Monthly Archives: December 2017

How to Live: ~ by Sarah Bakewell

This is a totally fabulous book – not for everyone,  I suppose,  but if you’re interested in the life and times,  the ideas (!),  of Michel de Montaigne,  the 16th century father of the essay,  it is pure-d terrific.  Bakewell … Continue reading

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Dead Mountain: ~ by Donnie Eichar

Looking for something a bit different after reading The Seven Functions of Language,  I happened on an Audible 2-for-1 sale and got 4 books.   One of them was this book,  “Dead Mountain,” from the history section –  a true … Continue reading

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The Seventh Function of Language ~ by Laurent Binet

How to describe this book? –  Omg –  Well –  it’s a crime thriller of sorts with a lot of travel, a few chases and quite a lot of innovative sex plus a few bloody deaths.  But the characters and … Continue reading

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Fool’s River ~ by Timothy Hallinan

While looking around at Timothy Hallinan’s books  – due to Fields Where They Lay –   I see that one of my favorite authors has another Poke Rafferty book out (and it’s been as of November 7!)     Cool. … Continue reading

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The Christmas Train ~ by David Baldacci

I’d seen this book available for the last few years and it kind of looked interesting – I’ve enjoyed several of  Balducci’s other novels,  Besides,  it was on sale.  – Too bad – it’s about 1/2 stupid and 1/2 okay … Continue reading

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Mystery in White ~ by J. Jefferson Farjean

A passenger train becomes snowbound somewhere in England.  It’s loaded with passengers  on their way to Christmas or somewhere.   This is an old classic mystery tale in the tradition of Agatha Christie et al.   It was first published … Continue reading

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A Christmas Return ~ by Anne Perry

I’d never read anything by Anne Perry before this, and this may certainly not be my last by her.   The reason I chose it was simply because I was looking for Christmas mysteries and the summary and sample on … Continue reading

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Radio Free Vermont: ~ by Bill McKibbon

Someone recommended this and I had it on my wish list so,  being tired of Christmas stories for now and having a few days between group reads,  I picked up on it.   It’s cute but it has some meaning. … Continue reading

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Rest You Merry ~ by Charlotte MacLeod

Professor Peter Shandy of Balaclava Agricultural College decorated his campus house in an outrageous manner for the annual Christmas Illumination fundraiser and then he left town.   Unfortunately,  he was forced to return early and thus discovered the dead body … Continue reading

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Fields Where They Lay ~ by Tim Hallinan 

I read this last Christmas but this Christmas a year chose it to discuss and I started thinking about it and didn’t remember enough.   Why should I buy another seasonal book when I’ve got this one around?   So … Continue reading

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Mrs Osmond ~ by John Bancroft

This book came up rather suddenly in a group which reads good stuff and recently published books are fine.   I’m a fan of John Bancroft (although not Benjamin Black so much) and Henry James as well.   What Bancroft … Continue reading

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Shyness and Dignity ~ by Dad Solstad

The BookGroup List chose this one to discuss for the last half of December.  It looked interesting so I got it.  I’d never heard of Solstead but I familiar with Ibsen.  It’s a very short book.    I suppose “intense” … Continue reading

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