I would like to give a thanks to Derek and his wife for raising money with the 6th Annual Mustache Pub Crawl. They donated the proceeds to the “One Foundation” for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. There was a great turn out as usual. And it was a blast even tho the bartender shut me off at the Hong Kong lol… I'm counting down the days until next years crawl…
7th Annual mustache pub crawl next year Saturday June 14th 2014!!!!! Be There… For more info check out Drunknothings.com…
“Joseph Barboza is the most dangerous individual known.”–FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, 1965
Joe Barboza knew that there were two requirements for getting inducted into the Mafia. You had to be Sicilian. And you had to commit a contract killing. The New Bedford-born mobster was a proud Portuguese, not Sicilian, but his dream to be part of La Cosa Nostra proved so strong that he thought he could create a loophole. If he killed enough men, if he did enough of the Mafia's dirtiest biddings, then they would have no choice but to make him a Made Man.
Barboza's brutal rise during one of the deadliest mob wars in U.S. history became the stuff of legend, both on the bloodied streets of Boston and in the offices of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney General. He took sick joy in his crimes, and it became increasingly difficult for the mob to keep the Animal on his leash. But soon the hunter became the hunted. Betrayed by the mob and now on the run, Boston's most notorious contract killer forged a Faustian bargain with two unscrupulous FBI agents–a pact that would transform the U.S. criminal justice system. From false testimony and manipulated evidence that sent mob leaders to death row, to the creation of the Witness Protection Program so the feds could protect their prized, cold-blooded witness, this was the horrific, dramatic first act in a story of murder and FBI corruption still being played out today in the news and the courtroom with the capture and trial of Whitey Bulger. Barboza's legacy, buried for years thanks to the murders or deaths of its participants, is finally coming to light and being told in its unvarnished brutality by one of America's most respected crime writers.
(Book discription by Amazon)
For you true crime fans out there I would highly recommend you read “Animal”. Being from Boston I may be a little bias do to the fact the books setting is my backyard . But it still reads brilliantly. Casey Sherman did a lot of homework on the subject of Joe “The Animal” Barboza. As a kid who grew up in and around Boston you would here stories of these larger than life Mobsters, and to read it in print you can't believe the stories really happened. The book starts out with Barboza as a youth and swiftly progresses to how Joe got the nickname “The Animal”. And that nickname fits perfectly. I don't think there is a better name for him. A ruthless killer who's only dream was to be the first Portuguese to become a Made Man in the Italian Mafia. By being the most vicious killer Barboza thought the Mob Bosses would have to let him in. So if you like good Mafia related books defiantly give “Animal” a try. I personally couldn't put it down.
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The Silver Linings Playbook
by Matthew Quick
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 · rating details · 28,888 ratings · 4,356 reviews
A HEARTWARMING DEBUT NOVEL, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!
Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat's now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he's being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of theraphy. Plus, he's being hunted by Kenny G!
In this enchanting novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat's mind, showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: “Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut.”
(Description from GoodReads.com)
I found this novel by accident and I am happy I did! Not only was this book moving, it was absolutely hilarious. Although this book is about mental illness it doesn't make light of it. It is a heart warming story that takes you on a “Bi-polar” roller coaster with a lot of ups and downs. You really end up rooting for the main character Pat as he tries to piece his life back together. Pat was introduced to his best friends sister inlaw Tiffany and Pats life is turned upside down.
I would defiantly recommend this book if you are looking for a feel good book with a lot of laughs. And once you finish the book you HAVE to watch the movie. Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) was genius in his role and so wasn't Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games). Robert DiNiro (Goodfellas) plays Pats Dad and is amazingly funny. Check out the preview on the IMDB link below .
Like many fans of Jonathan Tropper, I have been eagerly awaiting a new book since his breakout novel, This Is Where I Leave You, was published in 2009. Often compared to Nick Hornby, Tropper has proven to have a unique gift in capturing the essence of comically flawed and American males and their dysfunctional families.
Tropper’s latest novel, One Last Thing Before I Go, has all the qualities Tropper fans love about his previous novels, with new depth.
The story focuses mostly on the middle-aged Silver, once the drummer of a one-hit-wonder band whose life has since fallen apart. His college-bound daughter has revealed to him that he’s pregnant and his ex-wife is soon to be remarried, to a doctor who can perform life-saving surgery on him that he has decided not to have. Silver has decided he’d much rather make peace with those he’ll leave behind, rather than continue with a life that has gone down the toilet and done no one else much good.
Unlike Tropper’s previous novels, One Last Thing Before I Go is written in the third person, shifting between the story’s main characters, allowing the reader to understand each character’s perspective of the story as it unfolds. Classic Tropper with a new twist.
Review By Seatlepi.com
I personally love Jonathan Tropper books and this one is by far up at the top of the list. After reading “This is where i leave you” Tropper is one of my favorite authors. He has a way about his writing that brings his characters to life and you will find yourself laughing out loud and at times crying because your laughing so much. “One last thing before i go” Is a tragicomedy and i would highly recommend it. I started it on the 29th and was done by the 31st. I could not put it down.
I give it 5 Stars…..