San Diego Bookshelf

SOARING THROUGH HISTORY IN "SAN DIEGO AVIATION THROUGH TIME"

By Alan Renga and Katrina Pescador (bottom right), (America Though Time, Arcadia Publishing, 2019, 96 pages)

 

Book review by Jeff Thurman

 

June 13, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) - In the interest of full disclosure, I have a confession to make.  I am that guy in the museum who reads every one of the placards and captions on all of the exhibits. This led to a traumatic incident at the Omaha Beach Museum when the tour guide informed us that we had 30 whole minutes to explore the entire museum.  I am still haunted by that dark episode. When I get a new nonfiction book with a photo section, my first action is to turn to the pictures and happily read each and every caption. Twice.

I am also an aviation nerd.  Since grade school, I’ve been in love with anything that flies.  I have a particular passion: all things World War II and firmly believe the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt is the most underappreciated warbird of the last 100 years.   This all resulted in my becoming a helicopter pilot in the Army, where I fell in love with a beautiful girl named “Huey.” It was here I learned that life is best experienced at 90 knots, preferably below treetop level.

In other words, I am the target demographic for this book.

WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF POLITICS

 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore, with Veronica Chambers (St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY, 2018, 316 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

somebody/anybody sing a black girl’s song, bring her out to know herself, to know you, but sing her rhythms … sing her sighs, sing the song of her possibilities, sing a righteous gospel, the makin of a melody, let her be born, let her be born & handled warmly.

-NTOZAKE SHANGE

May 8, 2019 (San Diego) - Ironically, in my earlier review of Donna Brazile’s book Hacks in the East County Magazine in San Diego, she makes the profound statement; “I am not Patsey the Slave.” This was in reference to her involvement in the Clinton campaign and her being chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and despite that fact, Brazile being marginalized by Clinton’s brain trust in New York, with Brazile specifically stating: “Y’all keep whipping me and you never give me any money or any way to do my damn job. I am not going to be your whipping girl!”

This book is rich in history and politics, which includes the personal insight from four fabulous and acclaimed black women!

A BOOK IN CELEBRATION OF MEMORIAL DAY

 

Saving Lou, by Linda Loegel, (Linda Loegel, Columbia, SC, 2017, 242 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

May 27, 2019 (San Diego) - Linda Loegel, a born New Englander, and former East County resident of San Diego (El Cajon), now living in Garner, North Carolina, has written a poignant and heartwarming story; Saving Lou.

Having written two earlier reviews of Loegel’s books, Bumps Along the Way and If you Don’t Like Worms, Keep Your Mouth Shut, I can attest to the author being a master story teller. Saving Lou follows suit. She tells this story from beginning to end in her own inimitable and folksy manner, which is characteristic and expected of her from readers such as myself and others that have read her book(s).

SAN DIEGO PROFESSIONAL EDITORS NETWORK PROGRAM NETWORKING EVENT JUNE 22

 

 

Source:  San Diego Professional Editors Network

May 23, 2019 (San Diego) - On Saturday, June 22, 2019, the San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN) is holding an afternoon of networking for SD/PEN members and other publishing professionals. The event will take place from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at AleSmith Brewing Company.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL STACKED WITH BOOK AND POETRY READINGS, PRESENTATIONS

 

 

Source:  Grossmont College

April 16, 2019 (El Cajon) - An April 22 panel presentation by a trio of local writers on the modern era of agent-free self-publishing, and later in the evening, student readings and performances of original work kick off Grossmont College’s 23rd annual Literary Arts Festival.

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) OR MEDICARE FOR ALL - TOWARDS MEDICAL DEBT RELIEF

 

End Medical Debt: Curing America’s $1 Trillion Unpayable Healthcare Debt, by Jerry Ashton, Robert Goff, Craig Antico (Hoku House, Kauai, Hawaii, 2018, 181 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

Of all the forms of equality,

Injustice in health is the most

  shocking and inhumane.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 6, 2019 (San Diego) - The authors have written a timely and thought-provoking book about healthcare and debt, coming at a time when the Trump Administration is proposing doing away with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or better known as Obamacare.

Jerry Ashton, Robert Goff and Craig Antico, founders of the national charity RIP Medical Debt, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit company based in New York, incorporated in 2014, locates, buys and forgives unpayable medical debt for those burdened by financial hardship. In a phone interview with one of the authors, Craig Antico, he stated to me: “People don’t realize the hardships that medical debt brings.”

