06/2017

These are the books I read in June, 2017 –   6 books –   1 crime,  2 general fiction,  2 nonfiction,  1 sci-fi with 2 by women authors and none translated.

The Force
by Don Winslow
2017 / 480 pages (Kindle) 
read by Dion Graham 13h 26m
rating A+   –   Crime

Powerful story of a corrupt NYC Detective’s fall –  gritty and realistic,   but not quite as good as his prior novel,  The Cartel.

*******
In the Name of the Family
by Sarah Dunant
2016 / 480 pages
read by Nicholas Boulton 14h 11m
Rating:  7.5 /  historical fiction 
(sequel to Blood and Beauty) 

Fictional rendition of the life and times of Lucretia Borgia,   her brother Cesare, her father Pope Alexander VI as well as Machiavelli and others.  The reader should probaby have some prior knowledge of the era,  characters and events.
*******

Hot Milk
by Deborah Levy
2016/  224 pages
rating –  8.25  –  general fiction- literary
(Man Booker Short List – 2016) 

A young woman is emotionally tied to her single mother who has some kind of real or imaginary ailment which affects her ability to walk.   They are seeking help for it.
*******
Words on the Move: Why English Won’t – and Can’t – Sit Still (Like, Literally)
by John McWhorter
2016 / 272 pages
Read by:  John McWhorter 7h 1m   
Rating:  8 /  non-fiction – language/linguistics

The changing nature of languages – particularly English.   Really good if you enjoy popular linguistics.  McWhorter is as good as ever.

*******
“The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu”  ~ as told by Douglas Carlton Abrams 
2016/  354 pages
read by Douglas Carlton Abrams and cast 10h 12m
rating 10 /  spiritual 

Wonderful book to be read primarily for spiritual enjoyment/appreciation.

*******
Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch
2016 / 354 pages
read by Jon Lindstrom  10h 8m
Rating:   C-   /  sci-fi / romance

Basically silly interdimensional travel –  alternative universes, etc. with a bit too much romance for my tastes.
*******