Review of “Catching Hell”

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The primary author of this book, Allen Ricca, is a seafood distributor, so he knows what he’s writing about. This informative book is an exposé 0f the seafood industry that pulls no punches. here are six takeaways from it: “Fresh” has varying meanings and can’t be trusted. Avoid seafood that is breaded or sauced. Avoid seafood chain restaurants like Red … Read More

Review of The Island

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Adrian McKinty’s latest novel is the best thriller I’ve read so far this year. I’m familiar with this novelist, having read every title in his gritty Sean Duffy series that was set in his home town of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The setting of this book is thousands of miles away from Belfast–a small, rugged island off the coast of southeastern … Read More

Some Hope for the Environment

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A Review of Islands of Abandonment In this excellent book, Cal Flyn uses the word “island” in the metaphorical sense of “a thing or place resembling an island, especially in being isolated, detached, or surrounded in some way.” Her main accomplishment is a rejection of the gloom and doom attitude about the future of the environment so prevalent in the … Read More