. But this biography is different, and that makes it rather extraordinary and quite unique. As I was reading the book, for example, particularly in the early chapters, those concerning Will's family history and early life, I sensed that this author truly loved the man about whom he was writing. (And, I must say, "who wouldn't?") It was almost as if the book had been written by a member of Rogers' own family or by a very close personal friend. The book was that intimate and personal, and I was captivated.
As for the subject of the book: I can't imagine a more interesting, entertaining, or remarkable man to read about than Will Rogers. He was an expert with the lasso, a circus performer; wild west show attraction; vaudevillian; stage performer; star of the Ziegfeld Follies and Ziegfeld Frolic for nine years; a silent movie actor; motion picture star; humorist; newspaper columnist; author; world traveler; friend of the high and mighty; and, most importantly, a humble humanitarian who never lost sight of the fact that he was just another man in God's creation. I doubt if there was ever a man, woman, or child that Rogers ever met who didn't like him. And, as he said, he never met a man he didn't like.
Will was also a Cherokee Indian who was part Irish and part Scottish, but who turned out to be American through and through. This is all the more remarkable when one considers that he was born in the Indian Territory, which later became Oklahoma, in 1879 and was born into a family which, along with the rest of the Cherokee Nation, had a long history of abuse at the hands of the white man. One would think that with that history Will might easily have become a bitter and resentful man. But strange as it may seem, Will Rogers went on to become the quintessential American and the most beloved American of his time. How he did that and how he lived his life are the subjects of this book. And it is an inspiring story which should be read by every American man and woman, and especially by every child during his or her formative years.
My advice to any reader who wants to learn about this truly great American and wonderful human being; wants to learn more about American history or the history of American entertainment; or simply wants to teach his children how better to live their lives, should beg, borrow, or steal a copy of this book, or as a last resort get a copy from the library. I think you'll truly enjoy reading it and, in the process, will learn more than you can imagine about the real world in which we live, for what Rogers had to say in his day is just as timely today as it was back then

2) Irish Americans by Jay P Dolan.

Amazon Review:

Jay Dolan of Notre Dame University is one of America's most acclaimed scholars of immigration and ethnic history. In The Irish Americans, he caps his decades of writing and teaching with this magisterial history of the Irish experience in the United States. Although more than 30 million Americans claim Irish ancestry, no other general account of Irish American history has been published since the 1960s. Dolan draws on his own original research and much other recent scholarship to weave an insightful, colorful narrative. He follows the Irish from their first arrival in the American colonies through the bleak days of the potato famine that brought millions of starving immigrants; the trials of ethnic prejudice and "No Irish Need Apply;" the rise of Irish political power and the heyday of Tammany politics; to the election of John F. Kennedy as president, a moment of triumph when an Irish American ascended to the highest office in the land.
Dolan evokes the ghastly ships crowded with men and women fleeing the potato blight; the vibrant life of Catholic parishes in cities like New York and Chicago; the world of machine politics, where ward bosses often held court in the local saloon. Rich in colorful detail, balanced in judgment, and the most comprehensive work of its kind yet published, The Irish Americans is a lasting achievement by a master historian that will become a must-have volume for any American with an interest in the Irish-American heritage.
3) Red Bones by Ann Cleeves.

Amazon Review:

When a young archaeologist discovers a set of human remains, the locals are intrigued. Is it an ancient find—or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is fatally shot and Ann Cleeves's popular series detective Jimmy Perez is called in. As claustrophobic mists swirl around the island, Inspector Perez finds himself totally in the dark.
This series is the basis for the hit BBC show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.
4) The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Amazon Review:

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Hurricane's Eye, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, and Valiant Ambition, is a historian with a unique ability to bring history to life. The Last Stand is Philbrick's monumental reappraisal of the epochal clash at the Little Bighorn in 1876 that gave birth to the legend of Custer's Last Stand. Bringing a wealth of new information to his subject, as well as his characteristic literary flair, Philbrick details the collision between two American icons- George Armstrong Custer and Sitting Bull-that both parties wished to avoid, and brilliantly explains how the battle that ensued has been shaped and reshaped by national myth.
5) The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.

Amazon Review:

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.
An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

6) Helen Keller by Dorothy Herrmann.

