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The Voyeur's Motel by Gay Talese
The Voyeur's Motel
by Gay Talese
read in December, 2016
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I’m thinking the title of this book should really be “Rationalization.” Its subject, a peeping Tom from Colorado named Gerald Foos, rationalized his perverted pastime by telling himself he was a sex researcher, in the mode of Masters and Johnson, doc ...more
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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
read in December, 2016
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Confession: I’ve resisted this book for years, in part because its author, Jonathan Franzen, has a reputation (deserved or not) for being something of a jerk. He’s not exactly Mr. Warmth and Cheer on his talk-show appearances, and then there was that ...more
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Mystère de la chambre jaune. English by Gaston Leroux
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In her 1963 book "The Clocks," mystery queen Agatha Christie gives a shout-out to this classic “locked room” novel, published in 1908 by the Frenchman Gaston Leroux. This is interesting because Leroux and "Yellow Room" protagonist Joseph Rouletabille ...more
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Stalin by Эдвард Радзинский
Stalin
by Эдвард Радзинский
read in September, 2016
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"Stalin" is a historical biography that I admired but … did I enjoy it? Let me put it this way: Reading this 600-page beast often felt like being banished to Siberia with nothing to do but page through the telephone directory. I do respect the blood, ...more
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Booked To Die by John Dunning
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I had modest expectations for "Booked to Die," Dunning’s debut novel about Denver cop-turned-bookseller Cliff Janeway. From its synopsis, "Booked" appears to be like any of a thousand other detective stories you might have read – hard-boiled, hard-dr ...more
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The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
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Bryson’s latest book is half travelogue, half opportunity to dish on British history, pop culture, and modern denizens – which is a good thing, because that dishing is where "Road" mines its abundant humor and charm. The book is a follow-up to Bryson ...more
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The Clocks by Agatha Christie
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It’s an Agatha Christie mystery, so you know the drill: Someone gets murdered, the police are baffled, and so Hercule Poirot twirls his mustache and solves the crime. There are a couple of unusual aspects to this Poirot outing, which was published in ...more
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What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
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How much you enjoy the essays in Malcolm Gladwell’s "What the Dog Saw" could depend on how much you care about whichever subject he’s discussing. "The New Yorker" journalist gets praised for the clarity of his prose, but to me it doesn’t matter how a ...more
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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins
read in April, 2016
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I do love me some Victorian literature. Dickens, Thackeray, the Brontes — masterful writers, all of them. "The Woman in White," published in 1859 by England’s Wilkie Collins, is not one of my favorites from that era, but it does have its charms.

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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Name of the Rose
by Umberto Eco
read in February, 2016
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I love this book, much as I love the movie it inspired, mostly for the world it so vividly recreates: a 14th-century monastery in the mountains of northern Italy, populated by monks, peasants – and an apparent serial killer. Although this medieval co ...more
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