Category Archives: paper version

Moneyball:

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis 2003 / 288 pages read by Scott Brick 10h 26m rating:  8.75 / nonfiction – baseball-tech What in the world is a nice girl like me doing reading a … Continue reading

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Heir to the Glimmering World

Heir to the Glimmering World by Cynthia Ozick 2004 / 310 pages rating 9 / 20th c. fiction I read this the first time back in 2004 – I know this because I have a hard cover copy.   It’s … Continue reading

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Wolfy and the Strudelbakers

Wolfy and the Strudelbakers by Zvi Jagendorf (German/British/Israeli) 2001 / 187 pages rating 9 /historical fiction An extended  Jewish family of “refijees”  from Austria arrives in London during WWII.  They are not totally welcome and don’t understand British ways but … Continue reading

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Reef

Reef by Romesh Gunesekera (Brit/Sri Lanka) 1994/190 pages rating:  9 / contemp fiction I suppose this is a sort of coming-of-age story,  set in Sri Lanka roughly between  1962 and 1971 and later.   The 1st person protagonist is a Sri … Continue reading

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The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (US) 1952/124 pages Rating:   9.5 / classic Oh my.  I saw this and realized that I read this so long ago I couldn’t remember the ending –  I’m thinking high … Continue reading

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Beowulf

Beowulf by anonymous – 8th century?/3182 lines Rating  9/classic – Scandinavian heroic myth I have no idea why this book was sitting in my shelves – I probably bought it at some point – a long time ago.   It’s … Continue reading

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The Teahouse

The Teahouse by Lao She  (Manchu-Chinese) 1957 / 197 pages (bi-lingual/but a good intro) Rating: 9 /   historical play What treasures I’m finding on my TBR shelves!   This is a play purchased prior to my trip to China. … Continue reading

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Stagecoach Heyday

Stagecoach Heyday in the San Joaquin Valley 1853-1876 by William Harland Boyd (US) 1983 / 74 pages Rating 5 / history This is a real honest-to-god hard-cover little book published by the Kern County Historical Society.   I have no … Continue reading

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The Falls

The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates 2004 / 481 pages rating: 7.5 I’ve not read a whole lot in the oeuvre of Joyce Carol Oates – she’s so prolific and what few I have read have not really totally satisfied.  Don’t get … Continue reading

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Warlock

Warlock by Oakley Hallz fiction/classic/western 1959 / 471 page Rating:  10 This may be the best book I read all year – it certainly is the best  to date, so… Excellent,  excellent book – wow,  omg,  yes! >>>>MORE >>>>

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A Thread of Grace

A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell 2005/ 464 pages Rating 8 Been meaning to read this for ages because I really loved The Sparrow and although Children of God was an obvious sequel with nowhere near the impact … Continue reading

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In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez 1994 / 352 pages Rating: 6 I’ve been wanting to read this for some time –  probably ever since I read The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa,  a Peruvian writer.   … Continue reading

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