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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
4.19
liked it
James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, assassinated by a disgruntled office seeker. I remember those exact words from my childhood le ...more
Apr 2017
Apr 01, 2017
 
Kill the Messenger: The Media's Role in the Fate of the World
4.22
really liked it
My son once had a school assignment to research the arguments for and against creationism. This was a highly rated public school system. The assignmen ...more
Mar 09, 2017
Dec 17, 2011
 
Lost Light (Harry Bosch, #9)
4.15
really liked it
LOST LIGHT is book #9 in the Harry Bosch series. Harry is no longer with the L.A. Police Dept., but he is still pursuing a cold case, the murder four ...more
Dec 03, 2016
Dec 03, 2016
 
Imagine Me Gone
3.71
it was amazing
The title itself, IMAGINE ME GONE, is paradoxical. The act of imagining someone conjures a presence preserved by memory which negates the idea of an a ...more
Jun 20, 2017
Jun 20, 2017
 
Two Days Gone
3.76
it was amazing
Every writer of fiction confronts the problem of integrating reality and imagination. Ann Patchett, in her semi-autobiographical novel COMMONWEALTH, d ...more
Apr 20, 2017
Dec 28, 2016
 
Persuasion
4.13
really liked it
The Regency Era as viewed through the protagonist, Anne Elliot, is an alien world to modern eyes. The double standard, of course, was a given. A promi ...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
 
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
3.74
really liked it
This is a concatenation of outrageous improbabilities peopled by cartoonish characters capering across Potemkinesque landscapes. The story opens in So ...more
May 28, 2014
May 28, 2014
 
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
3.89
really liked it
Gladwell continues his exploration of counter-intuitive ideas about decision-making in BLINK! He opens with a 1983 incident at the J. Paul Getty Museu ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
 
Left Neglected
3.95
it was ok
Left Neglect is a neurological condition resulting from right-hemisphere brain damage. Working from an assumption that the brain matches sensory input ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Nov 06, 2011
 
The Golem and the Jinni
4.10
really liked it
The story begins with a fable-like premise of the “Once Upon a Time...” sort. Once upon a time there was a Golem detached from her master by his untim ...more
Apr 30, 2014
Dec 01, 2012
 
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
4.18
liked it
Bosnia, Herzegovina, Dalmatia, Macedonia, Transylvania – the names float like ghosts over a map of early 20th century Europe. It was a map in flux. Th ...more
Dec 05, 2013
Jun 07, 2013
 
Beastly Things
3.85
really liked it
Leon has written a sombre book exploring themes of aging, death, and ethical choices. The sombre note is sounded with a two-page opening which leisure ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 08, 2014
 
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
4.25
it was amazing
Michael Lewis turns the 2008 financial meltdown into a compelling narrative about two very smart, very abrasive skeptics who realized the juggernaut W ...more
Oct 05, 2015
Oct 11, 2011
 
The Cartel
4.28
it was amazing
The dedication belies the standard disclaimer: “This is a work of fiction....” That dedication is a list of over 120 journalists murdered or “disapp ...more
Nov 24, 2015
Sep 09, 2015
 
Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math
4.06
really liked it
Alex Bellos is a gifted writer who has embarked on a mission to popularize mathematics. He makes a frank observation that should give pause to any rea ...more
Jun 23, 2015
Jun 23, 2015
 
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
4.00
it was amazing
THE TIGER: A TRUE STORY OF VENGEANCE AND SURVIVAL by John Vaillant is both a gripping adventure with larger than life characters, and a lesson in geog ...more
Jan 31, 2011
May 25, 2011
 
Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
3.62
really liked it
The official pronouncement was: Missing. Presumed drowned.

That's how the general public might remember Michael Rockefeller, who vanished off the coas
...more
Jun 06, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
 
WWW: Watch (WWW, #2)
4.00
really liked it
The eponymous title is not an imperative addressed at the reader, but an acronym of an NSA division: the Web Activity Threat Containment Headquarters. ...more
Apr 28, 2017
Apr 28, 2017
 
The Sport of Kings
3.62
it was amazing
Morgan's novel is set in the Ohio-Kentucky borderland bisected by the Ohio River. To the north lies Cincinnati, a free-state beacon in antebellum time ...more
May 19, 2017
May 19, 2017
 
Sacrifice
3.89
really liked it
This book gripped me with its first startling sentence: “The corpse I could cope with. It was the context that threw me.” Bolton focuses the reader' ...more
Jan 25, 2017
Jan 25, 2017
 
The Narrows (Harry Bosch, #10)
4.09
liked it
THE NARROWS relies heavily on characters and developments from previous books in the Harry Bosch series. Rachel Walling, the FBI profiler who with jou ...more
Jan 31, 2017
Feb 01, 2017
 
The Girl Next Door
3.29
really liked it
At first, it seemed to them like an intriguing ghost story from over half a century ago. A half dozen families were linked only by the close proximity ...more
May 24, 2015
May 24, 2015
 
Southern Cross the Dog
3.16
liked it
Cheng's book opens in the Mississippi delta. It's the spring of 1927 and a group of children are playing, teasing, flirting at the boundaries of adole ...more
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
 
The Enchanted
3.96
it was amazing
Denfeld draws the reader into an unlikely place, a world none of us would willingly go. She draws us into the world of death row. It is a claustrophob ...more
Oct 30, 2016
Nov 05, 2013
 
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
3.93
really liked it
Laughter may be universal, but the specifics of humor are highly personal. As for this book, forget the subtitle. It's true that the author suffers fr ...more
Dec 06, 2016
Dec 06, 2016
 
Dance Hall of the Dead (Navajo Mysteries, #2)
4.00
really liked it
I read my first Tony Hillerman book back in far off Boston after a friend recommended it. His mysteries intertwine details about southwest Indian cult ...more
May 06, 2017
May 06, 2017
 
One Summer: America, 1927
4.06
it was amazing
What could possibly go wrong? Bryson chooses 1927 as the nexus of a decade unimpeded by such a simple question. As the 38 story Sherry-Netherland apar ...more
Jul 28, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
 
The Year of the Gadfly
3.50
liked it
Bucolic New England setting with winding backroads, high-powered academically competitive prep school, and identity-challenged adolescents is the stuf ...more
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
 
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
4.05
it was amazing
Michael Pollan approaches the relationship between plants and humans through the aperture of the plant. The altered perspective displays the multiple ...more
Apr 22, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
 
Gallows View (Inspector Banks, #1)
3.78
liked it
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks was hoping to shed his chain smoking and caffeine swilling habits when he left his London posting and moved to th ...more
Jul 02, 2015
Jul 02, 2015
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