The Ledge is a true-life account of tragedy and survival

True Adventure  The Ledge is a true-life account of tragedy and survival. By Kristine Abrams Gresh Did you check out Jim Davidson’s The Ledge (written with Kevin Vaughan)? I was looking for an intense true adventure book and I got it. It's the account of two friends, Davidson and his pal Mike Price, who set out to climb Mt. Rainer. They summit, they celebrate, but then tragedy strikes on the descent. Davids ...

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Local bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh chats with 85086 author Aiden Bowers

Letter-Bound Local bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh chats with 85086 author Aiden Bowers. You’ve read local Aiden Bowers’ story, Letter-Bound about Alberta Russo, right? If not, quickly go to goo.gl/5RDYKM and then come back and read the conversation below I had with this incredible young author. Q: Ok, I think readers have some of their own ideas about why the letter was blank and now we’d love to know yo ...

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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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A Simple Plan proves thought provoking and touches upon the fragility of ethics, says local bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh

Extreme Rationalization A Simple Plan proves thought provoking and touches upon the fragility of ethics, says local bibliophile Kristine Abrams Gresh. Rationalization. It’s a concept I can spend a lot of time thinking about. Are certain actions justified or “less evil” if you have legitimate reasons? And what makes a reason legitimate? I think last month’s book, A Simple Plan, by Scott Smith, was an extreme ...

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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 finishes up The Goldfinch for A Brief History of Time

Weighty Reads The 85086 Book Club finishes up The Goldfinch for A Brief History of Time. By Kristine Abrams Gresh After reading last month’s selection, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, I was, for the first time, not exactly sure how I felt about the book or the characters. I knew it was a long, very descriptive story and I thought it was entertaining enough. It wasn’t until days after I finished it, and it wa ...

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The 85086 Book Club delves into a deeper––and longer––novel.

 A Fall Read  The 85086 Book Club delves into a deeper––and longer––novel.  by: Kris Gresh Summer reads can be so much fun and can provide a short, entertaining escape from reality. I think they should be engaging but not too deep. And I also like when they just flow and you travel along with them. That being said, I enjoyed The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins as a “summer read.” It definitely was a fast ...

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