Monthly Archives: July 2014

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspirational Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben 2014 / 266 pages Rating 8 / non-fiction -biography Back in 1955 a 67-year old woman from Ohio named Emma Gatewood decided to hike … Continue reading

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The Reef

The Reef by Edith Wharton 1912/ 162 pages rating – 8.5  classic US lit I’ve read maybe a half dozen of Wharton’s novels and novellas and generally enjoy them – especially those with the pointed criticism of “society” in her … Continue reading

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The Everything Store

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone 2013/ 373 pages rating 9 / nonfiction – business I would never make much of a business person, but I love the books – they’re like reading … Continue reading

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10% Happier

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris 2014 / 237 pages rating 8 / nonfiction: self-help Part memoir, part expose … Continue reading

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The White Hotel

The White Hotelby D.M. Thomas1981/274 pagesrating 8.5 / 20th century fiction Totally pandering and gratuitous in every sense to start out, bolstered by the inclusion of Freud – not terribly laudatory,  the narrative in general is a very stylish, literary type … Continue reading

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That Deadmen Dance

That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott 2010 / 355 pages rating 9 / contemp Aust. Thanks to the blogs of Sue Terry and Lisa Hill (see below) in which they recognized and hosted Indigenous Aussie Literature week I came up … Continue reading

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Nothing to Envy

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick 2013 309 pages rating 9.5 / nonfiction North Korea is a bad place / it’s been a bad place for some time now and it’s apparently getting worse. One … Continue reading

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