Monthly Archives: October 2014

Review: One Two, Buckle My Shoe

One Two, Buckle My Shoe
One Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Poirot hates going to the dentist…and now he’ll have to find a new one, because his dentist has just been murdered. What, if anything, does his hygienist’s unusual absence have to do with the murder? Or the odd assortment of patients Dr. Morley saw that day, including a mysterious foreigner and an influential financier?

Enjoyable enough, if a bit more gruesome than Poirot’s usual fare. The ending is a doozy.

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Review: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Worst Hard Time is a truly gripping story of Dust Bowl survivors that’s as tough to put down as the best novels, and its appeal is heightened by the fact that it’s all true. I was particularly interested in the portions of the book dealing with Dalhart, Texas, since I have family there; the desolation of the present-day town, the allure of the XIT ranch name, and the folly of those who tampered with nature are explained in a very moving way.

As an aside, this is a great book to read before watching Ken Burns’s “Dust Bowl,” since Burns interviewed some of the same survivors.

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