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Splendid & Timely

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Reviewed: 03-12-2020

Great journey through our shared & divergent histories. Excellent reading at a time when these stories deserve the greatest study & comparison.

A deep dive into rural poverty in America

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Reviewed: 03-01-2019

J.D. Vance has written a strong very personal memoir about growing up a hillbilly refugee travelling from darkest Kentucky to the more urban badlands on Ohio. We meet his hotch potch family from a loving & terrifying Grandma, his sister & brother to his drug scarred mother and an array of aunts and uncles and grifting men who move in with mom. He kicks down the doors to the middle class and beyond - graduating in law at Yale and joining a prestigious law firm. He marries and, apart from episodic battles with sine ingrained demons, succeeds in breaking with the desperate Appalachian poverty. While there are deep contradictions in J.D.’s politics, the insights into how his people end up where they do are brilliantly sharp and clear eyed. It’s a must read.

A gripping and compelling story. Hard to turn away

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Reviewed: 01-01-2019

This is a stunning narrative by McCarthy. He takes into what’s essentially a two hander - a man and his son. They share their desolate journey through the badlands of a post apocalyptic America with a road that is as unforgiving as it is mysterious. The story line is spell binding and the dialogue is classic McCarthy. It doesn’t get much better than this.

A book with a story for your stomach

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Reviewed: 01-01-2019

Amazing set of facts and anecdotes about gut health. The second half is much better than the first but it’s a book you’ll find fascinating - even if some of the revelations are challenging.

An inspiring book

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Reviewed: 01-01-2019

This was a heartfelt delight. It took the listener into the centre of American politics at the highest level, giving insights into the people and their values, concerns and fears during eight amazing years of Barack Obama’s presidency. It also shows the depth of his commitment to the job of leading his country at a truly pivotal moment in history. A gem that will have you talking to all of your friends about its joy and sheer delight.