After a long, eventful summer teaching drama to Czech kids in the forests, I’m just now getting back into the swing of things with reading and reviewing. I’ve chosen two exciting books from Book Club Reading list to read and review next. The first is a book that deals with an issue close to my own heart (and mind), Confessions of a Conspiracy Nut: Diary Notes on the Tsarnaev Case. The book’s focus is on the Boston Marathon Bombings and the many anomalies that still remain unresolved in the case. Were we told the truth during the investigation and trial, and did the trial, replete with its confessions from young Dzhokhar Tsarnaev himself, settle the many doubts. This is true crime writing at its best, and is more pertinent than ever as an examination of the present state of American justice in this age of the surveillance state.
Two Years on the Edge. A personal account of how the author found herself part of the Boston Marathon Bombings conspiracy theory, and why she continues to question the Tsarnaev brothers’ guilt. According to John Remington Graham, who has filed an amicus curiae motion in the Tsarnaev case, “It has been clear from ancient times that confession statements are the weakest and most suspicious of all. This section includes a summary of the trial, the basis for our doubts, and the wide variety of people who are still examining the case with skeptical eyes. It isn’t just smitten fangirls!
The second book is a paranormal mystery, one of my favorite genres: Vanished: The Search for Sally Hunt.
From the blurb:What would you do if suddenly you were given an awesome gift – the ability to heal with a touch?
That was the gift the Sally Hunt received in 1974. Not religious Sally sought counsel with an old professional psychic, Carmella Nuncio. Years before, Carmella helped find a kidnapped boy and she shows Sally how to live with this new power.
I’m always interested in works of fiction that increase our openness to dimensions of existence beyond the rational, and this looks like a fun, entertaining read, with a dash of spirituality thrown in for good measure.
Reviews coming soon!