That Jackson got all these people to work together against the British in a time of great uncertainty for a new nation is probably the real miracle.
Beginning in 1910 and ending in 1989, Min Jin Lee’s family saga, Pachinko, tells a fictional tale of a Korean family struggling against these times, against colonialism, poverty, war, religious and racial intolerance, all while learning how to forge an identity amidst the maelstrom.
The first book in a long series, but the origin stories are always the best. And it takes place in Chicago! What's not to love?
A startling look at how the political machine runs and how easily it can be abused. And it's not limited to Illinois. This could happen anywhere.
Considering current events in Europe, this is a timely read -- if you can handle lengthy Tom Clancy plotting...
The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston, is a true story. The locations are real, the timeline is real, the treasures are real. The curse could be interpreted as real, depending on your point of view.
When I saw "Fury from the Tomb," by S.A. Sidor, at the bookstore, I knew it was a match made in camp heaven. Look at that cover art. Or this quote from main character Romulus Hardy: “Egypt is how I got to Mexico.” What the heck could that even mean? I had to know. Fun... Continue Reading →
The fascinating thing about history is how we absorb it, how the same event can have far different effects on each individual. When it comes to reading about history, our enjoyment of a particular subject is often contingent on our overall experience with it. Usually, something has led us to that moment where we pick... Continue Reading →