“Hillbilly Elegy” J. D. Vance #BookReview

Vance identifies as a Conservative. I identify as a Democratic Socialist. Politically, it would look like we are opposites..... yet, there is a lot of common ground on our theories of how the issues of poverty can be solved.  The reason, in my mind, for that common ground is our shared experiences. Those of us who have lived it understand it in a way that those who haven't never will. This is why we need elected officials from every corner of every class of people we can find. The lenses they are currently looking through are much too narrow.

Our Reading List

Our TBR pile is mountainous but we thought we would give you a sneak peek on what reviews to expect in the next week or so. We're always adding to the pile and are currently accepting review requests so don't forget to head on over to our Review Policy if you have a book you want us to consider. 

#BookReview “A River In Darkness” Masaji Ishikawa

Something readers should take away from this part of Ishikawa's story is how a persons environment has a direct affect on their character. Some will argue that one must rise above such things but the reality is that most do not and in all honesty shouldn't be expected to. The existence of such oppression is what matters. Life shouldn't be a series of trial by fire. Are we not evolved past this? Are we all still primal beasts unable to transmogrify our society?

Celebrating John James Audubon’s Birthday

John James Audubon identified 25 new species during his studies and his quotes have a particular relevance today. With the appointment of Scott Pruitt and the rise of Climate Change deniers in positions of power, Audubon's words reverberate through history. As the Trump administration tirelessly works to roll back environmental protections and sells off National Parks I'd like to take the time to remind everyone that the damage (some irreversible) done to this nation will fall on our children. In America's never ending quest for profit we are leaving a desolate future for those who follow us. Let us remember John James Audubon and his message. 

Undeterred “KKK Witness, KKK Target” Tracey Brame

Brame does not hold back and thoroughly depicts each situation in detail. This is a memoir and her story is deeply troubling and upsetting. While I fully support her endeavor to bring these issues to the fore-front of society, I want those of you who aren't ready to face this kind of trigger to have the chance to back away. That said, I think Brame is an incredible woman. Her bravery knows no bounds and her steel determination is awe inspiring. I am in complete awe of this woman and all she has rose above. Brame's story is gruesome and disturbing. However, her story is one that should be told to everyone. We should all see humanity in all it's forms.

Book Review “Brain Rules for Baby” John Medina

In his New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control.

Book Review “Bizzarma – How I Became A Hippy Without Really Trying” Douglas B. Wood

Bizzarma is a true story that spans from the 1950's "Leave it to Beaver" American Dream era to the political and drug charged 1960's and 1970's. Hyped by iconic musicians like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan ; Doug went where the wind blew him and experienced the world with LSD bright eyes. This baby-boomer fell into a world rife with discord and did his best to make his own mark on the era. Sometimes Hilarious, very colorful and painfully honest - Doug narrates his life for the world.