Monthly Archives: August 2021

The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror ~ by Don Winslow

Don Winslow has been writing books since 1991 and I’ve been reading them since maybe 2000. He writes a lot and I’ve read a dozen or so but I’ve missed several – this was one I’d missed. He’s also won … Continue reading

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The Splendid and the Vile ~ Erik Larson

I’ve wanted to read this since it came out in 2020 but I’ve put it off because at the same time I was just not interested in Winston Churchill and the blitz.  At some point recently I saw it available … Continue reading

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Orientalism ~ by Edward Said

I’d wanted to read this for so long – since college days it feels like. but it was published a few years after I graduated so I couldn’t have even heard about it there.  It must have been mentioned or … Continue reading

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The Wreck ~ by Landon Beach

Bought on sale –  mostly stupid.  Too much fluff and too much romance. Eventually there turns out to be a mystery and then some murders and then a thriller type ending. The reason I got it was probably because of … Continue reading

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All Quiet on the Western Front ~ by Erich Maria Remarque

In all my years of reading I somehow never got around to reading this.  So when I noticed I got it and put it on my Wish List.  Okay, fine.  There it sat for a few years, probably until it … Continue reading

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A Deadly Influence ~ by Mike Omer

Another on-sale book.  I buy these sometimes in case I hit a lag for some reason I’d have a good crime mystery to keep me busy.  I’ve never read this author before but the Audible blurb made it sound like … Continue reading

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There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job ~ by Kikuko Tsumato

I read this specifically because August is “Women In Translation” month.  I read three other books earlier this year which could have done it and two of them were also by Japanese writers, but I wanted something new.  Fwiw, I … Continue reading

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Another Kind of Eden – by James Lee Burke

This is a new book in the Hackberry Family / Holland Family series.  I’ve been reading these books for many years but at this point it’s only as they come out.  I’m tempted to go back and reread some of … Continue reading

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Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement ~ by Kahneman, Sibony, Sunstein

This book could have been a textbook in one of my graduate courses in Public Administration. It’s well enough written and enjoyable IF you are motivated to read it.  For most readers, it’s  not a book to cozy up with … Continue reading

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The Windsor knot ~ by S.J. Bennett

What a waste.  This is the first book of a series I’ll be skipping.   The Windsor Knot  by S.J. Bennett read by Jane Copland 8h 5mRating:  3 / mystery  The publisher’s summary; “The first book in a highly original and delightfully clever … Continue reading

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The Invention of Nature ~ by Andrea Wulff x2

As I said in my first review, this book is so packed with information about Alexander von Humboldt and others of the era that it’s definitely worth a second reading. So I did it – I was sure I’d missed … Continue reading

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Entangled Life ~ by Merlin Sheldrake

What a fascinating book!  I kept getting confused about what was on the schedule for the All-Nonfiction reading group and although Entangled Life did not make the list, I kept putting it on there.  And then with a member straightening … Continue reading

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Forget the Alamo ~ by Burrough, Tomlinson, and Stanford

Yes!  Oh what a good book this one is!  I should have got the Kindle version along with the wonderfully well written and narrated Audible version to start with,  but I didn’t until it was almost too late and I … Continue reading

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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

What an absolutely incredible book about an incredible man and incredible people who were inspired by him – the beat goes on although scientists themselves interrupted it for awhile.  The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New Worldby Andrea Wulff2020 … Continue reading

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The Premonition ~ by Michael Lewis 

I finally got this – I’ve loved reading Michael Lewis’ books since The Big Short in 2010 and then went back and read a couple priors but also continuing forward.  My last book was  The Fifth Risk and I felt … Continue reading

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Billy Summers ~ by Stephen King

To start with,  the character of Billy Summers is immediately sympathetic because as a reader of comic books he’s obviously not as smart as the reader and that’s going to excuse a lot of things. But, without telling anyone, he … Continue reading

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The Department of Sensitive Cases ~ by Alexander McCall Smith

Cozy almost to the point of silly, but Alexander McCall Smith, who writes The Ladies #1 Detective Agency series, is fun for me.  It took me some time to get into the mood of the story and the character of Ulf … Continue reading

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