Author: Peter Clemens

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

What’s it about? Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? If so, Gary Vaynerchuk is ready to show you how to use the power of the Internet to build a business or career around what you are passionate about. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. Is the narrator any good? Gary Vaynerchuk...

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Under the Dome by Stephen King

What’s it about? On a  normal day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one knows what this barrier is, where it came from, and when – or if – it will go away. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome’s ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who likes the idea of having an isolated populace to dominate. Opposing him are Iraq veteran Dale “Barbie” Barbara, newspaper editor Julia Shumway,...

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

What’s it about? The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a compilation of letters, telegrams and notes between friends and acquaintances in the aftermath of WWII. The story follows the writer Juliet Ashton who is looking for a subject for her next book. She stumbles into a group of people -The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – who were cut off from the rest of the world by Nazi occupation. In her correspondence with the group, Juliet learns about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation had on their...

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

What’s it about? The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the finale to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. It picks up right where the second book left off, with Lisbeth Salander in the hospital being treated for her injuries. On her release she will face trial for three murders and one attempted murder. With the help of her friend, Mikael Blomkvist, she must prove her innocence, and identify and denounce those who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to become victims of abuse and violence. Is the narrator any good? If you read my reviews of The Girl With...

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Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

What’s it about? Born in Depression-era Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, Frank McCourt was later raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. His mother, Angela, had no money to feed her children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely worked, and when he did, he drank his wages. Angela’s Ashes is the story of how Frank endured – wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging for a pig’s head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father. Is the narrator any good? McCourt is not only a great storyteller, but he’s a FANTASTIC reader. I was captivated by his Irish...

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