The New Trail of Tears is an important and yet depressing book. It details the myriad problems besetting American Indians today. These include: a lack of economic opportunity, massive dysfunction and family breakdown and tribal and Washington leaders unwilling to face the reality or do anything about it except propose more money and more government (neither of which has worked). Naomi Schaefer Riley details the plight of the American Indian by highlighting the structural, legal, economic, and...
Author - Kevin Holtsberry
I listened to this last book in the Raven Cycle series in the car. And frankly am not sure what to make of it. I enjoyed the prose and imagination of Stiefvater as always. I listened to this last book in the Raven Cycle series in the car. And frankly am not sure what to make of it. I enjoyed the prose and imagination of Stiefvater as always.
The New Trail of Tears is at the top of my To Be Read pile. Fascinating and important, if tragic, topic.
Halfway through and ready to dive in again. So far, my sense is those who are fans of both Gaiman and the genres he works in would enjoy this book the most. A lot of it is "inside baseball" on comics, fantastical fiction, etc. those who enjoy that world will get the most out of Gaiman's unique discussion and perspective on it.
An intelligent espionage thriller that explores the complex nature of loyalty, patriotism and love amongst other things. Although, it is not really a typical thriller until the later part of the book. But at the heart of the story is the challenge and impact of secrets which grows out of espionage and an attempt to escape from it.
It is not the type of biography to lay out the basic facts in a straightforward way, but it is an engaging and insightful way to think about this larger than life character. "Deceptively brief and seemingly lightweight, this wonderful work effectively cuts through decades of hyperbole."
The willingness to wander and explore; to seek out new and unexpected things is worth cultivating. And Smith does a great job of laying out a way to do so wrapped in a mystery and infused with visual and literary stimulation and/or motivation. And the beauty of a book like this is you can take what you want from it and leave the rest behind.
A well done exploration of family dynamics and relationships and the reverberations of choices made under pressure. Played out against the backdrop of the War in Iraq and the 24/7 media monster.
It turned out to be a simple but engaging story about a boy struggling with his heritage and how to fit in but also a short history of the life of Crazy Horse. It is basically a history lesson on Crazy Horse based on the oral history of his people but in the form of a story told by a grandfather on a road trip with his grandson. The fitting in part is just a hook to get the story started.