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The Revenant

The Revenant, by Michael Punke, is a fictional tale based on the real life account of Hugh Glass, a trapper who was attacked by a grizzly bear and then left for dead by the men who had been left to care for him. This story is extremely gripping from the explosive opening moments until the very last page. Throughout the novel the reader is practically swept up into the action. Not only are the men in The Revenant struggling with each other, but Nature herself has a huge role in this survival tale. This would have been a five star read except for the ridiculously unsatisfactory conclusion. It felt like The Revenant suddenly turned from a survival/revenge story into a tame morality play. Without saying too much, the film’s ending was significantly better than that of the novel. In the afterward, the author Michael Punke explains that many of the moments in his book are in fact fiction. The bulk of the dramatic events surrounding Glass and his fellow trappers are however true, and sometimes so horrific it is easier to believe they are fabricated. He endured within a year what no man should have to experience in a lifetime….

Trashed by Derf Backderf

Trashed is a graphic novel by Derf Backderf which talks about his experience as a garbage man. He goes in depth on how trashy of a job it is. Backderf has all these bad experiences like kids throwing apples and rotted food at him, and he has to deal with crazy people from the town who are totally unreasonable. People want him and his partner to take an entire old car in one day and get very angry when Backderf tells them what they can’t do, including hauling away cars, washing machines, and recycling materials.  After work, he get drinks with his buddies at the local bar to relax and clear his mind after an awful day at work and to forget about his horrible boss. He also has fun on the job. He goes to the graveyard and sees one of his friend’s, Magee, who is kind of goofy and just makes the job more easy going because of his attitude towards it. Also he gets to keep anything he wants if it’s left out, so he has fun finding some new furniture for himself. I would recommend this book for anyone because it is an easy read but…

The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey
Biography , Non-Fiction , Sports / April 18, 2017

The Boys of Winter is a biography of the 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal hockey team then and now, on their lives both outside and inside of hockey and their connection to Coach Brooks. The book starts off with a shocking tragedy with the funeral of one of the key parts in their success at the 1980 Olympic Games. Then, you go inside Coach Brook’s mind and see how he viewed life and what his life was actually like. The stories get really interesting for all you hockey fans out there, especially when the players let their guards down and say it like it is without sparing any details. Although the players take you through all the ups, the downs are really bad, almost as bad as watching a bender out on the power play.       I’ve played hockey my whole life. I’m 17 years old, and I love watching it, playing it, and even reading about it, which this book does a great job of allowing me to do. Every hockey player and fan loves to know the “how to” of each player to see what it takes to be a pro and perform at a high level. Also,…

The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey
Biography , Non-Fiction , Sports / February 28, 2017

The Boys Of Winter is a nonfiction novel written by Wayne Coffey and is about the 1980 United States men’s olympic hockey team. The foreword is written by Jim Craig, who played goalie for the team. The foreword discusses how Herb Brooks, who was the head coach of the team, tragically passed and is set at the funeral of Brooks. The team was assembled of all college players and set to play national powerhouses, like the Soviet Union and Sweden. They were a unique team, in the fact, since they were college rivals, this lead players, who already had bad blood from playing each other, to believe that players from certain teams were being treated differently. The way they were coach by Brooks was intense. After an exhibition game against Norway in which they were victorious, he kept them on the ice and made them do sprints, even after team doctors advised against it, and even after the rink’s manager turned off all the lights for the night, he just kept pushing. The book is mainly about the “Miracle” game and cuts away from the game to go in depth on a certain player or coach’s life before the olympics…

My Friend Dahmer By Derf Backderf
Graphic Novel , Non-Fiction / February 3, 2017

My Friend Dahmer By Alex G Is a human being born evil? My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf is a graphic novel written from the perspective as one on of the biggest serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer. Jeffery is a teenage boy who struggled with the social life aspect of life and was always portrayed as being quite odd. Jeffery during his high school years liked to experiment around a lot with smaller animals. He would either cut them open or would put them in acid which would dissolve all their flesh and would be left with the corps of the animal. He then began to eventually works his way to animals that could actually feel real emotions for example, dogs. This gave Jeffrey a rush of excitement that he has never felt in his life. This was my first graphic novel and I loved it. The reason I loved it so much was because it is much easier to understand than a formal book. This was so because I was able to use the pictures as guidance throughout the book to really get a good grasp on what was going on. I also, felt like graphic novel provide a dose…

Finding Me, review by Shalaina P.
Autobiography , Non-Fiction / January 19, 2017

Shalaina Parikh Finding Me by: Michelle Knight In story Finding Me by Michelle Knight, was a very hard read because it is so in depth about the tragic abuse Michelle went through as a kid and as an adult.  She had a baby boy named, Joey at the age of 21 and two years later got kidnapped when exiting a dollar store.  She was held captive for eleven years with no way to escape.  The only motivation she had was to continue trying to survive, so she could see her son Joey again.  There was not a day that went by where she did not think about him and wish to be with him again.  As difficult as this book was to read and wrap my head around, the fact someone survived through such a terrible experience, was eye opening for me.  Michelle looks at each day of her life as a new opportunity and blessing.  I feel so grateful to have what I have and live the way I do after reading what happened to her.  I would rate this book an 8 out of 10 because I continued to wonder how she made it out alive and what the…

Jobs – Walter Isaacson
Biography , Narrative Non-Fiction , Non-Fiction / December 20, 2016

  Steve Jobs is the biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson. It is written to tell the story of how Apple started and its co-founder’s life and what went wrong and right in the company’s development. Almost all of our modern-day cell phones and computer technology was based on or inspired by something Steve Jobs and Apple envisioned, designed, and assembled. During Jobs’s childhood, he would get into a lot of trouble because he was so much smarter than everyone else. He played some pretty crazy pranks, one of which was when he and a friend made an unauthorized “Bring-Your-Pet-to-School” day in elementary school. They made posters and everything and the next day the school was a zoo. He would act out in school because he was just bored. Later in life, his boredom led him to experiment with hallucinogenic drugs and to pursue certain types of religions that discouraged  showering, resulting in body odor. He thought eating natural foods would prevent that body odor but it didn’t work. Ultimately, he smelled, and people were repulsed by him at work. For example, at Atari his stench and his habit of not wearing shoes caused his co workers to hate…

Food Rules — Michael Pollan
Health , Non-Fiction , Self-Help / October 18, 2016

Food Rules, written by Michael Pollan, an American author, activist, and journalist, is a non-fiction food guide to a healthy, slim, disease-free life. The way this book is set up is different than most books that you see; in this book, there are 64 rules that all have a different fact and tip on how to change your daily-food routine for the better. This book opened my mind to the seriousness of food and diet. The rules that tended to stick to me were the ones that i could change right away. As a result, I have made some changes to my diet after reading this book, for example, I have limited eating all forms of processed sugar, I went to the grocery store with my parents to get whole wheat bread instead of white American bread, and I don’t eat as much red meat. If I were to give this book a movie rating, it would surprisingly be PG-13, for good reason. In the book, it could be slightly frightening to the reader because of all the talk of living an obese life, cancers in the GI tract, and horrible diseases that can occur from the so called “Western…