Vick Mickunas created the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1200 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.
One of the joys I derive from reading books is the sense of euphoria I experience when I realize a book I'm reading is something quite special. We book reviewers dig and dig through the stacks of books. There are some very good ones. And now and then there's a book like Ben Miller's memoir about growing up during the 1970's in the Mississippi River town of Davenport, Iowa. I felt like I had stumbled upon an old trunk up in the attic. When I opened it up I was delighted by the gleaming treasure inside.
One century ago, during the final week of March 1913, severe weather caused death and destruction across a wide swath of the Midwest. In Omaha a tornado outbreak wrecked thousands of buildings and claimed many lives. The bad weather was headed east.
Rising waters from heavy rains caused severe flooding. In places like Indianapolis, Columbus, Portsmouth, Middletown, and hundreds of other towns the floodwaters breached levees, swept away buildings, and left thousands homeless.
During the late 1970's Manchester, England was a hotbed of musical activity. One of the bands that burst forth from that scene was Joy Division. They were not together very long. Joy Division ended when Ian Curtis, their lead singer, took his own life as the band was preparing to embark on their first tour of the United States. A tour that never happened.
Hildy Good has done well for herself. She has been a successful real estate agent in a picturesque coastal town in Massachusetts for years. Hildy grew up there. She knows everybody in town. Whenever a local resident is preparing to sell a valuable property Hildy will want to be involved in listing it. Sadly, an out of town buyer will probably just tear down the venerable old house and erect another Mcmansion. Aye, there's the rub.