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Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss
Fatal Vision
by Joe McGinniss
read in June, 2014
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A fatally bloated book. The case of Jeffrey MacDonald, the “all-American” young doctor who was convicted in 1979 of slaughtering his family, is fascinating, but not enough to justify 900-plus-pages that too often read like dry trial transcripts. McGi...more
Valley of the dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Valley of the dolls
by Jacqueline Susann
read in April, 2014
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There is good soap opera, and there is bad soap opera. Jacqueline Susann’s "Valley of the Dolls" was a literary sensation in 1966 (it was the top-selling book that year), and it’s easy to see why: It’s juicy and entertaining. Part of the enjoyment co...more
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Round House
by Louise Erdrich
read in March, 2014
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Erdrich wins awards and is a critics’ darling, and there ARE aspects of her writing that I admire, but to me a lot of the prose in "Round House" – especially character motivations and behavior – did not ring true.

The protagonist is a 13-year-old Nati...more
Art That Changed the World by Iain Zaczek
Art That Changed the World
by Iain Zaczek
read in March, 2014
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OK, it’s a “coffee-table book,” but it’s one lavishly illustrated coffee-table book. "Art" doesn’t go into much detail about individual painters or paintings – actually, it doesn’t go into much detail about anything – but as a guide to finding what y...more
The Daughters of Cain by Colin Dexter
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Yes, there are murders and villains and red herrings in "Daughters," but plot is never the main attraction in a Colin Dexter mystery. The real appeal is twofold: 1) Dexter’s tetchy protagonist, Chief Inspector Morse, who relishes classical music, dri...more
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare
read in January, 2014
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All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely … smug, materialistic gentiles or vindictive, malicious Jews? That’s pretty much the unflattering picture painted by the Bard in this controversial “comedy.” For the young, heterosexual, and m...more
Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin
Johnny Carson
by Henry Bushkin
read in December, 2013
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By now I should have learned this lesson: Whenever I pick up a book about a celebrity I’ve admired, I am likely to wind up disillusioned with said celebrity. Exhibit A: I read a biography of Bob Hope a couple of years ago. Since then, I have a hard t...more
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Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
Notorious Nineteen
by Janet Evanovich (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2013
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I’ve been critical of Evanovich’s golden-goose series about bounty hunter Stephanie Plum because each new installment contains the same-old, same-old: Cars blow up, relationships stall, and Stephanie remains the immature ditz. And yet I keep on readi...more
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