Monthly Archives: May 2017

Hidden Figures ~ by Margaret Lee Shetterly

I probably would never have read this book had it not been for the fact it was an All-Nonfiction group selection.   And I would have missed a bunch but it’s not up to the hype of the movie.   … Continue reading

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Born a Crime ~ by Trevor Noah

I’d seen this on the recommendations lists and reviews from various places,   then my sister recommended it and after a few months I caved.   Yup – it’s pretty good.  And I needed something a bit funny or light … Continue reading

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The House on the Strand ~ by Daphne Du Maurier

I didn’t think I’d read this before,  but perhaps I did back in the 1970, s but it was before I read Rebecca (which I love) ,  so I had nothing to really connect it to.   I remembered that prior … Continue reading

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Men Without Women ~ by Haruki Murakami

This is almost a mirror image of Open Secrets in terms of  theme but the content and style are so different.   In Open Secrets the really alone people were almost all women,  in this one they are all men – … Continue reading

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The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon ~ by Richard Zimler

This book has a really slow start but eventually it gets past the background situation and the Jewish situation and zones in on the first person protagonist,  Berekiah Zarco,  a Jew living in Lisbon in the early 1500s.   This … Continue reading

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Open Secrets ~ by Alice Munro

This is an “older” collection of stories written by Alice Munro, the “contemporary Chekov of Canada”  (per Margaret Atwood),  or of the world,  some might say since she won the  2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for that very thing. Munro is so great  – … Continue reading

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In the Lake of the Woods ~ by Tim O’Brien

I guess I should have known better,  but maybe not.   I really enjoyed O’Brien’s The Things They Carried back about 5 years ago,  but never really wanted to try another one by him.   I tend to be  allergic to war … Continue reading

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American Kingpin ~ by Nick Bilton

I’ve enjoyed good True Crime books for years (decades).   It goes without saying that the best of them require a lot of solid research and it would seem Bilton really enjoys that because the background and details are evidence of … Continue reading

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Eileen ~ by Ottessa Moshfegh

This is not for the feint at heart!    I might have read it anyway,  but it was chosen  for a group (BookerPrize Group  for August).   I  postponed it until closer to the discussion,  but couldn’t wait anymore     … Continue reading

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Homegoing ~ by Yaa Gyasi

I think I was foiled by the hype on this one – and the award – or maybe it’s my having read several similar books lately.   I don’t know.  I wonder if I would have read it had it … Continue reading

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The Exiled ~ by Kati Hiekkapelto

I got this a few weeks ago while stocking up a bit at an Audible sale.  (I think this is the last book of the haul.)    I was interested because not only is it a nominee  for Best Scandinavian crime … Continue reading

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The Idiot~ by Fydor Dostoevsky

Yes,  I’m reading The Idiot for the third time.   One of my groups chose it May,  and the last time I read it was about 5 years ago  (SEE THIS LINK).  I wasn’t  sure what all I remembered other than … Continue reading

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