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Bear is Broken (Leo Maxwell #1)
3.14
BEAR IS BROKEN. (2013). Lachlan Smith. **.
This is a debut novel from this author from Alabama. He is currently an attorney in the Tuscaloosa area. He
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Mar 28, 2013
Mar 28, 2013
 
July 1914: Countdown to War
4.02
JULY, 1914. (2013). Sean McMeekin. ***.
I keep looking for the book that will explain the causes and course of WW I. I still haven’t found it. The clos
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May 28, 2013
May 28, 2013
 
Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind
3.63
FOOLING HOUDINI: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, & the Hidden Powers of the Mind. (2012). Alex Stone. **.
It may well be that the second half o
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Sep 13, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
 
J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The real story behind Peter Pan
3.91
J. M. BARRIE & THE LOST BOYS: The Love Story that Gave Birth to Peter Pan. (1979). Andrew Birkin. ****.
This biography focuses almost entirely on
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Dec 26, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
 
Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins
4.34
POEMS: GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS. (this ed. 1999). ****.
This was a Folio Society publication, with an introduction and notes by Norman H. MacKenzie. Hopk
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Jul 26, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
 
Solo
3.41
SOLO: A James Bond Novel. (2013). William Boyd. ****.
James Bond is back in this new novel from Mr. Boyd, one of the finest novelists working today. It
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Oct 11, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
 
The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings, 1936-1941
4.36
Steinbeck, John. THE HARVEST GYPSIES. (in The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings, 1938-1941). ****.
“The Harvest Gypsies” was a study that Steinbeck p
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Apr 30, 2011
Apr 30, 2011
 
Marcovaldo
3.88
MARCOVALDO or The Seasons in the City. (1963). Italo Calvino. *****.
This is a marvelous collection of short stories by Calvino that are about Marcoval
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Jun 12, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
 
The Crossroads
3.86
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
 
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
4.00
1491. (2005). Charles C. Mann. ****.
This clever title lets us know that we will soon be exploring time before Columbus. Remember…”In 1492, Columbus sa
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Jan 02, 2015
Jan 02, 2015
 
Success
3.65
SUCCESS. (1975). Martin Amis. ****.
When I began this novel, I forecast that it would get a five-star rating. Turned out that I was wrong. Why? Towards
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Apr 12, 2015
Apr 12, 2015
 
The Basle Express
3.68
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 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
 
Jennie Gerhardt
3.99
JENNIE GERHARDT. (1911). Theodor Dreiser. ****1/2.
In a 1911 review, H. L. Mancken wrote “’Jennie Gerhardt’ is the best American novel I have ever read
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Feb 03, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
 
The Silk Road
4.00
THE SILK ROAD. (2002). Frances Wood. ****.
This was a special publication of The Folio Society, a worthy addition to any armchair traveler’s library. I
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Mar 19, 2014
Mar 19, 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 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
 
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
 
Prayer
2.71
PRAYER. (2014). Phillip Kerr. ***.
It is difficult to categorize this novel. It could be a horror entry, or one of fantasy. Simply put, it is a thrille
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Sep 05, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
 
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
4.03
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 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
 
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
 
Let the Devil Sleep (Dave Gurney, #3)
3.85
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
3.71
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
3.78
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
 
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
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