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Jack Reacher Reaches and Shrugs A LOT

In Books on December 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Now I know that many of you might not know this but “Jack Reacher” starring Tom Cruise and recently reviewed, was based on the book One Shot written by Lee Child and the 9th book in the Jack Reacher series. Finding this out, I decided to give the first Jack Reacher book, Killing Floor, a shot and boy was I disappointed with this story.

Killing Floor introduces Jack Reacher as he arrives in Margrave Georgia in order to check out a town frequented by Blind Blake a blues guitarist from back in the day. While eating breakfast, Reacher is arrested for a murder that he did not commit but eventually becomes involved with, utilizing his homicide investigation techniques that he learned while serving in the military as an MP. Joining forces with Finlay, a Boston detectives whose divorce and bad choices led him to Margrave, and Roscoe, a buxom local police officer who Reacher feels an intimate connection with, to uncover a conspiracy involving counterfeiting, nailing people to walls, and air conditioning boxes. Reacher uncovers the plot using his experience, intelligence, dirty clothing, and his fists.

Let me begin by saying that Reacher shrugs his way through everything. Literally, he shrugs in response to just about everything within this book. Not only is it annoying to read, but I had a to of difficulty reading about a character and relating to a character who shrugged to nearly every bit of news he received.    Finlay shrugs a lot too and I just don’t get it. Child seems to think that cops investigate homicides by hard work and shrugging when asked a question.

Some of the lines in this book are atrocious, my personal favorite being, “Shotguns and children don’t mix.” Really? That’s something that needed to be stated. The best part about that line, is that it is repeated, as if Child didn’t think the reader understood it.

Also, this book contains A LOT of stretches. I have no problem stretching reality a bit, but this book takes the cake. I’ll explain more about this a bit later in the spoiler section.

So before I get into the nitty-gritty, let me just say, don’t read this book. It isn’t that well written and the main character, I found at least, is hardly relatable.

Alright now onto the nitty gritty spoiler filled review.

As I stated before, this book contained quite a few unrealistic instances, one blaring one being how Reacher located Paul Hubble. When I read this section in which he detailed this precise calculation of how to locate this guy, after only spending a day with him, I was dumbfounded. Not only was Reacher surprisingly accurate with where Paul Hubble was but he was also able to determine what name Hubble would be using. This part was a huge stretch and seemed completely unrealistic, especially when Reacher chalked it up to experience.

Picard’s death, or lack thereof, was a bit much for me as well. I understand that this guy was huge, 300 pounds and 6’8″ or something like that, but he got shot by a Desert Eagle, a gun that Jack Reacher describes as being able to blow a gaping hole in somebody, then is shot 6 more times, and then is finally shot another time in the head before he stops moving. I understand if Child wanted Picard to come back to have some awesome climatic fight scene, which didn’t happen, but that could have happened with Kliner, the man who killed Reacher’s brother and took his girlfriend hostage. Not only would that have been a lot more fun to read, but I would have been rooting for Reacher more.

All in all, I didn’t really enjoy the book, as if you couldn’t tell that already. It was fast paced, not necessarily a bad thing in other cases but in this case it was, the character was unrelatable, the storyline contained a lot of coincidences, and it just wasn’t compelling, I had to work to finish this book. I’m going to give the second book a try, because apparently this series is amazing, but this book was not worth it.

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D’jango, Get Those Chains Off Of Ya!

In Movies on December 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Quentin Tarantino does it again. Solid cast, solid script, solid acting, and a hell of a lot of gore. Before I even begin this review, I suggest you go see this movie. It is entertaining, action-packed, and seriously funny, Samuel Jackson is hilarious in this film.

“Django Unchained” tells the story of DJango, played by Jamie Foxx, who is released from slavery by Dr. King Shultz, a bounty hunter played by Christoph Waltz. Shutlz releases Django because he is the only one who has seen the infamous Brittle brothers, played by Cooper Huckabee, M.C. Gainey, and Doc Duhame. While tracking down these notorious slave whipping brothers, Shultz trains Django in the art of bounty hunting and shooting white folk, which Django has no problem doing. While becoming educated in the art of death and corpse collection, Django shares his story with Shultz, telling him that he plans on getting back his wife, Boomhilda, played by Kerry Washington, before she is too damaged by slavery. Shutlz is moved by this story, telling Django an old German story concerning two lovers Broomhilda and Siegfried, and is determined to help him. These two killers track Broomhilda to Candyland, run by slave owner Calvin Candie, played by Leo DiCaprio, and his second in command Stephen, played phenomenally well by Samuel Jackson. Shutlz and Django create a plan to sucker Candie by telling him that they will by a black slave and then try to sneak Broomhilda into the deal. However, things do not go as plan and bullets start to fly and blood is spilled.

