Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Through interviews with defectors, veteran journalist Barbara Demick takes readers inside the reclusive country of North Korea for a peak at the daily lives of its inhabitants. I thought I knew a fair amount about North Korea, but it turns out I was wrong.  While Demick makes sure to inform her readers of the country’s…

One To Remember

A follow-up to One Night Only, a book about hockey players who had only played one game in the NHL, One To Remember throws a spotlight on athletes who had the misfortune (or fortune depending on how you look at it) of only scoring a single goal in their entire NHL career. One To Remember…

Under The Black Hat

Under The Black Hat is the second volume of a two-book series detailing the life and career of Hall of Fame pro wrestling broadcaster, Jim Ross. I’ve yet to read Jim Ross’ first book, Slobberknocker.  No real reason other than the fact that I haven’t yet gotten around to it.  While I do plan to…

The Splendid and The Vile

The Splendid And The Vile follows Prime Minister Winston Churchill in his first year in power as he worked tirelessly to fend off the invading forces of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Given this is an Erik Larson book, you can guarantee it is exhaustive in its research.  Having tackled a…

The Forest City Killer

The Forest City Killer is the story and investigation of the disappearance and subsequent murder of Jackie English, a resident of London, Ontario in 1969. I received an advanced copy from ECW Press in exchange for an honest review. Having read, reviewed and interviewed the author of Murder City, a book about both the murders…

Once Upon A Time I Lived on Mars:

Once Upon A Time I Lived on Mars is a collection of essays by author Kate Greene, one of the thirteen people to take part in the HI-SEAS experiment meant to simulate life on Mars.  Alongside a crew of thirteen others, Greene spent approximately six months atop Mauna Loa, an Hawaiann volcano eight thousand feet…