The Sheltering Sky
by Paul Bowles
1949 / 352 pages
read by Jennifer Connelly 10h 30m
rating: 6 / classic
At first this seemed like a really dumb story wrapped in wonderful silky language. A married American couple and their good friend travel around North Africa in the post-WWII days. They have no comprehension of local language, customs, geography. They are unaware of how dangerous what they are doing is what with unscrupulous natives, disease and animals.
It might take place in the Sahara but we don’t really learn much about that area of the world until later in the novel. It’s unexpectedly different (to the couple), wild and brutal to women. It’s really about rich, selfish, ignorant, self-centered, hypocritical Americans going through some kind of timely existential angst – a dated stereotype at this point (or is it?). >>>>MORE>>>>
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Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson
2007 / 704 pages
read by Edward Herrmann 21h 30m
Nice biography, but I’ve come to expect that from Isaacson having read his books on Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin and The Innovators prior to this one – and I can’t pick which one is best.
Einstein has been a household name for several generations now but few people really know much about him other than he was a weird math genius. Isaacson shows the deeply human side of Einstein, his ideas, his loves, his friends, hopes, ideals and fears. >>>>MORE>>>>
Crime Novels – a rant – 2/10/14
I’m getting a bit more selective about the crime novels I enjoy and give high ratings to. I’ve read some really, really good ones and I don’t want to waste my time with books which are really more about some kind of relationship issue than a crime and its solution. Unfortunately, that’s not usually the way these days. My favorites are police procedurals, legal thrillers, and traditional mysteries. I also enjoy good tales of psychological suspense. Not too crazy about chase scene thrillers where we know “who done it” and only wait around for the cops to get it on with the chase scene. >>>>MORE>>>>
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis
2003 / 288 pages
read by Scott Brick 10h 26m
rating: 8.75 / nonfiction – baseball-tech
What in the world is a nice girl like me doing reading a book about baseball, statistics and draft choices? Well – um – Lewis is a great writer – usually about the financial sector and I enjoy reading about statistics and tech stuff. And oh yes, I rather enjoy the game – (Yankees or Twins – go figure). Lewis’ book is about the Oakland Athletics in the early 2000s and a bit prior.
No, it’s not a “new” book – it was published in 2003 – but it seems to be holding up nicely. Michael Lewis is that good. >>>>MORE>>>>