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The American Nightmare

My friend Kim posted this. If you don’t follow her blog, well, you should. She’s very articulate, strong, loving, compassionate and one of the best people I know.

THIS is powerful, and if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.

By Hook Or By Book

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Some of you will remember a post I reblogged a few days ago from Gronda regarding immigrant children being forcibly taken from their parents as they attempt to cross the southern border to seek asylum. Below is an audio obtained by ProPublica which has just been released. On it you can hear young children crying and repeatedly screaming “Mami” and “Papa” at one of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities. Almost as disturbing is at one point during the audio, a border patrol agent jokingly says the children are providing an orchestra for them and all they need is a conductor. I want to warn you, if you haven’t heard this yet, it’s absolutely heartbreaking.

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What Trump and his administration is doing isn’t just wrong, it’s evil—and I don’t use that word lightly. There has got to be a special place in Hell for the President, Attorney General Jeff…

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The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing New York Times bestselling mystery from Diane Chamberlain.

Family secrets, every family has them, don’t they?  Secrets taken to the grave and often, should not be.  I’m one who believes in honesty in family.

First novel I’ve read by this author.  Surprises and twists, a couple of unexpected turns.  Sometimes the characters drove me nuts with their weaknesses and thoughtlessness, but as a friend on GoodReads told me. that’s good writing and it’s what makes them more real.

The story itself dragged on at times, like a 2 and half hour movie that could have been shorter. That being said, it was an easy read and one I enjoyed reading and would recommend.

 

25 Books About Women In War

https://www.bustle.com/articles/135156-25-books-about-women-in-war

After reading The Right Side, by Spencer Quinn, recently reviewed here, I thought I found a new subgenre to explore. What I found though, was a very lacking list. Where are the books, fiction or non, about servicewomen? And please, for all that’s holy, do not recommend a romance story to me. That’s just not my bag (showing my age with that, I know). I did, however, find this list of books to try. If anyone has anymore recommendations, please holla here.

The Treehouse by Randi Triant

If you like a book where you have a weak character who constantly quotes from classic literature and humanities yet finds her strength as the story goes on, then this one is for you. Camilla had been in a long time relationship with Allison, a sometimes emotionally and verbally abusive Doctor. They had a child named Nico and one day Camilla had enough of the abuse and left her son behind with Allison. A few years go by and Camilla decides to build a treehouse for Nico while Allison and he are away on a week long vacation.

Camilla has help with her loyal yet exasperating best friend Taylor, who arrives with her Audrey Hepburn lookalike girlfriend. Scandal erupts at the school where Camilla teaches during the week.

One correction that I would like to point out is that the all girl rock band The Runaways was a 70’s band, not 80’s as stated. My best friend has been a die hard Runaways fan since they began, and has taught me enough to know that the band was active from 1975-1979.

The story itself had piqued my interest enough that I kept reading to see how it ends. And I’m not thrilled with the ending only because, in my opinion, it should have been more. I don’t like the “that’s it?” feeling I had.

The writing was excellent and the story flowed nicely, some funny, some sad, some thought provoking times. All in all, not a bad book, just could have been less quotes from the Humanities Professor (must you keep telling me about other books? I’m reading this one) and more of an ending unless there will be a sequel.

Jury Awards $4 To Family Of Florida Man Killed By Cop

In the “you CANNOT be serious, what the F… is happening to our country” category. And btw, if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

It was January 2014, in St. Lucie County, Florida. A mother picking up her child at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School heard loud music, the lyrics of which she found offensive. She called the police.

Deputy Christopher Newman and his partner, Deputy Edward Lopez, came to the garage of the house of 30-year old Gregory Hill Jr.  Gregory worked at a Coca-Cola warehouse.

Newman knocked on the garage door, but no one responded.  He then knocked on the front door, and said that he heard the music get louder.  The garage door opened.   Gregory stood facing out of the garage with his left hand on the door and his right hand down.  He then began closing the garage door.  Newman alleged that Gregory brandished a hand gun.

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