Category Archives: Biography/Memoir

Book Review: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (Four Stars)

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Book Review: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien Four Stars out of Five A 1990 memoir about Vietnam. A memoir is kind of true and kind of a lie. Boring parts…

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Book Review: Testament of Youth by Brittain (4 stars)

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain 4 out of 5 stars Read in January/February 2015 Synopsis (via GoodReads): In 1914, just as war was declared, 20 year-old Vera Brittain was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later, her life—and … Continue reading

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Big Read Wrap-Up

The Lansing Community Library completed a successful Big Read of O’Brien’s The Things They Carried with a writing memoir workshop led by the same professor who moderated the panel discussion back in December.  I took copious notes, but sadly no … Continue reading

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Article: Animated Film On The ‘Kamikaze Plane’ Hits A Nerve In Asia

Animated Film On The ‘Kamikaze Plane’ Hits A Nerve In Asia http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/11/16/245068512/animated-film-on-the-kamikaze-plane-hits-a-nerve-in-asia A new Miyazaki film causing some controversy in Asia.  Hope I don’t have to wait years for the subtitled or dubbed version to hit America. Posted from WordPress … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Walk in the Woods by Bryson (3 Stars)

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson 3 out of 5 stars Read in August 2013 for the Stranger than Fiction book club sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library Brief Summary:  Stretching from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unbroken by Hillenbrand (4 Stars)

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand 4 out of 5 stars Read in June 2013 Unbroken was the May (and unexpectedly June) 2013 selection for Stranger Than Fiction book discussion group sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library. I covered all the … Continue reading

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Book Review: My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke

My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke My rating: 4 of 5 stars I barely read any non-fiction (outside of the technical writing found in information technology reference guides) in any given year. When … Continue reading

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