I am trying to read a lot more instead of binge-watching YouTube and Netflix, which I am a sucker for. Below are the books that I have finished reading or that I am currently reading in April of 2021:
KICK: The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK’s Forgotten Sister, and the Heir to Chatsworth by Paula Bryna
I read this book because I intended to go and visit Kick’s grave at St Peter’s Church, Edensor. I wanted to write a blog post about Kick and although I knew a little about her from reading about Jack, I was not overly familiar with her personal story. I loved this book, it is well written and very informative, I did notice one historical error, but apart from that, this book is a great read.
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi
As an undergraduate, I touched on the Manson murders as part of a Counterculture module at university. I find the 1960s fascinating, especially the social movements that occurred in San Francisco and Los Angeles and learning more about this era is something that I really want to do. I was watching a video by Wonderhussy who has been to a few of the Manson hangouts on her explorations and she recommended this book. Vincent Bugliosi, who co-wrote the book successfully prosecuted Charles Manson, Charles “Tex” Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten for these murders, and each was convicted. He was credited especially with gaining the conviction of Manson, who had not been directly involved in the murders. When I posted this book on my Instagram, many people said they had read it and loved it. I was absolutely hooked on this book and read it in no time at all. It is another book that I highly recommend.
The Art of the Pimp: One Man’s Search for Love, Sex, and Money by Dennis Hof
This will not be everyone’s cup of tea and this is another book that I came across because of Wonderhussy on YouTube. I love to travel to America, as I have mentioned before, I have a BA in American Studies and so, I love to seek out the more obscure places that the USA has to offer and believe me, there are many. A few years back, I stopped at the Amargosa Valley travel stop, you cannot miss this place as there is a huge green building that is called the Area 51 Alien Center. Next to this gas station/ store, there is a place called the Alien Cat House Brothel. On my trip, I made a short (not great) video of the area and did not think much else about it until I watched a video by Wonderhussy who briefly touched on the story of Dennis Hof. In short, Dennis Hof owned several legal brothels in Nevada, the Alien Cat House being one and he was also a local politician. Despite what your opinions are on prostitution, I just had to read Dennis’s story and so I purchased his book. Dennis has also been featured on several TV shows including HBO’s Cathouse. He is self-claimed to be the worlds most famous pimp and also owned the Moonlite BunnyRanch, which I believe was his most famous brothel. Dennis passed away in his sleep of a heart attack in 2018 after celebrating his birthday.
Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence by Bill O’Reilly
This book was a Christmas gift, I have previously read Killing Kennedy by bill O’Reilly and I really enjoyed it. I only knew a little about the war or independence before reading this book and Bill also goes into small details about the founding fathers. If you like American history, then this is a must read.
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
I did not actually read this, I listened to an audiobook version on my commute to work. I love bill Bryson and have read many of his books. I like his writing style and dry sense of humour. I really enjoyed this book, it tells you things that you would not normally think about, well not me anyway. I have learnt so much from reading this and if you like learning about unusual facts then this is a book to read.
Thanks for reading.