The Girl on the Velvet Swing – Simon Baatz

This is a true story that took place at the turn of the 20th Century in New York.  The essential facts of the story are as follows: A sixteen-year-old girl – Evelyn Nesbit – arrives in New York in 1901 and meets a wealthy, influential man three times her age – famous architect Stanford White […]

The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe

Written as a social commentary on race, class, politics and greed in the eighties, this book came out in 1987 and is Wolfe’s best-known work of fiction (and rates with The Right Stuff as one of his best-known books overall).  I’m a little late to the party in reading it, but when he died earlier […]

The Best Game Ever – Mark Bowden

This is the third book by Bowden that I’ve read this year and probably fifth or sixth overall.  I’ve yet to be disappointed – he’s really good at whatever subject he takes on.  In this case, it’s the NFL Championship Game played on December 28, 1958, between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants – […]

The ABC Murders – Agatha Christie

I read this book on vacation because I ran out of reading material and my daughter had it along as her assigned summer reading for high school English class.  I’d never read anything by Agatha Christie and am not a seasoned mystery reader.  That being the case, I wasn’t used to the rather abrupt ending […]

Ice Bowl ’67 – Chuck Carlson

According to the short biography of the author that’s included on the book jacket, Chuck Carlson was a sportswriter who spent 11 years covering the Packers and this is his tenth book on the team.  That being the case, my guess on how this book came about is that his publisher called him up and […]

Behemoth – Joshua B. Freeman

I’ve spent the majority of my working life in manufacturing, so I had high hopes for this book – thought it would be interesting to read.  It tells the history of factories starting with British textile mills in the 1600s all the way through to the giant factories in China today.  It’s a large book […]

Chesapeake – James A. Michener

This book was written in 1978 and Michener died in 1997, so I’m a little late to the party in reading/reviewing it.  I picked it up because I was looking for something to listen to on a long car trip and I knew a Michener book would be just the ticket.  Lots of hours – […]

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 […]