Untitled April 21

Verdant, Adventurous Washington: Gemini, Carol Cassella

 *** Simon & Schuster, 2014 ISBN 1451627939 (ISBN13: 9781451627930) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Reading Challenge An unidentified woman has been the victim of a hit-and-run, and as the hospital begins to take steps to make important decisions on her behalf, Charlotte, her doctor, feels that she needs to find out who the woman […]

Taken cover April 13

Life-changing Decisions in Pittsburgh: Taken, Kathleen George

***3/4 Dell, 2001 ISBN 0440236614 (ISBN13: 9780440236610) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Reading Challenge Sometimes the split-second decisions we make define our character, who we really are under all pretentions and all attempts to be “good” or “just” or “virtuous.” Sometimes those decisions can change the course of a person’s life. The premise of […]

Evanovich cover April 02

In Biker Shorts in New Jersey: One for the Money, Janet Evanovich

**** St. Martin’s Griffin, 1994 ISBN 0312362080 (ISBN13: 9780312362089) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Reading Challenge I enjoyed One for the Money much more than I thought I would. Written in 1994, before The Sopranos or The Jersey Shore, Evanovich’s novel portrays the Jersey stereotype in a way that has been over-satirized in the […]

Bootleggers cover March 18

Pig Pickin’ and Square Dancing in North Carolina: Bootlegger’s Daughter, Margaret Maron

Thorndike Press, 1992 ISBN 0786223278 (ISBN13: 9780786223275) ***1/2 Part of the Mysteries from Every State Reading Challenge Bootlegger’s Daughter was exactly what I expected it to be and perfect for this challenge. Maron’s fictional Colleton County is what the author believes small-town North Carolina to be, and with it, she paints a picture of the state, […]

Source-NOAA and Woods Hole Sea Grant. Graphics by Oliver Lude March 14

Best of Arbiter News

  Here are some of our best stories: Marine Debris: What Trash Does to Our Oceans. WASHINGTON, March 11, 2014—A significant amount of the world’s waste ends up in our oceans. Each year, Americans alone produce 200 million tons of garbage, enough to fill a football stadium from top to bottom twice a day. Much of it ends up in […]

cover too bright March 09

Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See, Juliann Garey

***** Soho Press, 2012 ISBN 161695129X (ISBN13: 9781616951290) WASHINGTON, March 9, 2014—I usually do not read books about mental illness, but this was on sale on Kindle one day, and, given the glowing reviews, I thought I’d see what all the hype was about. I absolutely LOVED this book. It was heartfelt, beautifully written, witty, […]

Caracas, Feb. 12, 2014, durdaneta, Wikimedia Commons February 22

Venezuela in Crisis: a Brief Summary of WHO, WHAT and WHY

The clashes between the Venezuelan authorities, government supporters and protesters are getting more violent. Eight people are confirmed dead, many more are injured, the government has imposed a media blackout and neither side appears to be backing down. Read a brief summary of what is going on and why: http://bit.ly/1h7haE2

Cover vanishing February 22

Snowy, Remote Minnesota: The Vanishing, Wendy Webb

Hyperion, 2014 ISBN 1401341942 (ISBN13: 9781401341947) ***1/4 Part of the Mysteries from Every State Reading Challenge Julia Bishop has recently lost her husband, her friends, and her entire life. The “Bernie Madoff of the Midwest,” her husband had swindled hundreds out of their life savings before killing himself once his scheme was discovered. Hounded by […]

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Launch of Arbiter News, Best of the Week, Call for Contributors

I am delighted to announce the launch of Arbiter News! We believe there should be a place on the internet where thinkers can articulate their findings on a subject, present both sides, and have meaningful dialogue with others without the polarizing rhetoric that dominates the media today. The change starts with the philosophy of the organization. It’s time […]

cover Sebba February 21

That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, Anne Sebba

George Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2011 ISBN 0297858963 (ISBN13: 9780297858966) 0 stars (if I could give negative stars, I would) I can’t remember when a book made me angrier than this one. Compared to this poor excuse for a biography, even the horrid editing in Before and After seems worthy of the Pulitzer. I read this […]


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