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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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Helluva Town: The Story of New York City During World War II
For those of us whose parents grew up in New York in the 30's and 40's, they shared a nostalgia for the city that ran deep. Richard Goldstein describe...more
Sep 14, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
The Evolution of God
So does the Abrahamic god of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam evolve because the circumstances in societies necessitate it? This is the essential prem...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity
Morino's book takes on the subject of how philanthropy can support non-profits in being outcomes driven in their business model. There are many solid...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
This is a very sentimental story that draws from the history of internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Set in Seattle, is shows the tension bet...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of "Proper" English, from Shakespeare to South Park
For lovers of the English language, or even those who have not given English much thought, this is a great read. Lynch debunks much of what most of us...more
May 04, 2010
May 06, 2010
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
I only wish I could have read this book while sitting in the Sistine Chapel. A well written account of the Michelangelo's work interwoven with his rel...more
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
I was in an apartment in New York with nothing to read. I looke for something on the bookshelf and saw this book by Norman Mailer. I had heard of it,...more
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
The Kappillan of Malta
A colleague of mine recommended this book. The story has many interesting aspects, including a great deal about the history of Malta. The hero is a pr...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
People of the Book
As the summer comes to an end, this was a great choice for a season of fun reading. The unfolding of the history of a very old and beautiful haggadah...more
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
An American Spy (The Tourist, #3)
Is it all about revenge or is something else at work?

This is a very good yarn. Milo Weaver, a former spy now devoted to his family, finds that the te...more
Nov 11, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
An very interesting history based on a fish. Go figure.

The story shows how a natural resource (Cod) can figure into economics, war, and culture. But...more
Dec 19, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
The Tiger's Wife
This book is quite remarkable considering that the author is only 26! I was luck to write a respectable essay at that age. Obreht take on a challengin...more
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Apr 05, 2012
Her Fearful Symmetry
This eerie book reads quickly and holds the attention. It is a spooky tale with characters whose unhappiness pervade the story. It is not just the gho...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 29, 2011
This is one of those books you read because of its literary and historical significance. You get a good feel for lifestyles and culture in the US in t...more
Mar 19, 2010
Mar 19, 2010
The Shadow Catcher
The construction of this novel is, in fact, novel. Wiggins juxtaposes the life of photographer Edward Curtis and his family with her own. At first, th...more
Aug 25, 2009
Aug 28, 2009
The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature
Can't see the forest for the trees? Then this book is for you. The premise is interesting. Haskell seeks to understand the forest by concentrating for...more
Nov 19, 2013
Nov 11, 2013