Book and Movie Reviews

This page will be devoted to short book reviews, and the date I reviewed them in depth on this blog will be noted for more information.

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I love reading hard copy. Sometimes its just nice not to be plugged into anything. Out in the woods, feet in the water, under a shady tree, when the power goes out at home, sitting at a McDonald's waiting for a friend, a book goes a long ways in entertainment. Hopefully, the art of reading, printing and sharing this form of media isn't on its way out.

Nuclear War Survival Skills
A free online detailed book by renoun author and researcher, Princeton graduate, Cresson H. Kearny, eighteen valuable and well detailed chapter detailing viable war preparations. I'm learning alot as I read it carefully. See March 27, 2013 blog post for more details and link.

A World War Two movie with Nicolas Cage.
Fantastic film about the Navajo code that was used in the Pacific arena, unable to be broken by the Japaneese. Delves into the emotional and spiritual aspects of war and Navajo culture.
Review February 8, 2013

Women Who Run With the Wolves
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PH.D
An in depth study of archetypal psychology through myths, legends and ancient stories in relation to the feminine psyche.
The author relates the ancient story, and brings out minute details to support life lessons for women.
for more details see July 2 blog

Travels In The Greater Yellowstone
Jack Turner
A book for those who love Yellowstone, fly fishing, nature, adventure and the earth. An inspiring read and call to action for all who love the wilderness.
for more details see July 7 blog

Peace Is Every Step
Thich Nhat Hanh
The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, a collection of short essays for the person who wishes to find inner peace.
for more details see July 31 blog

Over the Edge:Death in Grand Canyon

Michael Ghiglieri and Thomas Myers
A well documented and interesting book detailing all the known fatal accidents, suicides and murders in the Grand Canyon. First published in 2001, updated in 2009
for more information see Blog August 29

Where the Wind Blows Bittersweet
Jim Klobuchar
Non fiction travelog through the Tetons, Yellowstone with an account of harrowing survival of snowmobilers in the Beartooth Mountains.
Published in 1975 the stories and color photos ring true. See Blog October 22, 2010

The Gift of Fear
Gavin de Becker wrote this book to help others to predict and prevent violence, especially to women. Featured on Oprah and highly recommended for all women. See November 6, 2010 for more details.

The Road
Cormac McCarthy wrote and published this book in 2006. The movie is almost as good, revealing a post apocolypic world years later when cannibalism and grayness replace the wealthy dreamlike existence we experience today.
See December 2, 2010 blog for more details and a comparison between the movie and book.

In The Shadow of Denali-Life and Death on Alaska's Mt. McKinley
Beginning December 8, 2010, I write about the many lessons this excellent book reveals. By Johathan Waterman, published in 1994.

What to Say To Get Your Way
A quick read, self help book for people who commonly taste shoe leather, by John Boswell, publishes 2010. See more on January 16, 2011 blog.

Keeping Watch
The Novel by Laurie R. King deals with a Vietnam Veteran who uses his skills to rescue abused women and children.
More on January 27, 2011 blog.

Anne LaBastille writes about her life in the Adirondack wilderness, living in a cabin she built herself. Full of down to earth skills, revealing conflicts and adventure. Read more in February 4, 2011 blog.
An excellent movie about survival in the Grand Canyon. Entertaining and filled with believable drama. Read more on February 26,2011 blog.

The Stoning of Soraya A movie based on true story, both disturbing and provacative. Read more on March 10,2011 blog.

As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me
This two hour German film with English Subtitles is a facinating story of a man who walked 8,000 miles over 3 years to escape a Siberian Labor Camp post WWII. More on April 4, 2011 blog.