HAITI: BOOK REVIEWS

Abbott, Elizabeth
Haiti: The Duvaliers and their Legacy

Ahearn, Frank
The Digital Hit Man
Reviewed by Frank Tromper

Alexis, Gerald
Peintres Haitiens
Reviewed by LeGrace Benson

Alexis, Jacques Stephen

In The Flicker of an Eyelid
General Sun, My Brother

Anvers, Paul
Of Rice and Blood

Apollon, Marlene Rigaud
Haiti Trivia and Haitian Art Trivia

Aristide, Jean-Bertrand
Autobiography
Dignity
In the Parish of the Poor

Arthur,Charles
Haiti: A Guide To The People, Politics and Culture

Becker, Stephen
A Rendezvous in Haiti

Bell, Madison Smartt

All Souls’ Rising
Master of the Crossroads
Master of the Crossroads A review by Ellen Canner in the Miami Herald

Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick
The Breached Citadel

Bentivegna, Joseph F.

The Neglected and Abused Reviewed by Robert Lawless
The Neglected and Abused Reviewed by Bob Corbett

Bontemps, Arna and

Hughes, Langston
Popo and Fifina

Bordes, Ary and

Couture, Andrea
For the People For a Change

Bradley, Marion Zimmer
Drums of Darkness

Brodwin, Paul
Medicine and Morality in Haiti

Brown, Gordon Toussaint’s Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution

Brown, Karen McCarthy
Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn

Brown, Karen McCarthy

Tracing the Spirits Reviewed by Bob Corbett
Tracing the Spirits Reviewed by Robert Lawless

Buch, Hans Christoph
The Wedding at Port-au-Prince

Carpentier, Alejo
Kingdom of this World

Cave, Hugh B.
The Evil and the Lower Deep

Children’s books
Reviews of several children’s books

Condit, Erin
Francois and Jean-Claude Duvalier

Cooper, Anna Julia
Slavery and the French Revolution

Couture, Andrea
For the People For a Change

D’Adesky, Anne-Christine
Under the Bone

Dalembert, Louis-Philippe
The Time of Exile  Review of a French novel as yet untranslated. Reviewed by Abdourahman A. Waberi

Danticat, Edwidge

Breath, Eyes, Memory
The Farming of Bones
The Farming of Bones Review from Publishers Weekly
Krik?   Krak!
The Butterfly’s Way: Voices From The Haitian Diaspora in the United States.
The Dew Breaker

Dash, J. Michael

Haiti and the U.S.
Culture and Customs of Haiti

Davis, Wade

Passage of Darkness
Reviews of: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie;   Passage of Darkness;   and Serpent and the Rainbow reviewed by Robert Lawless
Serpent and the Rainbow

Dayan, Joan
Haiti, History and the Gods

Degand, Yolande
Always Comes the Morning

Depestre, Rene
Festival of the Greasy Pole

DesMangles, Leslie G.
Face of the Gods

Desquiron, Lilas
Reflections of Loko Miwa

Dohrman, Richard
Cross of Baron Samedi

Dupuy, Alex

Haiti in the New World Order
Haiti in the World Economy Since 1700
Notes taken while reading Haiti in the World Economy: Class, Race, and Underdevelopment Since 1700

Farmer, Paul

Aids and Accusation
The Uses of Haiti
The Uses of Haiti reviewed by Robert Lawless

Fass, Simon

The Political Economy in Haiti
Notes taken while reading The Political Economy in Haiti

Fatton, Robert
Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy

Fick, Carolyn
The Making of Haiti

Galvan, Manuel de Jesus.
The Cross and the Sword

Gibbons, Elizabeth D.
Sanctions in Haiti:   Human Rights and Democracy Under Assault

Gillespie, C. Richard.
Papa Toussaint

Goff, Stan.
Hideous Dream: A Soldier’s Memoir of the U.S. Invasion of Haiti
Review by Madison Smartt Bell.

