Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Latest From Thomas Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman, author of The World is Flat, has a recent book with the unlikely title of  Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. The world is changing quickly, too quickly for many people.  Friedman identifies three major change agents — Moore’s law (the increase in

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How To Put Your Life Back Together

This is another interesting book I’ve heard about, but haven’t read.  So, for what it’s worth… “Susan Burton’s world changed in an instant when her five-year-old son was killed by a van driving down their street. Consumed by grief and without access to professional help, Susan self-medicated, becoming addicted first to cocaine, then crack. As

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What Our Meat Is Thinking

I love to eat meat.  But having been raised on a farm, I’m acutely aware that we are feasting on fellow mammals. If you feel as I do, you probably won’t want to read this.  There is a new book entitled Personalities on the Plate: The Lives & Minds of Animals We Eat by Barbara J. King.

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At The Dayton Book Expo

Today was the 2017 Dayton [OH] Book Expo at Sinclair Community College.  The publishing business has changed lightyears since I entered it in 1990.  Today anyone can get published, so this show was a fascinating assortment of (near as I could tell)  about 80 local, self-published authors.  There were also seminars on such subjects as

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Killers of the Flower Moon

History tells a lot of stories that are fascinating, yet illustrate the utter cruelty of our fellow human beings. A new book receiving a lot of attention falls squarely into this category.  Its title is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.  I haven’t read

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How to Have a Hit

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” If you’ve ever heard of this saying, forget it.  It just isn’t true.  Everything depends on marketing and promotion… and luck. I was reminded of this recently when I heard a radio interview with Derek Thompson, a senior editor at Atlantic

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