Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Review: The Penguin Book of Witches, edited by Katherine Howe

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Penguin Classics (September 30, 2014) ISBN: 9780143106180 Source: Publisher Our country has had a long-lasting obsession with witches, dating back to the infamous Salem witch trials.  The animosity and fear toward witches, however, reaches even further back in time.  The existence of witches appeared several times in the Bible with vague […]

Review: Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Gotham; First Edition edition (September 4, 2014) ISBN: 9781592408702 Source: Publisher We’re all familiar with Dr. Mütter’s Philadelphia museum of oddities, filled with abnormalities of the human anatomy.  However, very few of us know that Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter was a pioneer in the field of medicine and surgery. Exposed to tragedy […]

Review: A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention by Matt Richtel

Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: William Morrow (September 23, 2014) ISBN: 9780062284068 Source: Publisher In 2006, Reggie Shaw, a Utah college student, was involved in a brutal car crash that instantly killed two men. The accident wasn’t caused by inclement weather or adverse road conditions. It occurred because Reggie Shaw’s attention was elsewhere: on his cell […]

Review: Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls & Other Creepy Collectibles by Stacey Graham

Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2014) ISBN-10: 0738739081 Source: Author There’s a reason so many of us find dolls to be creepy. Their uncanny likeness to human children. Their lifelike eyes and expressions. Horror movies often pick up on this fear, manipulating our terror by focusing on a demonic doll that torments […]

#Mx3 Review: Suburban Legends: True Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Minivans by Sam Stall

Print Length: 240 pages Publisher: Quirk Books (October 1, 2013) Source: Publisher (via Edelweiss) In this collection of horrifying true stories, Stall proves that living in the suburbs isn’t as quiet or calm as one would tend to believe.   In stories ranging from hauntings to brutal killings and supernatural creatures, Stall terrifies readers with tales […]

Review: We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson

Hardcover: 176 pages Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (February 1, 2012) ISBN-10: 1561456276 Source: Publisher Many of us have basic details about the Birmingham Children’s March in 1963 in which 4,000 students boycotted school in a march to protest segregation. Yet never before have we stepped inside the shoes of those students who stepped up to fight […]

Review: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (November 13, 2012) ISBN-10: 145162137X Source: Publisher Twenty-four year old Susannah Cahalan was a writer for the New York Post. She was a very outgoing young woman, leading an active social life. It’s early 2009 when she wakes to find to small bite marks on her arm. […]

Review: This Life Is In Your Hands by Melissa Coleman

Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (April 10, 2012) ISBN-10: 0061958336 Source: Publisher In the late 1960s, Melissa Coleman’s parents, Eliot and Sue, gave up their life in regular society to move to a rural rugged coastland in Maine. They purchased 60 acres of land, planning to exist solely on the crops they grew. […]

Review: The Woman Who Wasn’t There:The True Story of an Incredible Deception by Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr.

Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Touchstone (April 3, 2012) ISBN-10: 1451652089 Source: Publisher After the tragic events of 9/11, those who survived the terrorist attack sought out others in attempts to seek solace and understanding for the feelings they were experiencing.  One of the women who played an active role in the creation and direction of the World Trade […]

Review: Huck by Janet Elder

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Broadway; Reprint edition (October 4, 2011) ISBN-10: 0767931351 Source: Publisher Michael was a preschooler when the pleas for a  dog began.  He went as far as creating a PowerPoint presentation covering the reasons why he needed a dog.  Despite his incessant begging, his parents Rich & Janet stood strong. They simply couldn’t juggle what […]