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  • Writer's pictureBecky Bechhold

Non-fiction dominates this month

The story of Harry Guggenheim and his family and the financial legacy they built. Harry owned the land where I now reside, so I have a personal interest in this fascinating biography.

He clearly shared some traits we see in Gates, Bezos, and Musk.

Sadly, he failed to ignite the subsequent generations of his family to work hard and perpetuate the family business.

Excellent read and accompanying photos. A

Astor by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe

Another delicious tale of absurd wealth, profligate spending, family drama, and ultimately, no one to carry on the actual business of working and making money.

I wonder if the .1% are paying attention as they build their families.

Wonderful as an Audible. A

Fear is Just a Word by Azam Ahmed

Riveting account of Miriam Rodriguez and her incredible campaign to bring to justice (one way or another) the eleven cartel members who kidnapped and killed her daughter Karen.

The author is a journalist for WSJ and performed meticulous research for this book.

The violence and corruption in Mexico is stunning. The relentless determination of Rodriguez to navigate and wring justice from the Mexican legal system is remarkable. A

Moscow X by David McCloskey

Spy thriller par excellence. Smart, violent and disturbing as Russian oligarchs, enabled by Putin, fight over riches and power.

Inner workings of CIA, spies, moles, and KGB. A

North Woods by Daniel Mason

Epic story of a house in the Western woods of Massaschusetts. First occupied by a Colonial couple seeking privacy. Subsequent generations add to a repertoire of agriculture, familial love, deception, mystery, murder, and gentrification. A


The Lock-Up- John Banville. The Booker Prize winning Irish mystery writer delivers a gritty murder mystery set in Dublin and Cork.

The Vaster Wilds- Lauren Groff. A young girl escapes a Colonial settlement in Virginia and has to forage in the wild to survive. Our history is difficult to reconcile. Thank god we made it to becoming a country- flawed as we may be. Our beginnings were pretty dismal.


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