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Mistakes Can Kill You by Louis L'Amour
"This collection of short fiction is a gallop into the past, not so much into the post-Civil War time period when they take place, but into the decades when stories about the West were part of Americans’ shared cultural currency. These stories feat..." Read more of this review »
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
" Excellent review of what sounds like an extraordinary book. See today's New York Times editorial (5/21/15), which confirms that the horrors of North K ...more "
Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer
"Bought this book about a notable Detroit intersection (writes Messer: “Joy Road—now there was a misnomer”) after reading an excellent Messer story last summer in Glimmer Train.
This novel covers the months leading up to Detroit’s horrific 1967 summ..." Read more of this review »
Maigret Sets a Trap by Georges Simenon
" Thanks for your comment, David. For some reason, I get the impression that Maigret IS your cup of tea! I'd forgotten about the cigarettes. "
Inspector Maigret and the Killers by Georges Simenon
" Thanks for the tip, David. Haven't read either of them yet. So many Maigrets, so little time... "
Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman
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It got me through a snowstorm and a lot of hours stuck in airports, so I'm thankful for that, but I really do wish American thriller writers could find something to write about besides psychotic serial killers (or child abuse victims, another perenni ...more
America's Bitter Pill by Steven Brill
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This is a subject that, after more than 30 years in the field, I know a little bit about, and Brill is right on the money (literally) in this penetrating and often passionate account of how and why our health care system has become so expensive and s ...more
Community Health Centers by Bonnie Lefkowitz
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Lefkowitz knows how to write and knows what she's writing about, which makes this an unusually interesting account of the history of America's community health centers. After a strong introductory overview chapter that tells the story from the nation ...more
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling
read in January, 2015
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For the first 300 pages I kept wanting to put it down, but I know Rowling is a very smart writer and so I hung in there, waiting for things to click. And sure enough, finally, beginning with a hilarious dinner party scene, she seemed to find her stri ...more
Striving Together by Jeff Edmondson
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Some useful things in here about Cincinnati's "collective impact" effort to improve outcomes for the region's children "from cradle to career," but overall the book could have benefited from a good editor and more of the human story of what actually ...more
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