Monthly Archives: July 2018

A Rising Man~ by Abir Mukherjee

I read this for the 4-Mystery Addicts reading group – I’m trying to alternate between fiction and nonfiction right now because reading too much about the unfolding current events gets quite draining even though I’m fascinated. ******* A Rising Man … Continue reading

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The Road to Unfreedom: ~ by Timothy Snyder

Fascinating – amazing –  book – I mean REALLY!   It’s kind of philosophically heavy but … and needs careful reading,  but it’s definitely worth it.  (I had to read many sentences and paragraphs at least twice.)   I both … Continue reading

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The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

And this is a new (7/crime novel which caught my eye due to a glowing review and interesting description somewhere.    I need breaks from the grim nonfiction and news these days and this does it for me – and … Continue reading

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Who We Are and How We Got Here: ~ by David Reich

David Reich is an important scientist in the area of  ancient DNA research,  that is,  extracting and analyzing the components of the genome and its parts for information as to where it evolved and developed.  The ancient part includes analyzing … Continue reading

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Snap ~ by Belinda Bauer

The Man Booker Prize long list 2018 was published a couple days ago and there were a couple I’d read and 2 of the 13 listed (Warlight by Michael Ondaatje and The Overstory by Richard Powers -links to  my reviews).   … Continue reading

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The Death of Truth:~ by Michiko Kakutani

Good, good book –  *IF*  – you’re interested in how deconstruction and other literary ideas back to Borges et al,  as well as the great propaganda machines of 20th century dictatorships as well as technology have contributed to the trouble … Continue reading

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The People’s House ~ by David Pepper

This is the book which kinda-sorta in a way  predicted the current Russia election scandal – without specifics but with heavy duty big issues.   It’s political fiction and a thriller to boot in addition to having been published two months … Continue reading

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October: ~  The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville

This is a marvelous book IF  you are interested in the Bolshevik Revolution and what happened BETWEEN February and October of 1917. This was written in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution –  October 25, 1917,  this … Continue reading

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Out of Africa (abridged) ~ by Isak Denison  

I grabbed it when I saw it as an Audible Daily Deal not noticing it was an abridged version –  eeks!   But, oh well …   it was very cheap and made a nice break while reading China Mieville’s … Continue reading

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Warlight ~ by Michael Ondaatje

Nominated by me to read in the Cafe Deletterati reading group –  I was hoping I enjoyed this Ondaatje as much as I’ve enjoyed his priors (that I’ve read) and also kind of in honor of his winning the Golden … Continue reading

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A Month in the Country ~ by J.L Carr

The Cafe de Letterati  chose this book as it’s July 15th read-  I’ve read it before but it’s been a long time and I remember liking it quite a lot.  Published in 1980 –  I think I read it in the … Continue reading

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Grown Up Anger: ~ by Daniel Wolff

I read this because it was the choice for discussion in the Allnonfiction reading group for August –  I started early  because I couldn’t find something better to read,  so – why not?   I’ve loved Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie since … Continue reading

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