Barker, , US author. Set partly in pages. Pseudo of Miles Tripp. Leicester, Thorpe, , pages. First adventure. York, St. Mira Books, , pages. Tullybody UK , Diadem Books, , pages. Cape Town, Zebra Press, , pages. South African Writer. Bles, , pages. London, London, G. Chick Springs Pub. The James Stuart Adventures. Bles, , pages Crime Story. British author, journalist. Mombasa detective Daniel Jouma. South Africa and Germany unite forces to attack US.
Set in Leisure Books, , pages. New York, Viking Press, , pages. Rebellious natives Africa Kenya , in Hodder, , pages. Kidnapping of the president. New York, Jove Books, , pages. Joseph, , pages. Mill Company, , pages. Atlanta, Turner Publishing, , pages. Publishers S. Three, New York, One of the very few s detective stories Owen, York, Macmillan, , pages. Author born in South Africa.
York, Pinnacle Books, , pages. Horn of Africa, New South African author. Sudan, civil war. Zimbabwean writer. A South crime story, spy chiller. Mercenaries try pages. MacLaglen, Kimono, New York, Walker, , [idem] pages. Movie making in the African wild. Novelization] Africana Books, , pages. Pseudo of Henry Pelham Burn. Genre; murder mystery. Dance, sl. Us author. Twickenham, Athena Press Ltd. Locked-room murder mystery. South African author. London, Hale, , pages. Sudan, UN forces against warring Africans.
Writer from Zimbabwe. Pacesetters , , 99 pages. Young adults English writer. London, Hammond, , pages. Lived and was story, adventure. Eden, Leicester, Ulvers-croft, , Canadian author. Pseudo of Christopher pages. London, WW Norton, , pages. Education, Pacesetters , , pages. Headline, , pages. William Morrow, , pages. Carribean author. Books, , pages. English author. Mozambique after the civil war. Author born in Mexico. London,Scribner, , pages.
Heisted New York, St. Pseudo of Norman Lee. Lost [idem] [ed. English writer see also Gordon Ashe. Mystery , , pages.
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South African writer. Macmillan, , pages. Palfrey South West Africa. Diamond smuggling. A lost city, intelligents Avon Books, , pages. Murder, London, Collins, , pages. Irish author. Revenge Scottish writer and most notorious criminal. London, Hutchinson, , pages. US authors. Albuquerque NM , Literally Publishing, , pages. Rhodesian writer. Barn Press, , pages. Nigeria, intelligence officers. New York, Pyramid Books, , pages. Pseudo of Norman A. Weidenfeld, , pages. Nazi hunt, Fourth Reich.
Graves, London, Robert Hale, , mystery. Writer born in Johannesburg. Pseudo of John Creasey. Blackett, , pages. Allen, , pages. French author. Dutton, , pages. Writer born in Zimbabwe. Book II , , pages. South Afrian author. House name. Hardy Boys, no For young Adults.
Wild, London, W. London, Gollancz, , pages. Gollancz, , pages. Town, Simondium, , pages. Great War. Nelson, Pacesetters , , pages. Mercantile printing Works, , pages. African Writer. Johannesburg, Penguin Books, , pages. Rain Forest. Entertainment, London, John Murray, , 91 pages. Swedish writer. Andre Deutsch, , pages. Arms smuggling. Love and corruption in Lagos. Nigeria , Wusen Publishers, , pages. Shawn , pages. Moyra Kelly. Basingstoke, Macmillan Education, French author. Genre, thriller, police Pacesetters , , pages. Has lived in Kenya. Drug smuggling. Young adults. London, Jenkins, , pages.
Canadian writer. Tullybody, Diadem Books, , pages. London, Collins, , pages. British author, alis E. Hale, , pages. Australian author. Genre; mystery and romance. Central Africa. Kevin Mac Donald, Zangaro, in West Africa. English author, who grew up in Africa. Dobson, , pages. York, Warner Books, , pages.
Canadian author born in Johannesburg. Popular Book Club, , pages. Severn House, , pages. Mau insurrection. York, Penguin Books, , pages. Six days in the noir.
Pittsburgh Penn. First published in S. Rhodesian war hero Rigby Croxford. York, Signet, , pages. Spanish writer. New York, Vantage Press, , pages. Pseudo of US author born in Chile. For young African jungle adults. Africa, mercenaries in the Congo. For young readers. Kenyan writer. Graf, , pages. Pseudo of Norman Robert stories] McKeown. Methuen, , pages. New York, Delacorte Press, , pages.
New York, D. Safari, New York, Doubleday, , pages. Lusaka, Zambia, Rhodesia. Mrs Emily Kenyan writer. Grant, , Toronto, New Press, Africa Ghana and part Mali. Cape Town, S. Scientific Publishing Co. Dunai Marks South African writer. London, Eyre Methuen, , pages. Atlantic books, , pages. Australian born author. Kwela Books, , pages. Johnson, investigative journalist.
Egmont Childrens Book, , pages. British Writer. Barker, , pages. Africa, Cape Town. Lewes, Book Guild Publishing, , British author. New York, Belmont, , pages. African nation. Hamilton, , pages. London, Hamilton, , pages. South Africa all titles. London, Heinemann, , pages. Africa, Somalia. President, Sutton, Severn House, , pages. Press S. Amercian writer. Toronto Seal Books, , pages. Kenya, safari. Sid Harta Publishers, , pages. Twelve parts by the BBC in Hutchinson, London, Eldon, Genre; crime London, Hutchinson, , pages.
Author is a missionary in Mozambique. Mission Hope Series 1. New York, Putnam, , pages. Mission Hope and South Africa. Series 2. Heinemann, , pages. London, Constable, , pages. York, William Morrow, , pages. Us writer. Bloomington Ind. York, Manor Books, , pages. Second Night, New York, T. Crowell, , pages. Author born and reared in East Africa. Fairfield CA , 1st Book Library, , pages. Sel- pages. Colombus Miss. Schuster, , pages. Mary Finney, medical Detective Story set in Zimbabwe, missionary. York, Worldwide, Gold Eagle, , com.
