Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank

Rhodes hired mercenaries to slaughter the Matabele people who lived along the South Africa-Zimbabwean boarder, clearing the land for his mining endeavors. Diamonds are ubiquitous. They are in fact not a precious stone. This is the story of how the De Beers corporation turned diamonds into a "girl's best friend," while they oppressed the people living… Continue reading Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Named as one of the 10 Best Books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review. After Macdonald's dad passes away she decides to put all the sadness from her grief into training a Goshawk. Everything about the hawk is tuned and turned to hunt and kill. Yesterday I discovered that when I suck… Continue reading H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World by Emily Balcetis

The entire book is summed up on page 221: “In this book, I offer four strategies intended to quite literally reshape the way we see the world.  A narrow focus.  Materializing. Framing. A wide bracket.” (Italics from original) Of course, to get to the summary, you have to wade through the other 220 pages of somewhat… Continue reading Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World by Emily Balcetis

The Vagina Bible by Jennifer Gunter

The author, who also happens to be an OB/GYN, is a magicial knowledge giver that we have all been missing out on for a long time. Her humor and enthusiasm for educating, for medicine and for science is undeniable, and shines through her teachings. Her writing isn’t a bunch of scientific drivel that no one… Continue reading The Vagina Bible by Jennifer Gunter

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

Let’s start off by saying that this is a non-fiction book about how the Oxford English Dictionary was created. It is fascinating as far as I’m concerned (a friend of mine and my sister also agree.) It was such a grand undertaking and I for one appreciate the dedication of the people who helped create… Continue reading The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester