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Rage by Bob Woodward: Summary and Book Reviews

Rage by Bob Woodward is an unprecedented and intimate tour de force of new reporting on the Trump presidency facing a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest.


Woodward, the #1 international bestselling author of Fear: Trump in the White House, has uncovered the precise moment the president was warned that the Covid-19 epidemic would be the biggest national security threat to his presidency. In dramatic detail, Woodward takes readers into the Oval Office as Trump’s head pops up when he is told in January 2020 that the pandemic could reach the scale of the 1918 Spanish Flu that killed 675,000 Americans.

In 17 on-the-record interviews with Woodward over seven volatile months—an utterly vivid window into Trump’s mind—the president provides a self-portrait that is part denial and part combative interchange mixed with surprising moments of doubt as he glimpses the perils in the presidency and what he calls the “dynamite behind every door.”

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One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History: Summary and Reviews

In One Vote Away, you will discover how often the high court decisions that affect your life have been decided by just one vote. One vote preserves your right to speak freely, to bear arms, and to exercise your faith. One vote will determine whether your children enjoy their full inheritance as American citizens.

God may endow us with “certain unalienable rights,” but whether we enjoy them depends on nine judges—the “priests of the robe” who have the last say in our system of government. Drawing back the curtain of their temple, Senator Cruz reveals the struggles, arguments, and strife that have shaped the fate of those rights. No one who reads One Vote Away can ever again take a single seat on the Supreme Court for granted.

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Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook – Summary and Reviews

In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites—but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina’s Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron!

There are few things more comforting than gathering for a meal with the ones you love, especially when dishes like Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are at the center of the table. Old-fashioned crowd pleasers like Roasted Sausages, Peppers, and Onions are even more delicious and streamlined for quick cleanup. For dessert? You’ll find the best Boston Cream Pie, Banana Rum Trifle, and Black and White Cookies you’ll ever make. Home cooks can always count on Ina’s dependable, easy-to-follow instructions, with lots of side notes for cooking and entertaining—it’s like having Ina right there beside you, helping you all the way.

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Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer: Summary and Book Reviews

Midnight Sun is essentially a retelling of Twilight, but this time, the author has written the book from Edward’s point of view, rather than Bella Swan’s. The general Twilight story remains unchanged – Bella moves to Forks, Washington, Edward appears unimpressed but then gets a whiff of her blood, and becomes obsessed. But, layered atop that familiar story is a new look at Edward’s internal struggle when it comes to Bella, along with glimpses into his past and his family dynamics – all of which make him a more complex, and better, character.  


Midnight Sun is still the Edward and Bella love story, but with an inside look at how Edward deals with the extreme conflicts of his love, “I was a predator. She was my prey. There was nothing else in the whole world but that truth. There was no room full of witnesses — they were already the collateral damage in my mind. The mystery of her thoughts was forgotten. Her thoughts meant nothing, for she would not go on thinking them much longer.” 

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Me Book by Elton John Official Autobiography – Summary and Book Reviews

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film Rocketman, to becoming a living legend.


In the book Me, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend.

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If Animals Kissed Good Night: Summary and Book Reviews

The book, If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul (Author) and David Walker (Illustrator), is every toddler’s dream. It provides a great combination of childish animal pictures in a nursery rhyme-y type of bedtime chat. Its perfect for bringing kids to sleep, while providing them with the necessary stimulus for optimum cognitive and bran development. 

The playful rhyming verses introduce prose which young kids may find relaxing. Plus, the read-aloud experience is sure to helping enhance your child’s vocabulary, paving the way for optimum development in their speech and language skills. 

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I Love You to the Moon and Back
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I Love You to the Moon and Back: Summary and Reviews

I Love You to the Moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth (Author) and Tim Warnes (Illustrator) is a beautiful board book perfect for sharing during bedtime. The words are simple but make a lovely story. Plus, the illustrations are beautiful! 


The sun rises, and a bear and cub begin their day together. They splash in the water, climb mountains, and watch the shimmering sky. They show their love by touching noses, playing chase, and of course, hugging. A sweet, gentle rhyme, perfect for sharing with a special little one!

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Disloyal: A Memoir
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Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump

Cohen says he began writing Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump from prison where he was sentenced after pleading guilty in 2018 to lying to Congress and for tax evasion, financial crimes, and campaign finance violations involving hush-money payments paid off to women who have said that they had sexual relationships with Trump. 

Cohen was released earlier this year and was placed on home confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After his initial release, the Federal Bureau of Prisons returned him to prison, saying he had refused the conditions of his release. In July, a federal judge ordered him back to home confinement, finding that it was retribution for Cohen’s plans to publish his book. 

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Burn After Writing
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Burn After Writing Book Reviews

Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, TikTok, VSCO, YouTube…the world has not only become one giant feed, but also one giant confessional. Burn After Writing allows you to spend less time scrolling and more time self-reflecting. Through incisive questions and thought experiments, this journal helps you learn new things while letting others go. Imagine instead of publicly declaring your feelings for others, you privately declared your feelings for yourself? 

Help your heart by turning off the comments and muting the accounts that drive you into jealousy for a few moments a night. Whether you are going through the ups and downs of growing up, or know a few young people who are, you will flourish by finding free expression–even if through a few tears!

Push your limits, reflect on your past, present, and future, and create a secret book that’s about you, and just for you. This is not a diary, and there is no posting required. And when you’re finished, toss it, hide it, or Burn After Writing.

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