Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The Story of the Country House by Clive Aslet


Interesting, but also a bit frustrating because it tried to cover so much ground so quickly. But a nice overview.

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Three Sisters by Heather Morris


As a novel, this doesn't really break any new ground if you have already read Holocaust accounts. However, knowing how closely it is based on real-life experiences, it is amazing.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

A Face for Picasso by Ariel Henley


So an interesting story, and a great job incorporating a critical critique of beauty culture, but -- and maybe it was just the narrator -- this just didn't hold together as well as it should have.

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The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett


This was lame.

The Corpse Flower by Anne Mette Hancock


This was OK -- a few glimpses of clever writing, a decent plot -- but not outstanding.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Monday, November 22, 2021

The Circle by David Eggers

This was just OK. 

Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons


I still can't decide if I liked this. I'm leaning towards no because the end was too neat.

An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Turnsten


It's hard to say anything about this without major spoilers, but . . . this was so intriguing and unusual. I think it would be a great choice for book groups. 

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

The Wife Upstairs by Freida McFadden


I didn't like this. The plot was too byzantine and the writing was not great.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum


Very interesting history -- it made me think about parallels to big tech today.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine


I really enjoyed this -- the plot was kind of different, the writing was clever. I'll be seeking out her other books.

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

O Beautiful by Jung Yun


Usually when a book tries to explore several social issues, it irritates me. But this one worked really well. This would be a great title for book groups.

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Vanishing Edge by Claire Kells


In some ways, this was a very predictable mystery, but in other ways, it was kind of innovative and interesting.

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The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow


I had really been looking forward to this, and it did not disappoint. Basically, the Davids are challenging the assumption that societies evolve in a predictable and necessary way. I didn't agree with everything, but this book is fascinating.

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Monday, November 08, 2021

All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris

This was amazing -- the perfect blend of thriller and social commentary. Highly recommended.

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Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

This was so, so funny. I had no idea she was so funny.

Ruined by Design by Mike Monteiro


This was amazing. No one should be allowed to design anything without reading this first. Also, his palpable anger in the narration was, honestly, fabulous.

We Want to Do More than Survive by Bettina L. Love


This was fantastic. I learned so much. 

Saturday, November 06, 2021

Susan, Linda, Nina, & Cokie by Lisa Napoli


The tone of this was frequently annoying, but there were great bits of history and NPR lore in it.

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Early Morning Rise by Katherine Heiny


I found this charming, but the ending was weak.

Running: A Love Story by Jen A. Miller



The Second Marriage by Jess Ryder


This was pretty lame -- very predictable from scene to scene.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Killer Research by Jenn McKinlay


This just felt very shallow.

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