Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Nevermore: Doctors, Counts, Dogs, and More!

 Summary by Meygan

This week’s Nevermore opened with Doctored by Sandeep Jauha, an Indian doctor who works in a hospital located in Long Island. In Doctored, he writes about his experiences working in the American health care field and discusses his family. Our Nevermore reader said this book is borderline unethical but makes readers question what are the ethics to begin with. The reader said this book is full of educational and informational material and the author provides unflinching descriptions of people. By the end of the book discussion, three Nevermore members were greatly interested in checking out Doctored

The next book discussed was Capital by Thomas Piketty. The Nevermore reader stated this book is an admirable piece of work that is about our political economy. The book was originally written in French, and the author’s writing style was described as being clear and readable, in spite of it being an English translated book. The reader stated that Capital states the facts about income and how there is a lot of wealth out “there” that we know nothing about. The author questions how there can be a science of economics if people don’t have the information. This book was highly praised by our Nevermore reader who stated Capital is a phenomenal book and a real joy to read. He felt like it was a real education and he liked the book immensely more than other economics books he has read. It appears that the author did a fine job of making the subject user friendly and relatable. 

One of our Nevermore members stated that she was done with books related to World War II. That is until she found a book about a dog who was a British was hero. The Dog Who Could Fly: the Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-legged Hero Who Flew at His Side by Damien Lewis tells the tale of Robert Bozdech and his beloved dog, Ant. Robert joined the Royal Air Force to fight Hitler. Unfortunately, his plane was shot down, which lead him to meeting Ant, a German shepherd puppy. Together they fight in the war and they eventually became British war heroes. Our Nevermore reader stated that this is the most amazing dog she has ever read about and she admired the way he was devoted to his master. She said it was as if the man and dog could read each other’s minds. (She also mentioned how her dog would have never been that much help, which resulted in a good Tuesday morning Nevermore chuckle.)

Well, it appears that Bristol is putting itself on the map. Currently reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Barry Mazor’s Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music is a biography about Ralph Peer’s journey to Bristol in 1927.  Ralph established the recording, marketing, and publishing of blues, jazz, country, gospel, and Latin music. This is a new book and was released on November 1st

A Nevermore member read two books about Hillary Clinton: Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton and HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. Even though both books were enjoyable to the Nevermore reader, he stated that HRC provides a better picture of Hillary’s personality and focuses more on her time spent in senate and as the secretary of state. Hard Choices provides more information about her career in full and provides different views on the stages throughout her career. The reader said there are many big questions about Benghazi. 

Tom Reiss’ The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo is a biography of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, a soldier and officer in the French Revolution and father of author Alexander Dumas. This book was described as excellent and a worthy of its Pulitzer award.  It was both informative and entertaining, with a very readable style. Our reviewer said it would make a great movie. 

Our Kurt Vonnegut Nevermore reader just finished reading Cat’s Cradle. Even though he enjoyed Cat’s Cradle, he didn’t like it as much as The Sirens of Titan. Cat’s Cradle is less science fiction than Vonnegut’s other novels. This novel studies the family of the creator of the Atomic bomb and the audience soon realized that the family is completely dysfunctional. The Nevermore reader said this was an interesting read.  

The dystopian young adult novel Parched by Georgia Clark was the last book discussed. After her mother dies, Tess moves to the Badlands—a place where people fight over resources and where the water is scarce. She is recruited by Kudzu, a group of people training to fight against the government. This book reminded the Nevermore reader of The Hunger Games, even though she thought it wasn’t nearly as good. Still, readers who love young adult dystopian novels should at least check out this book to see how yet another author has written about the end of times using different characters and a different setting.


  1. Just a side comment: My Ralph Peer biography is the first to cover the man's entire 50 year career and the full range of his contributions to popularizing many genres of music--not just those weeks in Bristol, or even just country music! -Barry Mazor

  2. Thank you for your comment, Mr. Mazor! Many folks in Bristol are looking forward to the book. We should be getting two copies, one for folks to check out and one for our local history collection.