Posts Categorized: Non-Fiction

Dec 19
Review: Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind by Gavin Edwards

Review: Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind by Gavin Edwards

Way back when, River Phoenix was the object of my massive, teenage crush.  Depending on your age, you might be nodding your head in agreement, or you might be asking yourself: “Who in the hell is that?”  For those of you in the latter group, you might be more familiar with his younger brother, Joaquin Phoenix.  River Phoenix was a child star who grew into a successful, Oscar-nominated actor until he overdosed outside of a Hollywood nightclub in 1993, at… Read more »


Jun 03
Review : Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Review : Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

I picked up “Tiny Beautiful Things” after having recently read Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Even though I’ve read advice columns throughout my life, beginning with Ann Landers and Dear Abby as a kid, I was not sure how a book of collected advice queries and replies could be very interesting or compelling, but I loved Strayed’s writing in Wild, so I gave this a shot. She writes to a woman who… Read more »


May 22
Review: Impossible Odds by Jessica Buchanan

Review: Impossible Odds by Jessica Buchanan

If you weren’t aware of Seal Time Six before the successful operation that took out Bin Laden, you certainly are now.  Another less well-known mission took place in Somalia in 2012 when the Seals rescued an American woman held captive by Somali pirates for three months.  Jessica Buchanan’s desire to help African children led her and her husband to Somalia, where she also instructed locals how to avoid landmines.  On October 25, 2011, Jessica and her Danish colleague, Poul Thisted,… Read more »


May 16
Review: The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales

Review: The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales

This story fascinated me when it was all over the news several years ago.  I read all the gossip sites.  I even watched The Lifetime movie.  The upcoming film from Sofia Coppola has been on my radar for a while, in no small part because I want to see how Emma Watson pulls of a California girl accent.  I’ve read articles by Nancy Jo Sales in Vanity Fair magazines, and I’ve always enjoyed her writing.  So, even though I knew… Read more »


Feb 08
Review: Life After Death by Damien Echols

Review: Life After Death by Damien Echols

No matter what your views on crime and punishment in the United States in general, or on the death penalty in particular, Damien Echols’ memoir is certain to move you, challenge you, and devastate you. I only became aware of the “West Memphis Three” story a few years ago. I’ve since watched the HBO “Paradise Lost” documentaries with alternating degrees of sympathy and horror. I’ve always wanted to believe that our justice system functions (mostly) fairly and objectively, despite the… Read more »