Category Archives: Review

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle ObamaMy rating: 4 of 5 stars What surprised me was the clarity with which Obama depicted a life on the South Side of Chicago and how it influenced her both while coming up and once she had … Continue reading

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An Uncivil War by Greg Sargent

An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics by Greg Sargent My rating: 4 of 5 stars Written before the 2018 Midterms and Bret Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, Greg … Continue reading

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Summer Begins

A letter from our rural medical clinic reached me early this morning. I read every word it had to say. I said, the letter reached me early this morning, I read every word it had to say. Rural life ain’t … Continue reading

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Waning Lilacs

Flowers began to fall from lilac bushes. Air is fragrant with sweet smell. It won’t last long. It is spring, which continues as it has for millennia, reminding us we are but a speck of dust in time by comparison. … Continue reading

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Heads in the Sand by Matthew Yglesias

Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats by Matthew Yglesias My rating: 4 of 5 stars Yglesias’ book was a timely read in the context of the Trump administration’s … Continue reading

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No Surrender by Jack Hatch

If interested in Iowa Democratic politics, read No Surrender: Building a Progressive Agenda for Iowa with the Five Securities by former state senator Jack Hatch. Read it now. There are few long, contemporary narratives about the state of the Iowa … Continue reading

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I Call Bullshit by David Shorr

I was predisposed to like David Shorr’s latest book. Shorr and I met in 2009 when I persuaded him to write an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register advocating for Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. … Continue reading

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