Plain Secrets: An Outsider among the Amish by Joe Mackall

I first heard about Joe Mackall at an event at Ohio State this past summer with Dinty Moore.  I like what I heard and so picked up both Last Street Before Cleveland and [amazon-product region=”us” text=”Plain Secrets: An Outsider among the Amish” type=”text”]0807010650[/amazon-product].  I had some interest in the Amish as I had once worked for a State Senator who represented the area in which the book was set and had has some interaction with Amish...

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The Last Street Before Cleveland by Joe Mackall

For some reason if a book doesn’t get reviewed relatively quickly I struggle mightily to get around to it at all.  This habit vexes me to no end and this year I have tried, with varying degrees of success, to be better about not allowing books to get lost. Joe Mackall’s [amazon-product region=”us” text=”The Last Street Before Cleveland” type=”text”]0803232551[/amazon-product] was one book that got lost in the shuffle somehow and sat in the...

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The Last Street Before Cleveland by Joe Mackall

For some reason if a book doesn’t get reviewed relatively quickly I struggle mightily to get around to it at all.  This habit vexes me to no end and this year I have tried, with varying degrees of success, to be better about not allowing books to get lost. Joe Mackall’s [amazon-product region=”us” text=”The Last Street Before Cleveland” type=”text”]0803232551[/amazon-product] was one book that got lost in the shuffle somehow and sat in the...

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In the Mail: Now in Paperback Edition

–> Matala by Craig Holden Publishers Weekly A couple of smalltime grifters are taken for a ride by the enticing young woman they choose as an easy mark in this nifty little page-turner from Holden (The Narcissist’s Daughter). Young, beautiful and bored Darcy Arlen is in Rome on a group tour of Europe, a gift for her high school graduation. When she comes across young, good-looking Will staring pensively into the Tiber River, she’s more than ready for an adventure. Will and...

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In the Mail: biography/memoir edition

–>  The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam Publishers Weekly The horror and violence perpetrated on young girls to feed the sex trade industry in southeast Asia is personalized in this graphic story. Of “mixed race,” Khmer and Phnong, Mam is living on her own in the forest in northern Cambodia around 1980 when a 55-year-old stranger claims he will take her to her missing family. “Grandfather” beats and abuses the nine-year-old Mam and sells her virginity to...

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In the Mail: memoir edition

–> Walking the Rainbow by Richard Rene Silvin Product Description Richard Rene Silvin seemed to have it all. After overcoming a childhood of emotional neglect and trauma, much of which has been shared through the honest and brutal pages of his first book, I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools, Silvin transcended his past to lead an enviable life of power and world travel during a career in international hospital management. After decades of shame and hiding his sexuality, this handsome and...

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In the Mail: memoir edition

–> Walking the Rainbow by Richard Rene Silvin Product Description Richard Rene Silvin seemed to have it all. After overcoming a childhood of emotional neglect and trauma, much of which has been shared through the honest and brutal pages of his first book, I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools, Silvin transcended his past to lead an enviable life of power and world travel during a career in international hospital management. After decades of shame and hiding his sexuality, this handsome and...

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