Category Archives: 2013

Arctic Summer

Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut 2014/352 pages rating: 6 /fiction – fictionalized biography Nonfiction which “reads like a novel”  is fairly common and I’ve read a fair amount,  but a novel which “read like a biography” is rather unusual – in fact this … Continue reading

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A Tale for the Time Being x2

A Tale for the Time Being x2 by Ruth Ozeki  (Canada) 2013 / 422 pages read by Ruth Ozeki 14h 43m rating – 8 / fiction This is a re-read because although I read it for the Booker Group back … Continue reading

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The Plantagenets

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones 2012 / 580 pages read by Clive Chafer/ 20h 49m rating: 9 – history of England “The prince was drunk.”   So begins Jones fast-paced, bloody  and insightful … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Human Existence

The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson 2013 / 208 pages read by Jonathan Hogan 5h 6m rating – 8.5  / nonfiction – science philosophy (I both read and listened to this one) Read for the All-Nonfiction reading … Continue reading

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The World’s Strongest Librarian

The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne 2013 / 30 pages Read by Stephen R. Thorne 8h 34m Rating: 7/ memoir Funny.  Funny, funny, funny and with a very … Continue reading

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The Testament of Mary

The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin 2013 / 97 pages (novella) Rating:  7.5 / historical fiction What Tóibín has tried to do is imagine the life of Mary,  the mother of Jesus, and have her tell what she knows about … Continue reading

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Standing in Another Man’s Grave

Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin 2013 * narrated by James Macpherson 111h 26m book 20 of the John Rankin series – rating – C Zoe Hazlitt went missing many years ago,  but her mother continues to hope.  Now … Continue reading

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The Map Thief

The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps by Michael Blanding 2014 – 320 pages read by Sean Runnette – 8h 35m rating – 7.5  – history/crime I’d never heard of Forbes … Continue reading

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A Tale For the Time Being

A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Oziki rating 8.5 / contemp. There are at least two interwoven stories involved in this tale. The first concerns Yasutani Nao, a 15-year old Japanese girl, partly raised in California, who writes … Continue reading

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My Promised Land

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of IsraelAri Shavit2013 / 464 pagesrating – ?   – memoir/history Later:  Considering the title, I took this book to be a memoir, not a history or official anything. I took it to … Continue reading

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Last Friends

Last Friends by Jane Gardham 2013 / 213 pages rating 8.5 / contemp fiction (9.25 for the trilogy) I  have just needed to read this book ever since it came out.  I loved the prior two in the “Old Filth” … Continue reading

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The Lowland

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri 2013/ 354 pages rating:  8.75 / contemp – India This looked and felt like promising from the end of the very short first chapter where it says: Certain creatures laid eggs that were able to endure … Continue reading

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