Sunday, October 31, 2021

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout


I think I liked this?

Race after Technology by Ruha Benjamin


This is an excellent introduction to the ways in which seemingly objective technologies can entrench and even expand systemic racism.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe


Amazingly well written, and an infuriating story. This is one of those books that everyone should read.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Monday, October 25, 2021

The Privileged Poor by Anthony Abraham Jack


Everyone who works in higher ed admin should read this.

Racism without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva


On the one hand, this felt dated; on the other hand, it felt completely relevant.

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles


I was just charmed by this -- I loved the characters.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Children's Secret by Nina Monroe


This was lame -- it just tried to do too much.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Running Smart by Mariska Van Sprundel


Interesting. As a summary: everything you've read about running (good shoes, foam rolling, warming up) lacks any scientific basis.

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott


I'm not usually in to (pseudo?) magical realism, but I loved this.

How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith


This was stunning, as well as amazingly lyrical.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett


Really well done and thought-provoking.

The Genetic Lottery by Kathryn Paige Harden


I didn't agree with all of this, but it is a fascinating topic.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The Judge's List by John Grisham


Classic Grisham -- this worked really well. A fun read.

Review copy provided by publisher.

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman


So much fun. The characterization is really clever.

Monday, October 18, 2021

The 99% Invisible City by Roman Mars


This was amazing -- seriously, so fascinating. Highly recommended.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki


This was very unusual, and I still haven't decided if I liked it.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

The Dilemma by B. A. Paris


This was dumb -- too many coincidences. It might have worked as a farce.

A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century by Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein


Wow, this was epically bad. The only reason I finished reading it was the same reason people slow down to gape at car wrecks.

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui


Super-interesting. I started lap swimming a few months ago, and a lot of this really resonated with me.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Bewilderment by Richard Powers


This would be a great read for a book group -- there's so much here to discuss.

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow


Very well written and great fun.

Review copy provided by publisher.

My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson


This was amazing. Highly recommended for its excellent writing.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen


I disliked this at first because of my strong conviction that, if Franzen were female, their works would be dismissed as "chick lit" instead of as one of the best novelists of this generation.

Be that as it may, the story grew on me. Franzen has a gift for characterization, specifically for showing how events appear differently from different perspectives.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Dear Evan Hansen


This was charming.

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