Amazon Review:

Dorothy Herrmann's powerful biography of Helen Keller tells the whole story of the controversial and turbulent relationship between Helen and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Herrmann also chronicles Helen's doomed love affair, her struggles to earn a living, her triumphs at Radcliffe College, and her work as an advocate for the disabled. Helen Keller has been venerated as a saint or damned as a fraud, but Herrmann shows her to have been a beautiful, intelligent, high-strung, and passionate woman whose life was transformed not only by her disabilities but also by the remarkable people on whose help and friendship she relied.
7) Empire of the Summer Moon:  by S C Gwynne

Amazon Review:

Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.
Although readers may be more familiar with the tribal names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined when the American West opened up. Comanche boys became adept bareback riders by age six; full Comanche braves were considered the best horsemen who ever rode. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion westward from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands.
The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne’s exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads, and the amazing story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah—a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being.

8) The Terror by Dan Simmons.

Amazon Review:

The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of triumph. As part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage, they are as scientifically supported an enterprise as has ever set forth. As they enter a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, though, they are stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, with diminishing rations, 126 men fight to survive with poisonous food, a dwindling supply of coal, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice. But their real enemy is far more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror constantly clawing to get in.When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. With them travels an Inuit woman who cannot speak and who may be the key to survival, or the harbinger of their deaths. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear that there is no escape.
The Terror swells with the heart-stopping suspense and heroic adventure that have won Dan Simmons praise as "a writer who not only makes big promises but keeps them" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). With a haunting and constantly surprising story based on actual historical events, The Terror is a novel that will chill you to your core.

9) I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter.

Amazon Review:

I,Ripper has three narrators (more like 2.1). The Ripper himself has kept a diary, whose entries constitute half of the narrative. He is being pursued by an Irish journalist (nickname: Jeb) whose memoir constitutes the second half. There are also a few letters from a London prostitute, written to her mother. Their function in the story is unclear until the story’s end.
While the voices vary they are all late 19thc voices and the novel is filled with references to contemporary culture and practices. Hunter tosses off the word ‘mudlarks’, e.g. These are people who sift through the detritus of the Thames when the tide is out. His command of these details is very impressive and the number of slips can be counted on one hand.
The conclusion of the story is most impressive, as Hunter draws all of the individual threads into a single, blockbuster conclusion and subjects a villainous character to a fate that is not just appropriate but also anticipated, metaphorically and psychologically, throughout the novel.

10) Crazy Horse by Mike Sajna.

Amazon Review:

This poignant book sheds new light on the life and death of one of the greatest Native American leaders.

11) The Wind Won't Know Me by Emily Benedek.

Amazon Review: Publishers Weekly

Public Law 93-531, the Navajo-Hopi Settlement Act passed by Congress in 1974, set off a chain of events that has brought misery and uncertainty to thousands of Native Americans, has thus far cost the federal government more than $40,000,000 and has caused litigation that continues. Calling for the partition of tribal lands, the law involved the relocation of members of both tribes. The land dispute is seen as a struggle over cultural values between the sheepherding Navajo and the farming Hopi who also use the land in religious ceremonies. Benedek, who covered the story for Newsweek, details the background of the two million acres in question, profiles the tribes, assesses the Relocation Commission as incompetent and corrupt and describes the roles played by bungling bureaucrats and lawyers who have garnered huge fees from the proceedings. Focussing on events of 1985-1986, this account exemplifies government intervention at its worst.

12) Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense by Dan Abrams.

Amazon Review:

ABC News legal correspondent and host of LIVE PD Dan Abrams reveals the story of Teddy Roosevelt’s last stand—an epic courtroom battle against corruption—in this thrilling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Lincoln’s Last Trial.
“No more dramatic courtroom scene has ever been enacted,” reported the Syracuse Herald on May 22, 1915 as it covered “the greatest libel suit in history,” a battle fought between former President Theodore Roosevelt and the leader of the Republican party.
Roosevelt , the boisterous and mostly beloved legendary American hero, had accused his former friend and ally, now turned rival, William Barnes of political corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that could have financially devastated him. The spectacle of Roosevelt defending himself in a lawsuit captured the imagination of the nation, and more than fifty newspapers sent reporters to cover the trial. Accounts from inside and outside the courtroom combined with excerpts from the trial transcript give us Roosevelt in his own words and serve as the heart of Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense.
This was Roosevelt’s final fight to defend his political legacy, and perhaps regain his fading stature. He spent more than a week on the witness stand, revealing hidden secrets of the American political system, and then endured a merciless cross-examination. Witnesses including a young Franklin D. Roosevelt and a host of well-known political leaders were questioned by two of the most brilliant attorneys in the country.
Following the case through court transcripts, news reports, and other primary sources, Dan Abrams and David Fisher present a high-definition picture of the American legal system in a nation standing on the precipice of the Great War, with its former president fighting for the ideals he held dear.

