Sunday, June 25, 2017

Everybody's Son by Thrity Umrigar



I picked this up because I liked her other books so much, but this was disappointing.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown



I really enjoyed this. For once, the plot twists were decent.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Last of the Blue and Grey by Richard Serrano


Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War by [Serrano, Richard A.]  Very interesting, if somewhat disturbing and also strangely funny.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? by Katrine Marcal

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: A Story of Women and Economics by [Marcal, Katrine]

I loved this so, so, so much. A contender for the all-time favorites list.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Detroit by Charlie LeDuff



Detroit: An American Autopsy by [LeDuff, Charlie]

Fascinating, horrifying, depressing, and vulgar.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Prince Charles by Sally Bedell Smith

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I really enjoyed this.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lille de Jong by Janet Benton



So in many ways, this was excellent. But I felt that it was marred by several improbably coincidences used to move the plot along.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore



Fascinating. A great story and interesting slice of history.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Skitter by Ezekiel Boone



I'm embarrassed by how much I liked this: not only is it a spider apocalypse, but it is also clearly a "middle in a trilogy" where the ball barely gets moved down the court. But, yet, I loved it.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Devoured by Sophie Egan



This was largely shallow and derivative, but it had a few interesting moments.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Matriarch by Anne Edwards



I really enjoyed this one. Recommended.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The Breaker Boys by Pat Hughes



Tru and I read this for his book group. The book isn't particularly excellent in terms of writing style, but the history is interesting and well-presented.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Coolidge by Amity Shlaes



I think Shlaes' politics are ridiculous, but this was still an enjoyable book.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I Found You by Lisa Jewell



Normally, I like Lisa Jewell, but the character development was poor and the plot too contrived.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Great Dissent by Thomas Healy



Interesting. (It's amazing to me how much our attitudes about the priority of free speech have changed over the years.)

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally



One of the most interesting books I have read in a long, long time. Highly recommended.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Year Zero by Ian Buruma



Excellent. (Depressing, but excellent.)

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Victoria's Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard



I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz



This was a fun read--a great send-up of the academic environment. I did find the ending somewhat disappointing.

Review copy provided by publisher.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai



The first half of this book was utterly perfect; the second half was decent.

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