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New Iberia Blues ~ by James Lee Burke

As a long-time and avid fan of James Lee Burke, I had to get this and read it as soon as it was available. But my reading is still a wee tad slow due to various causes, so although it … Continue reading

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The Bookshop ~ by Penelope Fitzgerald

I read this a long time ago and thought I remembered it. Well, I did remember the setting and the heroine’s general predicament as well as how it ended, but my memory of the themes and specifics was almost nil … Continue reading

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The Tangled Tree ~ by David Quammen

Brilliant book – Quammen tells us the story of what has been happening to the idea of the “Tree of Life” idea in the field of biology. Charles Darwin came up with that idea and a little graphic back in … Continue reading

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Milkman by Anna Burns

Wow. I mean “Wow!” Milkman is considered “experimental” and I think it is really what with the lack of character and setting names plus stream of consciousness approach. But it worked for me and apparently the Man Booker judges as … Continue reading

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Three weeks?

Has it really been three weeks since I’ve written a book review? There was one non-review blog entry on January 3, but prior to that it was 12/28 and today is 1/17! I really didn’t want to stop blogging – … Continue reading

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My site is currently under fairly heavy reconstruction – remodeling you might say. It’s NOT cosmetic. I upgraded and then the filing system changed and it’s really too cumbersome anyway,. A lot of the old posts/reviews are going to be … Continue reading

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The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: ~ by Ganesh Sitaraman x2

This book is so dense and so good I had to read it twice. Yes! This time it gets a 10, but it takes work. The author is a legal scholar at Vanderbilt University so, as one might expect, the … Continue reading

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Lost Empress (a protest)~ by Sergio de la Pava

Great novel, inventive, ambitious, fun. It’s a bit wordy and convoluted, but still, one of the best I’ve read this year.   First, the subtitle is definitely meaningful – pay attention. There is a Prologue, but the story really kicks off … Continue reading

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The Feral Detective ~ by Jonathan Lethem

I started reading Jonathan Letham back in the 1990s when he came out with Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude, both of which I greatly enjoyed. Then something turned me off, I have no idea what, and he dropped off my radar.  But here he is back … Continue reading

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Bad Blood: ~ by John Carreyrou

Yes!  It’s every bit as good as the hype and reviews say it is and it’s on several “Best of 2018” lists.  I’ve been meaning to read it since it came out because the techie/true crime nature of it really … Continue reading

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The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle

This is the first of my Christmas readings this year.   It’s only a short story, (so it won’t count on my tally),  but it’s supposedly one of Doyle’s better Holmes tales, so I wanted to read it anyway,  and … Continue reading

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Nursing Homes Are Murder ~ by Mike Befeler

It’s time for dumb.  I’ve followed this series since book #1 which, being a mystery series, caught my attention and then it tickled my silly-bone.  But be warned,  it’s a stupid kind of humor and while the first one is … Continue reading

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