Review: Priscilla by Nicholas Shakespeare
Priscilla is the biography of Nicholas Shakespeare’s aunt who lived in France during World War 2. It is a moving piece about a woman through the loving eyes of her nephew. His compassion about her life, her dreams, and the things that she had to do in order to survive shines out. He lays out his aunt’s whole life from birth to her death of cancer. He interviews her friends that are still living; he reads letters and personal journals from and about his aunt.
Priscilla Mais was a woman caught in an impossible reality. She was a British citizen married to a France aristocrat just before World War 2. She was a woman who wanted more from life than she was given. She was a daughter of failed parents, a sister unknown to most of her siblings, a wife to two husbands, and a survivor of one of the darkest times in modern history.
This is a look at a woman who lived through a very dark time and parts of her never moved past it. It is moving, tragic, and just like life sometimes the ending is not happy. I was very moved by this book.
Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France by Nicholas Shakespeare
Review: Busted by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker
This was an eye-opening and riveting read. The amount of corruption that Ruderman and Laker find just by accident was overwhelming. Ruderman and Laker were just two reporters who wanted to find the next big story but then Benny Martinez comes to them with his story they got so much more. Ruderman and Laker have to fight with the cops, lawyers, the threat of losing their jobs, and still try to have some kind of life outside of the story. In the end they find out so much more than Martinez knew and they go after more than just one dirty cop. Dirty barely begins to cover what the cops in this book are. The cops lie, steal from innocent people, brutal assaulting the women they can get alone, and covering it with disdain to both the public and the badge. The fact that the cops who did all of the above are still police officers in Philadelphia just makes it so much worse. Not one of the cops has done any time for their crimes and in fact are still getting paychecks from the city. Ruderman and Laker not only lay out the corruption in unit but they disclose for the reader the fact that every ten years from 1970 to present there has been corruption in the narcotics units in Philadelphia. If you are a true crime fan then pick this book up.
Busted by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, winners of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting