The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has a lot in common with Killers of the Flower Moon.  Both are fascinating pieces of on-the-ground journalism about events that happened decades ago;  both Grann and Skloot worked extensively with living family members of the people involved, and helped solved mysteries the family members never had answers to.  … Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

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The Town That Forgot How to Breathe (Kenneth Harvey)

I don’t often read Amazon reviews to help me decide if a book is worth my time.  This is mostly because I want to interpret the book for myself, rather than just see other people’s interpretations of it as I’m reading.  Despite not reading reviews first, I rarely end up hating the books I read.  … Continue reading The Town That Forgot How to Breathe (Kenneth Harvey)

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

I read Geraldine Brooks’ novel Caleb’s Crossing a few months ago, and loved it. After that, I discovered Brooks had a number of other novels, most of which sounded equally fascinating, and decided to start with Year of Wonders. It’s also set in the 17th century, but that wasn’t the reason. Rather, Year of Wonders … Continue reading Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)