Worldwide, Gold Eagle, , pages. An afrikaner resistance movement has discovered the secret of nuclear fusion. World Wide, Gold Eagle, , pages. Lulu com. London, Souvenir Press, , pages. German author. Valentine, private investigator. Stories of Intrigue, Suspense and Thrills, British writer. Fallon of British Intelligene. Philadelphia, Lippincott, , pages. Author from Zimbabwe. Alan Bomack.
Crime fiction, adventure story. Southern Rhodesia, s, South Africa, gold smuggling. Wilkes, Congo Mercenary, York, Doubleday, , pages. London, Horwitz, , pages. Dillingham, , pages. South Africa British writer. Robert Hale, , pages. Traveled extensevely in Africa. Superintendant vachell. London, J. Long, , pages. Windus, , pages. Chatto Windus, , pages.
HYNE, C. Dimensions Company, , pages. New York, Knopf, , pages. Ivory poaching. Education, Pacesetters. Kenyan writers. Smuggling on legal thriller. Rhino poaching. Africa the uneasy transitional years. Africa, biochemical warfare. Edward Gaskell, , pages. English author has lived in South Africa. Pinnacle Books, , pages. Africa, Kalahari. New York, Harper, pages. Anti-colonial novel. Collins Crime, , pages. Collins, , pages. Series , , pages. Spectrum Books, , pages. Ashes, New York, Kensington Pub. African Diamond Fields. John Buchan. Powerful revenge story.
English writer born in India. Press, , pages. Kaye has traveled widely in Africa. Shape, London, Sampson Low, Marston, , pages. Elek, Ryerson Press, , pages. Young Africa. Writer from Uganda. New York, Random House, , pages. Congo, in the aftermath of Patrice British author. Diamond trade. Zimbabweans Now, Roggebaai S. Indianapolis, AuthorHouse, , pages. US author, ecologist. Chelsea House, , 91 pages. Nepotist Books, , pages.
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African Republic. Patrick Carlton, Justice department attorney. A plot to kill Idi Amin Dada. York, Chelsea House, , pages. Writer from Botswana. Accra, Sub-Saharan Publishers, , pages. Penguin, , pages. Kenya, murder investigation. Murder and revenge.
Settings, Sierra Nigeria , Spectrum Books, , pages. Author from Ghana. York, Africa World Press, , pages. A savage tale of espionage, fiction, crime fiction. Settings, Accra, betrayal and murder Ghana. Gardener, , pages. British author, Pseudo of David Cornwell. Congo, political intrigue, Central African warlords. London, Macmillan, , pages. African, drug traffic, poaching, murder. Congo, Tanzania. Bantam Books, , pages. Upper Guinea. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, , pages. Mifflin, , pages. Pseudo of Lewis Robinson.
Based on the pages. New York, St. Race relations. Innocents, CreateSpace, , pages. East African farm, blackmail. Mystery, Chicago, Moody Press, , pages. Okovango delta, the veldt of Southern British author. Beach prison, Equatorial Guinea. London, Headline, , pages.
Putnam, , pages. To be published in Fourth Jade de Jong novel. Wright and Brown, , pages. Rhodesia, stranded aviator South African writer. Swedish writer, living part-time in Ugandan writer. Master criminals couple fiction. For young Plot against Nelson Mandela by afrikaaner adults extremists. Educational Publishers, , 52 pages. AID s in Africa. Kenyan writer and publisher. Novel of South Africa, Johannesburg, Fieldhill, , pages. Capricorn, London, Robert Hale, , pages. Town, Struik Publishers, Umuzi, , Nigerian writer.
Frustrated man finds out that crime does not. Rousseau, , pages. National Park, South Africa. Hubris Publishing, , pages. Pseudo of William Watson. Africa in the 80s civil war US author. London, Geoffrey Bles, , pages. Scottish writer, born in Rhodesia. Character Mma Ramotswe. Detection, London, Little, Brown, , pages. Men, Edinburgh, Polygon, , pages. Edinburgh, Polygon, , pages. Built, London, Little, Brown, , [idem] pages. London, Little, Brown, , pages. Hall, Africa. Vincent , pages. Halfhyde of the Royal Navy.
US thriller. Committee of the Church of Scotland, n. One of the better jazz books of recent years. I rediscovered Tolstoy by reading them. More importantly, I realized how much the current history of the area north of Iran was actually related to the Russian expansion into that region in the nineteenth century. In this thoroughly researched page book, Morgan, a Pulitzer Prize winner, balances painful portraits of the months-long battle with detailed accounts of how American foreign policy was gradually pulled into the collapse of French colonialism.
Like many books by Westerners about Vietnam, the Vietnamese except for Ho Chi Minh and General Giap almost completely disappear into the background, despite that almost half the forces fighting on the French side at Dien Bien Phu were Vietnamese. A powerful Vietnam war novel by a former Marine officer, 35 years in the writing is a monumental attempt at self-healing, perhaps likely to become a war classic.
A reporter's look Chang was a WSJ writer at the immense social transformations caused by the migrations of millions of young women to the factory cities and their dormitories. The book is also for Chang a "Roots" experience, as she traces her own family roots to a rural northern village near the Great Wall. It was presented to the press as a good will junket, but Taft secretly negotiated treaties in Korea, Japan, China and the Philippines that negatively affected later Asian history.
Faced with political loss, Roosevelt's impulse was often to charge into some grand adventure, on San Juan Hill, in North Dakota, or in this book, in a terribly misconceived expedition to follow an unexplored river through the heart of interior Brazil. That any of them survived is a miracle. The author, a talented New Yorker journalist with little jungle experience, found a set of diaries of the early 20th century British explorer Percy Fawcett and resolved to follow his track to find the lost Indian empire the Spaniards called Eldorado.
Grann barely survived; Fawcett and his son were never found. There is a series of books by JD Robb. It is the Lt. Dallas Homicide detective series. They may not appeal to everyone, but the rapport between the characters is great, and I have loved and read all in the series. I eagerly await each new book as they come out not fast enough for me. So, hope this helps. Don't be turned off by the NAMES of the books and not for the faint at heart as the subject IS murder, but if a reader can get beyond that fact, the characters MORE than make up for the subject matter.
