Dakota Diva Book Reviews

  • 10 % Happier - How I Tamed The Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story  by Dan Harris
    NON-FICTION / January 30, 2021

    So, who doesn't want to be happier? Exactly! Everyone, right? This caught my eye and when I flipped it open I found it was about meditating for better mental health. Well, I have tried to use meditation in my life on a few occasions but never really felt I got the hang of it. Here in 10% Happier the reader learns about the author and his own struggles with discontent, racing thoughts, and his sear....

  • Southern Discomfort  by Tena Clark
    NON-FICTION / March 01, 2019

    So many books come across my desk, but this one really caught my eye. I had no idea who the author was, but I knew this non-fiction story would be interesting. Tena Clark is a lesbian growing up in Mississippi during the 1950's and 1960's. That would probably be enough to fill a book, right? Now add in a cheating father and an alcoholic mother and we are really in for a story. Overall I thought it....

  • Will's Red Coat  by Tom Ryan
    NON-FICTION / December 04, 2018

    Will's Red Coat by Tom Ryan made me cry. In a good way, if that's possible. It is a non-fiction recounting of a dog's last years and how the author helps this abandoned dog trust and love again.  I enjoyed this quick read on many levels. The authors discussions of patience and simplicity and how they fit in with end of life can apply to us all.  A must read for animal lovers.

  • Dear Fahrenheit 451  by Annie Spence
    NON-FICTION / April 08, 2018

    Some titles just say "read me," so I do. Dear Fahrenheit 451, a non-fiction book by Annie Spence, is one librarian's collection of thoughts on books from Frog and Toad Storybook Treasure (love me some Frog and Toad) to The Hobbit (never read it), The Crucible (endured it in my 9th grade literature class) to the Harlequin Romance Novel section (no judgment from me, I've read them.) Written in short....

  • What the Dead Leave Behind  by David Housewright
    FICTION , NON-FICTION / February 09, 2018

    The fact that author David Housewright is living somewhat locally, in relation to me, is what originally caught my eye about this novel. In fact, the cover art of What the Dead Leave Behind depicts a park that is somewhat of a local landmark.  The book starts off quick, with retired police officer McKenzie being asked to investigate an unsolved murder.  Which, of course, he does. As readers we fol....

  • Killers of the Flower Moon  by David Grann
    NON-FICTION / September 12, 2017

    I just finished Killers of the Flower Moon. Perhaps the rumor of Osage blood running through my family tree made me pick it up. Or perhaps I am just intrigued by this recounting of real life murders and the fact that I had never heard of them. Either way, a chilling read of multiple murders of the Osage in Oklahoma and the men who investigated them.

  • London Under  by Peter Ackroyd
    NON-FICTION / September 02, 2017

    London is a fascinating city, above and below. Peter Ackroyd's nonfiction book London Under caught my eye and turned out to be worth the time. Crypt's, sewers, ruins, the Tube, and bomb shelters. The author goes over these and more. And there is as much going on below ground as above. A good read for anyone who has traveled to London or history lovers alike.

  • Dig If You Will The Picture  by Ben Greenman
    NON-FICTION / July 11, 2017

    I knew I had to read this book. I shelved it one day in May, but instead of filing it by number, I set it as a face out to get it more attention. The artwork on the cover is eye catching and I live in an area of the country that is familiar with Prince.  After Prince's tragic death there has been a lot of interest in his work.  I mainly see his music CDs coming and going.  But I wanted to know mor....

  • The Boys in the Boat  by Daniel James Brown

    I read this in the Young Adult version for a book club I am in and it proved to be a good read and even better discussion. Just so you know, this is a non-fiction book, but it reads more like fiction. It centers around a group of University of Washington crew members who travel to the 1936 German Olympics.  A lot of the story is moved forward through the eyes of Joe, a young crew member who was ab....