Category Archives: Skinny reads

Books under 150 pages

How to be a Gentleman: What Every Modern Man Needs to Know about Manners and Behaviors to Attract Women Now (The Modern Ladies & Gentlemen Guides Book 1) – Niel Schreiber

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “…a real gentlemen holds his own and knows when to show strength of character and decisiveness with the aim of self-preservation, while still maintaining his chivalry and honor intact. A gentlemen knows his own worth very … Continue reading

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Mygale – Thierry Jonquet (Translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith)

Ah, revenge can be so sweet. Now mix it with obsession and a touch of madness, and it turns utterly twisted and bizarre.  Such is the case with the intense and fascinating novel, Mygale, written by the late French crime … Continue reading

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Surviving Schizophrenia: My Story of Paranoid Schizophrenia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Anosognosia, Suicide, and Treatment and Recovery from Severe Mental Illness – Richard Carlson

(Reviewed by Jeyran Main) Surviving Schizophrenia is a memoir written by Richard Carlson, who was twenty one when he was diagnosed with this mental illness. The book revolves around his illness and recovery. It took ten years for the professionals … Continue reading

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Affections: A Novel – Rodrigo Hasbún , Translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes

(Reviewed by JD Jung) Affections is an intriguing work of historical fiction based on true events following the once- close Ertl family. Hans, the patriarch, was a Nazi propaganda cinematographer, and the family fled Munich and arrived in La Paz, … Continue reading

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Russia: History of Russia: Kievan Rus to Vladimir Putin, Tsars and Revolutions – All Shaping Russian Culture and Russian History- Ian Maslow

(Reviewed by JD Jung) I have been requested to review some short non-fiction books, and as promised, I am posting reviews of those that I recommend. History of Russia is such a book. Russia: History of Russia: Kievan Rus to … Continue reading

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A Short Border Handbook: A Journey Through the Immigrant’s Labyrinth – Gazmend Kapllani (Author), Anne-Marie Stanton-Ife (Translator)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “…I may have arrived without an invitation but I work just like the rest of you do, I pay the same taxes as the rest of you do, and most importantly my boss, or rather, my … Continue reading

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Late Fame (NYRB Classics) – Arthur Schnitzler (Author), Alexander Starritt (Translator)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Around him was an atmosphere of hope, youth, self-confidence, and he breathed it in deeply. …some of the words they were using began to sound familiar to him…words he had thought of from time to time … Continue reading

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Skinny and Super Skinny Reads

(by JD Jung) Want to read something short and sweet or maybe something short and not-so-sweet? Do you have a friend who claims that he/she doesn’t have the time to read? Or maybe you want to learn about an event … Continue reading

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The Hideout – Egon Hostovsky (Translated from the Czech by Fern Long)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “I keep having the feeling that a good half of the human race got drunk in a kind of gigantic space where the air is all breathed out. The born fighters and brawlers started to fight … Continue reading

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Dreams of Heaven – Elizabeth M. Herrera

(Reviewed by Pat Luboff) Savannah waited to see if her sister would notice Jesus standing beside her, but Denise simply walked over and hugged her. However, she did notice the throng of doves covering the deck.         … Continue reading

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