It didn't seem like I'd read any books except garden catalogues for quite a while, but I thought of one that I read this year and loved. Again this year I'm touting Bernd Heinrich, who has written a number of books that are just scientific enough for me to learn something and have just enough human interest to really grab me emotionally. The book I read most recently really got to me emotionally.
After his father's death, Bernd found himself drawn to the task of piecing together Gerd's life, from his childhood on a family estate in Poland, through the family's dangerous and incredibly suspenseful escape in the wake of World War II and re-settlement in Western Maine, to the painful and frustrating wrangles Bernd and his father engaged in as Bernd found his own way in his father's field. Permeating the book is Gerd's absolute obsession with the study and identification of different species of parasitical ichneumon wasps. He spent his life hunting down specimens of these wasps, identifying their species or prompting the identification of a new species, and adding them to his collection.
Also at the core of the book is the disappointment and pain felt by both father and son in their dealings with each other.
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Ultimately, they were much more alike than different, and much more closely bound together than I think either of them thought. I found the book deeply moving -- to see how Bernd finally came to walk in his father's shoes and see Gerd on Gerd's own terms is very sad at times, but sad in that way that feels almost good as your heart opens to another human being or beings. For those who are puzzled by what happened in the nation's financial markets, two very readable, non-technical accounts almost summer reading!
The Ghost Map Steven Johnstone , gives the history of how London detected and defeated cholera outbreaks in the early Victorian period. At one level this book is and reads like a detective story. At another level the book considers the question of how the organization of information shapes the kind of information we can imagine and discover - and how and why the way we organize information changes.
Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome. Robert Harris. The title says it all. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, is the story of Syrian-born contractor Abdulrahman Zeitoun, who chose to stay in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, hoping to protect his property and the lives of others. He lived to regret it. Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon paints a portrait of an artist whose photographic icons grew out of her strengths as well as her weaknesses. And she had plenty of both.
Here are a few random selections, things I read over the course of this year that I enjoyed and also happen to remember Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie: this novel follows generations of a family from Nagasaki during WWII to India to Pakistan to NYC and Afghanistan during , weaving a beautiful multi-generational family saga with a nuanced geopolitical commentary that highlights colonial power and privilege.
Radical Ambition: C. Wright Mills, the Left, and American Social Thought by Daniel Geary: if you like intellectual history, I recommend this biography of midth century sociologist and public intellectual C. Wright Mills, which explores the thinkers and schools of thought that influenced Mills both as an academic and a political figure and argues that Mills was less detached from the academy than he is often considered now.
It's a good read for anyone interested in Mills in particular, but also for those with a broader interest in leftist politics in the midth century, as it traces Mills' changing perspective on such politics in the U. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is the best book I have read in years. As I suspect most of you know given the amount of legitimate praise it has received, e. A Kingsolver fan, I loved this book while I was reading it and then I was resentful afterward because she makes growing her own vegetables, making her own cheese, raising her own meat, and on and on, look so easy--the Martha Stewart of the eating-local movement.
Then I felt guilty: Do I dare to eat a peach if it was shipped from the South? Eliot I'm over it now and have incorporated those practices that I can into my day-to-day life. I have recommended this book to others. I had sworn off Ann Tyler for a while because her characters were getting too quirky for me, but I highly recommend this book about two families who adopt daughters from Korea and their different approaches to assimilation into a new place and retention of cultural and ethnic heritage.
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A life-affirming novel about four people living in Sarajevo during the siege: a cellist who plays outside on the street for 22 days in memory of citizens who were killed by a bomb while they waited in a breadline, the sniper who is ordered to protect him, and two men who are trying to. A different look at war and its effects by people who survived Nazi occupation on their island in the English Channel and the author who wants to write about it.
Told through a series of letters to and from different people, the characters are endearing and the story keeps you engaged. One of a trilogy of memoirs about a family farm and apple orchard in Massachusetts and how the family members handle the transfer of ownership and management to the next generation. The book is beautifully written and heart-breaking in parts, especially when Brox candidly reveals her love of the farm and her frustration with family members as they confront the inevitable.
Martin's Press, Wonderful novel set in Ethiopia on the grounds of a hospital serving the poor. Verghese opens window after window onto lives of people who will become part of your extended family. At over pages, this isn't a quick read, but I didn't want it to end! Cloud Atlas is simply amazing. Rants, manifestos, newspaper cutups, street theater, anti-lectures, love poems, and riffs tell the story of what it's like to live outlaw and brown in the United States.
This facsimile edition reproduces her handwritten, colored-ink entries and accompanying self-portraits, sketches, doodles and paintings, which fuse surrealism, pre-Columbian gods and myths, biomorphic forms, animal-human hybrids, archetypal symbols. The complexity and uncertainty of the idea of home are very much at issue in the stories Gallant writes about Canada, her home country. In , at their country home in County Cork, Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, and their friends maintain a skeptical attitude toward the events going on around them, but behind the facade of tennis parties and army camp dances, all know that the end is approaching—the end of British rule in the south of Ireland and the demise of a way of life that had survived for centuries.
Their niece, Lois Farquar, attempts to live her own life and gain her own freedoms from the very class that her elders are vainly defending. The Last September depicts the tensions between love and the longing for freedom, between tradition and the terrifying prospect of independence, both political and spiritual. Much of the food is simple and depends on fresh, quality ingredients enhanced by herbs and spices for its success. Starting with a wide selection of muffins and breads, such as the moist Granny Foster's Banana Walnut Bread, the book covers a range of breakfast and brunch dishes before moving on to soups, stews, chilies and the more traditional sandwiches, spreads and snacks of a gourmet market store.
Enhanced with photos and scattered sidebar tips, the book is well designed and user-friendly, making it a welcome addition for those who plan their meals with the seasons. Irving's 12th and latest, is set in New England and actually begins on a tributary of the Androscoggin, where a young logger dies in a log jam. The story begun in a logging camp flows downriver to Boston, follows a cook and his son through the restaurants of Boston, Brattleboro and Toronto, running from a crime that no one may know was even committed.
Or, was it? Oh yes, there are bears and tattoos, too When I think I know something about land use history, I go back to this book and learn something new. Tom Wessels is a master of interpreting the signs left behind: how an old stone wall reveals which side was the pasture, and which the crop field; how the trees tell you when the fields were used and for what, and what the soil is like underneath.
