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I love a good memoir especially one that is funny. Clinton Kelly’s book, I Hate Everyone Except You, definitely made me laugh. Aside from the humor, Clinton is a great writer. You probably know of him or have seen Clinton on

You probably know of him or have seen Clinton on What Not to Wear and The Chew. In his book, he tells us snippets and stories about his life and he comes across as witty and engaging.  He is honest and raw and candid about everything which makes the reader feel like we are his best friend.

I only wish that the book was written more like a memoir than a collection of essays but maybe he will do that for his next book? This one is due out in January 2017.

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I know that fans of Fredrik Backman’s best-selling novel, A Man Called Ove, will absolutely love this new novella. Both beautiful and sad, And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer will likely be read in one sitting. Here’s what you need to know (oh and have tissues handy):

Grandpa and Noah are sitting on a bench in a square that keeps getting smaller every day. The square is strange but also familiar, full of the odds and ends that have made up their lives: Grandpa’s work desk, the stuffed dragon that Grandpa once gave to Noah, the sweet-smelling hyacinths that Grandma loved to grow in her garden.

As they wait together on the bench, they tell jokes and discuss their shared love of mathematics. Grandpa recalls what it was like to fall in love with his wife, what it was like to lose her. She’s as real to him now as the first day he met her, but he dreads the day when he won’t remember her.

Sometimes Grandpa sits on the bench next to Ted, Noah’s father—Ted who never liked math, prefers writing and playing guitar, and has waited his entire life for his father to have time for him, to accept him. But in their love of Noah, they have found a common bond.

Grandpa, Grandma, Ted, and Noah all meet here, in this peculiar space that is growing dimmer and more confusing all the time. And here is where they will learn to say goodbye, the scent of hyacinths in the air, nothing to fear. This little book with a big message is certain to be treasured for generations to come.

It’s a must-read even for people like me who hate to cry when they read!

 

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Im right smack in the middle of Class by Lucinda Rosenfeld and I have to say I love it. I admire the author’s skill in tackling huge and sensitive topics like rich/poor and black/white and privilege and all kinds of things she writes about. I like the style of writing which is smart but witty too without being obvious.

Karen Kessler thinks she’s the embodiment of her liberal views until trouble starts to brew in her daughters ethnically diverse elementary school which brings to the surface Karen’s own deep issues. I am finding this book very amusing and can’t wait to get back into it later today.

Here’s the official synopsis:

For idealistic forty-something Karen Kessler, it isn’t enough that she works full-time in the non-profit sector, aiding an organization that helps hungry children from disadvantaged homes. She’s also determined to live her personal life in accordance with her ideals. This means sending her daughter, Ruby, to an integrated public school in their Brooklyn neighborhood.

But when a troubled student from a nearby housing project begins bullying children in Ruby’s class, the distant social and economic issues Karen has always claimed to care about so passionately feel uncomfortably close to home. As the situation at school escalates, Karen can’t help but wonder whether her do-gooder husband takes himself and his causes more seriously than her work and Ruby’s wellbeing.

A daring, discussable satire about gentrification and liberal hypocrisy, and a candid take on rich and poor, white and black, CLASS is also a smartly written story that reveals how life as we live it–not as we like to imagine it–often unfolds in gray areas.

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Disclosure: I find this stuff very interesting and also very creepy. I can venture down a dark, deep path in a matter of seconds when anything having to do with conspiracy theories and the Illuminati is presented. So naturally I couldn’t wait to dig into The Illuminati, The Counter Culture Revolution-From Secret Societies to Wilkileaks and Anonymous by Robert Howells. I am reading this slowly so I don’t get too overwhelmed and crazy, especially with all of that pizza gate stuff being brought to light recently (haven’t heard of this? Look it up immediately).

The author takes us all the way back to the origins of the secret societies in the 1700s giving us the how and why these were formed. The societies were developed to influence people and even in the present day there is a smoke screen up to hide what’s really going on in the world.  This book goes really deep into religion and government, events, and more in-depth topics that

This book goes really deep into religion and government, events, and more in-depth topics that I have to take a while to process what I am learning. I can’t imagine the work that Robert Howells put into this project. A must-read for anyone who is remotely interested in these secret societies, Wikileaks, Anonymous etc.

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I don’t know if you were as into the Netflix series, Making a Murderer like I was. Totally gripped by the show, I was left with many questions and confused as ever about what really happened in this case.  So naturally I want to read Convicting Avery by Michael D. Ciccihi.

Here’s what you need to know about this new book coming to us in April 2017:

The shocking Netflix documentary Making a Murderer left millions of viewers wondering how an apparently innocent man could be wrongfully convicted – not just once, but twice. This book explains, in plain English, the numerous flaws in Wisconsin’s criminal justice system that led to the wrongful convictions of Steven Avery and his mentally challenged nephew Brendan Dassey. Equally disturbing, it also reveals that similar flaws exist in other jurisdictions of the country.

The author, himself a criminal defense attorney in Wisconsin, details the egregious procedures that resulted in the Avery and Dassey convictions. Besides the use by law enforcement of suggestive eyewitness-identification methods and interrogation tactics known to produce false confessions, defense lawyers had their hands tied by a truth-suppressing trial rule. Though they had evidence that someone other than Avery murdered Teresa Halbach, Wisconsin courts rarely permit consideration of such evidence. Perhaps most troubling, the burden of proof in this state is actually much lower than the constitutionally-mandated “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard.

The author not only discusses the documentary, but he also quotes from and cites Avery’s and Dassey’s appellate court decisions, appellate court briefs, numerous trial court documents, other cases, law review articles, and scientific studies.

I cannot wait to delve into this book. If you are a fan of true crime, its going to be a must read for you too.

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And switching gears from crime and secret societies, Kate Alcott’s new book The Hollywood Daughter is going to be a welcome respite from all the information I am downloading into my brain! This novel is written by A Touch of Stardust and The Dressmaker, two books I really enjoyed.

Here’s the synopsis:

In 1950, Ingrid Bergman—already a major star after movies like Casablanca and Joan of Arc—has a baby out of wedlock with her Italian lover, film director Roberto Rossellini. Previously held up as an icon of purity, Bergman’s fall shocked her legions of American fans.
Growing up in Hollywood, Jessica Malloy watches as her PR executive father helps make Ingrid a star at Selznick Studio. Over years of fleeting interactions with the actress, Jesse comes to idolize Ingrid, who she considered not only the epitome of elegance and integrity, but also the picture-perfect mother, an area where her own difficult mom falls short.
In a heated era of McCarthyism and extreme censorship, Ingrid’s affair sets off an international scandal that robs seventeen-year-old Jesse of her childhood hero. When the stress placed on Jesse’s father begins to reveal hidden truths about the Malloy family, Jesse’s eyes are opened to the complex realities of life—and love.

All I needed to know what that this book is about the 1950’s and Hollywood and I was anxious to read it. Cannot wait to have free time over the holidays to enjoy some good books!

What are you reading?