Pumpjack Book Reviews

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Book Review: I Am Drusilla by Lucille Moncrief

I Am Drusilla by Lucille Moncrief is an intense gem of a story—short, fast moving and thoroughly entertaining. I read this Kindle Single in less than an hour and it nicely filled the otherwise dull period between waiting, boarding and the take off of a plane.

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Book Review: Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer is a carefully constructed philosophic and scientific inquiry into how we can find joy in an apathetic and often hostile world of diseases and accidents and physical and mental degradation and decline ending always in death. Highly recommended.

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Book Review: Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness by Alisa Roth

Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness by Alisa Roth is a deep, disturbing examination of how people with mental health issues fare in our criminal justice system. Spoiler alert: not well. Roth is a journalist, with strong writing, interviewing and investigative skills, and she uses these skills to their fullest bringing the complex issue to tragic life.

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Book Review: Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier

In the book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, author Jaron Lanier, a futurist with roots in Silicon Valley, lays out ten strong reasons for getting off of social media and getting Facebook, Twitter and Google — companies he calls by the acronym BUMMER, Behaviors of Users Modified, and Made into an Empire for Rent — out of our lives. This is a powerful little book that should be required reading for anyone who is on social media, so, basically, everyone.

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Book Review: Forty Rooms by Olga Grushkin

In Forty Rooms, the author brutally chronicles the gradual disintegration of a bright child’s dream of a poetic life as she capitulates with one small decision (or non-decision) after another to the demands of domesticity, materialism, babies and laundry and the accompanying increasingly twisted rationalizations and mind tricks necessary to maintain sanity.

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