A field trip in a book, and a wonderful companion to read before and after a walk in the nearby woods. The Poacher's Son , Paul Doiron. Can I recommend a book I haven't quite had the opportunity to read yet? Why not? It's had great reviews, and Paul, the author, friend and editor-in-chief of DownEast magazine, has been talking about his first novel for years. It has just come out, and my copy is on its way. I know it's going to be good. He has crafted a mystery set in the Spencer Lake area of Northern Maine near Jackman, incorporating some tales of the real prisoner-of-war camp set up there in the 40's, and drawing from stories of a mutual friend who used to be doctor to the logging camps.
Can't wait to read this suspenseful thriller from a real place I once loved to visit. I just finished reading the book. Hard to put down; the stuff that all-nighters are made of. The last two lines say it all: "People disappoint you so often. I hardly knew how to react when they surpassed all your hopes. Read it. To download the full list, please follow this link. Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay A good story about prisoners of war during the Korean conflict, racism and the strength of friendships. I actually listened to this one in audio form, and the reader was superb as well.
A good one for a long car trip. An absolutely fascinating story of the pandemic that killed more than 40 million people - the reason why we are so terrified of the emergence of H1N1. A good story that is well written and interesting from a virology geek's point of view -a very accessible account of how one virus changed history.
It was written when Ms. Montross was a first year medical student, dissecting her cadaver in the gross anatomy lab. Her prose is really beautiful. Whether she is describing her own thoughts about her right to violate the body of another, the high personal price one pays to navigate a medical education, or the glistening dura mater that covers the brain, the writing is equally compelling. I was really captivated good call, Dave! This is another one that I'm listening to on my iPod - I am hooked on listening to audiobooks in the car and on airplanes. So far I like it, and although it's a little contrived, I like the details in this historical fiction about the building of the Kingsbury cathedral in 12th century England.
It's not so complex that I forget to get off the turnpike Read too many, though, and you end up speaking and writing a little funny. It's an intellectual argument for increased philanthropy from individuals — giving consistently, because of justice and reason, rather than sporadically out of pity. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Very inspiring Knit Two by Kate Jacobs Moloka'i by Alan Brennert Fascinating historical fiction about life in a quarantined leprosy settlement.
For example: "A mosaic is a conversation between what is broken. Then I got it! Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Thomas Merton, Doubleday Still remarkably fresh and relevant after almost 40 years. A great read for anyone with an interest in baseball or Japan. If you've ever been disgusted by someone telling you to "not worry so much" or "look on the bright side," then you may be a defensive pessimist. Norem argues that this may actually be a good thing for many people, as it can help them deal with what might otherwise be overwhelming anxiety.
Moreover, she argues that for some people, being defensively pessimistic is better than being optimistic! This is an interesting book that turns the positive psychology movement on its head. The author is best known for his public speaking and motivational skills. He has many other titles as well that cover other subjects. It is an easy and wonderful read. These titles are also available on cds. Ellison the Elephant by Eric Drachman A wonderful story about self-confidence and perseverance that you will want to read over and over again.
The accompanying CD is priceless. Hennessy A great book for little ones interested in dinosaurs. Dinosaur facts woven into a cute story that even includes lima beans. Do Like a Duck Does! Dig, Dig, Digging by Margaret Mayo An entertaining book for those fascinated by big machines such as bulldozers, tractors and firetrucks. Lit '45 In one of the interviews that Pulitzer-winning author Elizabeth Strout '77 gave recently, she told Maine Public Broadcasting that it wasn't until she moved to New York, where people assume that all the New England states are all the same, that she began to focus on her own Maine background in her writing, with great success.
That made me think about Carroll's most famous book, 's "As the Earth Turns" — about inland Maine farm life — which faded then rebounded in critical approval in the s as people began to value the sense of place in Carroll's writing. It's a good lesson. An interesting blend of Indian culture and contemporary life in Bombay, with the mythical world of the gods. The story loosely follows the death of Vishnu, a man who lives in an apartment hallway. It ranks right up there with Angela's Ashes — and I think I like this one better. A true story of a girl's horrific childhood.
Told with humor and insight. My 12 yr old started reading this book "accidentally" and couldn't put it down until he had finished it. A Mercy, by Toni Morrison Since this is one of my all-time favorite authors, I have trouble saying anything negative about her most recent book. A friend ordered it for me as soon as it became available, and I finished in a couple of days. It was a satisfying read, wonderfully written. A bit shorter than I would have liked. I think she could have beefed out some of the characterization and depth more, but it was a good read.
Not as good as Beloved, but that would be hard to compete with. The book was a thriller — kept me turning pages to find out what would happen next. It's told in intricate detail, sometimes more than I wanted, esp about the ships and the ocean statistics. It's not a "typical" book for me, but I liked it more than I thought I might. I kept dreaming about it, and I kept feeling like I was actually in the book at times, esp when the process of drowning is described. Now I guess I need to rent the movie! Don't give away the ending Oh yeah, the ship goes down.
This book didn't disappoint. I like her writing style and her sense of the perverse. She takes the reader through the unfolding of a terrible discovery that keeps you turning pages. She takes the ordinary and makes it strange, and the strange ordinary. Sea Glass , by Anita Shreve Again, another story where the reader gets pulled in bit by bit and washed out to sea with the unraveling of truths and deceptions! I didn't like the ending — seemed very abrupt and too wrapped up, but maybe the abruptness is part of the point.
Testimony, by Anita Shreve This book is dark, intense, and disturbing. Through multiple viewpoints, we see the cause and effect of one terrible moment caught on video — what led up to it is just as troubling as what happened afterward. This book is well written — and despite the darkness was hard to put down.
By about the 3rd page, I was already sick to death of one of the narrator's overdone butchered English and smug crassness. But of course that sets you up for lots of change in the character as the book evolves. The book is about a young man who goes searching for the woman who saved his grandfather during WWII.
The first-person narrator who opens the book is a "foil" of sorts, as the chapters from different viewpoints interweave with each other. One thing I really liked about this story was its nuances of what's real and what's fiction. The Ukrainian narrator alludes to shifting and "inventing" parts of the story, and some of the "historical" chapters by the other narrator are clearly fanciful.