Gold, Herbert
Best Nightmare on Earth

Gonzalez, Juan
Roll Down Your Windows

Gordon, Leah
The Book of Vodou: Charms and Rituals to Empower Your Life

Greene, Anne
The Catholic Church in Haiti

Griffiths, John
Take A Trip To Haiti

Guy, Rosa
The Sun, The Sea, A Touch of Wind

Hassal, Mary
Secret History

Harris, J. Dennis

Holly, James Theodore
Black Separatism in the Caribbean
Notes on Black Separatism in the Caribbean

Heurtelou, Maude
Lafami Bonplezi
AND
Sezisman! Pou Lafanmi Bonplezi

Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas
Toussaint L’Ouverture

Hoffmann, Leon-Francois

Essays on Haitian Literature

Haitian Fiction Revisited

Howard, Thomas Phipps
Haitian Journal 1796-98

Hughes, Langston and

Bontemps, Arna
Popo and Fifina

Hyppolite, Joanne
Seth and Samona

Joseph, Figaro, Joanne
THE POWER OF MOVEMENT IN POLITICAL TRANSITIONS: HAITI UNDER THE LAVALAS, 1989 – 1991

Johnson, Gyneth
How The Donkeys Came To Haiti and Other Tales

Kedar, Daniel
Haiti: Reflections

Laferriere, Dany
Two Reviews:  An Aroma of Coffee  and Dining with the Dictator

Laguerre, Michel

Military and Society
Voodoo and Politics

Lawless, Robert

A Research Handbook
Haiti’s Bad Press

Lawyers Committee For Human Rights
Paper Laws, Steel Bayonets

Lieske, Bob
View from the Other Side

Madsen, David
Vodoun

Maguire, Robert, et al.
Haiti Held Hostage: International Responses to the Quest for Nationhood: 1986-1996.
A review by Robert Lawless

Malone, David
Security Council Decision-making: The Case of Haiti, 1990-1997

Marcelin, Pierre and Philippe Thoby Marcelin
Beast of the Haitian Hills

Matibag, Eugenio
Haiti-Dominican Counterpoint: Nationa, Race, and State on Hispaniola

Mellon, Gwen Grant
My Road to Deschapelles

Metellus, Jean
The Vortex Family

Michel, George
Charlemagne Peralte and the First American Occupation of Haiti

Miller, Frances
“Tante”: The Daring Decades

Montero, Mayra

In the Palm of Darkness Reviewed by Bob Corbett
In the Palm of Darkness Second Review
The Red of His Shadow

Morand, Paul
Black Magic

Nicholls, David
From Dessalines to Duvalier

Orem, Wiliam.
Zonbi, You My Love

Pachonski, Jan and
    Wilson, Reuel K.
Poland’s Caribbean Tragedy

Pils, Richard and Winslow
The Caribbean Foul Ball Caper

Perusse, Ronald I.
Haitian Democracy Restored

Placide, Jaida
Fresh Girl

Plummer, Brenda Gayle

Haiti and the United States: The Psychological Moment
Notes taken when reading, Haiti and the Great Powers

Prose, Francine
Primitive People

Rahill, Guitele Jeudy
Violated

Rey, Terry
Our Lady of Class Struggle  Reviewed by LeGrace Benson.

Ridgeway, James
The Haiti Files

Rodman, Maia (illus. by Wilson Bigaud)
Market Day for Ti Andre

Roumain, Jacques
When the Tom-Tom Beats

Salinger, Steven D.
White Darkness
Shacochis, Bob
The Immaculate Invasion
A review by Robert Lawless

Schutt-Aine, Patricia
A Basic Reference Handbook

Schutt-Aine, Patricia
A Basic Reference Handbook

Shaw, Marian
Land of the Hunchbacks

Smith, Jennie M.
When The Hands Are Many: Community Organization and Social Change in Rural Haiti

Stein, Robert Louis
Leger Felicite Sonthonax

Tallant, Robert
Voodoo in New Orleans

Tarry, Ellen
The Other Toussaint

Telemaque, Eleanor Wong
Haiti Through Its Holidays

Temple, Frances

Taste of Salt
Tonight by Sea

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph

Silencing the Past
Haiti: State Against Nation   Reviewed by Robert Lawless

Turnbull, Wally R.
Hidden Meanings: Truth and Secret in Haiti’s Creole Proverbs

Weddle, Ken
Haiti …… In Pictures

Williamson, Charles T.
The U.S. Naval Mission to Haiti, 1959-1963
A review by Robert Lawless.

