“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

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“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini — This is actually a novel, but you would never know it based on the historically accurate information. The story centers around a boy born and raised in Afghanistan in the early 1970’s and it’s affect on him throughout the Afghani wars with the Soviets and then later the transition from a monarchy to …

“Devil In the White City” by Erik Larsen

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“Devil In the White City” by Erik Larsen. Crazy true story about a couple of different relatively prominent citizens of Chicago around the turn of the century and their virtually parallel murderous lives. It’s the second book I’ve read here by Larsen; I really enjoyed both very much. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (sent by Michelle Manning)  

The Man© by Bob Shallenberger

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Sweat trickles beneath a black shirt, untucked, vintage, and well-worn for years with guests and substitutes always beside the other ones. Magnetic beats echo long side by side, above at back, throbbing tempos call out the middle faithful, mics high logging each and every set. Crowds filing and moving to the rhythmic cadence of a dying man, voice brash and …

Served Up© By Bob Shallenberger

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Homes stripped from once proud families by government-funded, too-big-to-fail banks with cash reserves the size of third world regimes. Their futures ripped away without consideration or compassion, devoid of support from multi-termed elected pen pushers who live off their pain and misery in their mansions discounted by promises and favors, their mounting portfolios of insider trades and equity scraped off …

Solar Shacks© By Bob Shallenberger

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Hey you, Disconnected Global Elite: they don’t need solar panels on their shacks! The sun won’t feed the billion people who go to bed hungry every night, the masses of starving children dying from contamination, devoid of vaccinations, treatment and supplies. Feed the children then redecorate the neighborhood with your fancy gizmos, your precious overpriced gadgets bolted on the roofs …

The Silence of Stoke© By Bob Shallenberger

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The waves shimmer under the fading moon as the ocean starts its day just before its dawn. Glowing shades of turquoise, calm, bright and clear, with waves expanding, the sun climbs above the horizon beyond a palm-framed, postcard-perfect island. No one around to enjoy nature’s majesty but dolphins and a couple sharks: not another surfer for hundreds of miles. Relaxed. …

“Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts

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I received this book in April unexpectedly from my mom’s friend who has literally known me since birth. Although I was really honored that she took the time to write me and to send me a book, I was a frightened by its 932-page length, so much so that it took me more than four months to pick it up. …

“Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino

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I was killing ten minutes in the air conditioned FPCY library when I came across this 120-page book. The title captured my attention so I picked it up, read the prelude and decided to check it out. I didn’t actually check it out, that’s not how we do it here — ironically, we just take it and return it later …

Rolling© By Bob Shallenberger

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Gravel hides on the winding asphalt as the curve looms innocent. Signs stream together, red and orange blur without warning. Rubber clenches, grasps, releases and repeats — eleven times. Tracks swirling behind, the striking metal skates in rhythm. Expert reflexes turn to anxious panic providing no relief or hope. End over end the rubber and steel bang. The tires touch …