Sunday, December 29, 2019

Review: Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder

Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder by Kenn Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Now I know why this book is a classic in the birding world! Chronicle of Kenn's 1973 Big Year (and put into book form 30 years later). In addition to all the birds and birders referenced, Kaufman's experiences mirror my own from the 1970s, in so many ways, e.g. from finding out about California's "under 18" law, to crossing the Canadian border as a 19-year-old longhair with little money, to our 1978 birding quest that took my partner and me to many of the "hotspots" mentioned in the book. This is one of those that I wished I had read earlier!!! (Just noted on my Goodreads that I had added it to my "to read" pile in 2015! At least I got it read in the same decade, just barely.)

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Review: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can you say? I say, read this book! It’s short, timely, and features great writing, as only Dickens can. Like me, you are no doubt very familiar with the story and characters, but the written descriptions of the surroundings and especially the various spirits are unforgettable. And oh yeah, it’s cheap - Gutenberg (free) or the Amazon version for 99 cents! But don’t be a Scrooge!!!

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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Review: Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump

Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump by Neal Katyal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To say this book is "topical" is quite an understatement. Katyal is one of my favorite talking heads during the descendence of 45, and he's also a good Twitter follow as the story develops in real time. How this book could be so current will amaze you - breaking a few of the usual publishing-calendar barriers, no doubt.

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