Finders Keepers – Stephen King

Author: Stephen King Rating: 4.7 Stars More Info Author Bio Where to buy: Amazon | BN | Strand For readers, one of life’s most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers—not just capable of doing it (which Morris already knew), but in love with it. Hopelessly. Head over heels. The first book that does that is never forgotten, and each page seems to bring a fresh revelation, one that burns and exalts: Yes! That’s how it is! Yes! I saw that, too! And, of course, That’s what I think! That’s what I FEEL! Morris wrote a ten-page book report on … Continue reading Finders Keepers – Stephen King

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Author: Erik Larson Rating: 4.2 Stars More Info Author Info Where to buy: Amazon | BN | Strand “She seemed as large as a mountain. She had four funnels and tremendous length and, knowing that she could really move along, we were quite thrilled at the thought of traveling on her.” – Letter by Leslie Morton, crewmember on the Lusitania Those words were echoed by passengers and crew alike who were on the doomed ship, the Lusitania. Many were eager to board the luxurious liner bound for Liverpool, but would never make it to their destination. Erik Larson’s informative and … Continue reading Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Non-Fiction – Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans – Gary Krist

Author: Gary Krist Rating: 4.5 Stars Where to buy: Amazon | BN | Strand More Info Author Info “It is no easy matter to go to heaven by way of New Orleans.” I am not sure how many in New Orleans would feel about this statement, but after reading Gary Krist’s Empire of Sin, I understand why that journey may be a bit difficult to make. For thirty years, the Crescent City was at war with itself: the Reformers in one corner, who wanted a New Orleans that was wholesome and representative of the “better half,” and the purveyors of … Continue reading Non-Fiction – Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans – Gary Krist

Banned Books: Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller

Author: Henry Miller Rating: 4.3 Stars More Info Where to buy: Amazon | BN | Strand Paris is like a whore. From a distance she seem ravishing, you can’t wait until you have her in your arms. And five minutes later you feel empty, disgusted with yourself. You feel tricked. I’m not sure what those who love Paris would think of this statement, but Henry Miller had plenty to say about the City of Lights in his novel, Tropic of Cancer. A bit of history: Tropic of Cancer was published in 1934 in Paris, France but was banned in the … Continue reading Banned Books: Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller