Monthly Archives: January 2013

The St. Zita Society

The St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell 2012/ 272 pages /  8:17 read by Carol Boyd 8h 17m rating:  B+ Strange little neighborhood goings on – it all looks like the usual,  an affair or two,  an overly involved nanny, … Continue reading

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In Sunlight and in Shadow

In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin 2012/704 pages Genre:  fiction Rating: 8 I loved Helprin’s prior novel,  Winter’s Tale (1983),  but have read nothing else until now.   His latest,   In Sunlight and in Shadow,  is similar … Continue reading

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Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver 2012 / 448 pages read by Barbara Kingsolver 14h 56m rating:  8 I had some serious doubts going into this book –  The only book of  Kingsolver’s I’ve enjoyed has been The Poisonwood Bible,  although … Continue reading

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Skios

Skios by Michael Frayn 2012 / 272 pages rating:  8.5  (a 1/2 point for laughing) Like the prior novels I’ve read by Frayn, a British playwright and novelist,  Skios is a wonder of complex plotting, human foibles,  con-artistry and hilarity. … Continue reading

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Plutocrats:

Plutocrats:  The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland 2012 – 336 pages read by Allyson Ryan – 5h 50m rating:  9 This non-fiction economics type book is definitely not an apology … Continue reading

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The Snake Stone

The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin 2008/320 pages read by Stephen Hoye 10h 49m rating:   B- I so looked forward to this at the time I started and it started very, very well.  But somehow,  for some reason,  I … Continue reading

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The Glass Palace

The Glass Palace by Amitov Ghosh 2000,  512 pages read by Simon Vance 17h 59m Rating – 8 It’s about time I got around to reading this book!   I totally loved Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke was … Continue reading

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All Our Worldly Goods

All Our Worldly Goods by Irène Némirovsky  (France) 1947 / France / 264 pages rating: 8.5  / classic First a word about Némirovsky.  The 20th century French writer (novelist, journalist, refugee, Jewish-Catholic) was arrested by the occupying German forces in 1942 and died … Continue reading

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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor 1971 / 224 pages rating:  8.5 The widowed Mrs. Palfrey is getting on into her 60s and since her daughter lives in Scotland which is too cold and she’s not invited anyway, … Continue reading

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The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson 2012/ 402 pages rating – 8 This is a very funny novel.  It’s fast paced and easy to read yet the story twists … Continue reading

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Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie 2012 / 656 pages Rating:  9 I’ve read a number of Rushdie’s novels,  Midnight’s Children,  The Satanic Verses,  and  The Enchantress of Florence twice each –  Fury,  Shame,  The Ground Beneath Her Feet and Shalimar … Continue reading

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Ready, Player One

Ready,  Player One by Ernest Cline sci-fi / 2012/364 pages read by Wil Wheaton 15h 46m rating:  8.5 (for enjoyment) In the year 2040 the world has become inundated with poverty and a computer mentality/reality apparently dominated by the freely available … Continue reading

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