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The Dancer at the Gai-Moulin by Georges Simenon
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Another highly enjoyable Maigret mystery and a great way to spend a long flight or train ride, although not quite at the peak of his more atmospheric classics like "Lock 14" and "The Misty Harbor."
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Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw
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Because I work with foundations, this story of the man who started America's first foundation back in 1911 was of great interest to me. And indeed, it is a fascinating story. My one real disappointment with the book is that the author, David Nasaw, n ...more
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The Hundred Years War by Desmond Seward
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An excellent history that covers much of the same territory as Barbara Tuchman's "A Distant Mirror" in about a third the number of pages, and from a British rather than a French perspective (although Tuchman was an American, she wrote "A Distant Mirr ...more
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The Commerce of Everyday Life by Erin Mackie
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This lengthy compendium of essays and articles, mainly by Addison and Steele but also by other notables of the time (like Jonathan Swift and Bernard Mandeville), provides a fascinating look into the social and cultural world of early 18th century Lon ...more
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A Monk Swimming by Malachy McCourt
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Midge, one of the waitresses at Fred and Pete's, recommended this one to me, with the warning that some of it was "pretty explicit." She was right. The title of this autobiographical romp comes from McCourt's mishearing of the Hail Mary as a child (a ...more
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A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman
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A grim (and perhaps timely) reminder of just how bad things can be when civilization descends into anarchy, Tuchman's history of 14th century western Europe (and especially France) is told through the lens of a powerful and seemingly sympathetic repr ...more
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Young Men in Spats by P.G. Wodehouse
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British humor at its best, this collection of silly stories about silly young British aristocrats was the perfect antidote for a bruising, ugly election year.
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Metamorphoses by Ovid
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Many of the interlocking tales from Roman mythology that form the links in this very long narrative poem are weird in the extreme, but the consistent beauty and energy of the writing in this excellent new translation just keeps pulling you along unti ...more
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The Case of the Terrified Typist by Erle Stanley Gardner
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OK, not exactly Great Literature, but a great way to spend a long day's flight to St. Louis with a two-hour layover at O'Hare.
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A.J. Liebling by A.J. Liebling
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One of America's greatest journalists brings World War II to life in this series of classic New Yorker stories and other publications. A few sections are largely repetitive of previous sections and could have been left out, but the rest--that is, the ...more
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