Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Door

The Door by Magda Szabo (Hungarian) 1995 / 260 pages rating 9.5  /20th cent. lit What an amazing book!   This is the first I’ve heard of this Magda Szabo and this work seems to have got some attention in the … Continue reading

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The Orphan Master’s Son

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Pulitzer) 2012/443 pages (Kindle) rating  9 / contemp fiction Started one time and got really frustrated.  Started over again on 9/20 and it’s working this time.   Pak Jun Do is the young … Continue reading

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The Metaphysical Club

The Metaphysical Club: A History of Ideas in America by Louis Menand 2002 / 546 pages rating 10 – US history I read this when it first came out in paperback and totally loved it.  I was prime reader for … Continue reading

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 The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan 2013 / 213 pages (Kindle) rating:  8  /non-fict- biography -religion One of many reasons I am a believer is because of the Jews who survived and have often  flourished in … Continue reading

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The Dark Winter

The Dark Winter (Det. Aector McAvoy #1) by David Mark 2012 / 304 pages rating  A- / crime- procedural Aector McAvoy is a big man and he apparently knows how to throw his weight around,   but he’s really not a … Continue reading

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Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon 2013/477  pages (Kindle) rating 9.5 / literary cyber-crime Wow!  Oh my.  Yes!   Okay, so up to about page 45 my general feeling was that this does just not sound like the old Pynchon of … Continue reading

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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (England) 1837 – 600 pages (varies) rating:  8.5 /classic Why read Dickens?  It’s kind of like comfort food with the same basic ingredients,  but in a lot of different flavors – like flavored yogurt. Reading … Continue reading

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