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR MARCH 31-APRIL 14

 

 

By Sam Warren 

Hear from local and national novelists on issues, participate in library events, and learn about more upcoming literary happenings this month across our region.

March 31, 2019 (San Diego) -- "You may not make money on your book. You will make money because of your book."  —Dave Young, Branding Blog.

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ANDREW MCCABE DEFINES TRUMP AS A NATIONAL THREAT

 

The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, by Andrew G. McCabe (St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY, 2019, 274 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

March 18, 2019 (San Diego) - Andrew G. McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI, has written an incisive and titillating story of America at the crossroads of history, an America that seems to be under siege by the President himself. To put this book in historical perspective, McCabe states: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s official mission is ‘to protect the American people and support the Constitution of the United States.”’

To read this book, it does not seem as if the mission statement of the FBI is being allowed. The author lays that at the feet of the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

FROM THE SOUTHSIDE OF CHICAGO TO THE WHITE HOUSE

 

Michelle Obama: A Life, by Peter Slevin (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY, 2015, 418 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

“A deeply informed portrait of the first lady and her native Chicago…. Her larger story, told so powerfully in Slevin’s biography, which suggests she will forever be a force with which to be reckoned.” – Chicago Tribune

March 11, 2019 (San Diego) - Peter Slevin, who has written extensively about Barack and Michelle Obama, from his vantage point of being on the staff of The Washington Post, before joining Northwestern University’s School of Journalism, where he is currently an associate professor, has written a uniquely American story of a woman from the Southside of Chicago that changed the course of prior inhabitants of the White House; Michelle Obama: A Life.

READERS CALENDAR: MARCH 11-17

 

 

Copyright 2019 by Sam Warren, SDWriteWay@gmail.com

"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. An editor becomes kind of your mother. You expect love and encouragement from an editor."

—Jacqueline Kennedy

 

March 10, 2019 (San Diego) - Here are this week's readers' events, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

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DISCOVER “WOMEN WARRIORS” SUNDAY, FEB. 17 IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

February 14, 2019 (Alpine) – You’re invited to discover “Women Warriors” this Sunday, Feb. 17 in Alpine.  Presented by the Alpine Historical Society, author and performer Annette Hubbell will bring to life the amazing stories of ordinary women who changed themselves and helped others. 

50 BEST SHORT HIKES: PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING WITH DON ENDICOTT MARCH 2 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

 

East County News Service

 

February 4, 2019 (San Diego) -- Join co-author Don Endicott for a presentation on the revised 2nd edition of 50 Best Short Hikes, San Diego, the last book originally written by renown local hiking expert Jerry Schad, first published shortly after his untimely death in 2011. Endicott will be speaking and signing books at Mission Trails Regional Park on Saturday, March 2 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.

DID TRUMP COLLUDE WITH RUSSIA?

 

Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America, by Seth Abramson (Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2018, 448 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

For the first time, the full, explosive record of the unthinkable: how a US president compromised American foreign policy in exchange for promise of future business and covert election assistance.

January 25, 2019 (San Diego) - Coming at a time when President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is scheduled to testify publicly in Congress on February 7, 2019, Seth Abramson has written a provocative and timely book; Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America.

 

Looking back at this moment in history, historians will ask if Americans knew they were living through the first case of criminal conspiracy between an American presidential candidate turned commander in chief and a geopolitical enemy. The answer might be: it was hard to see the whole picture. The stories coming in from around the globe have often seemed fantastical: clandestine meetings in foreign capitals, secret recordings in a Moscow hotel, Kremlin agents infiltrating the Trump inner circles.


READERS AND WRITERS CALENDAR JAN. 27 - FEB.10, 2019

 

 

By Sam Warren, Copyright 2019 http://Bookwarren.com

"A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much." — Irwin Shaw

 

January 24, 2019 (San Diego) – Books and bingo, a writer’s conference, author appearances, book discussion groups and writer’s classes are among the literary happenings on the horizon locally.

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RAINS BRING EARLY DESERT WILDFLOWER BLOOMS: BOOKMARK THESE RESOURCES

 

 

East County News Service

January 22, 2019  (Borrego) -- Thanks to the rain, wildflowers are blooming early this year in the Anza-Borrego desert, according to Sunbelt Publications. If you’re planning to visit the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, these sites will provide updates on where and when to view those beautiful blooms:

BRIDGE STREET TO FREEDOM: MEET THE AUTHOR JAN. 19 IN LEMON GROVE

 

 

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society President

January 14, 2019 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society continues "Meet the Author" on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, when Dolores Van Rensalier Warren details the remarkable story in her new book, "Bridge Street to Freedom."  

