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G1207 Book Review of In the heart of a mustang by M.J Evans

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Name of Book: In the Heart of the Mustang

Author: M.J Evans

ISBN: 978-0-9966617-0-6

Publisher: Dancing Horse Press

Type of book: Horses, healing, lies, serets, family, friendships, leadership, trouble, bond, Wyoming, 

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:
A boy is told that his father was a brave and virtuous man, a soldier who traded his life to save the lives of countless others. He was the man that Hunter needed to emulate. The only problem is the whole story is a lie, all of it. The truth, which Hunter discovers as he begins his sophomore year of high school, is that his father has actually spent the boy’s entire life in jail, paying his debt to society, but not mending his ways. A wild mustang mare, is rounded up by the BLM. The spring rains had been sparse, the forage on the plains even more so. The mare and her herd are rescued from certain starvation and placed for adoption. In a sandy corral at Promise Ranch, a home for troubled teenage boys, the boy and the mare meet. A weathered, o…

E-reading He started it by Samantha Downing

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Main characters include Beth, Portia, Eddie and grandfather. How to describe the characters without spoilers? Beth is a narrator and from first few lines she describes herself as an anti-heroine. She is smart alecky, suspicious, and doesn't trust anyone. She is also a bit sociopathic. Portia is the youngest sibling and is described as a moocher as well as a kleptomaniac. Eddie, well, Eddie is a predator with secrets and deeds as big as mountain Everest. Grandfather is perhaps best described as warped yet mysterious. Let's say it this way: this is one road trip you will feel lucky to never be part of. 
Theme:
Do you truly know your siblings? 
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The story is in first person narrative from Beth's point of view. It is also written chronologically with background info on previous road trip given by diary entries written by one of the siblings. Let me also say that just like her debut, this …

Book Cover Reveal for Women of Chateau LaFayette by Stephanie Dray

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THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE by New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray (Berkley hardcover; on-sale March 30, 2021)
ABOUT THE BOOK
An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy in three of humanity's darkest hours.

Most castles are protected by powerful men. This one by women...
A founding mother...
1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband's political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must choose to renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come. 
A daring visionary...
1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Astor Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing--not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or…

E-Reading White Fragility; Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

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Title of the book: White Fragility; Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Author: Robin Diangelo 

Publisher: Beacon Press

Publishing Date: 2018

ISBN: B07638ZFN1

Summary:
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what can be done to engage more constructively.
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Robin J. DiAngelo is an American academic, l…

G1205 American Dreamer; How I Escaped Communist Vietnam and Built a Successful Life in America

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Title of the book: American Dreamer; How I Escaped Communist Vietnam and Built a Successful Life in America 

Author: Tim Tran (Tran Manh Khiem) Tom Fields-Meyer

Publisher: Pacific University Press

Publishing Date: 2020

ISBN: 978-1-945398-02-5

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"American Dreamer" is an inspirational, first-hand account of the motivating power of an immigrant’s dream for a better life. From the rural Vietnam of Tim Tran’s childhood to his eventual escape to America and his rise as CFO of a multi-billion-dollar company, Tran’s memoir is a lesson in perseverance and ingenuity. After he initially left Vietnam in 1970 to attend American universities on a USAID scholarship, Tran’s sense of commitment led him home shortly before the fall of Saigon in 1975. Suspected of being a CIA agent, he found life under Communism increasingly difficult and dangerous, and was forced to flee. During multiple attempts to escape, he encountered deceit, betrayal, and even murder. Finally, in 1979 Tran and his wife,…

G1206 Bound; a Daughter, A Domme, And An ENd-Of-Life Story

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Title of the book: Bound; a Daughter, A Domme, And An ENd-Of-Life Story

Author: Elizabeth Anne Wood

Publisher: She Writes Press 

Publishing Date: 2019

ISBN: 978-1-63152-630-5

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What happens when a forty-something, feminist sociologist who studies gender and sexuality learns that her mother—a charming, passive-aggressive, and needy woman who hasn’t had a lover in decades—has started seeing men who wants to be bound, whipped, and sexually dominated? What happens when that same mother, shortly after diving into her newly discovered sexuality, develops a cancer that forces her to accept radical changes to her body, and then another that forces her, and everyone around her, to confront her mortality?
In Bound, Elizabeth Anne Wood addresses these questions as she chronicles the last eight months of her mother’s life—a period she comes to see, over the course of months, as a maternity leave in reverse: she is carrying her mother as she dies. Throughout their journey, Wood uses her notebook …

Coming Attractions for July 2020

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What else can I write besides the fact that I am living in a new COVID-19 hotspot and that I feel as if the world is over? I always admire Medieval Ages and have been fascinated by Black Death (Bubonic Plague), but I don't want to experience it firsthand, and never wanted to experience it firsthand. Disappointment weighs heavily on my soul that my four year old son is experiencing a year I never wanted him to experience and I feel helpless to do anything about it. What I learned about myself through these difficult terms is that I don't go with mob mentality; I can't do that. I am a questioner by nature, someone hungry for knowledge. I promise to post more reviews these upcoming months and hopefully there will be positive news. If not, I will be doing my best to stay safe. Pictures will be added later. (Blogger can't add pictures straight through links, which means I have to save pictures and then upload them...) 
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Bound; A Daughter, A Domme, and an End…