So like I said before, this movie is totally worth seeing. Christoph Waltz is exceptional, delivering the QT script like it was his own words. He has a few great scenes in this that really stick out in my mind and I hope will get some Golden Globe and Academy recognition for it.

Leo DiCaprio. First time as a villain and by goly I hope he plays a villain again, because he became Calvin Candie. First time ever in a QT film and much like Waltz, he delivers the lines as if he were meant to say them. There’s a great scene in this film that I will mention later but it extremely memorable for more reasons than one.

The soundtrack also deserves mentioning. A cool mixture of rap and country that wouldn’t fit in any other film but fits LIKE A GLOVE within this one. I am currently listening to it and Spotify and props to QT for making this amazing soundtrack.

Alright, so those two actors, alone, should interest you in seeing this movie, but the fact that it’s a QT film and it’s about a slave rising up and killing plantation owners, should interest you even more. Now onto the good stuff * Spoilers*

Alright, so some of the other reviews that I have read about this film have a huge problem with the scheme that Shultz and Django concoct regarding purchasing Bloomhilda. People ask well why didn’t Shultz just offer Candie an obscene amount for Bloomhilda, because, as we see, Candie would have been more than willing to sell her. Well my question is, how would have Shultz gotten Candie’s attention? He couldn’t just have approached him and asked to buy Bloomhilda, because, I think, that would have been very suspect. So they had to come up with a scheme to get Candie’s attention and then slip Bloomhilda into the deal. A suggestion that I had that could have made this transaction more successful would be that Shultz conducted the deal on his own, which would have made it less likely that the relationship between Django and Bloomhilda would be discovered. However, as we see Candie did not believe that Shutlz was an expert on Mandingo fighting, given his reaction to the slave being ripped apart, and Bloomhilda may have had some difficulty believe Shultz when he filled her in on the scheme. I think the way it went down, was the only way it could have gone down.

Also worth mentioning, was the reason for Shutlz’s death. I hated seeing him die, but I did like what he died for and his conversation involving Candie and Alexander Dumas was exceptional. It was a part of this film that I truly loved and will never forget.

Speaking of conversations, the many that occurred between Candie and Django were extremely well done and held that subsumed hint of anger and frenzy always underneath it. I absolutely loved their dialogues, especially when they were on the way to Candyland.

Jamie Foxx wasn’t the best actor within this film, which isn’t saying he was the worst. Acting alongside DiCaprio and Waltz is very difficult, I would imagine, but Foxx does not suffer for this. He delivered his lines quite well, showing how difficult it was for him to contain the anger and rage he felt for Candie. When he is finally able to let loose, let loose he does delivering some great lines and some great shots.

Samuel Jackson is hilarious in this film. He plays Candie’s second quite well, almost mentoring Candie in situations where he appears confused and simple. His reaction to Django on horseback was perfect and priceless, mumbling obscenities while limping away. The way his character changed when he was out of sight of white people was extremely well implemented, almost frightening as to how good it was.

So in conclusion. See this movie. You won’t regret it.

P.S. some easter eggs.

James Remar plays two characters within the film

Leonardo DiCaprio actually cuts his hand in the skull scene and smears his actual blood on Kerry Washington’s face

The masked ax wielding slave catching lady was played by Zoe Bell who has appeared in a lot of QT movies.

Tom Cruise Reaches

In Movies on December 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

“Get Me Jack Reacher!” writes James Barr, portrayed by Joseph Sikora, who realizes that he may have been set up for a series of shootings in downtown Pittsburgh. Jack Reacher, played by Tom Cruise, is a drifter, a loner, who only wants to do what’s right, and doesn’t give a crap about your laws or your principles. He doesn’t start fights he finishes them.

