Short & Sweet: A Thousand Lives creates a strikingly clear photograph of Jonestown, from its humble beginnings, decent into madness, the horrible abuse suffered after the exodus, all the way up to that fateful November day. Graphic, horrifying, and a must-read for this subject.
Short & Sweet: Propelled by interviews with remaining survivors, Stories from Jonestown weave their tales – before, during, and after Guyana – into a rough timeline of the People’s Temple. It answers questions many of us have in the aftermath of the tragedy, and each viewpoint is unique. An absolutely phenomenal novel.
Short and Sweet: Voices from Chernobyl is a poignant novel that utilizes a unique storytelling structure to convey the heartbreaking reality of the explosion’s aftermath. An absolute must-read for any interested in the human element of this tragedy.
Short but Sweet: Despite suffering from weighty unnecessary detail and a story-like structure that leans more toward fiction than true crime, In Cold Blood utilizes a unique storytelling structure that allows for a peek into the minds of the killers, the effect the murders had on small town Holcomb Kansas, up to the trial and beyond. Caution: This book contains several uncensored uses of a racial slur toward people of color.
Short and Sweet: Set firmly on the line between reality and fantasy, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a phenomenal story of star-crossed love, betrayal, loss, and hope against all odds. Characters are 3D, their motivations just as clear, all set against a centuries-long war with the two who seek to turn the tide for peace. One of the most well-written and engaging YA novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading, to date.
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Short and Sweet: Never Let Me Go is a novel of many facets, all of which will inspire discussion between whomever may read it. Where it lacks in action and engagement, it makes up for in emotion, all the way up to its heartbreaking end. This is not a happy book.
Short and Sweet: At a weighty 689 pages, Vincent Bugliosi leaves no stone unturned in the telling of the Manson Murders case, the following convictions, and aftermath. If there is one book you’re looking for to cover the entirety of this saga in clear – and often disturbing – detail, Helter Skelter is it.
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Short and Sweet: Evermore, despite boasting a compelling idea, suffers from textbook tropes and choppy, emotionless storytelling that breaks up any investment in characters and their experiences. Characters turn into caricatures, and any questions the story may legitimately create are quashed, unexplained, or answered lamely.
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