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The Ponder Heart
3.57
THE PONDER HEART. (1954). Eudora Welty. ****.
Ms. Welty was a chronicler of the voices of the Deep South for over fifty years. She wrote five novels, a
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Feb 05, 2015
Feb 05, 2015
 
Ravelstein
3.58
RAVELSTEIN. (2000). Saul Bellow. ****.
This was Bellow’s last work, one in which he used a play-within-a-play format for an attempt at a biography of h
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Jan 30, 2015
Jan 30, 2015
 
The Basle Express
3.65
THE BASLE EXPRESS. (1956). Manning Coles. ***1/2.
“Manning Coles” is the conjoined nom de plume of two English authors: Adelaide Frances Oke Manning, a
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Mar 08, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
 
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
4.05
THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH. (2013). Richard Flanagan. ****1/2.
This novel by the Australian (or Tasmanian) writer won the Man-Booker Prize in 20
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Oct 27, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
 
The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent: Selected Essays of Lionel Trilling
4.27
THE MORAL OBLIGATION TO BE INTELLIGENT: Selected Essays, Lionel Trilling. (2000). Leon Wieseltier (ed. + intro.) ****.
If you are not already intimidat
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Mar 03, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
 
Death Be Not Proud (Perennial Classics)
3.78
DEATH BE NOT PROUD. (1949). John Gunther. ****.
This is a very moving account of the sickness and death of the author’s son, Johnnie. His boy, seventee
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Mar 19, 2015
Mar 19, 2015
 
The Crossroads
3.87
THE CROSSROADS. (1959). John D. Macdonald. ***1/2.
This novel bridges the gap between Macdonald’s pulp writing and his venture into noir. He is becomin
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May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014
 
The Wind in the Willows
3.95
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. (1908; this ed. 1995). Kenneth Grahame. ****.
The edition I read was published by The Folio Society in 1995, with marvelous il
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Jan 28, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
 
The Children Act
3.66
THE CHILDREN ACT. (2014). Ian McEwan. ***.
This is the author’s latest work. He has written many other award-winning novels, including “Atonement.” As
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Sep 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
 
The Light Princess
4.02
THE LIGHT PRINCESS. (1867). George MacDonald. ****.
MacDonald (1824-1905) was a writer of fantasy novels and fairy tales. He was a close friend of most
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Sep 02, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
 
Second Reading: Notable and Neglected Books Revisited
3.90
SECOND READING. (2011). Jonathan Yardley. ****.
This is a collection of sixty essays by the author that previously appeared in the Sunday edition of Th
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Jan 14, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
 
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
3.78
COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE. (2014). Haruki Murakami. ****.
Murakami writes novels that provoke thought; the problem is decidi
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Sep 02, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
 
52 Pick Up
3.94
FIFTY-TWO PICKUP. (1974). Elmore Leonard. *****.
There’s a big smile on my face: the Library of America has just published the first in a projected thr
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Sep 08, 2014
Sep 08, 2014
 
Let the Devil Sleep (Dave Gurney, #3)
3.84
LET THE DEVIL SLEEP. (2012). John Verdon. ****.
This was Verdon’s third adventure for his retired cop, Dave Gurney. He and his wife had moved to Upstat
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Sep 24, 2014
Sep 24, 2014
 
The Shooting Party
3.72
THE SHOOTING PARTY. (1980). Isabel Colegate. ****.
Set at an English country manor in 1913, this novel provides an excellent depiction of the closing o
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Jan 20, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
 
The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness & Obsession
3.77
THE DEVIL AND SHERLOCK HOLMES. (2010). David Grann. ***1/2.
This is a collection of twelve articles previously published in popular magazines; nine in
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Jan 05, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
 
The Blackheath Poisonings: A Victorian Murder Mystery
3.42
THE BLACKHEATH POISONINGS. (1978). Julian Symons. ****.
I always enjoy reading mysteries written by Symons, and this one is no exception. It is set in
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Aug 05, 2014
Aug 05, 2014
 
American Detective (Amos Walker, #19)
3.59
AMERICAN DETECTIVE. (2007). Loren D. Estleman. ****.
It has become one of my trademarks to read trilogies out of order. This is the first novel in Mr.
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Apr 03, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
 
To Kill a Mockingbird
4.23
26. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. (1960). Harper Lee. ****1/2.
There is always a danger of coming to a lower appraisal of a once-loved book when you go to rea
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Apr 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
 
Soft Touch
3.96
SOFT TOUCH. (1958). John D. MacDonald. ***.
Jerry Jamison is in construction. He works for his father-in-law who had earlier bought out Jerry’s busines
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May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014
 
The Novels and Plays of Saki
4.00
THE NOVELS AND PLAYS OF SAKI. (collection 1933). Saki (H. H. Munro). ***.
This was the only book in which I could find Saki’s plays, so I ended up not
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Jan 12, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
 
Death of a Red Heroine (Inspector Chen Cao #1)
3.78
DEATH OF A RED HEROINE. (2000). Qui Xiaolong. ****.
This is a fine first novel by this Shanghai born American import. There is a mystery at the core of
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Jan 16, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
 
A Man of Affairs
3.75
A MAN OF AFFAIRS (1957). John D. MacDonald. ****.
We meet Sam Glidden, the President of The Harrison Corporation. He worked his way to the top, but wit
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Jun 12, 2014
Jun 12, 2014
 
Flowers for Algernon
3.99
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON. (1959). Daniel Keyes. ****.
This long short-story was first published in “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction” of April,
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Aug 22, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
 
Redeployment
4.04
REDEPLOYMENT. (2014). Phil Klay. ****.
Right out of the box, this author won the National Book Award for this, his first book; a collection of short st
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Nov 30, 2014
Nov 30, 2014
 
The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
3.71
THE ZHIVAGO AFFAIR: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book. (2014). Peter Finn and Petra Cauvee. ****.
It’s hard to believe that a
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Jun 22, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
 
The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel
3.52
THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE. (2014). Benjamin Black. ****.
This is not one of Black’s series novels featuring his character Quirke. Instead, Mr. Black (pseud
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Mar 18, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
 
Across the Street
3.62
ACROSS THE STREET. (1945). Georges Simenon. ****.
This is one of Simenon’s “psychological” novels. There are quite a few in his list of publications. A
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Feb 07, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
 
The Thin Wall: A POW/MIA Truth Novel
3.87
THE THIN WALL. (2014). R. Cyril West. ****.
Based on the cover art, I was expecting a novel about POWs and MIAs. This was not the case. Although there
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Oct 07, 2014
Oct 07, 2014
 
Nightmare Range: The Collected Sueno and Bascom Short Stories
3.88
NIGHTMARE RANGE: The Collected George Sueno & Ernie Bascom Stories. (2013). Martin Limon. ***.
These short stories of the two army MPs, based in Ko
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Feb 09, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
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