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Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

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The Cynic by Alec MacGillis

I have been wanting to read The Cynic ever since I saw a picture of Mitch McConnell, student activist, organizing a civil rights march to Frankfort and learned he witnessed the signing of the Voting Rights Act. How did someone... Continue Reading →

Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy

It is so easy to be pessimistic about our planet's future when Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is vowing to criminalize climate change boycotts and "radical protests" and Trump withdraws from the Paris Climate Agreement. Bees are dying and butterflies... Continue Reading →

Snow by Gilles Whittell

Snow was always of paramount importance while growing up in northern Minnesota. Walking out to the main road to put the flag out for the snow plow could be easy or difficult depending on the quality of the snow. Fine powdery... Continue Reading →

The Finance Curse by Nicholas Shaxson

The Finance Curse is the reason I will not achieve my 2019 GoodReads Reading Challenge of 200 books, but it was worth it. This is a very detailed review of the myriad ways the finance industry is undermining democracy, good... Continue Reading →

Foxocracy by Tobin Smith

Foxocracy is a look inside the propaganda machine of FOX News from someone who worked there for fourteen years. Tobin Smith explains how Roger Ailes combined the propaganda techniques of Goebbels  and the cult psychology of televangelism with the latest... Continue Reading →

Scatterbrain by Henning Beck

Scatterbrain is a reader-friendly exploration of how the "failures" and "mistakes" of our memory and thinking processes are actually beneficial. In fourteen chapters addressing different aspects of memory, imagination, creativity, and even motivation, Henning Beck explains why what seems a... Continue Reading →

The Threat by Andrew G. McCabe

I suppose I am behind the times reading Andrew G. McCabe's book about the start of the Russia investigation and his retaliatory firing while America has moved on to the Ukraine scandal and impeachment, but the roots of the the... Continue Reading →

Blood by Allison Moorer

Blood is a heartbreaking memoir by Allison Moorer, the country musician. I love music and have a few of her albums, but I had no idea about her history. I didn't know she was Shelby Lynne's sister, or that she... Continue Reading →

Confluence by Zak Podmore

Confluence: Navigating the Personal & Political on Rivers of the New West is a collection of six essays by Zak Podmore that brilliantly connect the rivers he traverses to his own life and the political and social issues that plague... Continue Reading →

Do You Mind If I Cancel by Gary Janetti

The first time I saw Gary Janetti was in his husband's series "It's a Brad Brad World" about the celebrity stylist Brad Goreski who had been the long-suffering new hire on Rachel Zoe's show. I was happy to see him... Continue Reading →

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

How We Fight For Our Lives is a marvelous memoir written in chapters that function as individual essays. Saeed Jones tells us about growing up a gay Black boy in Texas, his relationships with his mother and grandmother, and his... Continue Reading →

I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmet Altan

Ahmet Altan is a writer and a journalist in Turkey who managed to offend Erdogan. He and his brother Mehmet were arrested after the failed coup in 2016 and charged with aiding the coup and were sentenced to life in... Continue Reading →

The Economists’ Hour by Binyamin Appelbaum

The Economists' Hour is a history of how economists have gained primacy in policy-making in all three branches of government. From big business paying judges $1000 to go on a one-week Florida junket where they were taught regulations are bad and... Continue Reading →

Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison

Make It Scream, Make It Burn is a collection of essays by Leslie Jamison, a journalist with The Atlantic, one of America's oldest and most respected magazines. She arranged her essays from the outside in, so to speak. The first section of... Continue Reading →

Renia’s Diary by Renia Spiegel

Renia's Diary is a valuable historical document, the diary of a Jewish girl's life under both Soviet and Nazi occupation She was just fourteen when she began writing in her diary where she was very frank about her feelings. Most... Continue Reading →

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