13) Bury My  Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown:

Review on Amazon

Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2001
If you only read one book about Native Americans in your life - read this one! This book belongs on the required reading list of every American student. However, it will never happen because the truth hurts too much. The world's greatest watchdog of democracy, has a past that is so shameful, that it cannot be taught in American school. However, there is more to this book than the accounting of the many injustices inflicted upon America's first inhabitants. The readers of this book will be astonished to learn that Native Americans have always been a very intelligent and generous race; a race of people that only wanted to live in peace and enjoy the fruits of this land. I dream that some day America will discover the values of Native America lifestyles and belief systems. Read this book, be saddened by the past, learn of a great race and be inspired by a noble and gracious people. Then we can truly become the greatest nation in the history of mankind!

(I have read this book and I always tell anyone with any interest in Native American to read this.)

These books have been waiting..and waiting but that's because there are more shelves with books I haven't read yet!  I have no doubt I will get to as many as possible.  ... and add books along the way !

Monday, June 08, 2020

Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers

A gift that was given to me

Summer reading under the guise of Venture Forth..and as A Gift Given to me.

Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers by Peter Fiennes.

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Oneworld Publications (January 14, 2020)
ISBN-10: 1786076292

Amazon Review

‘The premise of this book is simple, or that is what it seemed when I started.’

Peter Fiennes follows in the footsteps of twelve inspirational writers, bringing modern Britain into focus by peering through the lens of the past.

The journey starts in Dorset, shaped by the childhood visions of Enid Blyton, and ends with Charles Dickens on the train that took him to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey.
From the wilds of Skye and Snowdon, to a big night out in Birmingham with J. B. Priestley and Beryl Bainbridge, Footnotes is a series of evocative biographies, a lyrical foray into the past, and a quest to understand Britain through the books, journals and diaries of some of our greatest writers.

And as Fiennes travels the country, and roams across the centuries, he wonders:
‘Who are we? What do we want? They seemed like good questions to ask, in the company of some of our greatest writers, given these restless times.’

 This was and interesting book! Catherine Russell gifted me this book knowing I like Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, both who are talked about in this book.. or I should say "Trip around Britain.

Even though I didn't know many of the writers I enjoyed the "trip"! The author was quite clever in that he'd travel where the writer had gone during their lifetime.. he'd describe the area quite well and then explain how it would have looked when the author was there around 1188 , during the 1600's and 1800's depending on the author he was following at the time.  I like the historical times and what things looked like then and now so it was a good read!

I number of interesting tidbit showed up about Wilkie and Dickens that I didn't know .. some were even humorous!  All in all I did enjoy the book very much... maybe you would too??

#VentureForth2020 .  Enjoy your summer reading!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Books at Home/ Venture Forth

This post is Part of Books at Home hosted by Reader in the Wilderness .  It is also Venture Forth hosted by Carl Anderson.  They have to do with each other.. talking about Books at Home and Summer Reading.. Two great topics, especially when we are basically locked better time to read!


 Today's choice (and probably most of my choices) will be Shelf Books at Home. Most of these are a small part of my TBR stash.  But a few I have read and are "keepers"


 Going left to right.. the first book shows no title but it is:
No Name by Wilkie Collins,  then

Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge by Joe Starita

Maggie Smith: A Bright and Particular Star by Michael Coveney

Irish Ghost Stories by Michael Scott

Walking the Trail:One Mans Journey Along the Trail of Tears by Jerry Ellis

The Haunted Hotel and other Stories by Wilkie Collins

Mad Monkton and other Stories by Wilkie Collins

Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin

Who Murdered Chaucer by Terry Jones

(Series) Race of the Dragons/ Secret of the Dragons/Bones of the Dragon by Weis and Hickman

Dutchess of Devonshire by Deborah Mitford

Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg

Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee (3rd copy for giving away) by Dee Brown

Waterfalls of the Smokies by Hal Hubbs, Charles Maynard & David Morris

 It's strange how you can get certain books and then they sit there for years before you get to it.  I'm sure it has to do with my mood and what sort of book do I feel like reading at the time.  I go through my books about once a year to see them all and see if I still think I want to read certain books...I don't remember ever getting rid of any...heh. So the TBR pile never seems to shrink!

