Non-Fiction: The Way We Were: The Making of a Romantic Classic by Tom Santopietro

June 5, 2023 Tony Buchsbaum 0

The Way We Were is one of my favorite movies. What’s not to love? It’s got Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford at the top of their games. It’s got the timeless, Oscar-winning song by Marvin Hamlisch and Marilyn and Alan Bergman. It has Hamlisch’s lush, Oscar-winning score, plus 1950s-era politics; and rich, juicy dollops of romance as the two ill-fated opposites attract each other.  I was eager to read a book about how the movie […]

Small Steps to Less Waste

Non-Fiction: Small Steps to Less Waste by Claudi Williams

March 27, 2021 admin 0

Would you make your own toothpaste in order to reduce the amount of plastic you use? Small Steps to Less Waste  outlines the practical experience and personal stories of a dozen ordinary people who wanted to ditch plastic. Their tips, alternatives and recipes for everyday products normally sold in plastic bottles, show the rest of us how to make a positive difference. Swimming in a plastic soup while on Vacation in Mallorca in 2015 shocked […]

Non-Fiction: Scoundrels and Spitballers by Philippe Garnier

November 4, 2020 J. Kingston Pierce 0

(Editor’s note: This review comes from Ben Terrall, a writer based in San Francisco, California, whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay View, In These Times, CounterPunch, and Noir City. Terrall last wrote for January Magazine about Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen.) Given the scary nature of pretty much everything these days (a raging pandemic amidst widespread disbelief in science; a ruling U.S. oligarchy dead set on destroying anything […]

Non-Fiction: Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen

September 28, 2020 J. Kingston Pierce 0

(Editor’s note: This review comes from Ben Terrall, a writer based in San Francisco, California, whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay View, In These Times, CounterPunch, and Noir City. Terrall last wrote for January Magazine about The Deep End by Jason Boog.) Enough books have been published about the D.J. Trump Crime Family to fill a studio apartment. Ace investigative reporters Wayne Barrett and David Cay Johnston have […]

Non-Fiction: The Deep End by Jason Boog

September 16, 2020 J. Kingston Pierce 0

(Editor’s note: This review comes from Ben Terrall, a writer based in San Francisco, California, whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay View, In These Times, CounterPunch, and Noir City. Terrall last wrote for January Magazine about No Fascist USA! by Hilary Moore and James Tracy.) In The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today (OR Books), journalist Jason Boog writes about the plight of […]

Non-Fiction: No Fascist USA! by Hilary Moore and James Tracy

July 3, 2020 J. Kingston Pierce 0

(Editor’s note: This review comes from Ben Terrall, a writer based in San Francisco, California, whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay View, In These Times, CounterPunch, and Noir City. Terrall last wrote for January Magazine about Seth Donnelly’s The Lie of Global Prosperity.) No Fascist USA!: The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today’s Movements (City Lights) is an important addition to histories of 20th-century anti-racist movements […]

Leadership With A Servant's Heart

Non-Fiction: Leadership With A Servant’s Heart by Kevin Wayne Johnson

June 9, 2020 admin 0

  Your dreams, aspirations and goals are a direct reflection of leadership – how you’ve been led and how you lead others. Strive to be a good leader, it matters.” — Kevin Wayne Johnson A new decade and a new year has ushered in unprecedented despair to the United States. The unanticipated COVID-19 pandemic has crossed paths with a well documented, yet often unaddressed, societal ill: Police brutality. This perfect storm, resulting in over 110,000 […]

Highway 101

Non-Fiction: Highway 101: the History of the El Camino Real by Stephen H. Provost

May 20, 2020 admin 0

Highway historian Stephen H. Provost takes a fun-filled look at the history and attractions of one of California’s great highways in Highway 101: The Story of El Camino Real. The book tells the picturesque story of this great highway and the restaurants, motels, gas stations and tourist stops that made the road memorable to generations of travelers, illustrated with 200 historic photographs of the life and times of the great highway. Now the highway has […]

Purpose: The Ultimate Climax

This Just In: Purpose: The Ultimate Climax by Anisa Palmer

February 15, 2020 admin 0

In Purpose: The Ultimate Climax, author Anisa Palmer shares what she sees as a guide for igniting purpose by reactivating pain points to achieve the possible. The eight chapters in the book are organized to help individuals recognize the important lessons life teaches along the purpose journey to ensure balance and self care take on an important role. Palmer opens chapters by sharing personal stories and lessons that revealed purpose. She then brings an interesting […]

Biography: The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens by Chrysta Castañeda

February 6, 2020 admin 1

The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens (Texas A&M University Press) is a high-stakes courtroom drama told through the eyes of Chrysta Castañeda, the lead trial lawyer for T. Boone Pickens in his winning trial about an oil deal gone wrong. It’s the story of an American business legend still fighting in the twilight of his life, and the woman determined to help him make one final stand for justice. Pickens, who died in September of […]