Book Reviews Part One

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July 8, 2016 by jacklovelace

Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties
Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties
by Elijah Wald
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.04
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4.0 out of 5 stars Newport focus is most welcome, July 5, 2016
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There is a lot of this book that sets us up for Newport. I get that and it is done well, but it has a lot of
information that a Dylan fan and a 60’s survivor already knows. The best part of the book is when it zones in on Newport, the history, the growth of the festival, the shows each year leading up to the electric meltdown.
The reporting on the Dylan Goes Electric weekend is precise and complete.
I’m glad I read the book.

The Widow
The Widow
by Fiona Barton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.60
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4.0 out of 5 stars This one works from wire to wire, June 29, 2016
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We are being inundated with these mystery within a mystery, who did it, psychological dramas.
I was somewhat skeptical when I started this one, but never fear. It’s good. The characters are
interesting, the pace of getting to the bottom of who did what, who knew what, is just right to the end.
Really well done and a solid page turner.

What She Knew: A Novel
What She Knew: A Novel
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers
Price: $7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Go to the head of the class, June 22, 2016
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We are being flooded with these kinds of stories, the missing child, the mystery mom. This is one of the better one’s. The mother is
a well developed character, as are the other main players in this drama. It held my attention from beginning to end, and I did not grow impatient.
The conclusion is satisfying too. If you are leery of this book being a trendy ripoff, don’t worry. It’s good.

Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
by T. J. Stiles
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.85
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5.0 out of 5 stars Custer insights are fascinating, June 22, 2016
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This is the book if you want to know Custer. It is not the book you want if all you care about is Little Big Horn. Stiles
spends little time on it. The genius of this book is in showing us Custer, warts and all, beginning to end. Excellent research and quality writing. For all of his faults, and their were plenty, Custer was a true leader in battle.
If you really want to go beyond Custer’s Last Stand, and get a handle on the man, this is the book.

My Husband, My Friend: A Memoir
My Husband, My Friend: A Memoir
Price: $2.51

2.0 out of 5 stars The good stuff comes at a cost, May 24, 2016
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Some interesting insights but her justifications for putting up with him and her uncanny knack of always being right make for serious eye rolls. The early days are the best part of the book.
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I Saw the Light: The Story of Hank Williams
I Saw the Light: The Story of Hank Williams
by Colin Escott
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.00
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hank facts but not his soul, May 5, 2016
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I saw the movie and while the movie wasn’t great, it was enough to spark my interest to read this book.
Well researched, unsparing, you get all the details about the doomed life of Hank Williams. Sometimes I wish the
author would have explored his music genius more, through the eyes of others particularly, musicians and fans. We never really feel
like we know Hank, but I suspect the author would say nobody did, including Hank. His wife Audrey comes across as one of the
most miserable people to ever walk the earth. I guess her and Hank were a match.

I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies
I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies
by Illeana Douglas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.44
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and often amusing, May 5, 2016
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She writes well and it is not a typical autobiography. She basically tells stories, often amusing stories, about her film experiences.
She burns no bridges but it still has substance. Her love of movies is always present.

But Enough About Me: A Memoir
But Enough About Me: A Memoir
by Jon Winokur
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.63
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reynolds offers plenty of good dish, April 24, 2016
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This was a good one. Burt isn’t afraid to share genuine likes and dislikes of people he has encountered. It makes for
really entertaining reading. He’s honest and funny and offers plenty of good dish. What’s not to like?

Almost Interesting: The Memoir
Almost Interesting: The Memoir
by David Spade
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.78
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2.0 out of 5 stars Spade book is a stinker, April 22, 2016
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It starts off ok. You get Spade as he grows up in Arizona and finds his way as a comic. When it hits Saturday Night
Live it comes to a screeching halt. He doesn’t want to alienate anyone, the writing is pedestrian, and he never really
shares his movie career. On the other hand, this book is bad enough he probably did us a favor.

Luncheon of the Boating Party
Luncheon of the Boating Party
by Susan Vreeland
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.86
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3.0 out of 5 stars A better concept that reality, but still interesting, April 4, 2016
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A great painting with people who look like they could be interesting. The answer is some.
The best part of the book is getting inside Renoir himself as he painted this masterpiece and what it took to do it.
I also enjoyed the infighting with other painters of the period. The people in the painting are frankly the least interesting part of this book.
But for a Renoir fan, it is worth the trip.
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