I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days. I love the blend of narration, the puzzling out that the reader needs to do, the innocent child-narrator, and the story that presents one tale of the aftermath of without overdoing the drama. I love the characters that the boy meets in his journey, and I enjoyed the mystery of the key. Nothing seems to turn out as you want it to, and yet it all does seem to resolve itself. Some of the book is quite unrealistic — a mom allowing her 9 yr old boy to wander the streets of NY for hours on end?? Improbable at best. A yr old man who is able to participate in some of those hours-long wanderings?
Again, not likely. Esp when he more or less disappears later. Oops, was that a spoiler?? But I don't mind suspending my disbelief for a great book! It is somewhat-loosely based on the author's childhood experience of her father's imprisonment in Iran, and the family's subsequent escape. This story follows the lives of individuals in one family caught in the middle of a revolution.
It's well-crafted, and you get inside the perspectives of the father in prison, the mother's helplessness, the young daughter's subversive activity of her own and accompanying guilt , and the older son's passivity living in New York. Yes, this is a human-in-love-with-a-vampire book, and no it's not my typical read! So, if you're done laughing yourself out of your chair that I'm reading a whole series about a girl who loves a vampire, let me explain A good friend recommended it, and I started reading them and found that the story line was lighthearted in an odd sort of way.
Surprises along the way, and some fun, refreshing characters. The tone is very light, and there is absolutely nothing serious about these books. They are the ones I bring when I'm exercising on the treadmill and need something relatively mindless. I'm starting to get fond of these characters now. Kind of like a soap opera I give them 2 out of 5 stars.
Fun, but after a while they become — dare I say it? Some "light" summer reading! Lyrical and quirky and informative about Baikal and Siberia and Russia. By the former producer of Living on Earth. Thoughtful consideration about what it means to be an environmental journalist. There were moments when I wasn't sure that Karen Armstrong ever had ANY friends - but all in all I found this an interesting account, and a more personal approach to some of her work on various religious traditions.
Without Tolstoy's ponderous philosophizing. Grossman was the most famous Soviet war reporter, his mother murdered by the Nazis in their invasion of the western Soviet Union. His novel takes on a vast cast of characters, interlinked by their connections to the Battle of Stalingrad. It's a novel about ideology and individual lives, but also about the Holocaust, state control of science, art and freedom and incredible heroism. My FYS loved it! Anything by Andrei Platonov that you can get your hands on - but only if it's translated by Robert Chandler. And Platonov is the great unsung Russian writer of the 20th century, finally coming into his own.
He was a true believer, an engineer who became a writer, with an uncanny ability to register the odd distortions of vision and verbiage that went along with the revolution. His prose is a kind of heartbreaking grotesque mysticism This is a fantastic novel that brings you into the life of an Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease patient - and beautifully demonstrates the struggles of the patient, her family and colleagues.
There's enough humor to make it light, and you just fall in love with the patient and her family. These are quite diverse suggestions but since I turned 50 on Tuesday, my memory only serves my most recent reads. If you are a fan of nutty dogs it is pretty funny! Champlain's Dream non-fiction by David Hackett Fisher. Finally, now everyone knows why I am so proud of being Irish! This novel describes the cultural differences a Chinese woman encounters when she moves to the U. As the book progresses, the reader actually "sees" her fluency in English develop. And finally for those who are interested in schools and teaching, Relentless Pursuit by Donna Foote summarizes the history of Teach for America as it profiles the experiences of first-year teachers in Los Angeles.
Engaging and thought-provoking read. It tracks 99 women who arrived in Australia in after being sentenced to "transport" in England and Wales. Some of them received life sentences for very minor crimes. It should be great reading for anyone with an interest in crime and punishment or Australia in general! I highly recommend either or both, though you are on notice: don't expect any familiar "North Atlantic" sensibility here, rather, be ready to encounter a distinctive moral universe!
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates A classic. Don't let the movie with Leo and Kate scare you off! It's intense, well written and will make your head spin The Underground City by H. L Humes A big book that takes a bit of time to read. A fascinating, detailed novel set in France during and after WWII from the perspective of an American special ops soldier.
The characters are very appealing, and the setting really takes the reader into the Native American cultures of Arizona and New Mexico. We will miss him. Two Rivers , by T. Suspense, love, and betrayal told in flashbacks is the story of a widowed father his daughter and an orphan. Nice gentle mystery that kept me entertained. Double Bind , by Chris Bohjalian. Psychological thriller about a social worker and the homeless. There are characters brought in from the Great Gatsby era.
I liked this authors book Midwives better but this was worth reading also. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Strout is a Bates alumna and now a Pulitzer Prize winner! How can you not read this novel? It is a collection of short stories of people from a small town in Maine. You get insight of Olive in almost every chapter as she tries to understand herself and her life in painfully honest ways. Margaret S. Wroblewski has written a powerful story around an inauspicious plot line, a mute boy whose family raises thoroughbred and well-trained dogs in rural northern Michigan.
It is a kind of Hamlet story, with family betrayals and mis-communications, largely told from inside the mute boy's head and through lots of interaction with the dogs, a real trick for a writer. William H. Full disclosure: Bill Tucker was my Bates roommate and is one of my oldest friends. A psych prof at Rutgers, he has written three well-argued and for a non-scholar, readable books around the broad theme of individuals or organizations that claim to be doing unbiased social science when in fact they are advancing racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic or eugenic causes.
This new book on Raymond Cattell, a leading 20th century psychologist often regarded as the father of personality trait measurement, traces the scholarly dismay when Cattell, the author of hundreds of books, articles and standardized instruments for measuring personality, was found to be the author of a series of publications on racial segregation and eugenics. The partition of India as part of the end of the British empire created not only great suffering and violence, but one of the largest migrations in human history, with about 12 million people moving to get across national and religious boundaries that had not existed until the partition.
It is reasonably unusual to find a film and the novel on which it is based that are both top shelf, but true in this case. Dozens of voyages to North America. A slice of history of France and North America. A history of Franco Americans in Lewiston, Maine, from to , who subscribed to neither survivance maintaining their separateness nor assimilation erasing their heritage.
