The Kings of Big Spring – Bryan Mealer

The book is a history of the author’s family that essentially covers the Twentieth Century.  His forbears migrated from southern Georgia to an area of Texas later called Big Spring.  The story covers their experiences during booms and busts in the oil industry, the Depression, and multiple wars.  The author starts with the story of […]

Timekeepers – Simon Garfield

This book should have been better.  It’s all about time – how we live with it, how we track it, how it dominates our lives, how people in history viewed it compared to now, what changes there’ve been over the centuries that affect our interactions with it, and how there are so many contradictions in […]

Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann

The Osage Indians of the plains met the same fate as most Indian tribes in the 19th century – they were forced from their land and made to resettle in a place no one else wanted.  In their case, it was in a rocky area of Oklahoma.  When they were resettled, however, the Osage did […]

Off the Charts – Ann Hulbert

The subtitle of this book is “The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies.”  Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?  I thought the subject matter was fascinating and I had high hopes for it.  As a parent (NOT of prodigies [no offense, kids!]) finding out how parents dealt with extraordinary kids in some extreme circumstances sounded […]

The Finish – Mark Bowden

The book tells the story of the killing of Osama bin Laden.  As is typically the case with any Bowden book (and I’ve now read four, I think), it’s incredibly well researched and well-told.  He gives a blow-by-blow account of all the planning, searching, sleuthing, and luck that went into finding and killing bin Laden. […]

The Mayflower – Rebecca Fraser

Mostly enjoyed this book.  Parts were really interesting, parts were a little less interesting, parts read like a US History text book.  I actually had to go back and re-read some sections because I realized I had just sort of glazed over them.  When I re-read those sections, I actually enjoyed the book more. The […]

Pale Rider – Laura Spinney

The Spanish Flu, which raged across the world as a pandemic from 1918-1920, infected one out of three people IN THE WORLD (500 million out of 1.5 billion).  It killed anywhere from 10-20% of the people it infected, so somewhere between 50 and 100 million people died.  If the upper range is correct, it killed […]