Author: Susannah Cahalan

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Latest Reads From Favorite Nonfiction Authors

August 31, 2020 Uncategorized 4 ★★

Latest Reads From Favorite Nonfiction AuthorsTitle: The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America
Author: Karen Abbott
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Rating:two-stars

I have to admit that the first of these two books might have knocked the author off my list of favorites! Like Six Days in August, this book had undistinguished prose, but it also lacked a compelling plot. It’s the story of a wildly successful bootlegger in the 1920s, who largely built his business by bribing people and exploiting bureaucratic loopholes. There was much less action than I expected. There also weren’t many characters or outcomes I was invested in. I didn’t empathize with any of the characters. The only suspenseful point felt contrived, as the author avoided revealing whether the bootlegger eventually shot his wife or she shot him. There were a few interesting parts to this story, especially a female prosecutor (unusual at the time), but I was frequently bored by this one. Read more »

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Review: Brain on Fire

November 2, 2016 Memoir, non-fiction, Psychology, Science 15 ★★★★★

Review: Brain on FireTitle: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Author: Susannah Cahalan
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Rating:five-stars

Summary: This was an amazing mix of clear, informative journalism and moving, emotional memoir.
“When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened? In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.” (source) Read more »

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