The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

I was actually at Lakeside Chautauqua on Lake Erie for a week earlier this summer. I’ve lived in Ohio most of my life and even if we don’t go up to Lake Erie often, it’s still part of our state identity, if that makes sense, which is why The Death …

A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness is a heart-breaking story. Ishikawa went form a childhood in Japan where he didn’t fit in because he was half-Korean to North Korea where he was one of the lowest of the low. He tells his story frankly, without sentimentality, but it’s full of misery, hunger, …

l’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

l’ll Be Gone in the Dark is my first foray into true crime, which seems a little surprising. With the recent capture of the Golden State Killer and all the positive reviews of the book, I took a chance. I didn’t know anything about the Golden State Killer until the …

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

In 1866, Mark Twain was a travelling correspondent for the San Francisco Daily Alta California and he convince them in early 1967, to provide $1250 to pay his fare on the Quaker City tour of Europe and the Middle East. Throughout the five-month trip, Twain sent 51 letters to the Alta for which he …

Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri

First of all, I’m tired of these articles/essays pretending to be books. I picked up the audio of this one for a couple of reasons, but it was only like 2½ hours long. At 190-ish pages, that’s really short. I don’t know if the pages are an odd size or …