“Jack Reacher” depicts the 9th story within the Jack Reacher book series called One Shot in which James Barr, or so we think, shoots several civilians within downtown Pittsburgh. The DA, Rodin, played by Richard Jenkins, and the detective Emerson, played by David Oyelowo, believe that Barr did it and want top prosecute Barr when he awakes from his coma, because he had the tar beat out of him in prison. However, before going into a coma, Barr requests Jack Reacher and his defense attorney  Helen, played by Rosamund Pike, wants to get him off death row and thinks that Jack Reacher will be the only one that can do this.  Emerson and Rodin want to locate this guy, but don’t know how given his drifter, loner status. BUT much to their surprise, Reacher shows up annd uncovers a conspiracy involving Jai Courtney and a creepy Werner Herzog, playing a man by the name of The Zec. Reacher breaks legs, fingers, and prides of anyone he encounters and thinks that he is a good target. If you don’t hate Tom Cruise, and like him as an action star, then you’ll like this movie. Not well written, but including some great shots, this movie should be described as a guilty pleasure. Now onto the good stuff! *Spoilers*

The writing for this movie was mediocre, with some parts being pretty well written, like most of Cruise’s lines, some of the other characters didn’t seem realistic, for example, Sandy, played by Alexia Fast, addresses Reacher as “Mister” whenever she encounters him, which unless she is from the Midwest, she isn’t, she would not do.

The shots while Reacher is driving around were pretty cool, especially when he was driving around in that slick Camaro. While these scenes don’t make the movie exceptional, they do make it enjoyable.

Rosamund Pike’s performance in this movie wasn’t that great. She wanders through her scenes with this wide-eyed nervousness, that never really seems to go away. Her lines aren’t that great and I wasn’t really all that upset when she gets captured, and it seemed like Reacher wasn’t either.

Jai Courtney, who plays the actual shooter Charlie, plays a good antagonist to Reacher, always doing what he’s told to do without question. I think his performance in this film will help him be recognized while he’s in the new Die Hard movie. He depicted a cold calculating killer quite well and I liked the final fight scene between him and Reacher although I would have liked more from it.

Tom Cruise as Reacher was pretty good, although physically he wasn’t a good representation of Reacher who is around 6 feet tall and Cruise is only about 5’7”. He delivers Reacher’s lines quite well and appears to become him quite easily, but again I wish they picked a better physical representation of Reacher.

All in all, this movie was okay. I thought the script wasn’t that great but the fight scenes were fun and the script wasn’t all that great but it was still a fun movie nonetheless. Don’t drop twelve dollars on this movie, but go see it if you got a matinée deal.

WE HAVE GOTSTA TALK ABOUT KEVIN

In Movies on December 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Powerful, thought-provoking, and dramatic. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is all of those things and extremely relevant given the recent tragedy. This movie was amazingly shot, wonderfully written and made me a Tilda Swinton fan for life. She is utterly fantastic in this movie as is Ezra Miller as Kevin. Before I even begin to offer the synopsis and subsequent review, let me just say that you should watch this movie.

“We Need to Talk About Kevin”, directed and written by Kynne Ramsay, depicts a high school massacre perpetrated by Kevin Khatchadourin. This movie shows Kevin as a toddler, Rock Duer, and Kevin from the age of 6-8, Jasper Newell, allowing the viewer to witness his development as a child and his strained relationship with his mother Eva Khatchadourian, Tilda Swinton. Eva has difficulty connecting with Kevin and voices her feelings to her husband Franklin, blamed by bumbling John C. Reilly, seriously this guy is in every movie, his agent must be phenomenal, who doesn’t see what she sees and believes that their son is just a little strange. Jumping back and forth from past to present, to the incident, this movie shows the backlash the community feels towards Eva as well as the changes that Kevin experiences while in prison. Wonderfully shot and extremely poignant, this movie is a must see. Now onto the good stuff! *Spoilers*

The color red is shown throughout this film and is a very powerful thematic device within this film. Red can represent love and life, while also representing blood and death and this movie shows both sides of this color, using it within a PB&J as well as the paint that is splattered on Eva’s house. The film is often tinted red as well. I mention this because I think it deserves mentioning and I applaud the director for doing this.

Ezra Miller gave me the chills, possibly causing me to think of him as Kevin from now on. His last part in this movie, was wonderful and gave the audience the idea that he, possibly?, felt remorse. I don’t know what he did for this film, but he played a psychopath to a t, hitting all the marks across the board.

