Beth's Book Review

February 16, 2020

Chaos: Charles Manson the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. John  O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring  (New York: Little Brown, 2019). It took me three weeks to read Chaos:Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. Although fascinating, with its detailed analysis of the ...

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Retro Review: Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk (Doubleday, 1955) A coming of age story, set in 1933, Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk is a novel that still speaks to us. Written in 1955, Wouk’s strengths are in his character development, themes, and elegant prose. What is especially ...

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (Scout Press, 2019)   “3rd September 2017 Dear Mr. Wrexham, I know you don’t know me but please, please, please you have to help me.”   With this intriguing opening, Ruth Ware launches her fifth  novel, The Turn of the Key, a mystery reminiscent of ...

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 In my last review of Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates, I wrote that Ms. Oates had died last year.  Ms. Oates is alive and well. This is an error that needs correction, and apologies go to Ms. Oates for the error.   Tidelands by Philippa Gregory (Atria Books, 2019) What separates Tidelands ...

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Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (Dial Press, 2019) On a road trip to Florida in 2000, my husband asked me what I was reading that was causing me to laugh out loud. “I am reading a new book by Sophie Kinsella called Confessions of a Shopaholic,” I replied. “Shauna gave it to me to read.” ...

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Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates (Harper Collins, 1995)   In the study of deviant behavior, there has been a continual debate over what causes people to be evil. Is it their upbringings by parents who abuse them? Or, are sociopaths just born bad? There are all kinds of arguments on both sides of ...

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America’s First Daughter  by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (William Morrow, 2016)   Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, was a complicated man. The narrative of America’s First Daughter, told in the voice of Jefferson’s adoring daughter, Patsy, gives us ...

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Thou Shalt Not - Production by Thinkery & Verse   On September 16, 1922, the bodies of an Episcopal priest, Edward Wheeler Hall and a member of his choir, Eleanor Reinhardt Mills, were discovered in a field near the New Brunswick-Franklin Township border. The bloody, butchered bodies ...

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Law and Disorder by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker ( 2013)   The premise of Law and Disorder by John Douglas, long time FBI profiler and his long time writing partner, Mark Olshaker, is this, “Whenever theory supersedes evidence, and prejudice deposes rationalism, there can be no justice.” ...

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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity (Flatiron Books, 2018)   The title of Liane Moriarity’s 2018 novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, is quite clever as it is a double entendre. The nine people who gather at Tranquillum House have never met before; they are, in fact, perfect strangers to one ...

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018)   Where the Crawdads Sing is Delia Owens’ first novel, although she and her husband have published three internationally acclaimed non-fiction books about Owens’ experiences as a wildlife scientist in Africa. Where the Crawdads ...

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Clean and Lean by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin’s Press, 2019)   I have battled the bulge my whole life. Most people have, especially as they get older. To help people like me, and to provide new information to those who have achieved the ideal body weight and muscle tone, Ian K. Smith, M.D.

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The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker (William Morrow, 2019)   Why + How = Who The formula above represents the manner in which criminal profilers assess the suspects in a serious crime. In the gripping new Douglas and Olshaker book, The Killer Across the Table, the ...

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Clean and Lean by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin’s Press, 2019)   I have battled the bulge my whole life. Most people have, especially as they get older. To help people like me, and to provide new information to those who have achieved the ideal body weight and muscle tone, Ian K. Smith, M.D.

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Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (Grand Central, 2019)   Hannibal Lecter . . . Just the name sends chills down one’s spine. Lecter, who had a penchant for dining on human brains and “fava beans with a nice Chianti,” was first mentioned briefly in the 1981 novel The Red Dragon. However, Lecter takes ...

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