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Author Archives: Rhetta Akamatsu

I am an author of non-fiction books and an online journalist. My books include Haunted Marietta, The Irish Slaves, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: Blues Women Past and Present, and Sex Sells: Women in Photography and Film.

Book Review: ‘Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power’ by Seth Rosenfeld

subversives

This shocking and eye-opening account reveals secrets of Hoover's FBI and their often illegal and unethical fight against the student activists and staff of the University of California-Berkeley. Read More »

Book Review: ‘A Spectre in the Stones’ by John Kitchen

spectre in the stones

This is a truly chilling and very satisfying paranormal tale that will please any young reader who enjoys being a little scared . Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Smart One’ by Jennifer Close

thesmartone

While imperfect, this is an interesting family story regarding the dynamics of grown children interacting with each other and their parents while living at home. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Once Upon A Road Trip’ by Angela N. Blount

onceuponaroad

This uneven story has some interesting moments but is dangerously naive. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Shakespeare on Theatre’ by Nick de Somogy

shakespeare

This is a surprisingly lively and entertaining collection of Shakespeare's writings about theater in his plays, with commentary illuminating the business of the theater at the time. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ‘A Celtic Christmas’ [Compiled by Marc Gunn]

celticchristmas

This collection of Christmas songs from indie Celtic artists like Boston Blackthorne, Iona, and Heather Dale is bound to boost your spirit. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Contagion (Toxic City)’ by Tim Lebbon

contagion

The "Toxic City" series ends as strongly as it began. It is dark fantasy at its often violent and disturbing best. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Osiris Curse: A Tweed and Nightingale Adventure’ by Paul Crilley

osiriscurse

This exciting steampunk adventure with its realistic and innocent touch of romance is a satisfying addition to a delightful series for young adults and older readers alike. Read More »

Music Review: Eric Clapton – ‘Give Me Strength: The ’74/’75 Recordings’ [6-Disc Box Set]

claptonset

This set will be an excellent addition to any Clapton collection due to the many bonus tracks and the previously unreleased material as well as the excellently remastered studio albums. Read More »

Music Review: Alabama – ‘The Classic Christmas Album’

alabama

Alabama provides warm, joyful Christmas music that celebrates family and the simple joys of the season. Read More »