Local author Kerrie Droban chats about her latest book

True Crime  Local author Kerrie Droban chats about her latest book. As promised, 85086 author, lawyer, and true crime expert Kerrie Droban was generous enough to answer a few questions for us. If you haven’t read her book, The Last Chicago Boss: My Life with the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club (written with Pete “Big Pete” James), you should definitely do so! Q: Liked the book so much! Are you still in touc ...

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A touching story of survival moves 85086 bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh

A Street Cat Named Bob A touching story of survival moves 85086 bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh. In my years of reading and discussing books with others, I’ve found that even for those who aren’t avid readers, there are certain books they appreciate and enjoy. I think it’s because certain books tell a good story and they’re written in a conversational tone that really flows, as if someone is sitting there ...

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The true tale of a white boy from Oakland doesn’t hold back from good, bad, and ugly

Raw Read  The true tale of a white boy from Oakland doesn’t hold back from good, bad, and ugly. By Kristine Abrams Gresh Moshe Kasher’s Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 is definitely raw, honest, and extremely real. A memoir is best when the reader can tell the author isn’t holding back. And Moshe doesn’t hold ...

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Phoenix author Michael Dirk Thalmann chats about his book, The 13 Lives of a Television Repairman

Local Read  Phoenix author Michael Dirk Thalmann chats about his book, The 13 Lives of a Television Repairman. Have you read it? So unique and thought-provoking right? I’m of course talking about The 13 Lives of a Television Repairman, the science fiction novel about Arthur Penrod and his Alternate Reality Generator, by local author Michael Dirk Thalmann. If you haven’t read it yet, put it on your 2017 list ...

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Local bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh gets schooled on beer

The Brewer’s Tale Local bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh gets schooled on beer. By Kristine Abrams Gresh   Well, have you sipped a saison and read our latest book selection, The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick? If not, you should. It reads like a collection of beer stories––some historical, some about the author William attempting to make certain brews and t ...

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A poignant and powerful tale about cruelty and racism elicits praise from local bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh

Jesus Land A poignant and powerful tale about cruelty and racism elicits praise from local bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh. Did you read Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres? I did, and wow! As promised in many descriptions of the book, it truly was poignant and powerful. It was a very personal story—and reading it as a memoir, knowing it was a true story, made it all that more intense. Julia shares with the read ...

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For local bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh, the latest 85086 book club selection fell flat

Up in Smoke For local bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh, the latest 85086 book club selection fell flat. Neil Gaiman. Incredibly popular, successful author. Many people's favorite author. That being said, this particular collection of “short fictions and illusions” (Smoke and Mirrors) was just not my favorite read. I would definitely try one of his other books, or even a different collection of his short st ...

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7 Bedtime Stories

7 Bedtime Stories Books sure to inspire shuteye. By Sondra Barr If your child is having trouble going to sleep, try opening a book. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, bedtime reading can help develop a healthy pre-snooze routine. Here are a few nighttime classics and current selections to ease children into sleep.   A Book of Sleep By II Sung Na Ages preschool and up   Can You Yawn L ...

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The 85086 Book Club moves on to a mystery

Big Little Lies The 85086 Book Club moves on to a mystery set in an Australian suburb. By Kristine Abrams Gresh Chasing Fireflies, by Charles Martin. The story centers on ‘Snoot,’ a boy whose mother kicked him out of the car just before she committed suicide by running it into a train. Snoot doesn’t speak, but he communicates well. We learn a lot of about his short but abusive past. His life soon becomes in ...

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The 85086 Book Club goes on in search of Chasing Fireflies

A New Plot      The 85086 Book Club goes on in search of Chasing Fireflies. By Christine Abrams Gresh So, did you do it? Did you read a book you’ve been meaning to for a while now? I finally read The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. Inspirational? Yes. A wonderful, powerful message of positive thinking and following your dreams? Yes. And for that, I’m so glad I finally decided to read it. It was, as I thought it ...

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