They accomplished acculturation, becoming Americans, but retaining for a long time their identity. The human psychology of dealing with traffic. Considers the variation in different places in the U. Treats questions such as whether you should merge early or late when a lane is closed ahead.
Quotes statistics that show "dangerous" narrow streets with distractions are safer than "efficient" thoroughfares like Russell Street but maybe we knew this already. I have been meaning to send you this, excellent book about college girls who's identity got switched unintentionally at an accident scene where one died and one nearly so, months of recuperation The Last Lecture , by Randy Pausch, I may have put this on last year's list, but it is worth repeating. It is so inspirational, it's a must! Not for everyone, but I love the series by J. Robb, Lt. Dallas, Homicide books, great if you love crime drama!!
Happy reading But that's fine, because it's fascinating! There's also some great stuff on why male wood frogs all sing together, when only one really needs to in order for them all to attract females. And he answers the question: Why do hummingbirds come north before many of the nectar-bearing flowers bloom? After I finish this book, I'm going to start in on his others. There are enough to keep me going for quite a while. A novel based in Maine. Amy Jaffe, Career Counselor. Humorous and observant, Delisle's treatment demonstrates that drawings with text can match solo prose, no sweat. Give me a comic book, please.
For fans of Patrick O'Brian's and C. These are the best humor from the "New Yorker" magazine. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill, a book we read aloud to each other, is a powerful story of a young, intelligent, literate woman who is sold into slavery at the age of 12, and who is obsessed with being free and returning to her native village in West Africa for the rest of her life. We followed her through about sixty years of her life on three continents, with all the hardship, prejudice, and soul-wrenching pain of enslavement, which is often complicated by her abilities and intelligence which she must hide from her masters.
Freedom does come decades later, but it is a freedom in a world where only the force of her will and personality keep her surviving. The ignorance of even the "good" whites to the implications and cruelty of slavery become a vehicle for her to further her goal, but only as a tool of the abolitionists and often at the cost of her personal dignity. To a white authority figure who insists that she has "profited by being enslaved" and vehemently deny's slavery's cruel branding, she bares her old breast to show the brand she was given at Lawrence Hill has written a breathtaking book and created Aminata Diallo, a remarkable woman.
Both books deal with the everyday experiences of the life of civilians during a war. Greeks and Turks, some of each of whom are either Muslim or Christian, and most of whom happily rely on each other's religions when it suits their needs Muslim woman concerned for her soldier son asks her friend to "light a candle to the Virgin for me" , live together in simplicity and peace until WWI starts far away in Europe. Turks and Greeks are forced to choose sides in a war that has nothing to do with them. And then religion and nationalism imposed by others starts ethnic cleansing, forcing Greeks who don't speak Greek to leave Turkey for Greece, where they are shunned, and Turks are forced from Greece to Turkey.
The small town life and ambiance is destroyed, the friends and fellow citizens scattered, and no one has a clue about what it is all about. A poignant, anti-war story, and for me a reminiscence of my time in Turkey and Greece. I recommend this book to anyone who still thinks that war is an answer to any problems, and to all who think that Muslims and Christians can't live in peace and harmony together. It is tender and funny, and a sly critique of French social conventions. The book is a generally well written summary of his career and his opinions of and his involvement in the major health issues of our day.
Written for a general audience, I learned a lot about retroviruses, oncogenes, stem cells, Congress, pharmaceutical companies, publishing companies, and open access journals. Dark summit: the true story of Everest's most controversial season by Nick Heil N. Well, ten years later, in a world that is as ever totally unforgiving to careless humans, risky expeditions and unscrupulous outfitters have done it: eleven deaths, two abandonments, and recriminations galore. What is the What? I'm on a mystery jag. A real delight.
Great distractions. Grown Up Digital by Dan Tapscott. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson This is the intriguing story of Trond, an aging, grieving man living in a self-inflicted isolation. He has given up his former life for a solitary existence partially out of a life-long yearning to be left alone, but mostly out of grief for the sudden death of his wife.
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But when he realizes that his new neighbor is a figure from his past it triggers a host of feelings and memories that Trond has been trying to avoid for a long time, and in flashbacks we are taken back with him to the summer of his fifteenth year — a summer that forever altered the course of his life. Beautifully written and memorable! Based almost entirely on the life of Ines Suarez who lived from to , this is the historical fictional account of life in the 16th century and the birth of a nation.
Poor and nearly destitute, Ines had a rough life in Spain. Alone because her husband has left to make his fortune in the new world she eventually sets out to search for him. When she arrives Ines learns he has been killed. Determined to make a new life for herself Ines decides to remain in the new colony. Together they undertake the founding of the country of Chile.
You will not be able to put this book down! The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry The book starts when the main character, Towner, receives a call from her brother telling her that her something-year-old Great Aunt, a lace reader, is missing and she must return home to Salem, Massachusetts.
The reading of lace had been a tradition of the all the women in their family, and Towner was no exception. Although she wants no part of it anymore, she loves her aunt and feels she has to face her bad memories and go home. Towner returns after being away for over 15 years and is immediately immersed in all the troubles of the past.
It is interesting to follow the writing of author Barry as she writes through the eyes of Towner, who sometimes lives in her dreams of the past. The story moves quickly as you try to determine if what Towner is thinking is real, or the memories from childhood twisted over time. Interesting information about lace reading and lots of surprises in this book! All through the book, I felt: "I know these people. I know this town—maybe better than the people I really know, and the town where I really live. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 60's—as seen through the stories of black "maids" in upperclass white households, written by a young white woman who has grown up in the culture and encourages the middle-aged women to tell her their stories.
The stories are powerful, chilling, and especially shocking to me, as a college student from the 60's. Perhaps reading it then would have made me more of an activist. Her involvement with characters who grow real though their letters and telegrams weaves a heartwarming story of love, quiet heroism, friendship, and loyalty over time.
History: A Novel by Elsa Morante. Never preachy, Morante forces us to see that we are always subject to political forces, even when we don't want to be. She won several awards for her novels and is one of Italy's premier authors. Wilson He came and spoke here. His book celebrates those moments when we are not quite right with the world and our lives, and when we are compelled to reflect and generate new ideas and new ways of being in the world.
