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Nightmare Scenario ~ by Yasmeen Abutaleb

I got tired of politic books after Trump’s first impeachment trial and although I watched and read the news as carefully as usual, I had no desire to go more deeply into anything.  In January of 2021 I read Ten … Continue reading

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The Man Who Died ~ by Antti Tuomainen

This is another book I got at the last Audible sale. I’d had this on my Wish List for several months already, but just hadn’t done anything about it and then it pops up on the sale.  I probably had … Continue reading

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Letters to Camondo – by Edmund de Waal.

This very literary work of nonfiction comes to us from the hand of the same author who wrote The Hare with the Amber Eyes so popular a couple decades ago (2000).   It’s the same general material with the focus … Continue reading

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A Gentleman’s Murder ~ by Christopher Huang

This book started out so good – and then there got to be too many characters which, because I thought to take notes, ended up being okay.  But then there were so many things happening that between the “too many’s … Continue reading

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Antiquities ~ by Cynthia Ozick

It’s April of 1949 and the seven remaining Trustees of the Temple Academy for Boys have been living at the old school in Westchester County, New York for the 34 years since it closed.  That is, since 1915. These alumni are … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles ~ by Agatha Christie

Originally published in 1916, this is the first of the 44 Hercule Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie published between then and 1975 (she died in 1975 and the last volume was published posthumously). I read many (!) of them in … Continue reading

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Robert E Lee and Me ~ by Ty Siedule

I want to read this again because it’s different from any book, at least any history book, I’ve ever read. This is a history/memoir as an historian would write it and it’s about his own personal experience as it relates … Continue reading

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When These Mountains Burn ~ by David Joy

This is a really, really good book – an excellent book actually.  A powerful book if you read carefully.  I listened to it twice with no Kindle version involved.  The reader, McLeod Andrews,  is that good, too, made for a … Continue reading

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The Craft ~ by John Dickie

Oh this is a wonderful book,.  It’s the history of the Freemasons from the 17th or 18th century to modern times plus some folklore from misty ancient times. It’s easy to read often reading like a novel. Dickie, an expert … Continue reading

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Project Hail Mary ~ by Andy Weir

If you liked The Martian by the same author, Project Hail Mary is better – especially if you’re listening.  If you didn’t much care for The Martian you might not like this, although it’s been widely praised.  *****Project Hail Maryby … Continue reading

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The Last ~ by Hanna Jameson

While Jon Keller is in Switzerland at an academic convention the world’s cities explode in nuclear warfare.  Meanwhile Jon’s wife and children are in San Francisco, probably one of the bombed cities.  John is staying at an upscale hotel/resort which … Continue reading

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Some Choose Darkness ~ by Charlie Donlea

I don’t know what I expected but this was a bit more on the rough side than I readily enjoy.  I’m not fond of anonymous serial killer books with fictional ones more objectionable.  That said, I got hooked into it … Continue reading

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