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Superb as always, strange, thoughtful, challenging, and hard to follow. This is a collection of short pieces narrated by pieces of the universe (not n ...more
Apr 2009
May 06, 2009
Bound to Last: 25 Writers on the Stories Behind the Most Meaningful Book on Their Shelves
The title says it all --- though the version I read included 30 and was edited by Ray Bradbury. Books range from Naked Lunch to the Bible --- from chi ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 07, 2011
Second Chance
Hypnotic. Absolutely stellar for doing those boring household tasks and driving long distances. No heavy lifting. No social commentary. Delightfully s ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 04, 2012
Sea Change (Jesse Stone, #5)
Another book on CD. Listening to this book really highlights some of the strengths (and weaknesses) of Parker's writing which is terse, snappy, and sp ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 30, 2007
An adolescent romp through pot-smoking LA and Amsterdam. Add a young, sex-obsessed Mormon, an Irish-Puerto Rican hit man, and a capitalist-pusher who ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 12, 2011
The Old Wine Shades (Richard Jury, #20)
It's like meeting an old friend again --- you don't rate the number of gray hairs or wrinkles, the crows' feet or the age spots, you're just glad to s ...more
Jun 2008
Jun 22, 2008
Spinsters in Jeopardy (Roderick Alleyn, #17)
Beautifully read by Nadia May. Some great descriptions of the Mediterranean (an aggressive, laundry blue) and some really silly plot twists due to ree ...more
May 2012
May 10, 2012
The Inn at Lake Devine
Enjoyable fluff about a young Jewish teen who crashes an exclusive anti-Semetic guest hotel in Vermont. Natalie Marx's on-going relationship with the ...more
Oct 2010
Nov 01, 2010
Transparent Things

Bizzaro Land. Follows the life (with wonderfully irrelevant (but who can tell for sure) details)) of Hugh Person, a copy editor (I think) who falls in
Mar 2011
Apr 01, 2011
A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch, #7; Terry McCaleb, #2)
Terry suspects Harry of turning to the dark side (sounds rather Tolkien) when he's obviously being set up. This is a bit naive on Terry's part, especi ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 29, 2010
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
Amusing and at times laugh-out-loud. Bryson travels through Europe, sometimes remembering his first trip there the sullen Katz (of A Walk in the Woods ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 05, 2009
The Penelopiad
The Odysseus myth from Penelope's point of view --- told from Hades. It has all the wonderful Atwood touches with an intelligent, complicated, disaffe ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 20, 2010
Out Stealing Horses
Excellent, multi-layered, multiple-story-line. Trond Sander has retired to a secluded cabin on the banks of a river . . . as his story moves forward, ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 23, 2010
A History of the World in 10½  Chapters
Great from the first chapter, told from the point of view of stowaways (anobium domesticum) on Noah’s arc, through the last, a dream of Heaven in whic ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 04, 2012
A Field of Darkness (Madeline Dare, #1)
A book on CD read by Hillary Huber–a good voice for the foul mouthed Madeline Dare. This is the prequel to Crazy School and focuses on Madeleine’s fam ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 25, 2011
Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1)
Great Venice atmospherics -- great backstage at the opera --- excellent characters and an interesting twist at the end. My second time through and I e ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 11, 2010
In Cold Blood
Published in 1965 about a brutal murder that took place in 1959, this work was the swan song of Capote’s career. To fully appreciate what went into th ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 25, 2007
The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch, #4)
Harry Bosch has been given involuntary leave (for hitting his superior, Pounds). He’s angry (nothing new there), seeing a psychiatrist (this is new), ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 08, 2009
The October Country
A short story collection perhaps more interesting as remembered than as currently read since (though I read this in high school) I remembered almost e ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 20, 2010
King-Cat Classix
I must admit I expected to be reading T.S. Elliot's 'Cats' with an Italian slant (the last name of the author suggested that possibility). Silly me. P ...more
not set
Feb 01, 2008
In different ways, each story in this collection is about women who run away, mothers from daughters, daughters from mothers, wives from husbands, and ...more
Oct 2011
Jan 02, 2012
Cleopatra: A Life
Pyrotechnic language and historical research meet in an attempt (successful as far as I’m concerned) to pay just tribute to the intelligence, politica ...more
Mar 2011
Apr 03, 2011
The Maytrees
Annie Dillard is an exceptionally accomplished writer --- which became something of an impediment to my enjoyment of her book. Although short and dece ...more
Aug 2007
Sep 08, 2007
Trunk Music (Harry Bosch, #5)
Easy to listen to. As always, a complicated plot involving ex-FBI agent Eleanor Wish, the mob, laundered money, a sleazy film producer who ends up in ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 02, 2009
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Loosely connected stories ranging from childhood (when other boys were playing war, Sedaris was contemplating curtains) to living in France with Hugh. ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 18, 2009
The Appeal
I like Grisham's prose, his characters, and his plots, but I had trouble with this one (and not just because of the ending). Appeal takes place in Mis ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 28, 2008
The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
A thorough examination of the Nazi looting of the art treasures of Europe including purges of 'degenerate art' (basically Picasso, Matisse, et al).
Sep 2009
Sep 05, 2009
Leaving Home
Much like the last Brookner I read. Girl with close ties to Mother. Mother dies. Girl eventually makes it on her own — always comfortably cushioned by ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 08, 2009
Vonnegut is a genius --- never predictable --- always satisfying. This book is about the fire bombing of Dresden. The main protagonist is a time trave ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 05, 2009
Late Bloomer
A collection of graphic tales, focusing on the author’s life, misadventures, and adventures in motherhood. Surprisingly (I like Classic Comics, Uncle ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 09, 2012