A Private War Book Review from @kleffnotes

Perry Cockerell’s A Private War is the first of a trilogy, all of which I will be reviewing for The Nerdy Girl Express. This first book focuses on two African American Army privates who are fighting in the European and African campaigns during World War II. When one African American soldier is accused of shooting the other, the first African American war correspondent finds himself conflicted on how to cover this particular case in the press. The story is told with two separate plots that come together in the middle. Continue reading “A Private War Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Curse of the Werepenguin Book Review from @kleffnotes

Bolt Wattle dreams of a family, but not just any family, the return of his true family. He’s been living in an orphanage for years, hoping that his long lost mother and father will return. One day he is summoned into the headmistress’ office where he is informed that he has been requested for adoption by a mysterious Baron in the country of Brugaria. Once Bolt arrives in his new home country he is confronted by a series of strange occurrences. A fortune teller warns him that he must beware the penguins, people faint and scream at the very mention of the Baron he is going to live with, and there are even threats of being hit wit stale bread. The Curse of the Werepenguin is a delight to read and is something that readers young and old who love a little bit of silly with their spooky will enjoy. Continue reading “The Curse of the Werepenguin Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Joe’s Alamo: Unsung Book Review from @kleffnotes

Joe’s Alamo: Unsung delves into the rich history of the Alamo as well as other elements of American history by focusing his narrative primarily on minority populations that were a vital part of the battle. The title character Joe is originally presented to readers as a slave who finds himself being sold to a young school teacher, who has grand designs for the future. These two men wind up traveling to Texas and during their time together Joe learns to read and ultimately speak Spanish, which would ultimately help him survive. Continue reading “Joe’s Alamo: Unsung Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Bobcat Book Review from @kleffnotes

Katherine Forbes Riley’s debut novel The Bobcat is a beautiful read that showcases nature and the connection that can be found even when you are trying to stay isolated. Laurelie is a young art student who is struggling to get through her the day after one terrible evening. As she tries to find ways to keep herself safe in her own little world, the outside world slowly begins to open back up to her. One young man and a bobcat bring her back into an element of her former self, but when a young boy she babysits disappears she worries that she won’t be able to keep her fragile new world together. Continue reading “The Bobcat Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Good Sexual Citizenship Book Review from @kleffnotes

A societal change is happening, which is leading many people to stumble as they try to understand and become more knowledgeable as sexual partners. As we look at the world today it might baffle some people that the idea of victim blaming still exists or that people are judged by the kind of sex that they do or don’t participate in. Good Sexual Citizenship: How to Create a (Sexually) Safer World works to promote empathy and understanding in order to break down hostilities connected to sex. Ellen Friedrichs examines the historical and factual backdrop of gender disparities, women’s rights, sexual violence, and a number of other topics. All of this is designed to help the reader use this information, along with guided exercise, to determine their ability for good sexual citizenship. Continue reading “Good Sexual Citizenship Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Nurturing Our Humanity Book Review from @kleffnotes

Riane Esler challenges the notion that human beings are prone to acts of violence and greed in her upcoming book, with anthropologist Douglas P. Fry, Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future. What she argues is that caring behavior is actually the default reaction humans will have and that through this we can build more humane and sustainable societies. This interdisciplinary approach to the topic of society and how it is shaped examines how the flexibility of the human brain can be used to create a more positive world. Continue reading “Nurturing Our Humanity Book Review from @kleffnotes”

So Many Angels Book Review from @kleffnotes

So Many Angels: A Family Crisis and the Community That Got Us Through It is the story of author Diane Stelfox Cook and her family’s journey forward after something completely unexpected happened to them. One night while with her two sons she receives a call from her husband that throws her world into turmoil. From that moment things just seem to get worse, but she and her family are never alone. In this story of strength, Cook shares how her community rallied around her and her boys in the moment they needed someone most. Continue reading “So Many Angels Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Hippie Cult Leader Book Review from @kleffnotes

This year marks 50 year anniversary of the tragic Manson Family Murders. This sensational moment frightened and continues to fixate the world. James Buddy Day, an award winning true crime producer, writer, and director, is recognized for a number of features focused on Charles Manson as well as on Casey Anthony, and The Slender Ma Stabbings. Hippie Cult Leader: The Last Words of Charles Manson presents new and exclusive interviews, including conversations with Charles Manson himself. Day delves into the theory of Helter Skelter and actively works to debunk this idea throughout the course of the narrative. Continue reading “Hippie Cult Leader Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Paper Maps, No Apps Book Review from @kleffnotes

Johnny Welsh has been a professional bartender for twenty-five years and even in a full bar he notices the ever present appearance of smart phones. People tune out and stare deep into their screens ignoring the world going on around them. In Paper Maps, No Apps: An Unplugged Travel Guide, Welsh did a bit of thinking and planning and decided to take on an unplugged experience. He and his girlfriend, Kristy, collected maps and contacted friends and set off on a road trip with no help from their phones once they were on their way. This is a story of their adventure, mostly, off the grid and how they did it all with paper maps and no apps. Continue reading “Paper Maps, No Apps Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Rouge Book Review from @kleffnotes

Richard Kirshenbaum drops readers into the world of excess and influence in the high class business world of America. Focused on four women and their influential careers spanning primarily from the early 1920s to roughly the 1950s, Kirshenbaum highlights powerful women and the secrets that seem to surround their lives. Beginning with an elaborate funeral, Rouge keeps you in the glittering world of the elite as it reveals the work that must be done to gain and maintain your position at the top of society. Continue reading “Rouge Book Review from @kleffnotes”