Turning Truth on its Head
'Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries' by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson is a fun read, chock full of historical and more contemporary facts and fiction. It brings a whole new level of intrigue to the icebreaker game of two truths and a lie, shedding further light on topics that either never fully saw the light of day or were too obscure to bring up in the first place. Some of the stories are a mix of truth and fiction, making it harder to discern how deep the lies run and how believable the truths really are.
Any lover of histories and mysteries, as the subtitle of the book mentions, will be taken in by the stories. Even though some are much more interesting, creative, and meaningful than others, the way in which the book is written will keep anyone reading and guessing. Some truths seem quite far-fetched while some lies will make you question your grasp of fiction.
A fun nonfiction journey through a wide variety of stories, 'Two Truths and a Lie' forces readers to engage with research and question anything and everything. For kids, it will teach that not everything can be believed, even if presented as truth, and for adults, it will re-instill the idea that research is a necessity, especially in this day and age when the prevalence of technology and social media can make anything seem true. Finding one's way around being drawn in by tempting headlines and seemingly true stories can be helpful in so many facets of life.