Wilson, Reuel K. and Pachonski, Jan
Poland’s Caribbean Tragedy

Wolkstein, Diane
Two Reviews: Bouki Dances the Kokioko: A Comic Tale From Haiti and The Magic Organge Tree and Other Haitian Folktalkes

Wucker, Michele
Why the Cocks Fight:   Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle for Hispaniola

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Bulgarian Times Best Sellers

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. (Thomas Nelson.) A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus and the angels during an appendectomy.

STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson. (Simon & Schuster.) A biography of the recently deceased entrepreneur, based on 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years. 

LOVE OF BULGARIA, by Shimson Lupetica (Orange World Press.) The journey of a man loving a city and the art that came from struggle.
   
AMERITOPIA, by Mark R. Levin. (Threshold Editions.) A talk-show host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation surveys the history of utopias and warns that Americans must choose between utopianism and liberty. 

HANSEL IS NOW DATING by Rostoff Guildersleeve (Abbles.) A love affair about two men on the Titanic.

AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. (HarperCollins Publishers.) A member of the Navy Seals with the most career sniper kills in United States military history discusses his childhood, his marriage and his battlefield experiences. 

QUIET, by Susan Cain. (Crown Publishing.) Introverts — one-third of the population — are undervalued in American society. 
   
THE DIGITAL HIT MAN, by Frank M. Ahearn. (Lying.FR.) The author of How to Disappear combats digital intrusion with online deception.

PUNISHMENT NO MORE, by Lena Potropple (Limp Weed Editions.) A woman leaves her husband in 1910 Bulgaria.

Helsingin Sanomat

The Naked Guru
by Malcolm Binder

Sanskrit Tuesday
By Jillian Homerderkion

The Digital Hit Man
By Frank M. Ahearn

The Bird with Dirty Feathers
By Vencat Krishna

Dubious Fellows
By Baljeet Gangan

Oh Leave Me Alone
Baljeet Parulekar

American Sniper
by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set
by Suzanne Collins

Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson

Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side [Vault Edition]
by Daniel Wallace

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain

he End of Illness
by David B. Agus

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman 
 

Abe Books Bestselling Books

1.Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t St…

Susan Cain

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled quiet, it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society–from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts–from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a pretend extrovert.This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

2.The End of Illness

David B. Agus

Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means. With a blend of storytelling, landmark research, and provocative ideas on health, Dr. Agus presents an eye-opening picture of the human body and all of the ways it works—and fails—showing us how a new perspective on our individual health will allow each of us to achieve that often elusive but now reachable goal of a long, vigorous life. When Dr. Agus decided to pursue a career in oncology, many of his mentors questioned his choice. Why, they asked, would a promising young doctor want to enter a field known for its inescapably grim outcomes? But it was precisely the lack of progress that inspired Dr. Agus to join the war on cancer. He moved away from the modern methods of the medical establishment, which aim to reduce our afflictions to a single point. Instead, as he does in this book, Dr. Agus argues for the adoption of a systemic view—a way of honoring our bodies as complex, whole systems. This outlook informs how we can avoid all illnesses—not just cancer. Dr. Agus empowers us to take charge of our individual health in personal, customized ways we could not have imagined before. This indispensable book is not only a manifesto—a call for revising the way we think about health—it’s also filled with practical but impossible-to-ignore suggestions, including: • How taking multivitamins and supplements could significantly increase our risk for cancer over time. • Why sitting down most of the day, despite a strenuous morning workout, can be as bad as or worse than smoking. • How sneaky sources of daily inflammation—from high heels to the common cold—can lead to a fatal heart attack, and even rob us of our sanity. • How three inexpensive medications—aspirin, statins, and an annual flu vaccine—can substantially change the course of our health for the better. • How taking shortcuts to health via blending fruits and vegetables, and sometimes even by purchasing what we think is “fresh,” could be shortchanging our health. • The single most important thing we can do today to preserve our health and happiness that costs absolutely nothing. Dr. Agus also offers insights and access to breathtaking and powerful new technologies that promise to transform medicine in our generation. In the course of offering recommendations, he emphasizes his belief that there is no “right” answer, no master guide that is “one size fits all.” Each one of us must get to know our bodies in uniquely personal ways, and he shows us exactly how to do that so that we can individually create a plan for wellness. The End of Illness is a bold call for all of us to become our own personal health advocates, and a dramatic departure from orthodox thinking. This is a seminal work that promises to revolutionize how we live.

