Ron Chernow’s Grant is a long yet readable, well-rounded biography of the 18th president of the United States. Ulysses S. Grant remains one of the best yet underrated American presidents. A perennial underdog, Grant was filled with failures, missteps, and terrible judgement of character. Yet
Mighty Missouri Coffee Company is a small batch, high quality roaster located in Bismarck, North Dakota. They offer several varieties including blends and single origin. I tried three varieties: Mighty Morning, Mighty Mo, and Outsidevibes ADVNTR. Mighty Mo was light and smooth with beans from
A. Scott Berg’s Wilson is a comprehensive biography by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Berg. Heavily referenced and loaded with minute detail, Wilson is highly readable and quite balanced. As a great historian should do, A. Scott Berg does a great job for the most part
Bones Coffee Company is a coffee roaster that focuses on small batch greatness mixed with a whole lot of creative fun. Their quirky flavors make for an unforgettable experience in every cup you brew. With beautifully drawn and wildly imagined varieties, Bones Coffee Company has
Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters is a micro-roastery and coffee lab located in Dallas, Texas. The coffee roasters started in 2011 and roast to order high quality beans from around the globe. “In the coffee world, a ‘coyote’ is a middleman who purchases coffee from farmers.
Debunking Howard Zinn – Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America is a thorough analysis of Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Mary Grabar goes through Howard Zinn’s connections with socialist or communist society to paint a plain picture of
Fearless Mary – Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver is based on the true story of former slave, Mary Fields in the late 19th century. This fearless woman faced discrimination head on. She showcased her incredible skills and courage, proving her ability to drive a stagecoach.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn follows an “ordinary” day in a Soviet Union “special camp”. Ivan Denisovich (Shukov) is eight plus years into his ten year sentence at a labor camp. Wrongfully arrested but happy to be alive, Shukhov
With All Due Respect is a memoir by native South Carolina and Indian American Nikki R. Haley. The memoir focuses on Haley’s tenure as South Carolina’s governor and her amazing job as United States ambassador for the United Nations. Haley grew up in rural South
The Night Flower by Lara Hawthorne is a beautifully crafted true story of a Saguaro cactus’s life cycle. With a focus on the blooming of a Saguaro’s flower, The Night Flower also explains how important the cactus is to numerous animals found in the desert.