Raise a Fist, Take a Knee


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Raise a Fist, Take a Knee: Race and the Illusion of Progress in Modern Sports by John Feinstein

Why just why? You want to talk about racism in sports?

Who is Feinstein? Does he play sports? Is he black? No so why not have the book be written by someone who’s experienced it firsthand?

You’re also talking about sports contracts that most are not privy to.

Where are your sources? Oh, wait the book has none.
This is all secondhand narrative and conversations the author assumes.

Kaepernick of course is brought up.

And of course Anti Trump but what else is new. Truth be told this book is a waste of time. The oddest part is the author seems so focused on race. He mentions the 1968 protest and compares it to the 2021 capitol riot which is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.

I guess in the end I ask why even write this book. And what are we supposed to do about it? Seeing the opportunities and the paychecks they have access to well…

The Echoes


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The Echoes: A Novel (Kinship #4) by Jess Montgomery

I enjoyed this story. I had no idea it was book 4. I did roll my eyes at how many times we are reminded about her brother dying in the war.

I wanted a little more about Esme who is traveling from France.

I did like the family. Overall I liked the story. The mystery of the kidnapping is odd. And most people end up dead or arrested. So that felt a little forced.

I’m glad the dog was saved. And I did like learning about the history of such a park.

Fear Unmasked 2.0


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‘Fear Unmasked 2.0: Killing the Spirit of Fear, Explaining the Great Reset, and Giving You an Action Plan America’ by Clay Clark

It’s an interesting overview. However, this is more of a collection of articles and videos so lots of links. It would be better as an ebook so one can click and read. I mean sure the headlines tell the stories but I kind of wanted everything in one book without having to hunt down the links. Plus videos and articles can be changed or removed.

Escape and Rescue


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‘Escape and Rescue’ by Sheila Daniel

It’s a short story about a woman who tries to escape her abusive husband. I think it shows how abuse affects everyone, especially children. I liked that her family didn’t give up on her. It hints at how the control started. And as the reader, we see where there are moments where escape might have been possible. We find out why she chooses now to escape, the planning, and the attempt.
It’s a powerful short story.

Frontier Follies


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‘Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage & Motherhood in the Middle of Nowhere’ by Ree Drummond

I thought I was going to enjoy this book. I have heard about the Pioneer Woman. But this book is just a mess. It’s more short essays. And things that the family might find funny well this reader not so much.

Don’t even get me started on the writing style. It felt very immature and dragged at times with details that don’t move the story along at all.

Dog Flowers:


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‘Dog Flowers: A Memoir’ by Danielle Geller

I thought this would be about her mother and the Navajo reservation.
I mean I know it’s a memoir but this was all over the place. There is no flow in this book at all.
Not what I expected at all. We get a story more about the dysfunctional family with alcoholism, abuse, molestation (I could do on and on). There are so many people coming and going. It doesn’t work for me.

Nora and Alai: A.C.T.


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‘Nora and Alai: A.C.T.’ by David Sines

I think it’s a pretty good sci-fi story for YA. There are a few things that kind of are up in the air so I assume there is going to be a sequel. Sometimes one isn’t always sure who we are following.

I do like how certain characters start to pop more in the end. I did like the overall story. The beginning is jarring I have to admit.