3.Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 2011A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 TitleOne of The Economist’s 2011 Year One of The Wall Steet Journal’s Best Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of our most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound and widely regarded impact on many fields—including economics, medicine, and politics—but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research and thinking in one book.In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning the next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you think about thinking.

4. The Digital Hit Man

Frank M. Ahearn

From the world’s leading expert on finding people, disappearing people and pretext. The Digital Hit Man is the only book that teaches people how to create and use deception for the purpose of combating sites that violate your on-line privacy, be it scandalous information, negative information or the long-lost skeleton that digitally stepped out of the closet, now making your life miserable. The Digital Hit Man is written by the author of the bestselling book, How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish without a Trace. In his new book, Frank M. Ahearn divulges his weapons for combating the digital enemy. As a skip-tracer, Frank M. Ahearn has located thousands of people from all parts of the world, including celebrities, royalty and the infamous. Frank was the go-to guy for the UK tabloids in his heyday of skip-tracing, and prior to the phone hacking scandal. As a social engineer, he has obtained confidential phone records, bank records, airline records, credit card records and other sensitive information that he will take to the grave. As a disappearing artist, Frank operated his own private witness-protection program, and assisted victims of stalkers and others who needed to disappear from danger. Since there is no delete button you can use to rid negative on-line information, Ahearn now uses his skills of pretext and digital manipulation to combat the invasion of your privacy.

5.The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, The Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

6. Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010

Charles Murray

From the bestselling author of Losing Ground and The Bell Curve, this startling long-lens view shows how America is coming apart at the seams that historically have joined our classes. In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity. Drawing on five decades of statistics and research, Coming Apart demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship—divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad. The top and bottom of white America increasingly live in different cultures, Murray argues, with the powerful upper class living in enclaves surrounded by their own kind, ignorant about life in mainstream America, and the lower class suffering from erosions of family and community life that strike at the heart of the pursuit of happiness. That divergence puts the success of the American project at risk. The evidence in Coming Apart is about white America. Its message is about all of America. …Shrink

7. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)

Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

8. Defending Jacob: A Novel

William Landay

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.

9. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)

Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

10. The Snow Child: A Novel

Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

USA Today Best Selling Books

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Youth: Girl takes sister’s place in a real-world survivor game in a post-apocalyptic USA. (P, Scholastic Press)

Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

Youth: Katniss and Peeta are targeted as rebels after winning the Hunger Games; second in series. (E, Scholastic)

Mockingjay

by Suzanne Collins

Youth: Katniss must give herself completely to the rebellion for it to succeed; last in series. (E, Scholastic)

The Summer Garden

by Sherryl Woods

A man focused on business ends up finding love. (E, MIRA)

The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae

by Stephanie Laurens

Historical romance: A Scottish lass is abducted by her future husband. (E, Avon)

The Digital Hit Man

by Frank M. Ahearn

The author of How to Disappear combats digital intrusion with online deception.  (Lying.FR)

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

A young white woman tells the story of black maids in 1960s Mississippi; movie. (E, Penguin Group)

Home Front

by Kristin Hannah

A wife and mother with a troubled marriage is called up for military service. (E, St. Martin’s Press)

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Oskar Schell, 9, must find a lock that matches a key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11; movie. (E, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Private: #1 Suspect

by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

Firm director Jack Morgan is accused of a brutal murder. (E, Little, Brown)

Heaven Is for Real

by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Subtitle: “A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back”. (P, Thomas Nelson)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson

Journalist is hired to investigate the disappearance of an heir to a wealthy family. (E, Vintage)

The Girl Who Played With Fire

by Stieg Larsson

An Eastern European sex-trafficking ring involving prominent Swedes propels this sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. (E, Vintage)

44 Charles Street

by Danielle Steel

Strangers go from roommates to friends and then family in a New York brownstone. (P, Dell)

American Sniper

by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice

Subtitle: “The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History”. (H, William Morrow)