Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

A fascinating story and a phenomenally well-written book. Highly, highly recommended.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Square Meal by Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe

A bit of this felt like irrelevant padding, but most of it was very interesting.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

I'm still trying to decide how I feel about this one.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

I never would have picked this up on my own because I don't do celebrity bios, but it was free on Audible, so . . . and it was fantastic, because it wasn't really a celeb bio but rather a memoir of growing up under apartheid. Recommended.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Marriage: A History by Stephanie Coontz

Fascinating. (And accidentally fascinating in the ways in which it is already out-of-date after only a decade.)

The Fireman by Joe Hill

If this had been 1/3 the length, it would have been great. But I was resentful by the time I finished it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Us by David Nicholls

I really, really enjoyed this. The narrator was so . . . much like me.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

One Man Against the World by Tim Weiner

Fascinating (and horrifying, especially given the current political situation).

The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg

I was completely charmed by this big-hearted book.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

I give pretty much the same review to all of Daisy Goodwin's books: this was like reading Downton Abbey. And if you are wondering: it tracks the new ITV series extremely closely, except that the book ends immediately after the engagement.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Breakdown Lane by Jacquelyn Mitchard

This was just OK.

Rome by Rick Steves

This was enormously useful. Recommended.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The Medieval World Complete by Robert Bartlett

I read this out loud to Truman as part of our study of the Middle Ages. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

I just don't know. Some parts of this were very well done, but others would slip into cliched nonsense.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Emmett Till by Devery Anderson

Extremely well done.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

I didn't love Where'd You Go, Bernadette, but I really, really liked this book: it is funny and goofy, but with some substantial social commentary. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon

Absolutely fascinating. Also: gorgeous cover.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

I was so looking forward to this because I love Connie Willis, but I was disappointed.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Good combination of medical drama, courtroom drama, and social commentary--marred only slightly by one over-the-top twist at the end.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

I think I really liked this.

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Fog Diver by Joel Ross

I read this to Truman for his bookgroup. meh.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Empire of Things by Frank Trentmann

Absolutely fascinating.

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