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Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us
We can all be stereotyped. And we all resent the negative versions of our stereotypes. We tend to fear confirming the negative stereotypes. And that f ...more
Sep 21, 2014
Sep 19, 2014
Pearl of China
I had not thought about Pearl Buck in decades, so this book was a welcome reminder about her and the book an excellent suggestion from good friend. I ...more
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 17, 2012
In One Person
No doubt about it, John Irving can take on the challenging content. This book's central character is a bisexual who is surround by a cast of other cha ...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Last Orders
One of the fun parts of reading Last Orders is following the working class British dialect that all of the characters use. Beyond that, the characters ...more
Sep 18, 2009
Sep 18, 2009
The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century
Excellent biography of one of America's most influential publishers (Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated). Luce was one of many major publishers who saw ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
By Blood
An excellent psychological story. A neurotic man finds himself engrossed in the therapy of a woman in the office next door. So engrossed, in fact, tha ...more
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
A Summons to Memphis
Reconciling with the life of a difficult parent as they age is something that can take quite a bit of doing. There are strange options, ranging from r ...more
May 19, 2012
May 19, 2012
The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
When we go to a hospital, we believe that everybody there intends to help us get well, not kill us. But this story relates the true tale of Charles Cu ...more
Feb 21, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
Silas Marner
Somehow, I missed reading this along the way and have decided that it is about time. Another reason is the my wife's late English teacher, who haunts ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Nov 07, 2010
Perfect: Don Larsen's Miraculous World Series Game and the Men Who Made It Happen
The great Brooklyn-Yankee rivalry of the 1950s is the backdrop for the story of Don Larson's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Paper takes us thr ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
India's Century
Having recently visited India, I was curious about seeing evidence of the sudden burst of economic force on the subcontinent. It was certainly in evid ...more
Apr 30, 2008
May 01, 2008
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
This book describes how our brains are constantly adapting to conditions. Doidge links research on neuroscience to a host of phenomena that show how t ...more
Oct 2011
Sep 18, 2011
A Distant Summer
This debut novel by Mike McNair takes us to childhood in rural southern Indiana. It has a tone that is badly needed and often ignored in literature th ...more
Jul 28, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
The World Without Us
Just in case you were wondering, humans have a huge impact on the planet. As Weisman points out, the range of impact ranges from benign to downright t ...more
Jul 21, 2009
Jul 22, 2009
Maps for Lost Lovers
This sad novel portrays a very dark side of very powerful religious and cultural forces in an expatriate Pakistani community in England. The character ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
The Painter From Shanghai
Epstein does a good job of creating a story out of a life about which little is known other than the artwork. In doing so, she takes us through the se ...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 17, 2009
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Billy Lynn, 19 year-old warrior, is being taken around the country with his troop for a hero's tour. They end up at a Dallas Cowboy's game for what is ...more
Feb 15, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
Then We Came to the End
Take Dilbert, create real characters, add a story line, add insight to office jealousies and politics and place them all in the pressure cooker of a d ...more
Nov 10, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
A Great and Glorious Game
Bart Giamatti served as baseball commissioner for a very brief time. Mostly remembered for banishing Pete Rose for life. But Giamatti was far more tha ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
The history of the relationship between France and the U.S. has swayed from mutual appreciation to resentment. These are the stories of Americans who ...more
Jan 13, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy
I read this right after reading Fast Food Nation. So I am up on my mistreated worker literature. This is a logical companion book to Fast Food Nation ...more
Feb 05, 2010
Feb 08, 2010
1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever
For my 60th birthday, I got the most appropriate book, given my birth year and my passion for baseball. The first games I saw featured Willie Mays and ...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
The Right-Hand Shore
When I was in high school, one of English teachers taught us about "flat" characters. The context was Dickens. The Right Hand Shore would have been a ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman
A reporter covering a horrible murder involving a British woman and a Japanese man cannot accept simply reporting the facts for the media. He has to f ...more
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
The Son
This is a impressive work, but very, very violent (and explicitly so). Not for the squeamish. The story centers on multiple generations of a Texan fam ...more
Feb 05, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
The Privileges
Life in the financial fast lane drives this book. We get a two generation story of a family where the husband combines real financial talent with insi ...more
Jun 25, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
A very stimulating novel written in the argot of an Dominican-American, this novel takes irreverent tone to its tragic characters. Diaz gives us a sto ...more
Mar 19, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
The Goldfinch
This is a remarkable book. Hard for me to imagine a 700+ page book being a page turner, but it is. The main character is a tortured soul who combines ...more
Dec 26, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
Looking for something different to read? This is it. Don't let the cover fool you,if you think this might be a farce or humorous. This story is eerie ...more
Oct 2013
Sep 20, 2013
Today We Are Rich: Harnessing The Power Of Total Confidence
In the genre of the "power of positive thinking" books, Sanders provides his set of guidelines for developing an upbeat outlook, confidence, strong so ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 05, 2011