Jasper Newell also deserves mentioning because he creeped me out as well. I have never seen this kid before in any other film but he became young creepy Kevin right in front of me. Jasper has a strong acting career ahead of him, as long as he does not get pigeon-holed as a creepy kid.

Tilda Swinton was fantastic within this movie. I loved her in “Michael Clayton” and in both movies she completely became her character. My heart broke with her when she found Celia and Franklin in the back yard, as well as when Kevin destroyed her room, and I felt her anger when Kevin purposely pooped in his diaper, just to have her change it again. I understood her and I think she conveyed the sense of anger, confusion, loneliness, and love so well within this film.

John C. Reilly deserves an honorable mention because although he did not have that much screen time, he still played the aloof father quite well. He chose to look over every indication that Eva mentioned concerning Kevin’s behavior and continued teaching Kevin archery, while not understanding why Eva didn’t want Celia helping Kevin when he was shooting. He was great in this film and I think an extremely tragic character, second to Celia, who may have either ignored Kevin’s behavior or simply did not see it, and died as a result of it.

The backlash that the community feels towards Eva was well depicted and realistic, while also being something that not many movies show. When a tragedy like this occurs, we often will alienate the family, believing that their relationship with the killer makes them equally as guilty. However, often times they are not.

Watch this movie. It is disturbingly good.

Harrowing Homeland

In Television on December 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Winner of 2 Golden Globes and 6 Emmys, “Homeland” is a great drama. With “Dexter” at the 9 o’clock spot and “Homeland” at the 10 o’clock spot, Showtime hits you with a one-two anxiety punch that made Sundays one of the best days of the week. “Homeland” stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison a CIA agent who struggles with Bipolar Disorder while utilizing it to understand terrorists and crack their codes. Damian Lewis also stars as Nicholas Brody in this drama as a returned prisoner of war turned terrorist. Lewis does a phenomenal job within this show, displaying the inner struggles quite viscerally. Carrie utilizes the help of Saul Berenson, played by Mandy Patinkin, and David Estes, played by David Harewood, to uncover the motives of the Abu Nazir, played by Navid Negahban, before tragedy strikes. This gripping drama tells the story of terrorism from different angles, allowing for the viewer to understand why terrorists became terrorists and why the CIA wishes to stop them. Barely slow at times, this drama keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to uncover what is going to occur before it is too late, and the finale was no exception to this.

The finale elicits closure on some story lines while raising many questions on others. The mole has still yet to be uncovered and is still very much prevalent within the CIA and although Brody has taken the appropriate steps to assure the CIA as well as Carrie of his innocence, some of it might still be in question, especially with what occurred at the end of the episode. The goal that has kept Carrie going and engaged has now been replaced by another which I think will keep the third season very interesting. I also like the multiple story lines that can occur now as a result of the decisions that Brody and Carrie made. So, if you haven’t watched “Homeland” do it. It is a gripping drama and extremely well acted. Now onto the good stuff. *Spoilers!*

 

I really liked the character transformation that Quinn, played by Rupert Friend, exhibited throughout this season. He appeared, at first, as a no-nonsense intelligence officer, then more about his past is revealed, and then he is seen as a soldier, following orders without question. However, in the end, he completely threw me off and showed me a side that I truly liked, that of a protector, not a gun-for-hire. His lines were delivered so well, and I hope he returns for season 3.

I also liked the character development we saw for Saul. It was subtle but it was there and he appears to be getting closer and closer to getting his hands completely dirty. I like his intellect and how he can connect the dots so damn quickly, and part of me thinks that he is the mole. He had the most to gain from the death of Estes and he did fail his polygraph, BUT, only time will tell.

I also liked how Jessica Brody, played by Morena Baccarin, and Mike Faber, played by Diego Klattenhoff, ended up together. The separation between Brody and Jess makes complete sense and Mike has been the one that has been prevalent within Jess’s life. It would be completely unrealistic if Jess and Brody decided to try to stick it out.

I also liked the new story line of trying to figure out who released the tape. Only a select few people had access to that video and I think a new terrorist cell revealed itself within the finale. So I am completely looking forward to the new season.

I also liked that David Estes is now dead, because, well I didn’t really like him or his character. He was always the last to congratulate Carrie when she did something right and the first to get on her case when she did something wrong.

To be honest, at this moment, there was nothing I didn’t like about the finale. It was well executed and left a direction for the third season. Well done Showtime! I look forward to “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan”, which, I’m sure, will be just as good as “Dexter” and “Homeland”.