READERS AND WRITERS CALENDAR JANUARY 13-27

 

 

By Sam Warren © 2019 

I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.” --Douglas Adams

 

January 11, 2019 (San Diego) – The San Diego Writers Conference, writing classes, book clubs and authors’ book signings are among the events coming up in our literary community.

 

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SAN DIEGO TROLLEYS: PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING JAN. 19 IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

January 8, 2019 (Santee) -- The Santee Historical Society announces San Diego Trolleys, a presentation and book signing by Douglas W. Mengers on Saturday, January 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santee Historical Society and Museum, 9200 Magnolia Avenue in Santee.

Starting with the first horse-drawn trolleys introduced by the San Diego Streetcar Company in 1886, San Diego’s history includes the growth and decline of several transportation systems. After electricity arrived, San Diego was the site of early experimentation for electric trolleys on the West Coast.

READERS AND WRITERS CALENDAR JANUARY 6-20

 

By Sam Warren (c) 2019

A very good editor is almost a collaborator. — Ken Follett, Author.



January 4, 2019 (San Diego)-- Book clubs, classes, author talks and more are all coming up in the next couple of weeks locally. 

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READERS AND WRITERS CALENDAR DEC. 16-30, 2018

 

 

By Sam Warren © 2018

“The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or a new thing in an old way.” —Richard Harding Davis, journalist and author (1864-1916)

 

December 12, 2018 (San Diego) – From a year-end wrap-up at the Book Catapult to book discussions, author signings and a holiday writers’ potluck, here are the upcoming local literary events in late December.  

 

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BORREGO SPRINGS CELEBRATES NEW LIBRARY, PARK AND SHERIFF'S OFFICE

 

 

It’s official, the new County Library, park and Sheriff’s office are open for business in Borrego Springs. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony took place this afternoon, kicking off a community celebration with music, artists, animals and tours of the new library and Sheriff’s office. The two buildings and park all share a 19-acre property.

The library branch is the larger of the two buildings and sits on 2.6 acres. The facility measures three times the size of the previous one and includes 2,215 square feet of community meeting space, a 330 square foot conference room, separate areas for children and teens, a technology center with a 3D printer, and a Friends of the Library Book Nook and Conversation Café.

READERS AND WRITERS CALENDAR DEC. 9-23, 2018

 

 

Copyright 2018 by Sam Warren

“Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the backyard and shot it.”  —Truman Capote 

 

December 8, 2018 (San Diego) – From a writers’ and editors’ holiday potluck party to author book signings, writing classes and library events, there’s a lot happening in our local literary community.

 

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“AFTER THE WIND” AUTHOR ROGER CONLEE IN LEMON GROVE NOV. 17

 

 

East County News Service

November 15, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Roger Conlee will present an author talk Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Library (3001 School Lane in Lemon Grove) on his new book,  After the Wind.  

SAN DIEGO’S WOMEN AUTHORS TO BE SALUTED AT SOROPTOMIST PRE-THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

 

East County News Service

November 9, 2018 (La Mesa) - The public is invited to Soroptimist International of La Mesa's  61th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Community Breakfast, which will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Handlery Hotel & Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North in San Diego’s Mission Valley.  Admission is $45 per person.

HOW THE NEW TAX LAWS AFFECT THE SELF-EMPLOYED

 

 

Source: San Diego Professional Editors Network

November 6, 2018 (San Diego) - On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Natalie Harris of Mindful Accounts will help self-employed taxpayers prepare for the changes in the tax code resulting from last year’s major tax reform bill. Her presentation, titled “How the New Tax Laws Impact the Self-Employed,” will address:

MEET EAST COUNTY’S MR. ED AT BOOK SIGNING NOV. 10 IN LAKESIDE

 

East County News Service

October 31, 2018 (Lakeside) - East County’s own Mr. Ed, a horse named Jackson Day, has a book titled I'm Jackson Day and I'm here to Stay.  On November 10th, you’re invited to come meet and dance with Jackson at Selah Ranch, 11314 Morena Ave. in Lakeside, from 1-3 p.m.

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