The books follow the mysterious "Corporation" and its leader Juan Cabrillo. Cabrillo and his crew of mercenaries with a conscience are able to cross the high seas in their 'rusting' tub unmolested, seeking out those beyond the arms of the law and dealing out justice to any who would plot chaos on a global scale. It was probably on last year's recommended list. Here if you need me: A true story by Kate Braestrup. A wonderful memoir by the chaplain to the Maine Warden Service.
His writing style is friendly and conversational, as though he is telling his story face to face with the reader. His story as a struggling actor making it into the limelight of celebrity carries you on a personal journey that is laced with comedy and sadness. With the pending release of yet another acclaimed movie, one may be interested to learn what life experiences made him the person and actor that he is today. An engaging story, memorable characters, and a dynamic writing style. And the extreme controversy surrounding the novel only makes it more appealing!
Four strangers are thrown together and are forced to live together and grow, learn, and develop together during troubling times. A very moving and deeply emotional story. The Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky — A very long, very interesting Russian novel centering on the four Karamazov brothers and the murder of their father. It combines courtroom drama with mystery with many musings on man's place in the world and the existence or lack thereof of God. Gripping and powerful! Narrated by the ghost of the trip organizer who dies before the trip commences.
This book includes a lot of historical fact regarding Burma. A very engaging and interesting read. Each chapter is narrated by a different daughter. Another book that integrates the actual history of the Congo and its post-colonial history. Really fine, spare writing. Readers are transported to a small town in s Iowa, where we get to intimately understand John Ames, an old Congregationalist minister with a young second wife and a six-year-old son.
Ames is dying of heart disease, and he is crafting a family history and memoir to leave behind for his boy. At the same time, he is feeling conflicted about how much he should say to his wife about a friend's son who left Gilead in disgrace but recently returned, befriending and bonding with his wife and son.
It is truly wonderful how the author gets inside the head of this year-old man and shares his thoughts as he is approaches the end of life, and the peace he wants to make with life. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in Here those insights are illustrated with examples from everyday life, business, and sport. An easy introduction to better strategic thinking.
I learned things in this book — about animals, about the different ways people think, about 'disorders,' and so much more — which, I think, will forever influence my own perspective on the world. It certainly has defended my desire for lots of hugs or squeeze machines — you'll know what I mean if you read the book! Water for Elephants , but Sara Gruen — This book sweeps you up, right along with its protagonist, onto the traveling circus train.
Boy's Life , by Robert McCammon — This book is filled with the magic of being young but also the realities of change and the passing of time. It takes place in a small, Alabama town, but every chapter is action and imagination-packed, from shoot-outs to dinosaurs. McCammon encourages nostalgia in the reader, not only for the innocence of childhood, but that time in history, not too long ago, in which people were sure that "the world'll always need milkmen.
Omnivore's Dilemma , by Michael Pollan — This might be a cliche choice, but, more than any other book, this has made me rethink my lifestyle. I like that Pollan not only presents the problems with our current food consumption, but offers more efficient solutions. The book is full of wellthought-out points and counter-points which force you to chew on your own daily decisions, as well as lots of tasty factoids.
I just fine Pollan's writing so persuasive, and yet so honest and common-sensical. The Free Press, But whether she spoke up or not, we understand something about the shape of the marriage to come. Angela tells her hilarious stories of being broke in college. Great comical detail and a fun read. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch You probably already have this suggestion, as it was a big seller this year. But this is an excellent book and a great graduation gift!
Highly recommended. Written in the first person plural go figure, but for a reason , it chronicles the lives of inmates at a New York TB sanitorium, hitting on class, immigration, anarchism, women in science, public health, power, and of course love, deception, healing landscapes, big meals, revenge: this book has everything!
Go immediately to the College Store and buy it! The Elegance of the Hedgehog , by Muriel Barbery is a very different book but has some of the same themes about class, knowledge, and humanity. Its protagonist is the concierge of a swanky apartment building in Paris who is compelled to hide her formidable intellect, till she is discovered by two other outsiders. A great book about why it matters to educate yourself. Life in a small Maine town told in a series of precise and unnerving stories.
Liz Strout has an uncanny ability to make you love and loathe a character at the same time: so lifelike! I wish I could remember the others I've read this year, but those are ones that stand out to me. She writes beautifully about her experiences as her family is resettled in Minnesota after the Vietnam War. It is a very quick read that provides a glimpse into the lives of these young adults as they begin to make their ways here. It is an interesting take on the story, one you don't expect at all.
It would be a great choice for a book group. On the darker side, though. It is the story of an autumn's adventures of a very quirky family of four young ages sisters and their dad. The characters are marvelous: quirky, like I said, and some nerdy, some obstinate, all well-meaning and very accepting of one another.
Lots of laugh-out-loud moments. He recommended I read it but be prepared. It's not for everyone, and it brings in the Columbine tragedy and images thereof in a big way, but if you like Lamb's other books, you should like it. I still think I like his previous one better. I also have been reading Such things are" : memoirs for change from Dadaab, Kenya and Lewiston, Maine , which I've enjoyed very much. I knew the other 2 kids had read it and that a movie had been made of it, but he piqued my curiosity, so I read it, quickly of course a treat in itself.
I liked it! With action ranging from New England in the early 's, to Haiti during Toussaint L'Ouverture's rebellion, to the Barbary Coast, this novel is fairly typical of Roberts' style. It is a little bit detective story, a lot of adventure and a little bit of romance, extensively researched with plenty of historical details. Without futher delay,. It has adventure, history, politics, relationships, cultural revelations, self-discovery. What more could you want? Temple Grandin is autistic, and has her Ph. This book focuses on her ability to see the world as animals see it, and how that has made her a resource for the food production industry.
It is a good look at the human side of veterinary medicine, from both the vet and owner perspectives. It will make you laugh and cry, and remember the true value of deep, sincere empathy. This would be a good book to read with or to a year-old-aspiring-vet type kid.
I've been on an escapist kick lately: Philip Pullman's Dark Matter trilogy who ever thought those were for kids? Academy vs. I also worked through some Orhan Pamuk, which is gorgeous but takes too much concentration to read when busy. I have been catching up on fiction so some of the following were on previous lists but worth repeating: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen-much more interesting than I imagined! Russo humorous The Meadow by J. Here are some of the better, lighter ones!
