The Vitruvian Man

Whispers of the Dead by Spencer Kope; 2018; $26.99; 323 pages; Minotaur Press, New York, NY; 978-1-250-07288-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 4/25/18-4/25/18

Why did I read this?  Because I read the first book in the series and enjoyed it, so I will continue to read them.

A judge finds a Styrofoam cooler in his house, inside is a pair of fully clothed feet.  Steps, who can see the aura (shine as the author calls it)  that every person leaves behind.  Steps and his FBI handler are assigned to the case and initially can’t identify the killer but are able to figure out who the victim is.  They are able to backtrack and put two and two together and figure out who the killer is and figure out the motive for the feet that have been left in various people’s homes and they are able to find the killer and his latest victims.  Meanwhile they have gathered more evidence about Leonardo, a serial killer that has attracted their attention.   Steps is a unique hero with an outstanding supporting cast, I look forward to more from Spencer Kope.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  A serial killer that the task force has nicknamed Leonardo poses his victims as Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man with the limbs pointing in a specific direction each time.

 

not an alternative, but additional facts

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz; 2018;$27.95;276 pages; Beacon Press, Boston, MA; 978-0-8070-1310-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 4/19/1/-4/25/18

Why did I read this?  Because I was only taught one perspective of the history of the United States.

Sir Winston Churchill said “History is written by the Victor”, while not completely true, most of what is taught to us as children is written by the dominant group.  So most of the history of the United States was written by rich white men so the that the accomplishments of people of color and women have been diminished.  Paul Ortiz has assembled many facts that augment the history that we have been taught.  This was a very interesting read and added to my appreciation of under reported facts.

What is with the title of the review?  This is not an alternative history but is facts that augment what I already knew.

10/10

 

Biography via objects

An Archaeological Biography of the Garrity Family in Presque Isle, Michigan by Sophia Stuart; 2018; 115 pages; a manuscript copy of Sophia Stuart’s Masters Thesis, given to me by Sophia; 4/18/18-4/19/18

Why did I read this?  I have always been fascinated by lighthouses and the people who cared for them, prior to automation and I know the author.

Presque Isle, Michigan, (not to be confused with Presque Isle, Maine) is on the upper northeast part of the Michigan mitten, on the western shore of Lake Huron.  The Garrity family manned the Presque Isle lighthouse for over 70 years, with at least two different generations living there.  Sophia used items from two different spots that were excavated on Presque Isle to ascertain somethings about the family.  It was an interesting way to find out a family, it would be interesting to see more biographies augmented by artifacts.

What is with the title of the review?  Some of what Sophia discovered about the Garrity family was discovered through the items that were excavated from around the lighthouse.

10/10

 

my favorite

The Amish Quilter by Leslie Gould & Mindy Starns Clark; 2018; $14.99; 336 pages; Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR; 978-0-7369-6294-0; Provided by the publisher for review; 4/16/18-4/18/18

Why did I read this?  One half of the author team is a friend of ours and I like the authors writing, they are good storytellers.

Linda is the youngest daughter of an Amish family, a perfectionist and a straight edge rule follower.  She puts the other Amish folk to shame with her ability to judge others and herself when it comes to following the rules.  She finds herself confronting some facts that challenge her perceptions of the rules and of those closest to her.  In doing some genealogical research she discovers even more about balancing truth and justice.  She also tends to assume too much and speculate too much.  She is an amazing quilter who perfectionism even mandates how she quilts, she is creative but only in a certain way.  As she is confronted by new truths in her life and as her relationships grow with her family and with her beau the truths she learns about life also expands her creativity.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review?  I really enjoyed the way the authors talked of art here and the word pictures they painted of paintings and quilts were quite moving.  r

 

we have met

Seward Unleashed, Volume 1 by various authors, 2014; 102 pages; Seward Senior Center, Inc, Seward, AK; given to me by Dana Paperman, Director of the Seward Senior Center; 4/15/18-4/16/18

Seward Unleashed Volume 2 by various authors; 2017; 100 pages; Seward Senior Center, Inc, Seward, AK; given to me by Dana Paperman, Director of the Seward Senior Center; 4/16/18-4/16/18

Why did I read this?  This was given to me by my sister in law, Dana Paperman, Director of the Seward Senior Center, which published these.

A collection of non fiction memoirs, Volume 1 asks the question why did you come to Alaska? and Volume 2 asks the question why did you stay?  These stories provide insight into the people who live in Seward, it is a group of individual memories that combine to provide a history of Seward.  Each of these stories is intriguing in its own way.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review?  While we were in Seward in February of 2018 we got to meet at least one of the people who are profiled here.