Monthly Archives: March 2016

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feuerman

This book had been tempting me for a long time – the promise of a good story set in Jerusalem,  the Kabbalah,  etc.   So I nominated it for a reading group –  (sigh).   Much to my dismay,  it’s … Continue reading

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My Struggle: Book 1- by Karl Ove Knausgaard

I’d heard a lot about this book here and there,  many places,  in part because so many reviewers think it’s so great, but also because it’s quite different.  I suppose it’s a fictionalized autobiography or extended memoir and although the emphasis … Continue reading

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Daisy Miller by Henry James

I’ve read Daisy Miller at least a couple times prior to this read but it’s soooo good – Similar to The Turn of the Screw and other shorter works by James.  Every word counts – maybe twice –  I love it. I think … Continue reading

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The Hot Countries by Tim Hallinan

This is the third of a little trilogy internal to the series as a whole so the the tale just seems to  go right on in Bangkok and the life of Poke Rafferty,  travel writer and now family man  living in … Continue reading

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Jesus Before the Gospels by Bart Ehrman

This is basically more of the same Bart Ehrman I’ve read for 2 prior books except that for this book Ehrman uses some extra-Biblical sources to show the historical inaccuracy of the Gospels because there was nothing written for 40 years … Continue reading

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Betrayal: A Dismas Hardy Novel

This is one of the very few John Lescroart books I’d not read,  avoiding it becuase of the war-type subject matter.  But I finally needed a Lescroart/Hardy fix,  especially with Collacci reading,  so I broke down.  I’m glad I did … Continue reading

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Susan Wise Bauer & Barbara Tuchman

I found this quote on the home page of  Susan Wise Bauer,  the author of some incredible  books of world history.  The author of the quote,   Barbara Tuchman,  is another favorite.  I’m currently reading Bauer’s The History of the Ancient … Continue reading

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Orphan X by Greg Hurwitz

This is basically a chase-type  thriller using an almost super-hero protagonist, several  evil bad-guys and some technology.  Scott Brick adds even more suspense. The premise is that in the 1980s some orphans were raised and trained to do assassination work for various intelligence … Continue reading

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Mrs Eckdorf in O’Neill’s Hotel by William Trevor

Mrs Ivy Eckdorf is a strange gal – 40-ish and divorced again,   she works as a photographer.  She decides to visit Dublin‘s O’Neill’s Hotel because she’s  heard it’s got strange things going on now and in the past. The aging deaf … Continue reading

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Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

This novel has some flaws but I enjoyed almost all of  it anyway.  First – what are those two neighbor guys drinking?  Is it milk (which one wipes from his mouth),  coffee (which is spilled during the ensuing melee) or beer, … Continue reading

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The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy

I’ve read this before but maybe it was time again – the 19th Century Lit group wanted a suggestion and they hadn’t read this one (for the group anyway). I’ve read it before along with many of Tolstoy’s other works … Continue reading

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The Water Knife by Pablo Bacigalupi

Set in the foreseeable future,  the southwest area of  the US,  around Phoenix and Las Vegas,  has been hard hit by climate change and  drought. The area has no water.  Neither does neighboring Texas and migrants flood into Arizona.   What … Continue reading

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