Deviously Delicious Dexter

In Television on December 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Well boys and girls, the 7th season of “Dexter” has finally come to an end, sadly, but it did end well, I have to say. Not as well as season finale for season 4, but then again that finale is one of my top ten favorites out of any show that I watch. So for those who don’t know, “Dexter” starring Michael C. Hall, tells the story of Dexter Morgan who is the heroic cereal killer, killing only those who have slipped through the judicial cracks. Dexter is also a blood analyst working underneath his foster-sister Deborah, played by Jennifer Carpenter, who thinks there is more good in Dexter then bad. “Dexter” also stars David Zayas has Angel Batista, a cop with a conscious   Lauren Velez playing Maria LaGuerta, an obsessive power-hungry cop,  Desmond Harrington, playing Joseph Quinn, a cop who doesn’t really bring a lot to the table, and James Remar, who plays Harry Morgan, Dexter’s father and also his conscious helping Dexter stay within the “code” although this code does change quite frequently.

Season 7 pits Dexter against LaGuerta, Isaak Sirko, played phenomenally well by Ray Stevenson, and Hannah McKay, for a bit at least, played by Yvonne Strahovski. While trying to evade capture, Dexter takes on one enemy and falls in love with another, all while in beautiful Miami. Dexter works to try to shift the ever tightening noose around his neck, while protecting his sister and his son, Harrison played by Evan George Kruntchev, doing what he does best, killing.

As far as finales go, this one was good. Without giving anything anyone, it left me in some form of suspense, but not a cliff hanger. I enjoyed it, but I was expecting a bit more following Deborah’s actions. But, I wish to say more! So be warned, SPOILERS AHEAD!

I liked that Hannah McKay escaped and I think that she and Dexter are going to run in the final episode of season 8. I honestly thought that was going to occur this season BUT seeing as the next season, is the last season, it makes more sense to occur there. I really do like her character and I am super glad that she didn’t die and know that they will bring her back for season 8.

I loved the development of Isaak. He was a damn good villain, who killed for what many people can related to, love. It almost makes him more heroic then Dexter who kills for necessity, rather then emotion. I loved the dialogue between him and Dexter and I just loved how well he captured that character. I hope Stevenson goes on to bigger and better things following this.

I liked that LaGuerta died. I may sound awful for saying that, but I know she had to go and I like that the writers were logical about that. One tenent within Dexter’s “code” is to not get caught and LaGuerta was going to be the one that caught him, so she had to go. The way they did it, however, was unique and clever. Now Deb and Dexter are in this together, way more than they ever were before. I liked it, but I was expecting some shocking reveal after we saw Dexter and Deb arrive at the New Years Eve party. Which brings me to my next point.

I liked the juxtaposition of  LaGuerta’s death with New Years. Many associate New Years with time to change things, to improve one’s life. Out with the old and in with the new. But due to the choices made by Deb and Dexter, their new year is going to be much worse and may consist of the old behavior.

I liked that they ended that whole unusual foster-sister love relationship that was revealed at the end of season 6. It was too much, even though they are not related to each other, and I did not enjoy seeing it. Especially now that Hall and Carpenter are no longer married.

I did not like the Quinn story line for this season, more specifically, I didn’t like how it ended. He just seemed kind of bummed out and powerless, which he wasn’t. I think he figured out he was used, but I would try to track down Nadia, and give her a nice stern talking to. Also, it was soooo typical Quinn that his girlfriend was a stripper.

So there ya have it. Let me know what you think about this finale so I can vehemently disagree with you and spam your email.

Anna Karennnnninnnnninnnnnnnnaa

In Movies on December 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm

First off, this is a terrible name, whenever you tell anyone you saw this movie or read the book, not only do you sound like an idiot because the title makes you sound like one but because you also wasted your time reading the book or seeing the movie.

