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N is for November

I see by a blog I follow that the challenge/meme/whatever “Spell the Month in Books” is being hosted by Jana at  https://reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com/tag/spellthemonthinbooks/  .       And this being November that means Nonfiction!  I read quite a lot of nonfiction so I … Continue reading

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Apeirognon ~ by Colum McCann

This is a highly acclaimed literary novel based on a true story about Jews and Palestinians and their forever conflict.  The story here is mainly about two fathers who are grieving the killing their young daughters, both mind-numbingly tragic, during … Continue reading

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The Shadow Murders – by Jussi Adler Olsen

I’ve been following this series since it started and I love those early books.  The later ones got darker and grimmer and it seemed the characters lost some of their quirky flavor. But the plots continued to be excellent.  The … Continue reading

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Lucy by the Sea ~ by Elizabeth Strout

What an incredible addition to Strout’s oeuvre! Her last 7 books are not really a true series, but some of the characters appear in several of the prior books going all the way back to Olive Kitteridge. This book is … Continue reading

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J.G. Boswell and the Making of A Secret American Empire by Mark Arax and Rick Wartzman

Good book if you’re interested in South Central California or love the writing of Mark Arax as I do. He writes about South Central California for the LA times and other books, I’ve read 3 of his 4 books now. … Continue reading

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Freezing Order ~ by Bill Browder

This book is soooo good I couldn’t help myself I just kept typing… (sorry) —>. For some reason I thought this book was about Antarctica and a spy mission down there. Ha and LOL!  I really should have taken a look at … Continue reading

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A Short History of Humanity ~ by Johannes Krause, Thomas Trappe

Johannes Krause is the scientist here and Thomas Trappe is the journalist and together they’ve written this and other books in German which Caroline Waight has translated into English.  I both read and listened but the Kindle copy was very … Continue reading

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Death of a Red Heroine ~ by Qiu Xiaolong

I read this for a challenge to read the alphabet and this is X for Xiaolong because that’s what he is in Wikipedia. He’s lived in the US since 1989 and by his Wiki article is a pretty interesting guy. Also, … Continue reading

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Confidence Man ~ by Maggie Haberman

There’s a natural and surprisingly strong story arc here and Halberman works with it perfectly. The narrative thrust starts with Trump’s indecision, but he does grab the ball to run, wins, plays gossip and musical chairs in the White House, … Continue reading

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Sparring Partners by John Grisham

This book is comprised of three novellas.  I enjoy novellas.  Individually they are called  “Homecoming,”   “Strawberry Moon,” and the longest, “Sparring Partners.”   Sparring Partners by John Grisham 2022 /  9h 57mRead by Jeff Daniels , Ethan Hawke , January LaVoy Rating: 9.5 / crime, but … Continue reading

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The Last Flight ~ by Julie Clark

A freebie crime novel and I got it although I had doubts. I don’t enjoy run-of-the-mill domestic suspense novels.  This isn’t much different.   The Last Flight by Julie Clark2020 Read by Khristine Hvam & Lauren Fortgang 9h 23mRating  C-/ crime-thriller  Claire and Eva first meet at … Continue reading

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Horse ~by Geraldine BrooksHorse

Geraldine Brooks seems to be getting better with every book and she certainly is versatile  My first of her books was Year of Wonder which I received as a gift from my sister. For a long time I thought that … Continue reading

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