There are many other reasons books sit for so long.. but eventually I hope to get to them all!

#VentureForth2020 .  Enjoy your summer reading!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Venture Forth 2020 Summer Reading Program

In the Words of Carl Anderson

Do you recall Summer Reading programs that were assigned by your school for the Summer break, or were hosted by your local public library? Are these something in which you participated?

Memories of my past, related largely to books and reading, have been triggered during this time of physical distancing as I have communicated via technology with friends. Those memories are influencing my reading of late and even the music I have been listening to.

Further inspiration has come in the form of social media posts from my local library system. Mid-Continent Public Library’s Imagine Your Story summer library program for kids and teens that begins today. Kansas City Public Library has yet to announce their summer reading program theme though theirs starts June 1st and is traditionally for all ages.

My summers used to be filled with books, especially when it got too hot to enjoy being outdoors unless the reason for so doing involved water. My parents took me to the library, until I was old enough to drive there on my own. I borrowed books from my uncle. I bought books from a local bookstore at the mall and a five and dime store in that same mall that had a book section.
And I read.
And read.

I would often reread the same books I had just read, sometimes starting immediately after finishing the last page.

Reading has become my go-to activity during this time of sheltering at home and I have loved reconnecting with this part of myself. As our county is starting to phase back into to what will pass as “normal” life in the COVID-19 era, I want to continue to make daily time to read. And I want to hold on to that feeling of magic recaptured by memories of other summers.

So I created my own Summer Reading program: Venture Forth. The name is a play on the idea that we are being allowed to venture forth into certain businesses and venues once again, and that reading always allows everyone to Venture Forth on an adventure.
This isn’t a challenge or event like I’ve hosted in the past. It is simply something that I want to do and want to share with you. If you desire to recapture a bit of that childhood summer experience, please feel free to be a part of this, and feel free to use the gif.
There are no rules. No number of books to read. No prizes outside of the great pleasure of reading. As part of the fun I did make a list of prompts that I will check off if I end up doing them, but the only thing motivating factor of my reading is finishing a book, and then going and pulling the next read off the shelves that calls out to me.
My prompts include, to read a/an:
book with a Michael Whelan cover ...done
gift that was given to me ....done
2020 book purchase
used bookstore find
novel that is part of a series ...done
story that I have read before ....done
book that I read as a child or teen
social media recommended book
graphic novel
children’s book
narrated book
recommendation from my wife
nonfiction book
checkout from my local library
Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine
Uncanny magazine
Clarkesworld magazine
book outdoors (at least 75% has to be read outside)
volume from the basement bookshelves.

That is my list for now. We will see if it grows.

I finished three books yesterday, day one of the program, so the Summer Reading has begun!
If you do decide to Venture Forth, use the #VentureForth2020

I've decided to try to do Carl's suggestion... how far I'll get is anyone's guess!
Of course he posted this AFTER I read the Pern books that fit 4 on his list!  

book with a Michael Whelan cover
gift that was given to me
novel that is part of a series
story that I have read before

The particular  book would be The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey...

It has a Michael Whelan cover..
It was a gift given to me by (no other than Carl Anderson..and he had it autographed by Michael Whelan!)

It's part of a series..

And.. I've read it before (about 5 times)

I know I have a few other's I can post at later times

Just about The White Dragon... it is part of Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders of Pern. I've read the series a number of times..they bring me back to books I love dearly and every so many years I reread them for comfort..let me tell you, if you are stressed,depressed, or have anxiety, a good thing to do if you are a book reader is to reread some books that you saved because you liked them so much.  Seriously.. it helps! 

#VentureForth2020 .  Enjoy your summer reading!