“Anna Karenina”, based off the Leo Tolstoy novel of the same name, stars Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina, Jude Law as Alesei Karnin, Kelly McDonald as Dolly, who has an Irish accent mind you, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Vronksy, Domnhall Gleeson as Levin and Alicia Viklander as Kitty  and is directed by Joe Wright. This movie tells the story of Anna who gave up the love and support of her husband Alexi Karinina to be with  Vronsky no matter the cost. Taking place in late 19th century Moscow and St. Petersburg  this tale follows the blossoming of her love and her increase in erratic behavior, also depicting the blooming relationship between Levin and Kitty and the realization that childhood love isn’t true byDolly. Anna Karinina displays the results of the choices people make and what true love means from one person to the next. This movie was also an awful story,confusingly portrayed, and left me feeling uncomfortable and deflated. I recommend that you don’t see this movie. The sets, the actors, and the cinematography was what interested me in this movie, however I was sorely mistaken. This movie was not worth it and should not be seen. Now onto the details, SPOILER ALERT!

Aspect of this movie that I did not enjoy:

Throughout this movie, the audience witnesses the characters going through life as if it is a play, literally. They walk on catwalks, they hold meetings underneath the stage, and finally the most important scenes occur front and stage center. This aspect of the film, although intriguing, never is really explained and comes and goes sporadically. In one scene Jude Law is sitting with his children in a beautiful field, where this is no play backdrop, while directly following a scene in which Knightley is walking along the catwalks once again. It is unusual and very confusing.

This is a Russian story, set in Russia, based on a Russian book and not a single actor/actress within this movie had a Russian accent. They also had Americanized names too, like Kitty and Dolly, which, given that it’s based on a Tolstoy novel, I doubt they had  in the book. Why oh why did Wright not ask the actors to at least have Russian accents? They are actors, right? They could probably pull that off.

In the beginning when Anna first meets Vronsky, they share the briefest of moments, then they dance, and then Vronsky follows her everywhere smoking his cigarettes leeringly and watching her. Does this sound creepy to you, because it should, because it was. I don’t know who told Taylor-Johnson to act like a creep, but he certainly did. It didn’t feel like romance to me, despite him exclaiming to Anna that it was, it just felt like he was stalking his prey, trying to get with an older married woman just to have her.

Roman and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, those are great love stories. Despite all odds, these lovers fight for their love and the audience fights with them. The audience wants them to be together. I felt nothing like that for Anna and Vronsky. He creeped me out and her devil may cry attitude did not make me feel for their love. Levin and Kitty were cute, but the title of the movie is “Anna Karenina” not Levin and Kitty. I don’t know why Wright thought this was going to be a good love story, nor why it was advertised as such, because it wasn’t. I didn’t want them together and when they were together, I lost interest.

This movie wasn’t what I expected it to be. Thus, it was hugely disappointing.

Shorty Got Sweet and Sweet and Low and Low

In Books on December 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Sweet and Low. Everyone knows this as the fake pink sugar that will give you cancer, right? That packet that is uber sweet and tastes so damn fake that it’s probably bad for you. Well, that’s not the truth, it is uber sweet but it doesn’t cause cancer. How did I learn this, you might ask! I read Sweet and Low by Rich Cohen.

Sweet and Low tells the story of Ben Eisenstadt who not only invented the sugar packet, before you either used a sugar bowl or those awful sugar containers which you poured into your coffee, but also invented fake sugar. Well not really invented it, but made it profitable. Grandpa Ben, Rich Cohen is actually related to this man, albeit disinherited from the family fortune allowing him to give an objective, if somewhat narcissistic synopsis,  who makes for a very interesting story, and his son Marvin created saccharine and marketed to diabetics as well as individuals on a health craze. Rich Cohen tells this hilarious and well researched tale of the rise of Sweet and Low, and the demise of it as well, interspersing his story with information about the health craze as well as the conflict between the Food and Drug Administration and fake sugar. This story is extremely interesting because it reads like a novel and discloses the many dirty secrets of Sweet and Low, like the mob infiltration that occurred within the company. It is also a book that was way off my radar and yet I loved it. It was simply sitting there on the library shelf just waiting to be read. If you like historical novels, cough cough Erik Larson, then you will love this book. While not as dark as Devil in the White City, Sweet and Low tells a story that nearly has to be fictional but yet is true.

What I especially liked about this book was that it revealed a lot about the problems within this family, without making me feel creepy. I hate celebrity gossip and the cover of National Enquirer disgusts me, but Rich Cohen tells the story of his family without making me feel like I’m reading gossip. It also appears to be too good. Like these people can’t actually exist because their personalities and quarks are too perfect.  It was a great interesting read.

So, in conclusion, you should read Sweet and Low, you won’t be disappointed.