Sunday, March 28, 2010

Patron Reviews - NonFiction

This Republic of Suffering by DG Faust

Non-fiction on the modes of death in the Civil War of the US from all sources: weapons, disease, and exposure.

While twice as many died from disease than injury, almost any modest injury could lead to gangrene infection & quick death due to the lack of antibiotic medicines.

She ran out of things to say in about the third chapter. This might have made a good short story or essay.

reviewed by J. Williams

Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

I've been interested in reading about the plight of the Middle Eastern women, especially the women of Afghanistan. Thanks to Suzanne Fisher, I got about 9 books to read. As you can imagine, many of the books were historical and many full of horrible atrocities. However, "Kabul Beauty School" was uplifting and even funny at times.

The author, Deborah Rodriguez of Holland, Michigan, told of her endeavor to start a beauty school in Kabul, which was anything but easy. She not only put herself in danger at times, she also made many cultural mistakes. Her determination and tenacity are truly admirable.

I think this is a must read for anyone interested in hearing about a truly selfless woman.

reviewed by D. Luci

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