Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The best book I have read this year. The amazing story of these girls who worked hard for their paychecks and were placed at such high risks in their workplace. These ladies fought to improve the rights of workers, while many of them were slowly and painfully dying. These heroes fought and brought about change leading to OSHA laws. The fact that they loved their jobs will break your heart. These ladies will become your friends and family. You will root for them to win, and cry when things don't work out. Thank you to Kate Moore for bringing these ladies stories out into the light!

*Thank you to NetGalley, Kate Moore, and the publisher for allowing me to read an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: Standing Strong by Diane Reeve

This is the true story of a man who knowingly infects numerous women with HIV and AIDS.  The women he preys upon are vulnerable and easily mislead. Sadly, most of the women buy into every lie he tells them. This author's writing is easy to follow and very easy to read. I felt like I was having a conversation with a friend while I was reading. This book also contains resources and suggestions. You will be heartbroken, and also inspired by the strength that is shown.

*Thank you to Diane Reeve, NetGalley, and the publisher for allowing me to read an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: The Trials of Walter Ogrod by Thomas Lowenstein

I love a good true crime read. I enjoy seeing how the case is solved and how the perpetrator is captured. I have a feeling that Walter was not guilty of the crime he was convicted for. I didn't really connect with the book. I found it to be repetitive and it just didn't hold my interest. The courtroom jargon was boring. The timeline also jumped around a lot. Sadly, this is not one I can recommend.

*Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas Lowenstein, and the publisher for allowing me to read an arc of this story in exchange for an honest review*

Movie Review: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

I recently saw a preview screening of King Arthur. The movie was so much better then I thought it would be. I would be lying if I said I was not a Charlie Hunnam fan! I was impressed with the movie. It was action packed and surprised me by making me laugh at several points. I was in a sold out theater of patrons who all clapped and cheered when the movie was finished.
This is not your typical King Arthur, but just sit back and enjoy the story. The Mage is fun and exciting and almost steals the movie from Charlie. I enjoyed it and I would actually go see it again.

*Thank you to Warner Brothers, gofobo, and AMC for allowing me to see this movie for free. This has in no way changed my reaction to the film.*

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Book Review: A World Erased by Noah Lederman

This is one of my favorite Holocaust books. The fact that the author's grandparents survive, but are unwilling to share much, makes the story an interesting quest to connect the past to the present. I have no doubt that Noah will continue to love and honor the memory of his grandparents and their stories that he worked so hard to get them to share.

*Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher, for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery and What "Making A Murderer" Gets Wrong

First, I must admit, I do have a bit of a fascination with this case. I feel so badly for Brendan.  I also feel badly for Avery. Of course, I also feel terribly bad for the family of Teresa Halbach.
I honestly feel that maybe having Avery in jail for all that time created a man who didn't exist before. We all know that jail can harden and change a person, many times not for the better. I personally do not like the attitude of Kratz and basically feel he doesn't have much new to say here. Of course, the show, Making a Murderer, can't get it all right. None of us were there when Halbach was killed so none of us will ever know the complete truth of what happened. I do feel terrible that a life was lost and I hope that her family is able to find justice and peace. I am amazed at how many of these cases are mishandled and it makes me have a huge sense of mistrust for our justice system.

* Thank you to NetGalley, Ken Kratz, and BenBella Books, for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: Nobody's Girl: A Memoir of Lost Innocence, Modern Day Slavery, and Transformation by Barbara Amaya

Barbara had a very hard life. She was sexually abused by her father and her brother. She told her mother, who didn't believe her. Life was so hard that she decided to run away from home. Soon she was 13 years old, living on the streets, had a pimp, and was addicted to drugs.
Amazingly, Barbara was able to overcome her horrible past. She is now a mother and an advocate for victims. Her story is not graphic but you will finish knowing that life on the streets is no joke.

*Thank you to Barbara Amaya, NetGalley, and Animal Media, for allowing me to read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*