Made me laugh out loud at times, set in Ireland.
- Catching His Attention: The Billionaires Proposal 1.
- Bates College Store.
- Tears Like Rain.
The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella. Makes you laugh, sometimes you tire of the main character but not enough to stop reading They do refer back to characters and events. The Other Woman by Jane Green. Would you believe the Other Woman is the "Mother-in-Law? I stayed up too late reading these I have now chosen the works of Willa Cather. If you like novels about everyday people from the past you will enjoy hers. All the books that I have mentioned are found in our library. I continue to enjoy the books written by Kathy Reichs I believe I have recommended her books in the past.
If you like a little learning details of forensic investigative methods mixed with your intrigue, Kathy Reichs is an author you will enjoy! Three reads, one for when you want something wintry on a muggy day, two to celebrate the sheer delight of a summer day up here, one for sitting on the porch:. Wintry: Judith Butler. New York: Verso, She makes sense and shame out of the grand ole USA declaring who has and does not have a grievable life. She brings into focus, and as grievable, the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens killed and covered up by our war.
Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose. New York: Farrar, Staus and Giroux, Farrar, Straus and Giroux again, For the porch or armchair: Billy Collins. Picnic, Lightening. Pittsburg: The University of Pittsburg Press, These poems anoint the ordinary with something like "a cold one. It's about Greg Mortenson, a true story of an American whose failed attempt to climb K-2 mountain resulted in another amazing journey of perseverance, sacrifice and international goodwill.
What he did and is doing in Pakistan and Afghanistan provides a worthy alternative to wars and adversarial approaches. Charley Bonney, Financial Offices. I'm in a nostalgic mood - so here are my oldies but goodies. Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo is a great piece of fiction writing, especially the character development. Ned Carr, Assistant Treasurer. Although the writing itself is relatively weak, it lends a certain "voice" and authenticity to the difficulty of expression when dealing with Aspergers.
I read this book because I have a yr-old son with Aspergers. He devoured the book in one sitting and said he could relate to so much of it. My son doesn't have the "savant" capacity, but he was intrigued by his own connections to the synesthesia and also to the day to day living experiences. I really like the intertwining of the characters as well as their characterizations -- the loyalties and secrets, the flaws and foibles. A doctor who is addicted to speed; an artist who is a drunk; and Anil who is was?
I felt like I was on an archaeological mission myself to uncover the "bones" of these people. At the same time, I learned about Sri Lanka and about a history that I have been oblivious to. There is an underlying sense of sadness and tragedy throughout the text, up to the bitter end, and there are some somewhat brutal descriptions at times, but all of this lends a realism that isn't sidetracked by sentimentalism or trite conclusions.
Water for Elephants , by Sara Gruen: A good read, and quick. The ending is very hokey, which is too bad, but the story is quite interesting -- an almost voyeuristic look at circus life during the Depression, and an old man looking back on his experiences. The photos make it feel "real," and many of the bizarre moments were taken from real-life lore. Drowning Ruth , by Christina Schwarz: This book got unexpectedly under my skin! It works on you afterward, like the zing of a hot pepper that you don't quite "get" while eating it.
Watch out for any assumptions you might make throughout this book -- the very ending is the final surprise. I loved the way this book makes the main character "speak" from what appears to be some sort of mental illness, leading you down paths of intrigue and assumptions that don't always lead where you think they might. Bizarre and yet "mundane" and earth-bound all at the same time. This was recommended by a student of mine and I can understand why -- a good read. The writing is wonderful, the story is poignant, and I have learned a lot about Afghanistan and a way of life that I am grateful not to have been born into as a woman.
One of my favorites in a long while. It is a fascinating study of "immigration" of those from within the US -- the overwhelming sense of displacement felt by some of the characters; the lack of common "language"; the misunderstandings; the seduction of the American Dream, but the reality that makes it almost impossible to get ahead. A powerful read. The sequel, however, is not recommended! I like the exploration of what makes "family" or "sisters" and I also like the exploration of the ups and downs of such a relationship. Again, as with other Divakaruni works, I find parts of the plot to be contrived and unrealistic, but I can overlook that for a light bedtime read, and I love the setting of India.
Queen of Dreams , by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: I usually like this author and this was a good read overall. Nothing spectacular, but gives a view of the difficulty of living between two cultures and identities. I like the touch of mysticism in Divakaruni's books. Some definite weaknesses and contrived moments, but fine as a pleasure read about Indian-American culture.
The authors start the book with a wonderful story about Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech — their point is that unlike much environmentalist rhetoric to date, particularly on global climate change the speech wasn't "I have a nightmare" — but instead presented a vision of a new social reality, one that engaged people and brought about real change, in large part by giving them hope. The book is really thought-provoking, the kind of thing you want to talk and argue about after you've read each chapter. He wonders how people engage deeply with paintings; how museums and academic discourse may get in the way of that engagement; and he brings in intriguing accounts from surveys and interviews that relate people's stories of paintings and tears.
The book really made me think about how I go to museums, how I look at pictures, and how I feel when I'm doing the looking. He urges you to go to museums alone, and to spend a long time looking at a few pictures. Focuses on several companies and their leaders and how they moved their companies from Good to Great.
Human Resources has purchased the short series and has added it to their library collection. Here he explains his ideas in more depth than is possible in stump speeches. I'd love for the cable news anchors to read and think seriously about what he says.
Maybe we'd get truth and relevance from them instead of truthiness Thanks, Stephen Colbert! Sorry to let my political stripes show, but this book should be read by thoughtful people across the political spectrum. This story moves between a story about circus life during the Great Depression and about an old man in a nursing home. It is a great story from start to finish. It gives the reader an amazing look into life as it was back then. Gruen puts just the right amount of glitz, murder, shenanigans and tragedy into her story to keep you glued to the book.
I especially liked the fact that Gruen researched circuses and animal behavior so therefore I learned some amazing things that actually occurred under the big top back in the s. I couldn't put this book down. And when I finished it, in one complete sitting, I found myself wanting more. Donna M. Hass' work has been a profound and delicious pleasure since