All Involved: A Novel by Ryan Gattis | Book ReviewAll Involved: A Novel by Ryan Gattis
Published by Ecco
Published on: April 7, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Law & Crime
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hours and 42 minutes
Source: From the Library
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About the Book

At 3:15 p.m. on April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted two Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with using excessive force to subdue civilian Rodney King, and failed to reach a verdict on the same charges involving a third officer. Less than two hours later, the city of L.A., a powder keg of racial tension, exploded in violence as people took to the streets in a riot that lasted six days. In 144 hours, fifty-three lives were lost. Yet, that number does not account for the murders that occurred outside active rioting sites—some committed by gangbangers who used the chaos to viciously settle old scores.

A gritty and cinematic work of fiction, All Involved vividly recreates this turbulent and terrifying time through seventeen interconnected first-person narratives. Focusing on a sliver of Los Angeles almost completely ignored by the media during the riots, Ryan Gattis paints a portrait of modern America itself—laying bare our history, our prejudices, and our complexities. Resonant with the voices of gang members, firefighters, graffiti kids, and nurses caught up in these extraordinary circumstances, All Involved is a literary tour de force that catapults this edgy writer into the ranks of such legendary talents as Dennis Lehane and George V. Higgins.

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It’s been a while since I’ve worn a lip gloss if I’m being honest.  For the last few months, it’s been nothing but liquid lipstick or the occasional traditional lipstick for me.  Which is kind of sad because all of that lip gloss has just been sitting around, waiting to be worn.  So neglected!  Le Sigh.  When two new Dior Addict Fluid Sticks from the Fall 2015 Cosmopolite Collection landed on my desk, I thought that there was no better way to reintroduce my lips to all things glossy than to take these for a test drive.

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Synopsis
In 1988, a groundbreaking new group revolutionizes music and pop culture, changing and influencing hip-hop forever. N.W.A’s first studio album, “Straight Outta Compton,” stirs controversy with its brutally honest depiction of life in Southern Los Angeles. With guidance from veteran manager Jerry Heller, band members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren navigate their way through the industry, acquiring fame, fortune and a place in history. ~IMDb

Movie CertificationRestricted 

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher | Book ReviewThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill
Published on: October 18, 2007
Genres: Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Copy
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About the Book

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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For the life of me, I can’t even fathom that I’m talking about fall!  Don’t get me wrong, I love fall.  It is my favourite season.  But really, where did the time go?  On top of loving fall weather, fashion and pumpkin spice lattes, I also love fall beauty collections.  Be prepared for me to be talking about them for the next little bit because the ones that have landed across my desk are awesome.  Up first is the new Mary Kay Cityscape Eau de Parfum.

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