Friday, July 30, 2010

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel The first third of this book was brilliant. Then it dragged. Then the ending partially redeemed the middle, but only partially.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mrs. Woolf and the Servants by Alison Light

Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury I liked this. I've always been fascinated by the history of service in Britain. Why, I do not know.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

One Second After William R. Forstchen

One Second After Fascinating concept, mediocre writing, insipid political commentary.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Kindle

Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 6" Display, White, 3G Works Globally - Latest Generation I've only had it for a few hours, but I'm already not clear how I survived without it. (And I'm pretty pleased that I got it brand new for $125--gotta love Craigslist!) Right now, Truman is sitting on the couch, having Aesop's fables read out loud to him.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Infidel This will, I'm sure, make for a very interesting book group discussion this week since Ali does a fabulous job situating the personal within the political. My own feelings about the book are quite mixed as, on the one hand, she presents a devastating critique of the usual western view of Islam but, on the other hand, the book sounds a little too much like the "disgruntled former member books" that we all know not to take too seriously. In any case, it was definitely interesting reading.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time This is one of the very best books I have read in my entire life; it was utterly fascinating. I will save it and have my 9th graders read it as part of their biology curriculum.

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