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Book Review: The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks
The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks by Donald Harington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you happen to be someone who says they no longer have the patience for reading books, this one will change your mind, for you might not be able to put it down.
An imaginative, hilarious yarn very loosely based on American history and the culture of the Ozarks’ more remote reaches, The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks is a thoroughly entertaining saga, allowing us to witness the stories of five generations of Ingledew men, and those who chose to make the town of Stay More their homestead along with them.
Loved this, and would recommend this book to nearly everyone I know (the only possible exceptions being those easily affronted by promiscuity and sexual innuendo). It’s obvious how much the author loved his characters, and wanted them to relish their lives, and thus, I loved them too, each quirk they displayed making them seem more human, and all the more endearing.
This is one of those books I wish every would-be fiction novelist would read before they publish any novel of their own. We need more fiction like this, which takes enough fanciful liberties to fire up our imaginations yet stays within the realm of the possible, as it pokes good-natured fun at us. The episode of the flood, and how it led to Noah Ingledew building his treehouse had me laughing out loud with delight: I hadn’t seen that coming when I advanced the Kindle page and saw the illustration.
Other surprises abound: This is a must-read for those who love a good story.
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Goodreads Review: The Great Reset
The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity by Richard Florida
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Florida’s The Great Reset is a Sense of Place book: It explains in an urbanist’s economic language why life as we know it is changing, and how that can be a good thing looking forward — so come on people, let’s make it happen!
The current events of the day largely swirl around us steeped in negativity (case in point), further gloom-and-doomed by political polarity and ideology hopelessly stalled at its extremes (case in point #2). Thus I wanted to read a book backed by credible research which would help me better understand the economics of it all, while written with a generous dose of healthier, yet realistic optimism. Florida satisfied on both counts, and he’s caused me to ask much better questions of my own lifestyle choices, for I’ve been contemplating a move — as a result, I can’t wait to make it happen.
Florida wrote The Great Reset a year ago, and having read it, I now see his predictions playing out quite clearly. In his latest blog post specific to the book, he says,
“We need to break with the past and engage with the future that is already upon us. There is no stopping this ongoing Great Reset. But left to its own devices it will unfold in a stop-and-start, trial-and- error fashion over the course of the next two, maybe three decades. My hope is that this book can help us move more quickly down the path to real recovery, minimizing the pain and suffering faced by too many, and ushering in a new era of sustainable prosperity for everyone.”
Me too. I highly recommend you read this one for yourself.
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